|Josiah Sicad of Lakas ng Trip
|Berniemack Arellano of Habagat Central|
“Once afraid of stepping into unknown territories, I have become more daring when the thesis days came. Crossing Maguindanao alone in the name of research, in which it bore sweet fruit. Changing perspectives, knowing where to set fear and where to correct people from distant Manila on how to perceive Mindanao—that’s where it all began.” Read more of Berniemack’s journey here.
Or will Eileen’s eccentric life inspire you? Will you turn out to be as rare, sultry, dangerously funny, and highly individualistic like her—who can rock anything from DIY trips to getting tattoos from non-English-speaking artists and then crossing the great pond to drink Guinesses and eat meat pies? Will you be able to find your way into the world with only a map in hand and vivid sense of adventure?
|Eileen Campos of Possibly Pinay|
“Travel has always been there. When asked I why I travel, I don’t dare answer with such enlightening inspiration like to discover or to learn or to challenge myself. I travel because that’s the way it has always been. I don’t know anything else in my life. That’s just how it’s always been. Travel has been with me for so long that I don’t know a life without it. Travel didn’t change my life. Travel is my life.” More of Eileen’s adventures here.
|Francis Nunez Balgos of Pala-lagaw|
“Being naturally curious, with determination and thirst for learning, about life, about people, about photography, about self realization and more so about being on the road. Being the explorer had always been my defining trait, but the driving force to my travelling was more about photography. The road is an adventure waiting to be told, I may not be globe trotting at least not yet, it could be tiresome but having a goal to reach is something worth doing.” Discover Francis’ passion here.
Succumb to an addiction, like Alvin. Pop a travel pill and allow yourself to become a junkie. You will find yourself taken into a hallucinating world of self-discovery, burgeoning friendships, and that constant craving to have some more. Be hooked on travel, and you’ll never go for rehab.
|Alvin Sabay of The World Behind My Wall|
“I’m an addict, a self-confessed travel addict. For such a long time I have put a limit on my dreams and just became contented with a boxed-in life. Then I discovered the art of traveling and came into a realization that my life is more than what can be contained in a box. I chose to step outside of its confining walls to get me started to living a life that is more open to change and embracing any challenge that comes along the way.” Readmore of Alvin’s addiction here.
Start from the bottom and learn on your way up, like new blogger Michelle. Because in the blogging and travelling world, there are no experts, everyone is an amateur. Don’t worry if you think writing is not your forte. In the end, all that matters are the experiences we encounter and the stories we tell.
|Michelle Mujer of Lakbay Kix|
“Traveling changes us . . . it is healing and it is spiritual. We leap from places to places because we love the change it gives us. It makes us try different things, it makes us happier and more social, it pushes ourselves to face our fears, to feel limitless, to learn and experience something new.” JoinMichelle’s journey here.
Have you started feeling those butterflies churning in your stomach yet? They are not supposed to be there. That sinking, uncomfortable feeling is a sign that you have to let those beautiful winged creatures run free. And when they do, chase them. Dreams are not to be bottled inside, they should be pursued.
|Renz Bulseco of The Geek Travels|
“Traveling made me realize that happiness can’t be bought. For years, I’ve been living within my comfort zone. In some of my travels, I have witnessed the sad realities of life and it dawned on me that I should be thankful to all of the blessings I have received. Traveling became my vehicle to find my true passions. It had allowed me to hone my hidden skills in photography and writing.” Read more of the lessons Renz learned on theroad here.
What is it like when you’re torn between three passions, like nurse traveler Edmar, who wants to be a nurse, a traveler, and a lawyer at the same time? You go around it. Unlike a typical nurse who spends most of his time running from hospital to home, Edmar found the delicate balance between work and travel, without necessarily leaving one for the other. Someday, when the right time comes, he will become a lawyer. All it needs is a little bit of sacrifice.
|Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration, Etc.|
“That’s the leap of faith! When a nurse travels, he can sacrifice some of his dreams in his life because he wants to travel. Although he continues his profession as a nurse, he has to give up some his life’s greatest dreams.” Be inspired and read Edmar’s story here.
But what happens when you fail to realize your dreams? Ask John Marx. You see, my dear, when you’ve let go of the thing you want the most in life, it either derails you or sobers you up. John Marx plunged into that hole of depression when he failed to make it as a civil engineer, but an enlightening trip to Sagada bailed him out.
|John Marx Velasco of Marxtermind|
“I got depressed and stressed sometime ago so with no detailed plans at all, I packed my bag and traveled to Sagada alone. I can still clearly remember when I took that step to challenge myself. To achieve independence, freedom, peace and happiness. I achieved more than I wanted. My first solo travel made me feel that there’s so much in life aside from the usual things I have.” More about John Marx’s journey here.
