I like to travel but I don’t like to spend a lot of money. Because life is unpredictable as always, I’d rather lay up for a rainy day. I have a long wish list and I seriously aim to try everything. With the goal of having to do a lot of things, traveling is my least priority. I choose learning a new software, joining a workshop over a trip outside the Philippines unless if it’s free. Sad to say, money sets boundaries. I frown at the thought of traveling. I look for cheap alternatives. As what I always believe, dreams and rewards don’t necessarily come in the exact package, the way they appear in our minds. What matters is you know how it feels to have them. Here are some cheap ways to travel:
Watch a movie
Movies transport us to places we’ve never been. Sometimes, watching a movie is even more beautiful than the real experience -okay, that sounds weird. Boring days and boring trips are inevitable. On the other hand, movies are meant to entertain or to provoke a thought. They let you escape from boredom. Movies, stories with plots have climax. A three-day trip in Bangkok cannot assure a climactic moment.
Read a book
Emily Dickinson wrote: “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” If you are a conscientious reader immersed in a well-written piece. You can almost feel you are one of the characters in the book.
Meet New Faces
Have you ever talked to someone and find your conversation surreal? Sometimes, the best way to paint a vivid picture of another land is to know its people. You can travel back time by talking to comfort women. You can see London by talking to your British boss. The way a person talks reflects another place and time. It’s perceiving another world through the eyes of another human being. And the more people you meet, the more places you will go.
You don’t need cash to travel, just imagination.