Surprising Benefits of Traveling Edit

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Bong Magana  • Contributor
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In our day-to-day lives, we operate routinely and have crazy schedules. The only way to escape this monotonous situation is to flee temporarily to a place where we're challenged to think or act differently than we normally do. At least once in our life, we should try going somewhere where an invaluable experience is waiting. "Traveling is the answer," that's one of the most practical advice you'll hear.

There are benefits to traveling that people often overlook. The knowledge you will acquire is so invaluable that you'll be enriched on many levels. Here are some.

Traveling lets you:

1. Be happy and enjoy life more


Photo from The Love Assembly.

You don't care what you do at all, and you break free from the norm. You get adrenaline rush from exploring, discovering a new place, a new language, new money and all the little challenges that you encounter. The value of experiences such as these can be immense and can lead to greater happiness over the long term.

Remember, experiences like traveling make us happier than material goods because they become a bigger part of our identity. After all, memories linger more than any material thing.

One such experience is the surfing and immersion adventure of Baler where you'll get to know the people and catch the waves. 

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.


2. Experience freedom


Photo from Journey Era.

When traveling alone, you experience a great feeling of independence. You can go  wherever you want, whenever you want, stay out late, and have ultimate flexibility and freedom for anything. It's all up to you. You meet people everywhere, take more chances on other people, take risks, and open yourself up to possibilities. You take responsibility, manage your freedom well, do great things, find your passions, get crazy, and enjoy discovering a lot about yourself. You may mainly rely on yourself and learn a lot about yourself. There is no greater feeling than to do whatever it is that makes you happy.

Exercise this freedom and experience a liberating island-hopping trip with the sights and the folks of Honda Bay

Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.

—Frank Tyger

3. Ensure peace of mind and reduce stress


Photo from Stoked to Travel.

It forces you to disconnect from routine and pressures of your everyday life and lets you truly escape. We all have stress and tension in our lives, but taking time off to go to a tranquil environment is a great way to refresh your mind and cool off stress levels. It helps your body filter out the negativity and leave you feeling healthy, reinvigorated, and refreshed when you return home.

Catch some peace of mind through touring the dreamy island of Batanes and feel rejuvenated for life back in the city. 

Travel changes you. It expands your mind and views exponentially. For the better. If everyone travelled, there would be more peace in the world.


4. Break out of your comfort zone


Photo from Don't Forget to Move.

Great things don't came from comfort zones.

—Roy T. Bennett

Every one of us has a pretty established comfort zone. We become comfortable in the daily roles, and the idea of getting out of our routine becomes scary and uncomfortable. Traveling and exploring will encourage you to get out and do something unusual. When you challenge yourself to get to the next level or challenge your boundaries, it can turn up amazing results. Like having an easier time dealing with new and unexpected changes. You become smarter, more competent. You learn to embrace your discomforts, and you find it easier to push your limits in the future.

Test your limits now and go diving in the country's many dive spots, or experience the rush in El Nido's ultimate zipline experience

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences.

—Jon Krakauer

5. Build your confidence


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Travelling alone or with friends in a foreign place where you don't know anyone will expose you to a multitude of new information. It will place you in situations where you have to figure out everything—from how to use public transportation to where to buy things and food—when things don't always go as planned. You'll have to go through different streets and different languages. It means that you're in charge of your own decision-making. Such situations will help you learn to manage the uncertainties of life, presence of mind, and the ability to adapt in foreign situations. Such a situation can help you understand yourself, who you are, and build your confidence.

Speaking of challenging situations to build your self-esteem, try touring the best and most intricate corners of Manila riding a bike made of bamboos! 

As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!


6. Enhance your creativity


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It's believed that if someone gets out of their comfort zone, new neural connections will develop that'll open their minds and trigger creative thoughts. New experience—sound, smell, language, taste, and sight—will spark different synapses in the brain. Especially for those of you whose work involves lots of creative thinking or analysis, a vacation to some place you've never been before might be the spark you need. It will quickly teach you to improvise and be creative.

Check some of the best from Manila's craftsmen and women at the Salcedo Saturday Market. 

The best education I have ever received was through travel.

—Lisa Ling

7. Expand your knowledge and perspectives


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You will be exposed to different people, cultures, and lifestyles. With all the unfamiliar activities, you'll uncover new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, and really opens up your eyes to the realities and expectations of other people around the world. You might just be surprised about what you discover, something that will greatly shift your paradigm and create a healthier perspective, which often gives people a new purpose in their lives and helps broaden their understanding of the world.

Spend a day working with the welcoming farmers of Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm, and see life from their perspective. 

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

8. Meet new people


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You will get to know different people, make new friends, share new experiences, and even fall in love! We usually always ask tips on places and share experiences. You'll realize how extremely easy it is to strike a conversation and to make friends. Something extraordinary happens, and you start to express yourself without the feeling of being judged.

Make the best of friends out of strangers at Haqqy's infamous and ultimately fun Manila Pubcrawl.  

One thing I look forward to is seeing new places and new people.

—Normani Kordei

9. Learn new languages


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A better way to learn new language skills is by traveling to a country where that language is spoken. You’ll learn how to communicate around people you don't know very well. You could start asking how to find the way to your next destination or the nearest restaurant, and learn simple phrases such as "thank you" or "hello".

Try one of the most linguistically rich regions in the country! Explore Visayas and immerse yourself into their many dialects. 

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

—Bill Bryson

10. Create wonderful memories that last a lifetime


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When you visit a place, it lends sensible knowledge about important landmarks, persons, culture, food, and the nature of people. The recollections of the experiences flash in our minds, the vision becoming enlarged and staying forever.

It also gives nice stories to tell people afterwards, and, when you return home, you'll be able to talk about all the crazy experiences you shared, the fantastic places you saw, and the life-changing moments you went through. These memories will create and cement a bond forever that nothing can erase no matter what happens and their effect on your life will remain forever. You can relive the enjoyment again and again as you look back on the great adventure you had when traveling.

For example, you can spend a whole day navigating Puerto Princesa's Underground River, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, and try the different activities nearby. 

Traveling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

“Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”

In a nutshell

Traveling helps people to form a better understanding of oneself, beliefs, and life in general. It also provides us with a better understanding of the world in which we live and understand it firsthand. Of course, it will not magically dissolve our problems, but it will do something positive to us.

So let's have some fun, enjoy life, and live in the moment! Keep your heart open for new experiences and open your mind to unfamiliarity. Discover the beauty of this amazing world and get lost in its opportunities. It is a rewarding experience, whether you do it on your own or with your friends or family.

About the Author


Bong Magana is a mountaineer, scuba diver, and backpacker. He's one of the few brave souls who are exploring each and every province in the Philippines. After traveling for many years, he's set up his own Outdoor Adventure Travel & Tours to various breathtaking destinations in the country.

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