The world is full of mystery. Believe that whenever you’re stuck in a rut, somehow the universe will conspire to pull you out of the mire. But it is not a done deal, my darling. Life can teach us valuable lessons in our struggles. There are some things, often the essential ones, that you have to work for.
|Kaiz Belga of Miss Backpacker|
“You’ve got statistics that you need to retain your job. You must rely with economics for your everyday expenses. You need to do accounting to check if there’s left for your savings. Now that I’ve learned which to put at the end of my simple formula, I rest my case that traveling made an impact on my life great enough that it has changed my whole perception of how I wanted to age.” Want to know Kaiz’s secretformula? Read here.
You can also take life as it comes, like Juanderful Pinoy, who has just graduated from university and off to work in the white-collar world. He admits it’s not really his dream job, but he looks at it as a chance to score a travel stint in the future. For now, he enjoys the ride, carrying promises of new beginnings and a bright future.
“I believe hard times can really make you a better person. I am totally committed to accomplish something for myself. There are so many things on my mind right now. A sudden bursts of sudden wants which I don’t want to have, but I think have. At least for now I have clues. It’s really time to determine and choose a career I liked.” Read Juanderful Pinoy’s success story here.
|Roniel Macatol of Eating Halfway|
“If a leap of faith is to become a basis of being “faithful” then I would fit right in. Our decisions become our life. It can make or break us, taking us into our lives’ conclusion. Time and again, I arrive at certain crossroads as before. I am taking a leap of faith believing that wherever my halfway journeys take me, I will be in a place where God wants me to be.” Read about Roniel’s journey here.
|Izah Morales of Tripadora|
“At the luxury ship, you’re one of the elite. Then one day you woke up. You had enough of the boring routine in the ship. You want to jump out of that ship and start your adventure aboard the balangay. There’s a risk of jumping out of the ship. You know the waves would be rough. It won’t be an easy journey. You might drown in the water of you might get lost. People won’t understand you.” The ups and downs of Izah’s adventure here.
|Edcel Suyo of Soloflighted|
“There are moments when I feel that I’m just making a hasty decision and I’m wondering if my plans are really going to happen. I haven’t really thought about it in full because my mind is too preoccupied with other things at present. But when I finally have the time to contemplate, I somehow realize how big of a deal this idea actually is. A positive mindset is what I needed.” Follow Edcel’s journey here.
Or you can reflect upon Doi—carefree Doi who’s not afraid to throw caution to the wind. An invite from her thrill-seeking friends sent her packing her bags and flying to a place she’s never been before. She left home to grow up and push her limits, making her fears of the uncertain a thing of the past. She takes her chances and gets away with it.
|Doi Domisian of The Travelling Feet|
“Right now, I’m writing this entry on my travel notebook while looking out the window. It’s almost 3pm. A sea of fluffy clouds are scattered all over the horizon. The pilot’s voice echoed through the entire aircraft. A few days before this flight, I still had second thoughts whether I would push through or not. I only have $450 in my pocket and 120Baht from last year’s trip. I still have no concrete plans but I’m confident that everything will just fall into place. I’m already 31 and I need to grow up. Leaving home is the only way I know how.” Read how Doi chases her dreams here.
|Claire Rabobar-Blaxland of Lakwatsera de Primera|
“Looking back now, I think I have come a long way from the hermit and anti-social me who watched too many travel shows, spent too much time reading Php3000 worth of books and magazines in one sitting and sometimes even working on the weekend by choice for the lack of better things to do. I finally found the guts to get a good camera, start taking pictures and start going to the places I wanted to visit without if and buts. I went out of my comfort zone, became more open to other people and tried new things.” Discover how Claire got out of her shell here.
That’s exactly what travel did for Melody, who challenged herself and hopped on the plane to South Korea, a solo trip that changed her life, and the way she translates her travels into meaningful experience. She’s also more than willing to offer a tip or two about her destinations.
|Melody Co of Guiltless Getaways|
“This was the trip that turned my life around. Traveling used to be something I would do to recharge and cool off from all the drowning office work. Today, I find meaning and stories wherever I go.” Read moreabout Melody’s solo trip here.
