Traveling Changed My Life: A Photo Story

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-the-beaten paths to discover the unknown has become my interest. From feeling incomplete, I am starting to become more alive and fulfilled. The streets and rocky roads become my classrooms and the strangers are my mentors. Now I suddenly realize that my life has totally changed, thanks from the inspiration I got and continuously getting from traveling. Even if it is not as grand as a majorca holidays, I will never stop from doing the passion that my heart and mind keeps reminding me. Here are some of the lessons I realized after traveling some of the well known spots in our country.

Apo Reef white sand

Apo Reef

photo credit: ThePinaySoloBackpacker

“Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro,
I learned to live simple and appreciate every moment. I was a bit disappointed when we reached the island. It did not appear exactly based from what I have seen in some blogs. But as time passes by, I suddenly ponder and realized that its not the place that will fulfill my expectation but the experience it offers is simply great. Laid back, no rush, just relax.”

Nagsasa Cove

Anawangin Cove

Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove, Zambales,
I learned to mingle with other people who share the same passion. I met new faces of travel blogosphere. I had the chance to connect and interact with them. Just hearing their stories inspired me a lot. That completed my experience.”

pahiyas Festival Quezon

pahiyas festival

“Pahiyas Festival, Quezon,
I learned not to underestimate what younger ones can do. I met a bunch of young travelers during the said festival. Like the pretty girl who wears heels while toploading a jeep, an energetic kid who has this big “buli” hat, the jolly and reMARKable dude, the icon of pinay travelers and the lawyer that always rules not just the court but also the road. That was the time when the group “BAGETS” was born.

Palaui Island Lighthouse

Palaui Island

Palaui Island, Cagayan,
I learned the importance of independence, good company, and unity. It was the longest journey indeed, spending 12 hours in a bus, a tricycle ride, 3 hours in a van, a boat ride, and 4 hours of trekking just to reach Siwangag Cove, where the historical Cape Engano remains standing strong.”

Sagada

sagada landslide

Sagada, Mountain Province,
I learned that traveling alone can be more fun and exciting despite the landslide, rockfall and typhoon. Lizardo Trans No. 897, braved the raging storm “Mila”, the bus I chased up to La Trinidad. It was the last bus going to Sagada because most of them have already cancelled the trips due to the strong rain. It was my first time to actually experience a landslide and rockfall. It was scary but I’ve decided to push through, since I am already there. I said to myself that there’s no turning back. My mom did not know about it. But I informed a friend just in case.

Mt. Pulag

mt. Pulag Trail

“Mt. Pulag, Benguet,
I learned that dreaming high and big is good and reaching it is always possible as long as you believe that you can do it. I was able to reach the roof of Luzon. I was able to climb 2292 meters above sea level, fogs kept embracing us so us the clouds flowing like a river between slopes and curves. Indeed, the scene is just awesome.”

Patar White Beach Play

Photo credit: Josh Uy

Patar White Beach

Bolinao, Pangasinan,
I felt the most incomparable feeling of all, falling in love. No more words to say, I just feel very happy.

This is my entry to this month’s blog carnival with a theme “Leap of Faith: When Traveling Changed My Life hosted Reiza Dejito.

“I am a free spirit, an eternal wanderer. I lust for travel, for adventure, for new experiences, for love. My feet are still itching to roam, but luckily, my heart has already found its place.”
-Reiza

darwin

darwin

a frustrated journalist-and-teacher-turned-engineer who is making his dreams into reality by following his designed style of traveling. Email me at thetreasuretracker@gmail.com.
darwin

6 Responses to Traveling Changed My Life: A Photo Story

  1. vin says:

    cool photo story. loved the pulag sunrise pic 😉

  2. Mary Jane says:

    those photos were incredible!! oh! how i wish i can visit philippines and explore it like you do! missing it now my homeland!! i wish i can take photos like dt as well!! very intriguing!! i shud practice more haha xx

  3. Gigi Beleno says:

    Wow! great pics, those pics alone tell stories. yeah! I agree there are a lot of things we learn from traveling. Because we had opportunity to meet different kinds of people and experience various situations.

  4. nice story Darwin! i miss you so much! lagyan mu kaya ng watermark photos mu, ganda eh! 😉 eto pala yung topic s blog carnival. pede pa ba sumali? haha

  5. Dylan says:

    Darwin, the photos in Flickr are currently not available.
    Reading this life changing post would have been better if the photos were still there.

    • admin says:

      hi Dylan,

      Thank you so much for your comment, apology with the photo problem, hndi ko alam bakit nagkaganyan, but i’ll fix it. 😉 thanks again

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