Once you enter the adult world, you get one of those 9-to-5 job things that will pay the bills but leave you drained of energy to do much else. This is one of the traps of adulthood that makes us lose our spark and zest for life. When you have to exert physical, mental and emotional efforts into our daily jobs, we tend to forget the areas of our life that gives us joy. Thankfully, there are still many who don’t live the “all work, no play” life.
One such soul is that of Patrick Lim. I met Patrick at a trivia night in a bar in Cebu City, Philippines on March 2015. When he told me about his traveling goals and excursions, I was really amazed. This BPO Manager works the usual 8 hour job during the week and yet he still had time to achieve his weekend goals. Read further about the inspiring story of Patrick Lim and his journey of chasing waterfalls…
For the longest time, Patrick was a self-confessed couch potato until he realized that he no longer wanted the couch to be his weekend friend. He turned his weekends into one big project with just one theme: “I just have to get out of the house every weekend.”
Couchsurfing became his catalyst. Patrick joined the travel website in 2013 but he didn’t meet any Couchsurfers until Masskara Festival in Bacolod. He met many travelers and the energy and inspiration he got off of them was how the travel bug hit him.
On the weekends of 2014, he went to beaches, towns and different nearby places. He also did some international travel where he went backpacking through Southeast Asia for a month, and also went to other places around the Philippines. Since he was based in Cebu, he has already visited every town that by 2015, he was clueless on what his project’s theme would be. In January, he got invited to a party up north of Cebu in Catmon. After the party, everyone decided to go to a nearby waterfall. And that was the start of his thirst for more.
Every weekend of 2015, he went to one waterfall after the other with a new objective: “There are 52 weeks in a year. I’ll do 52 waterfalls in 2015.”
Patrick failed in his objective. He ended up visiting EIGHTY TWO waterfalls in 2015.
Along with almost everyone in the modern world, the internet is Patrick’s friend and aid in his journey. He researches for waterfalls and syncs up with other travelers. “There are other people who do the same thing I do. We have our lists and we just shared it to each other and compared which ones we’ve been to and which one we haven’t. And then sometimes, when I go to a certain place, I have a tip that there’s another waterfall there. When this happens, I end up seeing 3 waterfalls. The locals just really know better.”
I wondered if there was a deeper meaning behind his chasing waterfalls… But for Patrick, he does it for the simple joy and fulfilment of travel. “It’s been a good outlet out of work, cause it’s a weekend thing. I’m a Director of Operations for a call center. I work Monday-Friday, regular shifts with 8 hour days. Saturday and Sunday, I allot it for travel. It’s tiring but it’s much better than my old self. Cause that’s what I did for 7 years… Not get out of the house.”
Patrick chases his passion for travel and is a bonafide weekend warrior. If he can do it, so can you! Don’t worry, I know we’re not all Superhuman with unlimited energy.. We all need to rest after crazy work weeks. But Patrick puts it well in this sentiment: “I think resting is okay. Cause you have to do that. But there comes a point where you get tired of resting too. It becomes monotonous. My decision to become a weekend warrior was to break the monotony and to put more physical activity in my life that I didn’t really have. I had to have 1 physical activity and this was it. As I’ve been doing it for several weeks and months, my body craves for it. If I have a weekend not doing anything, I feel sick. I gotta do something. I gotta get out.”
Patrick believes that if you want to be a weekend warrior that actively travels, you have to make time for it. He usually doesn’t schedule anything on weekends. He doesn’t lose friends though because he meets many in his travels, and/or he chases waterfalls with his friends. Sometimes, when he has extra hours after the trip, he does “regular hangouts” with his friends like going out for karaoke and drinks (Patrick is a goddamn amazing singer by the way!) or watching a movie.
Travellers usually have different reasons for travelling… Besides wanting to get out of the house, Patrick believes that “there’s a certain fulfilment that it gives you when you go to a place you’ve never been before… When you discover new places. It’s not just the people that you meet, cause sometimes I go to secluded, off-the-path places where there’s nobody else there. To me, travel as a whole thing, the trip going there is an experience. Sometimes I have a guide, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes, there are people in the area, sometimes it’s super remote and I’m all alone with the waterfall. Seeing them after hours of hiking is also beautiful. People always ask me what’s the best waterfall I’ve been to but I don’t rank them at all. I think every single one has their own charm and beauty.”
This accomplished wanderer has actually only been travelling since 2013. He’s already been to Southeast Asia, Australia, and has conquered a gajillion beaches/towns/waterfalls around the Philippines. It’s all about your mindset and what you want to achieve with your life and how you want to use up the extra energy you have. For Patrick, these past 3 years is only the beginning.
“I don’t have any ultimate travel destination. But I want to spend maybe a year or two just going around the world. I’m saving up for it now. Hopefully, the next 2 or 3 years, I want to do that. Go on a Round The World trip.”
With what he’s accomplished in such a short time, there’s no doubt that this incredibly inspiring traveller will be off to see the rest of the world soon. Safe travels, Patrick!
**You can follow Patrick’s adventures on his Instagram account: @TheRealPatLim
Are you a weekend warrior? Or do you also have any fun themed travel projects just like Patrick? I’d love to hear from you! Maybe we can all inspire each other to take on travel goals like these! :)