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How Travel Changed My Life

14656412_1304974042860898_686530043959000818_nMt. Tagapo, Binangonan, Rizal

It all started with a goal: to move on.

Even before I engaged myself to travel, I have been hearing a lot of stories about how travel helps someone forget his/ her past, and how travel turns someone into a brand new person regardless of whatever reasons may have occurred. I didn’t believe it was true until I myself have proven it.

Never will I forget the very first time I had my hiking experience. That was in 2015. Ten days after, it shadowed with my birthday climb. My major try-outs and experiences were incredible, it was completely amazing. I was really delighted, and I believed I was already going through the process of detaching myself from sorrow. I knew I was doing it for a purpose. And I knew back then, that hiking would be a great help for me to recover from the pain that kept haunting me every day. This may sound cliché. But trust me when I say I was correct.

18136438_1490390050985962_588932967_nCrystal Beach Resort, Zambales

Moreover, through this activity, I was able to meet a lot of strangers, who eventually made a wonderful impact on my life; who made me recognize what I deserve and what I do not; who drove me move forward; who pushed me to see the world beyond my front door. Likewise, not only did travel teach me the importance of self-worth and self-awareness but it truly did help me discover the person in me.

16602901_1415410318483936_4789924678305148427_nFive Fingers, Mariveles, Bataan with Ka-Lakbay friends

Travel has become my remedy, in fact. Even though I have not yet gone to all the places in this world, travel has molded me to become the person I am today. Here’s how:

  1. I realized that there’s so much in this world
13669689_1220216671336636_5526439322596284252_nMaysawa Circuit, Tanay, Rizal

Travel ceased me from chasing the wrong person(s) and allowed me to acquaint with the new one(s). As the matter of fact, I got to have new circles through going from places to another.

In my journey of moving on, I found that the world has something to offer, something that cannot be rewarded to anyone by money, something I admit I failed once to perceive. And this is the beauty that cannot only be seen by our naked eyes but can also be felt by our endearing hearts. I usually find it whenever I stand on a high cliff overlooking the town or talk to a stranger I stumble upon in a museum.

14955962_1314504035241232_8101463333525980030_nWith Alex Agustin at Mt. Manabu, Lipa, Batangas

In addition, I can still recall the time I met an amputee. The moment I saw him on the trail along with his friends who walk with two normal limbs, I wondered if I would be able to see him in the summit. Not long after I reached the top, I saw him coming first while his friends were behind him. This situation taught me that the capacity of every individual cannot be measured by body distribution or how incapacitated you may seem to other people but the attitude, the determination, and the perseverance to finish the battle one exhibits.

13533150_1200682353290068_158792976494404794_n“Batanes of the East” Dingalan, Aurora

It is never all about where you came from or who you are but how you arise despite all your shortcomings in life. In my travel experiences, I became less judgmental.

  1. I became more compelled and assertive

We are all bound to experience hardships in life, aren’t we?

There are times in my life that I almost want to give up on challenges just because it is easier to think about frustrations and entertain thoughts of defeat. But because of all the lessons from the events in my life, I began to accept challenges and persist in the face of setbacks.

13335854_1185943214763982_5021696087840293043_n.jpgMt. Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

In terms of achieving my goals, I always taste the adrenaline in the back of my throat. I know I would feel complacent after achieving laurels.

When I feel down, I would keep myself on track as I do when I hike. I would keep my eyes on the ball as I do just to reach the top of the mountain. These certain events taught me to become the guru of myself. I learned that I can only rely on myself.

I have met a lot of people and it taught me lessons about showing our characters and proving our reputation is paramount than just saying it out loud. Actions speak louder than words.

13230130_10154227816029182_6081983657887039165_nCalaguas, Camarines Norte with Ka-Lakbay friends

Remarkably, travel has shaped me to become the person I never once thought I can be: I don’t compete anymore. I collaborate.

  1. I found Myself

Funny how the main reason why I travel has lead me to something astounding- I found myself. I found who really I am, even my worth as a woman.

16265563_1393852810639687_4892196837182370172_nMount Arayat, Pampanga

I realize that I have so much love in me. My feelings can be as deeper as the ocean. Albeit I am not going to live as younger as I wish, I can still be as playful as the waves in the sea. No one’s stopping me, indeed.

14568100_1283004985057804_7613908611128832568_nPatar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Every time I go to the edge of the water and wait for the sunset, I am reminded that no matter how stressful my life is and that how long it could possibly take for me to fulfill my dreams, I should not stop chasing through the edge of my success. But, I should continue walking without feeling any fear of falling.

I think if it wasn’t because of travel, perhaps I’m still struggling to get up. And most probably my path will seem mislaid if I didn’t agree to become my own arsenal of conviction.

And unless I chose to travel, I could not have found myself.

This time, I have just shared not only the story of why I travel but the things I learned from this particular area of my life. Yours can be shared with Traveloka.


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