When was the last time you went out to discover new things?
I love to travel. And I love that those who follow me here on my blog or on twitter love traveling and discovering new things too! A lot of your comments involve questions on where to go and what to do, especially when you don't really have time. You need not look far or spend much. Seriously. Here are three things to think about.
1. Identify your free time
Do you work a 9 to 5 job and have weekends free?
Are you a freelancer who owns your time?
Are you so busy and only have a few hours every evening?
Remember, free time is free time and its your choice if you want to spend it locked in your room, or use it to seize the moment and learn new things.
2. What are you in the mood for?
Are you a beach and nature type of person or more the city and shopping kind? Are you into food trips or are you an adventure junkie? Or maybe you just want to chill and relax?
For those who are free during weekends, an out of town trip is easy for you! One of my favorites is a road trip to Tagaytay to eat in Sonya's Garden and other country style restaurants, or even just pick up fresh fruit or flowers, or even just breathe in fresh air! Another favorite is a weekend getaway to Boracay or Cebu.
For those who freelance and can fix their own schedules, it shouldn't be a problem for you because you can actually avoid crowds and schedule your trips on off peak dates and hours, when rates are cheaper.
Do you have just a few hours? Within the city there are so many places you haven't seen or things you haven't experienced I'm sure! One place on my list that is so near is the Mind Museum in BGC. For foodies, I recommend the Kapitolyo area in Pasig! Check out Mad Marks (awesome homemade ice cream), Milky N Sunny (the tapa is a must try) and Ba Nois (their Viet spring rolls are so good)!
3. What to bring?
Most important, even more than money, is an open mind. Don't dismiss a place or thing because of your first impression. Most of the time its the things that surprise you and catch you unaware that are the most memorable.
Your being personable. Talk to people! Find out their stories! You will be surprised with how much you will discover.
A bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated, and to get you pumped up for all the things you are about to discover, coffee! I recommend Nescafe in a can (mocha is my favorite) because it is delicious and no fuss (you can just drop it in your bag).
A camera to capture all the moments! A phone would do. My Samsung S4 has amazing photo and video quality.
Think about it..
Honestly, do you recall the last time you made an effort to discover things? Share your new discoveries with me! I would love to check them out for myself.