venturing

Travelling can be daunting, especially if you’re seeing places most people have already gone to. There’s the fact that a place would be too hectic, as well as full of man’s creations.

But you know what?

Travelling can also be exciting, especially if you’re experiencing places most people have never gone to. There’s the fact that a place would be just calm, as well as full of nature’s wonders.

That being said, here are some reminders when venturing into the unknown:

Pack light.

You’ll never know. You might climb up that mountain you saw while fetching water from a stream. You’ll also never know. You might hike down that cliff you saw while gathering food from a tree. Anything can happen when you’re venturing into the unknown; hence, the need for you to pack light in order to adapt to the condition you’ll eventually find yourself in without trouble. Even more so, it will help you in moving around freely and prevent you in getting tired easily.

Bring a water bottle.

One con of venturing into the unknown? Not knowing how long (time) it would take for you to climb up to the mountain top or how much (effort) it would take for you to hike down to the cliff bottom. But still, one should always be prepared as the journey might take a few days or more to completely finish. Bring a water bottle and fill it with water more often than usual from nearby streams or even trees – not only to keep yourself hydrated, but also to boost your energy and to maintain your skin.

Bring a homemade snack.

Be it making your own dough recipe via the top bread machines on the market right now or the top waffle makers on the market right now, it never hurts to be prepared when it comes to food. You’ll never know. The area you’re venturing into is a few miles away from the nearest town. You’ll also never know. The area you’re venturing into is nowhere near a fruit tree even. Thus, bring a homemade snack – at least 5 packs, just enough to fill yourself up from time to time.

Always remember, there’s no such thing as too prepared. You see, venturing into the unknown is best experienced if you’re truly prepared – even with just a light pack, a water bottle, or a homemade snack.

Any other reminders when venturing into the unknown? Share them with us below!

Travel Tips
Feeling stressed out from work? You need to take a break, brother!
We’re not talking about staying inside at your home all day. That’s quite good, but you know what’s better than that?
Traveling is the answer! But traveling takes time and preparation.  Here’s what you can do to make the most of your trip.

Research About the Area

Research for some popular tourist attractions and activities to make the most of your time. Doing this will help you prioritize and organize your to-do list easily.

Explore the Area Without a Map

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Give The Map The Middle Finger!

This might seem a bad idea, but this will make your trip even surprising! Roam around the area and find memorable places or location unexpectedly. Don’t you love surprises? Of course, you do!

Bring A Friendly Vibe

Greet new people with a smile! Traveling is a one of a kind experience. Interact with people and share lovely stories with them. They might even help you find the best locations of restaurants, parks, and more that will make the most of your trip.

Appreciate Everything 

Appreciation changes your view in life. It’ll help you find a different perspective in life which makes every moment and things unforgettable. Appreciate everything, either small or big. You’ll find yourself enjoying more once you do this.

Take Photographs

Photographs are very good “memory vault”. Want to relive your experience after the vacation? Take a look at the photographs and you’ll feel happy again!
There you go! Need something to make your travel memorable? Follow these helpful tips. Always be ready and fully prepared before that day you’ve waiting for. Simply do these things during your trip to make the most of it!
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I haven’t mastered the art of packing light yet. But I’m working on it. I take it as a challenge every time I travel. But I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten better at it over time. I’ve learned to trim down the things I put in my check-in luggage. As for my carry on, I make sure that the essentials come first and the rest just take up whatever space is left.

1. Travel documents

Apart from my passport and flight tickets, I made it a habit to bring copies of important documents in my carry-on. I also keep digital copies in my mobile devices. I make sure that I keep printed copies of my itineraries, train tickets, and specific information about how to get to my destination if applicable.

2. Valuables

I try to avoid bringing valuables when traveling. And I put what few things of value I might have with me in my carry on. These items usually include my wallet, camera or mobile devices, and anything I consider too pricey to leave in my luggage.

3. Medications

I have a small pill box where I put whatever medication I need while on the road. These are usually prescription medicines or vitamins that I need to take at certain times of the day.

4. Collapsible water bottle

I prefer to drink water than sodas or other beverages. One of my must-have travel items is a collapsible water bottle that I can easily stash in my carry on. The first thing I do after clearing security check is to head somewhere I can fill it with water.

5. Portable charger

My phone charger’s always on my carry on essentials checklist. But I’ve also invested on a lightweight and small portable mobile device charger to make sure I can juice up my phone anywhere.

6. Change of clothes

I’m used to flight delays. But I’ve experienced one in the past that left me stuck at the airport during layover far longer than I imagined. And I had no change of clothes. It was one of the worst experiences I’ve had. I learned to carry at least one spare shirt and underwear in my carry on. I also make sure that I have suitable clothes for whatever weather they have in the place I’m headed to.

7. Travel hygiene kit
I have a miniature travel kit that contains a small toothpaste, foldable toothbrush, hand sanitizer, facial wipes, deodorant, and lip balm. I also have a travel sewing kit with in case I need to fix a loose button on my clothes.

