TRAVEL by Jake Ofrasio
Travelling is a stress buster. Being able to remove yourself from your present environment and go somewhere totally different; it’s refreshing. For me, it helps me restart my mind and get a totally different perspective on things.
I think everyone who could travel should travel. It doesn’t even have to be a lavish trip to some exotic island in the Caribbean, or a ski holiday on the Swiss Alps. Any place where you could see the world from a different context will do. It all depends on your intent, and your attitude about discovery. Adopting the mindset of a traveler will make you realize that the world we live in truly is amazing. It widens your understanding of different cultures and ideas. It would be such a pity if you don’t get to experience all of these and just keep yourself boxed in.
My mother used to travel a lot for her job. Whenever she would come home from abroad, she would show me amazing photos from her journey. I would beg for her to bring me with her on her next trip, but obviously, it wasn’t allowed. And then one day I took one of her old passport, put my ID photo on top of hers and pretended that I too was a traveler. Now I don’t have to pretend anymore.
Traveling is my ultimate splurge, so in a very practical way, it affects the way I conduct my life when I am home. For example, whenever I consider buying something, I would always have this voice in my head telling me that it’s too expensive, and that it would cost a round trip ticket somewhere so I better just save my money. But beyond influencing how I manage my finances, traveling has also affected how I deal with people. It has made me more understanding and open-minded. It made me realize that “different” doesn’t necessarily mean “better” or “worse.” It’s just different. Tips on How to be a Better Traveler
Dream. Don’t be afraid to dream and wanderlust about the places you’ve always wanted to visit. Dreaming is the first step you will ever take in your journey.
Save. That new designer bag or gadget may you instant satisfaction, but nothing beats the emotional rush that you get when you are finally able to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or eat street food in Bangkok.
Research. Applying for a visa can be intimidating, but you’ll be surprised how straightforward it can be once you have all the right documents. Moreover, a lot of countries do not require visas for Filipinos. Start with those, if you find the prospect of applying for a visa daunting.
Do not be Afraid to Travel Alone. We usually think that traveling alone is boring or scary but it’s actually really fun. You get to meet a lot of friends along the way, and you get to know yourself better.
Just go. Don’t over-think it. You can drive yourself nuts trying to perfect your itinerary, but the truth is, travel is best when things happen spontaneously. So if you want to go, just go. Book the flight, pack your bag, and go see the world.