By: Ritchel C. Cahilig
We’re Rich and Ritch, the Serendipity Seekers
Richard and I (Ritchel) are Filipino solo-travelers who met each other by pure serendipity. Rich n’ Ritch Travels is a collection of our personal experiences, explorations, snapshots, and reflections on the road. This page is more about the unpredictable journey of two souls spontaneously seeking for heights and adventures.
I am a teacher who works full-time on weekdays, travel around Philippines on weekends, and visit several countries abroad on summer and Richard is a former Systems Administrator who left his 7.5 year-old job in Nigeria and spontaneously went backpacking in all ASEAN countries and Israel for 7.5 months before he headed home to Philippines on January 2017. Since our paths crossed last March and agreed to be travel buddies, we regularly go hiking together in the pristine ranges and peninsulas of Panay.
We are both based in Aklan who dream to explore the Philippines and beyond by starting in our own island. We have started exploring the interiors of Northwest Panay Peninsula. Individually, we’ve been to numerous destinations in the country and in Asia. We both have conquered the rooftops and toughest mountains of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. We co-founded Aklan Trekkers and regularly organize outdoor events to raise fund and gather donations for our upland outreach missions in geographically disadvantaged and isolated areas and indigenous communities.
As nature-lovers, we both acknowledge the healing power of nature - the clear water, the fresh air, the green trees, the blooming flowers, the beautiful ridges and beaches, the fine white sands, the dancing waves, the sun rays, the avian sounds, or the smallest plant along the way. All of these have the power to turn a life around. Just like they did to us. Together, we have found in nature the happiness that we deserve.