Che will gladly share her first solo backpacking experience. It was her way of assuring herself that there is more to life than the confines of her immediate environment. The people she met on the road enlightened her that there is nothing to worry about when traveling alone. But what comforts her is to know that after the trip, she will always have a home to go to.
|Che Gurrobat of Backpacking Pilipinas|
“For more than three years since I started backpacking Pilipinas, I’ve nerver really been alone. But then there was this nagging idea of solo backpacking that kept haunting me for a long time. I’ve always thought that every seasoned traveler should go through this brave undertaking once in a while. But now I’d like to think that solo backpacking is not just for usual travelers. It’s something that everyone should do and could do—travel easily alobe, escape from the city rat race and find a quiet space somewhere far.” Take a trip with Che here.
|Daene Luna of Filipina on Flip Flops|
“I remember leaning my body forward slowly, leaning forward just a little bit, and before I knew it, gravity was doing all the work, and I was falling and falling fast, with the most amazing, exhilarating feeling EVER. It wasn’t like riding a roller coaster that made your stomach turn and churn with G forces, it was just… free falling, and this will probably sound cheesy and silly but I recall thinking “FREEDOM!” as I fell fast.” Take the leap with Daene here.
If jumping is not your cup of tea, why don’t you emulate the reigning travel maverick, Journeying James? This is a guy who sleeps on hammocks under the moon and goes on a 100-day journey around the Philippine archipelago with only a few coins in his pocket and small backpack to boot.
“Yes, it’s a leap of faith! The most sacrificial and challenging thing I did all my life. I’m not getting younger so I did it even if I’m not sponsored by a company or individual- yes, an indie-traveler. As of this writing, I’m almost half-way there, The trip is life-changing, eye-opening, back-aching and feet-abusing but most satisfying.” Read more about Jame’s undertaking here.
Or try to be like Aleah, the ultimate independent woman, travelling alone to countries many of us only read in books. Not only does she weave her sharp-witted optimism into her travel stories that make us want to join her or be her, but also she encourages reluctant travelers to pursue their dream destinations. Work for it, like she did, and you’ll never ever regret the sacrifices you’ve made.
|Aleah of Solitary Wanderer|
“So how do you take the leap of faith? How do you take that first step off the solid ground that you’ve always been loathe to leave by yourself? Want it hard enough, and it will happen! When you want something hard enough, you’re more open to possibilities, more aware of opportunities that can help you get it. If you really want it, you can always find ways to get it. Otherwise, all you’ll have are excuses.” Celebrate travel with Aleah here.
Be inspired by Gay—the epitome of a perfect life. Not only does she have a dashing man on her arm, she also has her gorgeous daughter, Luna, in tow in her round-the-world adventures. Not to mention talent, brains, beauty, and a thrill-seeking aura. Defiantly down-to-earth, Gay holds on to the home-grown qualities and remains grounded despite having already accomplished so much.
|Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie|
“Every phase of my early backpacking years led me to where I am now. All the travel mishaps and heartbreaks molded me into a tougher backpacker chick who’s read to take on the world. I am not w a full-blown backpacking mum. And though I lost a part of my carefree self, I don’t really mind. Because in restrospect, I lived and I am still living an awesome life.” Take a peek at Gay’s journeys here.
|Lisa Marie Mirasol of Pinay Travelista|
“There are no such thing as ‘valid’ excuses. ‘I am not fit or healthy to do travelling.’ Neither was I. Meds, and a constant sticky note in the head that reminded me to eat healthy and stay fit allowed me to take this on. Kaya nga andito so Pinay Trav dahil because of this statement. Something to prove na I can get more from life—I did it and continue to do so through travels.” Enjoy Lisa Marie’s carefree soul here.
And this young lad Ryan is a certainly good sport. He will tell you with genuine humor about the countless times he was afraid to travel before because of his motion sickness, and that the only way he could overcome them was to embark into more trips, which he poetically labelled as his melancholic travels.
|Ryan Mach of Pinoy Wandering Boy|
“The fact that I threw up on the road pretty much solidified my belief that I had no business going to places that required riding on a mass transportation. But my folks understood my weakness and stubborn as a mule, I never let my ‘little personal problem’ get in the way as far as traveling was concerned.” Read Ryan’s experiences here.
|Mhe-Anne Ojeda of My Comings and Goings|
As I reflect on this experience, I felt gratitude that God has used my travel to teach me how faith works. As I get into more and more difficulties, I was forced to turn to God for help and learned in a practical way how I can reach my journey. And so it is in our spiritually journeys. We need hope and faith to reach our eternal destination.” Find out how faithsaved Mhe-anne, here.
