TOSS Travel Thursdays: Why You Should To Travel

Deadlines. New projects coming in. Client meetings that just gets piled up over time. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it? The grind that we face every single day is not an easy battle to win over. It is tedious, worrisome, and can even result to a burn out. Even if you have a well-organized schedule, it doesn’t save you from a possible burn out because all you do is work, work, work, work, work. Cue Rihanna.

If you’re a workaholic (like me and most of us), sometimes, you even hear a nagging voice that tells you to skip using your vacation leaves because that’s equal to being unproductive. But is that really true?

Apparently, CNN does not agree. Because in this article, they listed the reasons why vacations are very much need for our health and wellness.

In TOSS Travel Thursdays, we’re giving you the basis of why you should finally overrule that internal echo you’re hearing and finally give yourself a well-deserved travel vacation!

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My mentors and friend from PLM.

Traveling lets us free our minds.

Whether we go halfway across the world or just go around wherever our feet takes us, nothing beats an adventure in-progress. It lets us get away with our usual busy world and take on worlds we’ve never seen. Traveling also recharges us. It inspires us to be better, do better, and work harder. It lets us connect with the things we have felt we have lost.

Pisa Carmela
My sister, Carmela in Italy.

We get to learn new things.

Even if you intend to just chill in your travels, it is always a guarantee that you’ll learn something new somehow. May it be the food, the culture, the people, the sights, or the history,  it is sure that you’d get return home armed with bits of knowledge gained from your recent trip. The takeaway is learning never ends. So might as well get the most out of it whenever you can. Explore! Discover. Enjoy. You will never really know when that knowledge would become useful.

Cinematheque Baguio
Checking out the latest movies at the Baguio Cinematheque.

Journey of Self-discovery

Not all travels go smoothly, sometimes we get lost or probably sleep pass our destination. Moments like these would require us to breathe in and take a chance on spontaneity. Ask the locals how to get to your destination. There are also moments when we see locals do something that is quite foreign to us, so we ask them to satisfy our curiosity and get to know the place. This very simple act reminds us that even little things in life can boost our confidence just because we survive another trip.

Temple of Leah Cebu
Temple of Leah in Cebu.

Unforgettable adventures

New things, new sights, new people — endless possibilities abound! Traveling creates memories that are unforgettable and something we’d like to come back to when we lack motivation to go forward.

Amazing People

In our travels, whether we fly solo or be with our loved ones, there will always be people who would make our adventure more memorable. There are people who we meet and interact with by chance, and some over and over again. As if they’re a recurring character in this travelogue. And if some twist of fate, you dream of a travel romance, who knows, your trip might lead you to a kindred soul that you’ve been relentlessly looking for all these years. Pleasant surprises are always in the corner.

Breathtaking Sights

Traveling lets us see greenery. Vast landscapes, vibrant greenery or the calm beach that let’s us look at how majestic Mother Nature is. When we travel, we let our eyes take a break from concrete, glass, and steel, away away from the hustle bustle of the city. It lets us break free from the concrete jungle we see every day.

These are just a few things to remind you why travel vacations are a must. Don’t feel guilty about it. You’ve worked hard and long, and you deserve this.

 

Now the questions is, where will your feet take you next?

Let TOSS Travel and Tours help you. 🙂 We’re an FB and message away. 🙂

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Sagada, Philippines

TOSS Travel Tuesdays: Trips to do to get over a break-up

TOSS Travel Thursdays:

Where To Go After A Break-up And Some Songs To Accompany Your Trip (Part 1)

When looking for ways to mend a broken heart, why not go on a travel adventure that encourages you to do some soul-searching?

Yes, eating a tub of ice cream or eat-crying with chips while watching Bridget Jones’s Diary can put a bandaid on that broken heart of yours. But perhaps, when that fails, nothing beats Mother Nature and adventure combined to make you forget the ouchies of your break-up. Dash in some music into that combination and make that trip one for the books and imagine yourself in a travel music videos in which you are the protagonist and in the end, you’ll end up your own hero. Eat, Pray, Love anyone?

So, we’ve lined up, a list of places to go to mend that broken heart and (some) songs that can make your self-rediscovery more meaningful:

1. Mount Pinatubo x Caution To The Wind cover by Clara Benin

CLARA BENIN

If there is one thing that can describe you after a break-up and Mount Pinatubo, that would be the words, beautiful disaster. If you are a beginner in mountain climbing, that is not a problem in conquering Mt. Pinatubo. This place is also a change of scenery from the expected greenery of your usual mountains, for it will serve you whites, greys, and ashes. Moreover, expect a lake to award you for conquering this mountain. As you climb higher, listening to Clara Benin’s rendition of “Caution To The Wind” gives the trip a mix of spunky and calm in a good way you never even might have imagined.

2. Isla Verde x Sa Hindi Pag-alala by Munimuni

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Part of moving on is rediscovery. It is trying to live without that person whom you have always looked forward to be with, perhaps even the rest of your life. (Ouch for reliving unwanted memories though~!) Rediscovering what it was like to live on your own might be super uncomfortable. At first! And that’s usually a part of it especially in the beginning. One thing that Isla Verde can help you with in rediscovering yourself is its isolation from urbanity and most of the civilization. Sight and sound of ocean always have that calming effect and Munimuni’s calm yet moving narration of how a man finally decides to move on, prepares you to a world full of self-love and appreciation to people that will always have your back no matter what.

