A Letter to 2017

A Letter to 2017

Thank you for the 365 days that we've shared together. It was really a memorable one. However, just so you know, you've left me with mixed emotions as there was plenty of happiness brought by achievements of my blog The Backpack Adventures but there was also deep grief brought by the passing of several loved ones.

Let's look back at those achievements and see what milestones we've crossed and achieved this year.

1.This year, there were 84 published articles. That's 14 more than that of 2016.

2. I have reached my first 1 million views.

3. Several articles and photographs were published in several magazines.

4. For the first time in my life, I was interviewed in a radio program regarding travel tips.

5. I got to travel to 2 new countries and several new destinations in the Philippines this year.

Speaking of travels, here are the highlights of my travels for each month last year:


Taal, Batangas Heritage Tour


Ella's Birthday at Shercon Resort and Ecology Park


Manila: Map Your World Week


Company outing at Pundaquit, Zambales - We visited Anawangin Cove and Camara Island

Batangas - Quezon Holy Week Visita Iglesia 

Singapore family trip


Malaysia family trip


Company outing Palm Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas






Ella's day at Museo Pambata and Star City


Practice driving with siblings and Tagaytay Food trip


Patungan Beach, Maragondon Cavite

Sulyap Gallery Cafe - Laguna


Ilocos Sur road trip with the Villarazo family

Ilocos Norte with the Villarazo family

Sadly, this year was not all travel and fun as we have lost three members of our family.

Dear 2017, since you will be left behind and I will move forward to a new chapter of my life, kindly pass along my heartfelt message to my loved ones whose physical existence will also be left behind with you. Kindly tell them that they are loved and their memories will forever be with us. Thank you so much 2017.

This article is dedicated to you and to those that we lost this 2017. We love you and we will miss you.
Norberto Pardines

Augusto Arriola

Violeta Villamena

Sincerely yours,
Neil Alvin Nicerio
The Backpack Adventures


  1. Sounds like an eventful year. There's nothing like traveling. And sorry for your losses. Hope you have a great 2018!

  2. Congratulation on the successful year 2017! Great locations that you visited and also being on a radio is a huge deal! Awesome! Keep up your great work!

  3. Wow you are doing awesome..! with radio and 1 million views. All the very best for 2018. :)

  4. Wow!! Your pictures are amazing! I’m an aspiring photographer also, even though it’s not the niche of my blog!! This is inspiration for more traveling and taking bomb photos in 2018! Thank you for sharing! Subscribing!

  5. This was really amazing post! I really enjoyed reading about everything you achieved last year! I wish you this year to be even more ptoductive! ❤

  6. Good review! 😊 You should be proud - you have reached your first 1 million views! Wow! Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations on your achievements! It’s also always great to travel to new places.
    I’m sorry for your losses but I hope you only get stronger 😊

  8. I'm so sorry for your losses! You've given your family members a lovely and lasting tribute.

    Congratulations on your achievements in 2017. Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and successful 2018.

  9. Wow, 84 articles and more than a million views! You must be doing things right all along. Congrats, Neil! But I offer my condolences to you for your losses. I hope you wake up each day with a little more joy.


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