May 9, 2016

Why do you need to invest on travel NOW?

Do you know how I started traveling solo? I have a business where I sell products. I have customers from Singapore who orders the product and pays for the delivery fee. I gathered number of orders and instead of paying the courier to deliver their orders, I just bought a plane ticket and I deliver it to them, alone! And that's my first solo travel story :) Yeaaah, Making ways to travel even without a money...

"Travel changed my life and how I see and appreciate the beauty of life. Travel is inside me. Travel is a necessity. Travel will open your mind. Travel will make you smart. And travel will make you ready for whatever challenges in life that you could have. For me, everyone should get out of their comfort zones, and see what we are missing in the world because once you go out and travel, you'll be surprised on how much you are missing in your life"- Trishie dela Cruz, me! :D hehe

Left to right: MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA., New York Time Square, Statue of Liberty, Airplane view from Chicago, Harvard University, Boston USA. 

You might not own the most expensive car in the world, nor the biggest house on earth. But one thing is for sure your dreams are bigger than those things. Have you heard stories about people who quits their job just to travel? Well, because “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. “ Yes and yes! I agree. Not all the people will understand it most especially when they haven't experience it. But once you do? You'll say that traveling is something that is inside you. It is something that gives you life. It's an addiction. Here are the things why traveling is an investment. 

1. You cannot buy memories. During your first plane ride, I know you can still remember how your heart pounds when the plane is about to take-off. A simple memory like this is something you can’t buy, the feeling, the sweaty palms, the nausea you’ve felt, the wonderful “I-feel-like-flying” you experience; all of these cannot buy with money.

2. You grow as a person. When you are totally pissed and tired from work, the first thing you have in mind is to take some time-off, not for the sake of the company that you are working with, but for yourself. You go on a vacation and unplug yourself from the real world; while having a beer on your right hand and a book on your left while watching the ocean glistening right before your eyes, your mind do all those realizations about life, about work, about everything in life. And when you get back, you become a different person, and most of all you grow as an existing human being.

3. It restores your belief in humanity. Most especially when you travel alone, there comes to a point that you really cannot get on how to read your map or in-short you are LOST. Yes, when you break the good news to your family that you have decided to take that trip of a lifetime, the usual thing that you will hear from them is “Traveling… Alone? Are you out of your mind? Isn’t that scary?”. Everyone is scared and you are excited, how peculiar feeling is that? But you still go on and do it. Then, on your journey you will meet people who will help you get the next cab, who will tell you how to go the substation, who will try to help you without any motives to harm you. And sometimes, you will experience bad things that will make you even more stronger: You will learn how to trust and feel the vibes of a person bit by bit.

My home in the Philippines

4. It gives you a taste of the world. Different sides of the world, different continents, and different people. It allows you to embrace how the locals live, how they live it to the fullest! You will discover how things are made, you discover that there are some poorer or to others, richer countries than yours and lets you embrace the beauty of life, the beauty of the world! You understand how they do it, and why they do it. You become part of them, you see things through their eyes!

5. You gain self-confidence. If you are struggling with your self-confidence, I advise you to travel alone. Aside from facing your fears, you allow yourself to be yourself, to talk to a complete stranger, to give yourself a boost of self-confidence. It might scare you at first, but believe me, it works! You will come back home braver and much more different in a good way than you were before.

My family in Boston

6.You see a whole new horizon. Everything becomes a routine that we all try to break. When you travel, your perspective becomes broader, you embrace the new horizons of life. It gives you an idea how lucky you are in this world, from the people you meet and from the things you see. The best advice you can get is from a stranger; it strikes you like a lightning and one day you wake up and have decided to change the old you into a version 2.0.

7.You learn to trust yourself. Becoming true to yourself is one of the spice in the pillars of success. You cannot buy trust, you gain it. And by traveling, trusting yourself is one of the hardest battle you will ever encounter. You will meet people who won’t be as good as you have thought, who will frustrate you, who will break you. But the bits and pieces of those that you have experienced will let you learn how to trust yourself. That in the end, you will realize that you can only “love many and trust a few”.

