(Excerpt from my backpack travel journal)
I have listed my own 10 commandments for traveling to fully enjoy every trip. These rules help me maximize the experience when visiting places.
With the internet, it is easier to get information on a lot of stuff. Take the time to check on the interesting places to visit to your destination. It would also be good to know the culture - the community's do's and dont's. Ask friends. Bottomline, get as much information your destination.
Based on your research, plan your trip. Although it is alright that you and your buddies can go for a "ride the tide" thing, it
is best that you have a basic itinerary before leaving. This would help you to know what you need to bring, things to watch out for, etc. It would also save you time.
3. Find a good travel buddy
Going on trips is more fun when you have a companion to go along with you. It would also serve as a security on your part in case something unexpected happens. If traveling alone, choose one buddy that you will update often about your location.
4. Know the Emergency Numbers
Just in case something unexpected happens, it would be a great relief that you know who to call. Get the emergency numbers of the locality and store it in your mobile or your handy bag. Inform your buddies about it, as well.
5. Pack light
Make sure that you bring enough clothes but not too much. Check your plan and plan your attire based on your activities. Bring 2 extra clothing for unexpected twists. Check out clothes that you can wear a couple of times during your stay. Toiletries should be confined to minis and sachets.
6. Have an emergency kit
Prepare an emergency pack that will have medicines and first aid kits. If need be, have instruction cards on special medications that you might be taking or need to take in case of emergencies.
7. Make cash handy
Although most destinations have credit card and bank facilities, it would be good to have cash at hand. The key is research.
8. Be flexible
Although you have a plan, have the luxury of flexibility. Adjust the plan based on where "your tide" brings you. The plan is just a guide. When you have discovered something that is not in the plan, just enjoy it. Do not let the plan ruin the fun!
9. Learn and Immerse
You are in a new place so take the time to learn about the community. Immerse yourself in their way of life and learn from the locals. Traveling should enrich you and broaden your knowledge.
10. Have fun
The most important rule is simply just have fun! Enjoy the new sights. Find something new to try out. Be adventurous. Let go and enjoy the destination.
To go places is exciting so just let go and let your inner child out to enjoy and learn.
I think that this is the best way to start my travel blog - joining 81 individuals walk, run, and discover the beauty of Tingloy Island, off the coast of Batangas.
I am a huge fan of adventure races. I love the excitement of watching the contestants go to different places and discover what the location has to offer. Henceforth, when I stumbled on the Tingloy Island Discovery Race - I tagged along two of my close friends for the adventure. And it was indeed an adventure!
Tingloy Island is located off the coast of Mabini in Batangas. You get to the island by taking a 30-minute boat ride from Talaga Port. It has kept its beauty in silence for the past years even during the tourism boom of the country. Even if you check the internet, you will find little information on the beauty of the island. Most of the information are from travelers who have already visited the island.
The island has 2 sides - the side that faces Batangas offers a more rugged terrain with beautiful rock formations while the other side offers white sand beaches comparable to that of Boracay. It is a very beautiful island. It has a lot to offer - trekking its peaks, bouldering, or simply just enjoying the white sand.
I actually plan to visit the island soon so that I can fully enjoy its natural beauty before commercialism comes in.
I strongly recommend that you visit the island and hopefully on my second visit, I will be able to give you more information on the island.
POINTS OF INTEREST FOR BEACH LOVERS:
Sepok Beach - the small white sand cove accessible be trekking or boat
Magsasa Beach, San Juan - the white sand beach is just perfect! It is accessible by taking a tricycle from the Poblacion and a short walk through rice fields.
Marc del Rosario
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