“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” I always live to that goal whenever I have the opportunity to experience amazing adventure either doing it solo or with my loved ones. I am not the hyper traveler that have climbed to reach the peak of Mt. Apo, have jumped from a plane to do a skydive, or have touched the deepest of the oceans.
I have my own pieces of adventure in the past and I always make sure I captured every bit of the moment on photo for keepsakes. You don’t need to go very far. Your home can offer you the best adventure of your life.
Change The Way You See Adventure
When I move places, I bring with me my handy camera (a digital camera, a DLSR or a smartphone) and take pictures of the details that would let me remember the places I have been. I always look forward to exploring unsophisticated destinations near home or a little farther away.
I have tried breathtaking and hair-raising adventure experiences like the White River Rafting in Cagayan de Oro. However, I am the kind of traveler that spend a lot of time to take photos of places that non-travelers can also try.
We always associate the word “Adventure” with traveling. But for me, to go to an adventure is not just about traveling. It is also something that you do to spend quality time with yourself or with your family and friends to relax and have a good laugh without spending too much money on transportation or accommodation.
Like the time I went to Manila 2 years ago, instead of going to historical places and to talked-about spots, I have decided to drop by to destination that I can have the best time of my life. I went to Greenbelt, did a stroll, grabbed my camera, and started taking pictures.
How To Spend Another Kind Of Adventure Of Your Life
For a non-super hyper traveler like me, here are some tips I can share to have an adventure of a lifetime without going far or spend too much money.
1) Zoo Adventure
If there’s a zoo or an animal farm near your place, have a day of adventure with family there. Don’t forget to bring the little ones and provide them time to learn and appreciate the beauty of God’s creations. Here in Cebu, an amazing animal farm exists in Talisay City and it’s just a 15-minute drive from the central city.
At Crocolandia Foundation, Inc., you can have a fantastic moment with your family (especially the kids) and spend a simple gathering over a picnic table. You get to enjoy snacks and cold drinks with them and also a time to play with the cute ones in the family.
2) Go Kart Adventure
Spend a day with your officemates and friends and do go karting. The rush can heighten the adrenaline and race against each other on the tracks. At Kartzone in F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City, you can experience the race adventure of your life.
Once you’re done, and you’re drenched in sweat and tears from too much excitement, you can walk together with happy faces and probably look for the nearest fast food chain for a happy tummy.
3) Nature Adventure
I was born and raised in General Santos City. I haven’t had the guts to climb Mt. Apo. But for an adventurer like me, I always spend time with nature with my family at home. In Kalsangi, