School & Travel: Making It Possible

My friends have been wondering how I've got "so much" "extra" time for travel when we're at a point where everything we do in school just gets more and more crucial -- most especially because our road to graduation is also getting shorter by the month. I perfectly understand the confusion, however, in my last few of months of having to explore 6 cities, 6 provinces, 3 islands, 4 mountains and 5 beaches (and counting), with good grades and thankfully, all parts of my body still intact, I think I might just have the thing on how to make school and travel work at the same time. And no, it's nothing extreme or nowhere as crazy as you might be thinking. 

At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself to get to know the Philippines more through travel. That alone has been a driving force for me to get out of the city and hop towns as much as I can. Unlike what many would say, I simply don't agree that traveling should only be done on vacations or holiday breaks. Being a college student makes it a bit tricky, yes, but not impossible. In fact, it's a lifestyle that I think I'm quickly learning to adapt! As we are all limited with 24 hours per day and 7 days a week, I believe all of us are capable of budgeting our time between doing what we can, should, and want to do, with "due tomorrow, do tomorrow" out of the equation. Me being me, I simply Cannot. Stand. Not. Doing. Anything. even just for a few hours, so arranging trips and planning for the weeks ahead are activities that I easily got the hang of. (I was even able to make time to write this post so I could share the knowledge with you! *wink*) And I let those plans fuel me to finish all that needs to be finished before the weekend comes. That sometimes entails sacrificing a few hours of sleep as well as some quality time with the barkada, but I guess it all boils down to how badly you want to travel and explore new places. To have time, you gotta make time -- and I believe this is mainly the part that makes it seem complicated for some people.

We're only 3 months into 2016 and I couldn't be more satisfied with how much of my promise I've already been able to keep! I hope you, too, will one day choose to get out there more to drink as much out of life as possible. Because, so far, in learning more about the motherland from the depths and heights of Luzon and Visayas, I can tell you this: some of the best teachers are not in universities.

Love always,

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