3. Taiwan x Overdrive by Eraserheads

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Sometimes a whole change of scenery, a change of language we hear and to be in a place where everything is a bit foreign are collectively what we need to open our minds to the process of moving on. Taiwan is a land of contrasts, where modernity and greenery can be found. It is also a play on ancient and contemporary, which will surely make your mind wander along with your heart. A perfect song to accompany you in your trip to Taiwan is somewhat a staple to most Filipinos, Eraserheads’ “Overdrive” makes you forget the things needed to be out of mind and embraces the call of wanderlust wherever you are. Or perhaps a bit of F4, to relive your Meteor Garden memories eh!?

4. Bhutan x Leaves by Ben&Ben

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If you are looking for something that is revitalizing, something that feels good even after it is long gone, a trip to Bhutan together with Ben&Ben’sLeaves” is a combination you will love to be remembered of every now and then. Bhutan is a kingdom in the Himalayas; it is a country covered with greens and mystery. Having a law that requires its land to be forested by at least 60%, this place is surely treat to those who loves nature, while its deep Buddhist culture will amaze those who love to explore new traditions and practices.

Traveling and music do wonders to make the soul feel rejuvenated. These are just few of the places and songs that can help you rediscover yourself as you welcome singlehood once more. Any more recommendations?

Give us a shoutout if you want to travel with us at TOSS. 🙂

-AGG

Picture Sources:

Pinatubo: klook.com, angelescity.com; Clara Benin: Clara Benin Fb page; Isla Verde: jontotheworld.com, poortraveler.net; Simula EP: munimuni.bandcamp.com; Munimuni: wheretogobaguio.com; Taiwan: worldin1001view.com, pedaltaiwan.com; Eraserheads: spotify.com; Bhutan: tourism.gov.bt , journeystocome.com; Ben&Ben: bandwagon.com

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Let’s travel the world! TOSS

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TOSS means Travel On A ShoeString. We’ve been running for five years already.

We want you to travel more and spend less. If you want to inquire, just fill out the form below and we’d be happy to assist you.

No pressure ha, we just really like to help you cross off your bucket list. We want you to enjoy and see the world just like we did! (yup, from Asia, USA and Europe, we travelled a lot.) So we want you to do the same. Visiting another country, meeting their locals and learning more about their culture are so enriching!

 

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What you should pack in your Travel Kit

TOSS: Travel Kit Must-Haves

No matter where you’re heading for your next travel, there are few must-have items that will make everything run a bit more efficiently. Get to know four items that will make a handy Must-Have Travel Kit.

1. BANDANA
There are countless ways to use a bandanna: hair tie, headband, scarf, hand towel, lens cleaner and even cooling device (when dampened)! It can even transform to a hobo handbag to tote your travel items.

bandana

 

2. TRAVEL MUG

It’s not just for drinking! An empty travel mug can be used to avoid scratch and carry sunglasses. Just make sure you secure the screw top.

travel mug

3. SANITIZING WIPES

You can clean your dirty hands with these (or just about any body part!). And they’re also helpful to wipe of dust off tables, doorknobs and other public spaces. Plus, on a sunny day, you can use them to refresh your face.

wetwipes

 

4. ZIP LOCS

Maximize them by making them as handy organizers (toiletries, make-up, etc). They’re also multi-purpose: storing food items like crackers, candies, etc; separating wet items from dry ones; and storing different currencies.

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To be hassle-free on your next travel, don’t forget to pack these.

Let’s travel pa more!

Cheers!

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Why it’s more fun in the Philippines

Why it’s more fun in the Philippines…

Traveling is enriching. Not only do you get to take home with you some souvenir items, but more importantly, you get to treasure priceless memories. But before jet setting all over the world, take time to explore your home land.

Here in the Philippines, we’ve got a lot of recognised tourist spots that are so fascinatingly beautiful, it makes you proud to be living in a country that is blessed with so much natural resources.

So here are the top reasons why you should travel in the Philippines:

1. Nature, Paradise Beaches and Idyllic Islands

Boracay. Palawan. Caramoan. These majestic islands have earned the praise from both local and international tourists and travel guides. People from all over the world rave about how beautiful and lush these islands are. And these are just few of the notable spots that get everyone talking (and flocking)… We’ve got 7,104 islands more for you to choose from to get that perfect sun-kissed getaway! All you have to do is choose and plan the trip now!

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Taken in Palaui, Cagayan Valley, Philippines (2016)

2. People and the Culture

You have to admit it, Filipinos are friendly, accommodating and hospitable. It is just the way we naturally are, be it to fellow Pinoys or foreigners. In fiestas, we invite people—even those we don’t know– to eat inside our house for them to taste our home-cooked meals! Also, much to the appreciation of tourists, we gladly entertain their queries whenever they’re lost or in need of some expert piece of advice where to go next. In the Philippines, it’s not just the weather that is sunny, people are also warm.

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Taken in Bontoc, Mountain Province (2013)

3. Food

Pinoys love to eat! And it obviously shows everywhere- from buffets to “unli” meals. Aside from our very own mouth-watering specialties such as adobo, kare-kare and sinigang, we’ve also got intriguing exotic delicacies like balut, kamaro, stuffed frogs and so much more. Since we’re an archipelago, sea foods are also very much available almost everywhere we go. They’re served fresh at an affordable price.

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Photo not mine. Found in Google Image.

4. Language

We’ve got one official language which is Filipino, and several dialects, but we’re also very much proficient in the “universal language”—English. This makes it easier for us to communicate with people other than our own.

So what are you waiting for? Go and explore, after all, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

Cheers!

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