5 Love Lessons I Learned from Traveling

I always believe that traveling and exploring new places is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And ever since I was bitten by the so called "travel bug," I never stopped exploring and traveled all the 81 provinces in the Philippines - from Batanes to Tawi-tawi. My journey made me realize a lot of things and made me change the way I see life, happiness, contentment and most especially love.

5 things that made me change the way I see love through travel

"Indeed, there are so many lessons to be learned from traveling."

Yes, travel does change you, including how you see your love for your family, love for nature, love for your partner and most especially - love for yourself. There are so many things to learn, and help us grow – I could probably name 100’s of love lessons but for now, let me share to you 5 things that made me change the way I see love through travel.

Change the way you see love
Sabtang, Batanes

1. There's a perfect timing for everything

When we travel, we should know when and where should we go. That's one important thing to consider in travel planning.

Just like in falling in love. Though it cannot be planned, you still have to know when to love and who to fall in love with. You should be ready enough to give yourself to someone you'll share your life with. If you're not yet ready for the adventure of finding everlasting love, don't go!

Bes, hindi pwede ang pabigla-bigla at ang "bahala na si Batman attitude" - both for traveling and falling in love. Pumasok ka sa relasyon kapag alam mong handa ka na at hindi ka na bitter sa ex mo! There's a perfect time for everything.

Change the way you see love
Mt. Manalmon, Bulacan

2. Move on Bes!

When we travel, even if we have planned it so well, "misadventures" are still bound to happen. That's the reality of life.

Just like when falling in love, kahit ginawa mo na ang lahat, iniwan ka pa rin nya. Pero 'wag ka na magmukmok Bes, life goes on! Ganun talaga. Bangon ka lang! Kahit gumapang ka pa, ang importante ay umalis ka sa pagkalugmok mo. Ikaw lang ang magbabangon sa sarili mo.

Tandaan mo Bes, kahit ilang beses ka pa masaktan, move on at huwag ka mapagod magmahal.

Change the way you see love
Donsol, Sorsogon

3. You should enjoy every moment

Road trips, plane rides and boat rides, they all give us stunning and breathtaking views of the world around us. These rides are meant to be enjoyed and appreciated. Sometimes, it may be bumpy and rough, but it's part of the journey. Kapit ka lang ng mahigpit and just enjoy the ride!

Huwag ka ma-stess kahit gaano kahirap o ka-bumpy ang relasyon nyo. Ganun talaga, finding true love takes a lot of patience at dapat pinaghihirapan. Be patient, it will be all worth it Bes! Trust me!

Change the way you see love
Bonbon Beach, Romblon

4. Everything should be clear

We love taking photos of our travels and of course, share it in our social media accounts. As they say, a travel didn't happen if you don't have a photo of it. True diba?

With so many very good smartphones in the market today, uploading a blurred photo is only a thing of the past. Hindi na uso ang VGA camera Bes! Dapat malinaw ang mga photos! It is so unacceptable to post blurred photos nowadays. Be sure to have a smartphone that would take stunning travel photos.

Always remember, when taking photos, it has to be crisp, sharp and clear. Katulad ng pagpasok mo sa relasyon. Dapat sigurado ka kung saan ka lulugar at malinaw sa inyong dalawa ang lahat. Dahil walang patutunguhan ang komplikado at malabong relasyon.

Change the way you see love
Isla de Gigantes, Iloilo

5. Love yourself

Traveling lets you discover how strong of a person you really are. Accomplishing every stages of planning your travel and then executing the plan, gives a deep feeling of self-fulfillment, confidence and self-worth. Travel lets you learn that you can do any task when you set your mind and heart into it.

At the end of the day, what's most important is you know how to love and value yourself. We fall in love and get hurt. Okay lang yun! Sabi nga nila, "kaya ka nasaktan, kasi nagmahal ka." Never lose hope. Just always keep in mind that each day is a fresh new beginning, an exciting awakening and a lovely opportunity to love.

Sabi nga ni Momshie Whitney Houston, "Learning to love yourself... It is the greatest love of all."

If things didn't work out, maybe he or she is not the one. Learn to accept it, set yourself free, move on and never lose hope. What's important is you never lose your love for yourself.

In the grand scheme of things, fame, fortune and material things will never matter. But life experiences and relationships do! Travel taught me a lot of lessons and it has changed my entire outlook on how I live and love. Today and for the rest of my life.


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Pinoy Adventurista is one of the Top Travel Blogs in the Philippines and the World. In 2013, he visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines.