Monday, January 19, 2015

Now Let's Make It Official!

I couldn't stress any further the value traveling has given me in shaping who and what I've become today. It may be playing a small part, but it definitely helps. 

I'm not saying that traveling in its innocence is for everyone though. You've got to have the right mindset to get the most out of traveling. If you're one of those people who likes to brag about the pyramids of Giza, how you've enjoyed your Mardi Gras last year, or how you struggled with your Mt. Everest Base Camp climb when you're with a group of hikers enjoying Mt. Pulag, the whole idea of traveling is completely lost. Why do we travel, and what motivates us to keep on going? These are the questions we have to ask ourselves when we choose and plan on a journey we want to embark on. 

The most exciting part for me is when I get to redefine my initial answers to the questions stated above. It is surprising that it takes just a single tree, a wrong turn, the sun that sets at 9 PM or a local barista to make a big change in our states of mind and being. Randoms are not so random in the greater scheme of things, and it's the little things that matter after all. 

After some time of being this awkward kid who rode tour buses and took guided tours, I slowly evolved into a semi-backpacker who'd spend days and weeks researching on the best routes to take where I could meet more locals than tourists. I've put this to the test when I traveled to South Korea and lived on 18 USD per day, reunited with my friends, went to the best local food places, and had the best time of my life! 

This post isn't about having a race on the cheapest tours, on ticking off the number of countries visited, or on getting Instagram-worthy photos for all the world to see. This is all about bringing traveling back to Earth and giving it back to the inner child in us where it calls itself home. I couldn't entirely remember how it was taking a trip with Mom and Dad, but all I could remember was how our great grandma baked the best meringues for us, and the excitement and anticipation in us when our grandma brings our favorite "inuyat" (molasses) in silver tin cans. And this was all in one trip-- at our aunt's place a few meters away from our home.

This is the kind of memories we thrive on through the years which continuously shape us, make us whole and keep us safe home. We've heard time and again that "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it" (George Moore). And there is no argument to this, except as to how we define "home." Which then of course brings a number of meanings to the entire concept. 

And so this is how it all started with this small business we have on No to Cut-and-Paste Travels. It's all about bringing back the joy of traveling by focusing on the great company, experiences, freedom. Nothing feels more awesome than going back home and knowing that there is no better place to be in than where you are now. 

To check more on our services, please visit our official site: R.S. Albano Business Solutions with its social responsibility arm through the World Friends Foundation :)

See you soon and happy travels!

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