May 18, 2012

Create Your Own Adventure: A Reflection

Before we travel, we usually do some research or read travel posts in order for us to be familiar with our destinations. Yes! I highly recommend it. (I'm doing it too.) It is because planning for the trip is very essential in ensuring the success of the trip.

Yet, after having accompanied Journeying James on his Day 85 and 86 of his 100 Days of Backpacking the Philippines- The Cheapest Way Possible, I realized that it is more important and satisfying to create your own adventure, not merely copying the itineraries of other travelers.

Here are the things that I have learned (even further and better) during our Southern Cebu Trip with Journeying James:

1. Create your own adventure!
I remember Journeying James telling me, "No time, no itinerary, just go with flow." What's the point? When we travel, we must not focus our attention to the time and our itinerary, rather we must focus our time to the experiences on hand and to follow where our wandering feet will lead us. Create your own adventure because every journey is a new adventure!

Puerta Marina-- Argao, Cebu

2. Be friendly with the locals.
Spending more time with the locals is worth it. Talk and share stories to them, laugh with them, and play with them too.

Journeying James in Oslob, Cebu.

3. Try the local delicacies.
It will enrich your travel experience and will make it more unforgettable.

Tasting Argao's unique torta.
Photo Credit: Journeying James

4. Know the history and heritage of the place.
This will make you more appreciative of our rich history as Filipinos. (We completed Boljoon's Heritage Walk. We explored the watchtowers, historical churches and sites in Southern Cebu.)

5. Learn and try new things.
I greatly thank Journeying James for teaching me free-diving! (My first time actually! And I really need more practice.)

6. Appreciate the natural wonders that God had created.
For me, this is the ultimate reason why I love to travel. I love to see nature at its best. I love to witness God's love for us displayed grandiosely in nature.

Tumalog Falls-- Oslob, Cebu

7. Challenge yourself to travel in a budget and to travel light.
Journeying James' daily budget of PhP500.00 really amazed me. How did he do that? I will definitely try it  in my future travels. It is also important to travel light too. Don't put too much load on your back. Love your body, love your back!

Santander, Cebu

What are the lessons you learned while on the road? Share it here.

You can read my other posts of our Southern Cebu trip with Journeying James.

1. Southern Cebu Trip with Journeying James
2. Santander: Cebu's Southernmost Tip
3. Tumalog Falls (The Second Time)
4. Oslob's Magnificent "Cuartel" and "Baluarte"
5. A Sunset and Sunrise in Boljoon, Cebu
6. The Historic Watchtowers in Boljoon, Cebu
7. Experience Boljoon's Heritage Walk
8. 12 Reasons Why You Should Explore Boljoon, Cebu
9. Snapshots of Dalaguete, Cebu
10. Snapshots of Argao, Cebu

See also the videos that Journeying James made!

Part 1: Southern Cebu Trip- Oslob and Boljoon
Part 2: South Cebu Trip- Dalaguete and Argao


  1. simple but i learn from this blog. worth to read...

    1. Albert, thanks for leaving your comment here. Thanks also for the compliment! Read more! :)

  2. I bet it will be fun experiencing an adventure with the adventistadventurer! :-)

    1. Yeah, it will be a new adventure too!! Thanks Paula! :)

  3. This is a very wonderful post do. I learn from it.

    1. Thank you so much do! I have learned many things from our trip with Journeying James.

  4. Nice one, Em! I was reading the words, but in a different light. Enjoyed it much.

    1. Thanks, Ate Zernah! I'm so happy you have enjoyed reading this post! :)