8.It teaches you more about life than the 4 corners of your cubicle in your 9 to 5 job. It exposes you to the real world! It is an Investment that cannot be snatched by anyone from you, it’s like education. And guess what? I've heard a lot of stories where they got a job because they talked about their travel experiences on their interviews. Because travel is an investment that you can share to anybody! When you’re old and cannot travel anymore, it is the stories that you will tell to your grandchildren! It’s like investing memories in your head, because in the future someone will benefit from it; it can be yourself too!

New York Grand Central

10.It gives you real friends and connection around the world! Yes, you can definitely say that "The world is small" while you travel. You will meet locals and you will have a friend and you know where will you go once you visit that country, and even though you travel just in the neighboring countries, you will still get to meet different nationalities from the other side of the world who are also traveling just like you. For example, when I was in Malaysia, I gathered friends from New York, France, Brazil etc. And how cool is it to have facebook friends from different parts of the world? How cool is it to say that "Oh, I have a friend in New York that bla bla bla bla", or when you randomly had a conversation about the country you visit, you'll say "Oh, Japan? I met a friend there that bla bla bla". And guess what? You could see something new in your facebook newsfeed from around the world because of your new travel friends' posts. Nothing is cooler than that rather than the material things!! 

11.Opportunities! It is really an investment because you will see a lot of unique products that the country is famous for, that you cannot see in your country, and if you have the guts to do a business, then traveling will make you an entrepreneur, just like me!! Whenever I travel, I always look for items that I could sell in different parts of the world! And guess what? You could also meet entrepreneurs or connections that could help you in the field of life that you are in right now. Can you see now how traveling is totally an investment? Me, even though I haven't traveled the whole world yet, but still, I already have a global connection around the whole world now and I have a place to stay in wherever part of the world. Whether it's my first time to stay on that country or not. 

My new friends from Harvard Architecture :) 
My new family from around the world! 

12.Lastly, it gives you happiness. Years back, only rich people can afford to travel. They have these private jets and having a toast first class up in the sky, we can’t blame rich people if those luxurious things makes them happy. But now in our 20-something-century-modern-day anyone can afford to travel with DLC Backpackers most especially that we offer installment plan without a credit card! Well, traveling gives you sense of fulfillment, a carefree liberty, and a sense of happiness. If you are reading this up to this point, now I'm telling you,  go ahead and grab every opportunities where you can travel! Explore the world, fill your eyes with places and faces, hope and happiness!


Dec 5, 2015

LOVE (We do not need guns and bombs, we need love and compassion" - Mother Teresa

An open letter to the world leaders and all the leaders in this world;
To all of us, because everyone of us can become a leader to many or to someone.

From a team composed of YOUTH leaders, who want to become a voice of this generation; The team named DREAM, LEAD, CREATE Enterprise.
A bold vision of your own future is an important thing to possess. But none of us can know what’s "The Real" going to happen in the future, neither the Pope nor Obama. But if we have a goal or a philosophy as a foundation, if we have an underlying belief, then we can act according to that and mold the future as we go along. What is your future going to be like? What will you set as your founding principle?

During the APEC 2015, the world leaders have already spoken about the problem- Climate change. Global Warming. Mother Earth. Isn't it just like the movies that we are watching?

We, normal people, always rant and complain and blame something or someone for a problem. But the problems that we see is not really the problem, or not even a problem. The real problem is that our mother earth is already crying and dying. The real problem is the blood of the innocents-especially children, that are scattered because of the war. Maybe it's not yet too soon, but we need to act on it before it's too late.
Man has been using and misusing natural resources up to the limit. Now we are tearing up remote corners of the planet looking for crude oil and coal, and our forests and wild animals are disappearing. Our environment is totally polluted: we drink polluted water, inhale air full of dust, and eat food with traces of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Hence we are suffering from diseases. As a result of human activities, the ozone layer has a hole, the sea is rising, and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland are melting. Now global warming is warning us that climate change is coming. Mother Earth is in danger; life on Earth is in danger. And that is the real problem.


Yes. Love, not war. Peace, not war. We really can’t solve a problem with a war. Just like what Bob Marley said "We can’t really solve a problem if I kill some. Whose problem am I gonna solve when I kill someone?" So I figure peace is the best thing and that's why we should go head and work with it.
No man can lead man. We need to have unity and peace.

