December 15, 2011

The Real Joy of Traveling

With friends in Naval, Biliran.
Photo Credit: Wilgen Mangubat

I once attended an elementary graduation in which the guest speaker was pointing out the three ways to learn. He said, “You learn by these three methods. First is through attending school. Second is by reading good books. Third is by traveling to other places and meeting other people.” And I have found out that what he said that day was indeed true!

Traveling means more than just going to other places. For me, the true and satisfying travels are the ones in which you try to discover the place, meet and interact with the people, and to savor the culture, arts, and history of the place. These things can produce the real joy of traveling.

I have been traveling since maybe I am a little boy. That is likely the reason why I rarely experience motion sickness today especially in traveling long hours in a bus or car.

In the Philippines, I have traveled to most parts of the Visayas and Mindanao but not even once at Luzon. It is always my dream to go to the places in Luzon (Ilocos, Baguio, Banaue, Sierra Madre, Tagaytay, Manila, and Bicol) some time in the future. Palawan also excites me with their many gorgeous spots. In the Visayas, I wish to travel to Iloilo, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Masbate, and Bohol. In Mindanao, I hope to visit Zamboanga, Dipolog, General Santos City, Cotabato, Camiguin Island, and Siargao Island.

These travel plans may be gigantic and may exhaust all financial funds but I know deep in my heart that I can make it one place at a time.

So, join me today as we take on the beauty of the Philippines and experience the real joy of traveling.


  1. Traveling is a great investment. Because no one can take what you have learned on the road. So invest in travel instead of investing in material things. God bless pre. Keep on traveling.

    1. Thanks pare for your comment here! There is really joy in traveling, it is an investment of memories and experiences for the future!

  2. Long before, I was a sucker for luxury and material wealth... But as I matured, material wealth does not really matter. Regin is right. We need to invest more on the things that could be treasured and not those that will be used now and disposed later :) Visit Iloilo! Yey! See you soon, E! :D More Power and God Bless!

    1. Hello Regine! Thank you so much for dropping by! Yeah, as we get more mature, we often think and do things that are of long-lasting value and significance-- these are the things that can extract true happiness. I will be in Iloilo soon, and you are the one I want to see first. Thanks! God bless! :)

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