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This bird welcomed us when we’re about to enter the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River or famously called The Underground River in Palawan last week. More »
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Travel is one of the most uplifting experiences you can enjoy in life. Sure, it’s not always an affordable endeavor, but going out there in the world often proves to be more fulfilling than buying material things.
Travel is essentially a form education, except that it doesn’t happen within the 4 walls of a classroom. If you want to widen the scope of your understanding of the world, one of the best ways to do this is to immerse yourself in foreign environments.
Realizing this at a young age is truly eye-opening. Here are the reasons why:
1. You’ll get to know more about your own country
Young people often begin their wanderlust life by exploring their country of origin. It is often a great place to start, considering how disparate communities can be even in very small countries. When you travel to other places in your own country, you’ll become exposed to other people’s way of life—the issues they face on a daily basis and how they deal with these issues in their own way.
2. You’ll see what life is like in other countries
As you begin to explore other countries, you’ll also begin to see what people are like in those places. Every destination is an opportunity for you to learn about the nice things found in those places that you can also bring home to your own country. This can be ideas, values, and many other things.
3. You’ll be able to distinguish between luxuries and necessities
This is especially true after you’ve been to poorer communities. If, before, you think that you need new clothes, modern gadgets, and lots of money to be able to live a great life, you’ll begin to understand that, at the most basic level, you actually only need a few things to make you happy. Friendship, companionship, and experiences take the center stage instead.
4. You’ll realize that it’s not all about you
When you go to other places, you will learn that much of what you thought were the most important things in the world are actually trivial matters for other people. For example, people living hundreds or thousands of kilometers away from your hometown are likely not to care about the battles being waged by your city’s politicians. It’s a humbling experience to know that there are places out there whose worlds revolve around other matters, and certainly not around the ones going on inside your home, on your street, in your city, or even in your country.
5. You’ll learn about yourself more
Finally, you might think that you already know yourself very well, but the truth of the matter is that there is still so much to learn about you! And you won’t really experience this unless you get to go out of your comfort zone and realize what you are capable of. Going out there to experience new things is one of the best ways you can get to know yourself better.
Being a traveler is a way of life that can really make a positive impact on you as a person. We hope that we were able to inspire you to take to the road, book a cheap hotel in the Philippines for a start, and begin meeting new friends who also love to travel!
I know how it feels every time you hear some profound and life-changing stories of people who have gone to so many places. I can relate how excited you are whenever they mention some mind-blowing experiences and stunning sights. I was once a dreamer like you, flipping pages of borrowed books and old magazines. I was also big fan of travel shows and documentaries back then. Sadly, the idea of exploring places didn’t come easily so I temporarily set that aside and work with perseverance to focus first with my personal and family concerns. I graduated, got a job and thinking somehow I would be able to support my long-time dream. Years gone by, time flew so fast but the dream didn’t happen. And then one day I found myself on my own father’s shoes. He was always there to fill them until we lost him. I was not prepared for the role but I have to. I have to sacrifice for the people I value and love the most. More than my dreams, my family is above important.
*Osprey Out and About, first leg of many Osprey Adventures, is an outdoor experience exposing it’s participants to various activities and environments. This initiative seeks to inspire the adventurous to go further by enabling them to explore and try new experiences with Osprey. From nature tripping to cultural immersions, short hikes to breathe taking sights, giving back to the environment to trying local delicacies, Osprey Out and About is all about adventure backpacking! Held last November 4-5, Osprey invited friends from the media and select travel bloggers for the Osprey Out and About at Balanga, Bataan which entailed two days of trying out new things, and putting Osprey packs to the test.
Our first stop was Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park which is considered as one of the country’s birdwatching havens. It serves as feeding grounds for migratory and endemic bird species. Because of its thick mangrove forest, wetlands, grasslands and mudflats, it became a natural food basket to at least 35 species and 15 families of birds, making it one of the most populated bird sites in the Philippines.