Show them what's happening in the world.
Show them what's happening in the world that we live in.
Show them the truth. Not the lies of the media.
Give them love, not fear.

Give them hope that we can fight the battle of the real problem,
by helping each other, together with love and united as one.
Don't push your people into a competition. Instead, expose them to group works, cooperation and unity.

Teach people how to love. Teach people how to value life. Spread wisdom, not fear.
Make everyone feel that they are loved and everyone has a worth.
Give peace and unity. Give equality. No rich, no poor.
Let your people understand that being rich is not about how much money you have in your bank account and how many material things that you posses.
Let your people understand that we can't live with hate. That everything will be better without hate.

Spread music  that opens the heart and soul of your people. Not the lust, drugs, competition and arrogance.
Spread movies that give wisdom and teach the meaning of life. Not movies about sex, mistress and betrayals.

Show your people how our mother earth is already dying. And how everyone should act and love our only planet that God has given us.
Give rights to your people. Empower those that feel their rights are being threatened.

Teach your people to have patience on whatever failure that our system and nation have, while doing the appropriate things that you should do to fix the physical problems.
Teach your people to love people and animals and plants and those who have souls. Not the material things and technology.
Teach your people to take advantage of technology to their education, not to harm and make them lazy.
Teach your people to stop promoting imported brands but instead, support and use local products.
Teach your people how to grow green and vegetables in every house as we grow fish in aquariums.

Reject any project that may break or damage the mother nature. Promote green architecture, promote natural and organic foods as it will help to stop the battle for cancer.

Remind your people, that in our hustle and bustle society where everyone is trying to get ahead, make more, get more, be more - those things don’t amount to much if you trade in your soul to get them. All the money in the world can’t buy it back, and what I'm saying here is that you should teach us to be striving to gain more knowledge and wisdom of the world around us, rather than continually chasing material things.

Teach your people how to wake up and live! I'm not talking about the sort of waking up you do with a cup of coffee, I'm talking about waking up to your life and then start living it. It’s easy to get complacent about life, and even bored, but there’s really no sense in that because life was meant to be lived, not merely experienced or observed. Teach your people to wake themselves up and live their lives. Don’t make them sleep through it or count down the days. Once an individual is awaken to a purpose and start living accordingly, it will notice all sorts of changes take place that it can’t even imagine from where it stands now.

Teach your people that no matter what comes our way, we can make the most out of it, and be part of this magical experience called life, rather than just let things happen to us and think nothing of it.

Teach your people to overcome the devils with the thing called love. Love is an energy that can conquer anything, and the devils can take form of whatever is giving you trouble in this life. The solution is love, and perhaps the reason why those devils are in your life is from a lack of love. If you can crank up the love in your life it should follow that you’re haunted by fewer and fewer demons. This is not romantic love per se, but rather the feeling of love you get for those things that are most precious in your life. Help your people focus on that feels, and all of the things that bring joy and love into their world and watch the devils dissipate.

Remember that you are the light of the darkness. When darkness surrounds you, you might be tempted to look for a switch or hope that a light comes on to get rid of it all. Yes you are a leader, and you are the light, and you have the power to overcome the darkness that exists in the world. Don't become one of  the evil people in the world who weren’t taking a break.

The same holds true for each individuals- just like what I've said, everyone can become a leader.

 Teach your people to plan to do some good in this world. Teach them on how to shed some light onto things in their own way, in their own world.
Teach your people how to love one another, not to get angry.
Teach your people how to become happy. The real happiness.
Teach your people how to live a real life. Not to live and just die.
If you teach everyone how to love and to find the real meaning of life and love, then anyone in this world will be at peace.

Tell your people that we’re all in this together. One love, one heart- one feeling of love we all share, it’s a universal feeling that we can all relate to, no matter where we are in the world, rich or poor, or what religion we subscribe to. When we come together in a spirit of unity, peace, and love, it does feel all right, it feels great.

Love. Give love and teach love. Spread love. One love. All we need is Peace and Love.
As we shout, "LOVE NOT WAR!" and use the hashtags #PeaceNotWar,  #WeTouchPeople, #ShiftToNatural, and #GreenRevolution
In behalf of my team,
Trishie Dela Cruz

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