Four Elements of Travel

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

The world is getting smaller in terms of how people nowadays can go to different places in a span of a day. Traveling is not a luxury anymore. It can be done by anyone with proper planning. As we become more connected, we get to know more about different places, and the more we know, the more we get the urge to explore. So what can be the elements we need to know to experience traveling?

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 1.       Funding/Money

Traveling can be a very expensive activity if one wants to splurge on the luxury kind of travel. However, it can also be affordable with the help of really good planning and understanding of your own personal preferences. I usually plan my travels months before. Not only does it make me very excited, but it also helps me budget my funds. I try to go to a place that I haven’t been to once a year. This means that I have to set aside a travel fund and decide where I want to go. Instead of asking for gifts for birthdays or Christmas, it would be a good idea to ask for donations for your travel funds. Part-time jobs are also available everywhere, the salary might be small, but with proper budgeting, they will all add up. Smart planning and preparation will really make traveling affordable for everyone.

2.       Destination

Who wouldn’t want to stop working and travel everywhere? Sadly, that’s not possible for everyone, so I think that carefully planning the place that you want to go has to be a priority. I always think that I can still explore more places locally if my time is limited and have the same fun as when I go internationally. The first thing to do is to know my preference. Should it be a  nature focused trip, beach destination, colder place or an adventure trip? After that, I look at local destinations that I haven’t been to. Most places around the country or to nearby ones offer most of the things that I want to do. I then decide by browsing through websites and look at the places where not that many people go. I like to explore those kinds of places and see what they have to offer.

3.       Right time and season

Peak tourist season means that hotels and flights will be more expensive. That’s why it’s important to first decide the destination and read up about the right season to travel there. If time is not on your side, it’s still possible to schedule your travel by going when it’s almost at the end of that season. I usually go when I get my holidays, however, with the help of my advanced planning, I am able to check when I can possibly get the best of what hotels and flights have to offer.

4.       Sense of Fun and Adventure

I can say that my best travel moments and destinations were when I went with locals. It might be a little bit scary but they really know where the best places to go. We usually go to restaurants with no tourists but full of locals. I found that a smile goes a long way and people usually respond to this, especially in Southeast Asia. Try to learn a few words of the local language and people will try to help you out more. They appreciate the effort and that goes a long way in meeting and enjoying yourself.

So I guess those are the four travel elements I can think of. Maybe you have some other ideas; it would be great to hear them too!

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Traveler at heart, student at home, teacher at work. I collect and write memories and take photographs of the places I travel. A Pinay who has become a tourist of her own homeland but will always call it home.

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