Traveling Alone

Simala Monastery in Sibonga, Cebu
@yalul070 (1754)
Manila, Philippines
March 2, 2016 9:18am CST
If there's one thing that I've been depriving myself of, it's the time to travel. Even if I do travel, it's usually work-related, though somehow I have been able to squeeze in some fun while away from where I live and work. Last week, I went up in the air, hit the road, and crossed the sea to go to Bohol and Cebu, two of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. I was not able to wander around Bohol because the whole time I was there, I was working. Though I really appreciated nature's wonders while traveling by land to the site, I did not even have a minute to take a picture of the hills at both sides of the road. It's okay because I had a great time in Cebu, nonetheless. But what I appreciated most about my little adventure was how I enjoyed traveling alone. I had to go on my own because we are all hard-pressed at work, that that week only a handful remained in the office. Most of us went to the field. I actually found traveling alone a liberating experience. In-between work, it was as if I was on a soul-searching journey. And I just realized that I find comfort in solitude. I don't know if I should be bothered by my new realizations but somehow I think that I enjoyed my solo flight only because it took me away from all the pressures at work and at home. I might do it again, but I don't know if I will do it many times in the future. How about you? Have you ever traveled alone? How was the experience?
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@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
4 Mar 16
By the way , that picture of Simala Monatery is beautiful . Someday, together with my husband and daughter , we will visit that place too. It's so big , i wonder if each nun occupies one room ?
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
4 Mar 16
You know, this place used to be a small chapel. But it's considered miraculous so it received a lot of contributions so the nuns were able to create this majestic shrine. It's really very beautiful. you should go there
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@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
5 Mar 16
@yalul070 I already take a note of it at my phone . Thank you for posting this picture .
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
6 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD you should visit it my friend. it's really a sight to behold. though considering cebu traffic, it will take you 2-3 hours to go there. it's in sibonga, cebu so it's outside the cities, nearest city is carcar. you can buy shoes and chicharon on your way back lol
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• Bangalore, India
3 Mar 16
yes,it gives the ultimate peace,i take it driving long way on highways,and it really relaxes me
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
I'm glad you can relate. It's a different kind of peace, right?
• Bangalore, India
3 Mar 16
@yalul070 yes because the natural feel is same for every one,i hope us too
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
@abhinalstrikr i like that -- "ultimate peace." for me, it sounds like inner peace, the peace that you ultimately find inside.
@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar 16
I don't think I'd be very good travelling alone. I'm not really brave enough. I do like being on my own though.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
Well, there's always a first time. But yeah, many people would prefer traveling with company.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar 16
@yalul070 I would have been different when I was younger and stronger I think.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yes, exactly. I just couldn't say that your age may be a factor
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@MALUSE (39298)
• Germany
2 Mar 16
I've occasionally travelled alone and liked it.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
2 Mar 16
during those times that you traveled alone, did you go out of the country? i am thinking how different it would be if the travel is abroad.
@MALUSE (39298)
• Germany
2 Mar 16
@yalul070 No, I didn't go out of the country on my own.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
2 Mar 16
@MALUSE Right. I should have guessed that. It would have been really tough to travel out of the country alone. But I also wonder how will that feel.
@Drosophila (16717)
• Ireland
3 Mar 16
I travel alone all the time on vacations! It's great, you get to do exactly what you want. My second favourite is travel with 1 other person. I simply don't do group travels
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
...and the other person may not necessarily be romantically linked to you?
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@Drosophila (16717)
• Ireland
3 Mar 16
@yalul070 that's right it could be a good friend, or a family member.
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@Shavkat (60446)
• Philippines
2 Mar 16
I prefer to travel alone. There is no hang ups waiting for the others to have final decision. It is time consuming to wait others while traveling.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
2 Mar 16
you're right. it's especially annoying if you're with someone who arrives late and is so slow in everything he/she does.
• Bangalore, India
3 Mar 16
@yalul070 excatly
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@cgalavia (1406)
• Philippines
3 Mar 16
Yes,many times but somehow along the way I always find a companion that became my friend..To travel alone is like everything is running smoothly,you got nothing to worry about.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
Right. there's no pressure coming from a companion and yeah it's also nice to meet new friends while on travel
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@Jotomy (6355)
• India
3 Mar 16
I never feel to travel alone rather I feel to travel with my family members and with it I enjoy a lot, chatting, playing, singing etc., while traveling.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Mar 16
of course that's nice too. that was why i was surprised that I also enjoyed traveling alone
@dodo19 (32692)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
2 Mar 16
I haven't had the chance to travel alone. Maybe someday I'll be able to, but so far I haven't travelled alone.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
2 Mar 16
At first I was apprehensive, but I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it.
@IreneVincent (16026)
• United States
2 Mar 16
I usually travel with someone and have been to many destinations. 25 different countries and almost all of the 50 states in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. I understand how you feel about traveling alone however, because you don't have to keep up with someone else and have the freedom to do what you want, for the most part. I have never been to the Philippines, but have a friend who is from there. Gandang Buhay!
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
2 Mar 16
lol! Gandang buhay = beautiful life! right. that's probably why i found it liberating because i only needed to take care of myself. wow, you should also visit the Philippines. we have world-class beaches here and one of the seven wonders of the world.
@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
4 Mar 16
Yes, i always travel alone specially when i go to Aritao , Nueva Viscaya for a vacation . Though , because i am a nervous person , i didn't pursue learning how to drive a car . It will always be hubby to drive the car , whenever we go to our hometown . But usually i go there alone, so i commute . I admire you for having the courage to drive alone . I guess , i can't do that specially that it's a long distance one , even if i know how to drive .