|Ephraim Arriesgado of The Adventist Adventurer|
“I have also decided to dedicate all my travels (as much as possible) as mission or outreach trips, that I hope will become opportunities to help the needy and share the love of Jesus to others. I learned more fully to treasure friendships and to value the experiences more than any other things in life. I learned to be more confident, independent, and practical. I learned to become more passionate and compassionate.” Journey throughfaith with Ephraim, here.
|The Lost Boy Lloyd|
“I took healing day by day, fervently praying that my broken heart be mended for it to be whole again, for me to be ready to fall in love again. With every city and province I’ve visited, I took the time to heal and tell myself life is beautiful and worth living. Back then, travel was my way to move on and regard yesterday as a bittersweet learning experience. After a year in my life and after all the miles I’ve traveled, there I was again right where I was standing the year prior—at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino.” Read Lloyd’s story here.
|Rain Amantiad of Destination: Everywhere|
“I defied over five thousand miles to dare my spirit how much it could take. Love matters because it is the nucleus of all values. If it fails, the damage extend its arms to your faith in things and people; it feasts on blows repeatedly aimed at your own self-worth; it topples over all hopes in the reality of dreams; the possibility of magic. Three countries, four cities and an island — I strung poetry for each, with beads of lessons learned from the road.” Discover how Rain’s life turned around,here.
|Mich Borlagdan of Chasing Philippines|
“Now, I know why we need to pursue these challenges; Sometimes, we need to lose hope and feel like dying so we will appreciate the beauty of living. We need to be weak and defenseless so we will see how strong we can be. Sometimes we need to be left alone so we will learn to appreciate how wonderful it is to be surrounded by good people. And sometimes, we need to cry pale of tears so we would appreciate every morning that we see ourselves smiling.” Take the plunge with Mich, here.
|Mimai Cabugnason of A Shark’s Life|
“Look at you now. All happy and beating again. I’ve never been so proud. Way back in 2010, you shattered yourself into countless pieces. And you didn’t know what to do. And then a lightbulb moment right after that memorable trip to Baguio. Maybe seeing the world is a remedy, maybe.” Read Mimai’s poignant letter here.
|Ian dela Pena of Brownmantrips|
“The people I met in Taiwan made me re-establish my faith to humanity’s kindness. I would say that the environment that I have grew up in, made my perspective rough and my exterior tougher to survive. Living in a mega city like Manila isn’t easy you have to guard your own or else you’ll be taken advantaged. And this trip to Taiwan made me realize that the world is not that evil at all.” Embrace kindness with Ian, here.
|Shawi Cortez of Cheap Travel for Women|
“Receiving more guests, it opened my mind to a whole new world of traveling. I have learned that I don’t need to always stay in posh hotels to enjoy a country. That there are budget airlines which will allow me to travel reasonably. Being exposed to travelers gave me the courage to jump into the unknown. To take that leap of faith.” Engage in Shawi’s adventures, here.
|Kimkawayan Lim of Indie Escape|
“If there was anything I learned on friendships from years of mountaineering, it was that the best bonds are formed on the campsite. In this case, the setting is quite different but the idea held true. I have sensed our same passion for travel, and that very thing kept me from being an outsider looking in.” Make friends with Kim, here.
|Darwin Miranda Cayetano of Tracking Treasure|
“From being a social clone, a victim of confusions and frustrations and a perfect example of a bored corporate slave, I suddenly find myself on the road. Walking along the off-beaten paths to discover the unknown has become my interest. From feeling incomplete, I am starting to become more alive and fulfilled.” Take a trip with Darwin, here.
|Marky Ramone-Go of Nomadic Experiences|
“I can’t say with cut-throat precision how travelling changed my life. The fact that I carry on with these observations around and I continue to practice the things I learned on the road, is an indication that it has impacted me very clearly. “The road is life” as Jack Kerouac once wrote. It won’t be my life 100% but I rest my head every night knowing that it will be forever there, waiting for whenever I’m ready yet again to hit the road.” Read Marky’s wisdom on the road, here.
|Noel Amo of Batangala|
“Meeting my wife-to-be did not prevent me from travelling. In fact, with a constant companion, we got to travel together more. Even with a baby, we still kept on travelling. To date, we still go out of town at least once a year or when our finances permit. I believe that our daughter gets to learn more about the Philippines little by little through travel.” Meet Noel’s lovely family here.
Do you know how an eagle learns to fly? Its mom pushes it off the nest. It struggles. It gets scared. But it never gives up. Now see how magestic it soars.
I want you to be like that baby eagle. Jump, I command you, then conquer the skies!