More than getting away from it all, travel enriches the mind and the soul. The thrill is in discovering new places, meeting new people and trying things you never thought you could do. It doesn’t matter whether you go alone, with your friends or family; the destination is inconsequential. What’s most important is you just go.
The wise have said that we learn more about ourselves when we travel. And when we return, we are never the same.
For instance, regular contributor Ken Subillaga quit his job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, he is enjoying the life of an expat in Spain, doing the things he loves like baking, writing, photography, and of course, travelling. His most recent trip brought him to five of Europe’s most expensive cities with a budget of only 500 euros.
A staunch advocate for the preservation of Filipino heritage, travel blogger Ivan Henares has been to the remotest corners of the Philippines. In fact, he has set foot in all her 81 provinces, discovering so much beauty even in the archipelago’s off-the-beaten-path destinations. By sharing with us some of these less chronicled places, Henares teaches us what it is really like to become a traveler, not just a tourist.
Columnist Nats Villaluna recalls his road trip to Paris, realizing that getting lost, going hungry, and sometimes being homeless while travelling can be so much fun when in the company of friends.
Manila was once considered, “Paris of the East,” or at least close to it. The government actually commissioned Daniel Burnham, a renowned master planner of Chicago, to design the Philippine capital in 1905. The bombing of the city during WW II left so many colonial buildings destroyed. The few that survived have become sad reflections of their former beauty. Quiapo, formerly a commercial and cultural hub, still features some of these Graeco-Roman and Art Deco architectures; the Church being the most enduring legacy of the city’s glorious past. Vincent Silarde explores this side of the capital, unlocking her many secrets, revealing a place full of character and heart despite the squalor, chaos, and decay surrounding her.
Extreme adventures are not only for the young. Bart and Wads Wijnberg, together with two other relatives, travel to the Cordillera’s uncharted territory despite their age and warnings from friends. Their 12-day journey brought them to towns they never thought existed, bumping into friends along the way and discovering a few surprises that the Philippines’ northern region holds sole bragging rights.
Looking for a place to stay on a budget? Jerick Parrone recommends Couchsurfing. The online community allows you to meet fellow travellers from the other side of the world, experience a country like a local, and sleep on a free bed.
Maan D’Asis Pamaran talks with a couple who fell in love while on a vacation in Boracay. She shares some tips on hooking up while on tour.
Food is part of travel, giving tourists a taste of a place’s history, culture and traditions. Pun intended. That said, we interviewed television host, food expert and cookbook author Nancy Reyes-Lumen to help us understand and appreciate more our Eastmeets- West cuisine. She tells us Filipino food is in fact on the threshold of becoming the world’s next culinary darling.
Whatever your purpose next time you travel, always remember to keep only good memories, be brave and daring; talk to people, get lost, and most of all, have an amazing time.
All the best!
Diana A. Uy