Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Make the Right Move! Travel!

The "Tinago Falls" in Linamon, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines
The experience of seeing this falls (for real) is priceless!

Everyday, we see an emergence of gazillion blogs about traveling. In twitter and instagram, there is an abundance of photos and stories about their traveling experience – what they see, hear, tasted while on the road, the sky, and the sea.

Yes, it is a big world out there and “anyone who fails to travel sees only one page” and “we get only one shot at life”. With these truths, we have to make the right move. We have to stop our endless procrastination and take the first step to see the world. Here are some quotable quotes to inspire you to leave your comfort zone and see the world.

“Travel is the only thing you spend on that makes you richer.” – Every expense makes a dig on our pocket. It reduces our income (or savings) into a certain degree. On the contrary however traveling enriches us in the form of experience and knowledge about the world.

Traveling means spending a lot – for the fare, accommodation and other expenses. But once you get to your destination and after seeing the different culture and way of life, your gain a lot of experience and information about the place and the people, something that you cannot gain from just merely staying at home. Reading a book and scouring those beautiful pages of people and places is not a replacement for traveling. It is different if you have actually been there, experience and seen the place. A photo represents a very few percentage of the actual picture of the place and the scenery.

Since money however is essential in traveling, save as much as you can. If you try saving on the day-to-day basis, it can amount into something valuable allowing you to travel at least once every six months. To save on travel expenses however it is very important to make travel plans and get as much information about our itinerary and avail of various travel promos.

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.” – (I have read this quote several times in my instagram and twitter account). Traveling is indeed a form of escape to something new. It breaks the monotony of our everyday life. But actually, we got to travel because we don’t get any younger! Today is the day we are at our “youngest”.  And I think it is not a good idea to wait until retirement before you travel. Even if we already got the money and time, but we are no longer able to climb that mountain because of old age… we would really regret why we have not traveled while young.

Yet, when young, (I consider anyone 50 years of age and below as relatively young to travel) one great hurdle to traveling is the expense. Let us face it! Every travel necessitates spending money. It has its costs. Unless you are born with a silver spoon, traveling means spending your hard earned money in a new place.

When we are at this age range, more often than not, we are still struggling financially. There are just so many things to spend on and traveling is not considered a necessity.  But if you are really determined to travel and see something new just try saving even just a small part of your income everyday and use it for traveling in the future. If you are employed, take advantage of  seminars and conventions that give you the opportunity to travel. Take every chance that gives you an opportunity to leave that cubicle and be in another place.

But of course, I am not saying that since you are already at retirement age, you are bound to stay home. Some say in fact that age is really nothing but a number. Actually, I agree! There are a lot of retirees who are much more capable (in terms of physical health) of hurdling the difficulties of traveling compared to their much younger counterparts.  What is important is to plan and and get as much information about the place. Assess the difficulties and inconvenience that traveling might bring that can be hazardous to your health. Preparation and planning is the key.

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – this is absolutely true. We regret those things we didn’t do and chances we did not take. In traveling, the bad habit of procrastinating is hard to shake off. We tend to delay traveling hoping that the next season will be better. But there is no guarantee. In fact, delaying our travel plans may mean loss opportunities to see how wonderful the world is. Not every heritage site will still be there next year. Not every waterfall will still be as majestic when you finally decide to travel.

If you got the time and the money, take every opportunity to travel and see the world. Do not delay. Say yes to every travel opportunity! If you got the chance to travel, take it! Take the plunge and see how beautiful the world is! It is time that you realize that our regret is due mainly to chances we have not pursued.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – if you travel, the more you realize how small and how little you are in this very vast world. Sometimes, if we don’t travel, we forget that we are just a tiny speck and we began to have that mistaken notion that we own something huge in this world.

Well, if you think about it, we really do not own anything in this world. Everyone is living on borrowed time. Instead of trying to accumulate things, how about try accumulating lots of experience? Once we start traveling and gain lots of experience we gain a broad understanding about the world. We realize that the world is such a very big place and what we own based on the “land title” hidden in the cabinet is not something you can brag about compared to the whole world.

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