8. Reading materials and other entertainment

I like reading so I make sure that I have plenty of materials on my phone. I tend to avoid traveling with so many gadgets so most forms of entertainment are usually stocked in whatever gadget I have with me.

9. Sleeping kit

I’m a light sleeper. I can’t sleep with the lights on and I’m sensitive to noise. This is why I always have an eye mask and ear plug with me. I want to get as much sleep as I can while traveling and those two things have been helpful in ensuring that I get enough snooze.

Japan has long been a dream destination for me. I’ve always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. There are many places I want to see and a long list of food I want to taste. Here are some videos of some of the amazing things about Japan that will make you want to go there:

1. Top 10 Most Interesting Facts About Japan

There are many interesting things about Japan. I think that a brief visit will not give me enough time to discover most of them. This video covers some amazing facts that inspire me more to travel there. On top of my personal favorites are the high-tech toilets, the cuisine, and the punctuality the Japanese people exemplify.

2. Japan Tourist Attractions: 15 Best Places To Visit

I have a long list of places I want to see in Japan. And this video features some of them. Kyoto is definitely one of the destinations I want to see first. I want to explore the temples and streets of this breathtaking city. I also want to see the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano. I’ve seen photos of the snow monkeys soaking in the hot springs which only makes me eager to go there as soon as I can. I also wouldn’t want to miss traveling around Tokyo. I’m excited to visit the temple in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, the Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku, and Akihabara.

3. 22 Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan

Speaking of Tokyo, here’s a video of things to do while in the city. I’d love to see the Meiji Shrine and Shibuya Crossing. I want to explore the electronics and otaku scene in Akihabara. I like to visit a maid café, eat as many authentic dishes as I can, and travel by shinkansen to neighboring cities. These are just a few of the tons of things I plan on doing when in Tokyo.

4. Street Food Japan

Exploring the street food scene is part of my longtime dream to travel in Japan. I’ve tried most of the dishes featured in this video like the okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and yakisoba. But I haven’t had okonomiyaki on a stick yet. Apart from these, I can’t wait to have a taste of cold soba, yakitori, and ramen right smack at the heart of the country that makes them so scrumptiously.

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I have only truly understood some of the many lessons learned from traveling after I traveled. It was like everything I have read and heard from travelers clicked into place. And often, understanding comes quietly and sometimes so fleetingly that you have to be paying attention to catch it. There is really nothing like traveling to teach life lessons they do not teach at school.

1. People are innately kind

One of the first lessons I learned growing up is to never talk with strangers. There is nothing essentially wrong with that bit of advice. It keeps us safe, especially at an age when we are most vulnerable if left alone. But somehow, that lesson stuck with me and changed my perception about strangers in general. It made me avoid situations that require me to interact with people I do not know. Traveling has changed that view. The wariness is still there. But I have learned to be more open to talking with people I met in my travels. I have learned to smile and chat if opportunities arise. And I have learned to trust enough to ask for help if I needed it. This has considerably changed my outlook in life.


2. Different cultures teach you to appreciate diversity

The world is made of places and people with different cultures. Traveling exposes you to diverse beliefs and ways of life that will shatter whatever stereotypes you may have in your mind. I find that the more I immerse myself, no matter how briefly, into the local culture, the more I begin to appreciate them. I learned that despite the differences, there are still things that can bind us with other people if we care enough to understand.

3. The world is not as scary as you might think

If you let fear influence your travel decisions, you might end up not traveling at all. And it is completely understandable given all the scary things we hear on the news. One of the reasons I did not want to travel before was because I was scared of being out of my comfort zone. I had safety and security concerns that were difficult to overcome. But taking a leap of faith was the best thing I have done. It was after I traveled that I realized that the world was not as scary as I thought it was.

4. You can accomplish more than you think

Traveling lets you discover more about yourself. You will be constantly surprised by how capable you are and how much more you can do than you might previously think. On the road, you begin to trust yourself more. You learn to take responsibility for the decisions you make. And you learn to adapt with whatever it is that life throws out you while traveling.

5. Spending time alone is good for you

I used to think that solo travel is dangerous, especially for a woman. I believed this despite knowing that there are many women travelers who have already done it and came out unscathed from the experience. But after experiencing it for myself, I learned that going solo can do a girl a lot of good. I realized that being alone is different from being lonely.

6. You will always find a way

I have been through some challenging experiences in my travels. There have been moments when I felt helpless and inept to handle the problems I had to deal with. But those experiences taught me that I can always find a way if I set my mind on it.

7. The best things happen once you overcome fear

I am not adventurous by nature. I am far from the brave girl like many of the travelers I admire. I tend to avoid situations that scare me. It was when I started traveling that I learned to do things despite the fear. And many of the most memorable travel experiences I had happened when I tried to overcome my fears.

8. Great things happen when you stay present

I am a planner and an overthinker. So I usually have a lot of things going on in my head. This habit often prevents me from enjoying the moment. One of the greatest things about traveling is that it teaches you to be present. I find that it is more fun when I stay in the here and now than thinking about things that do not matter in the present moment.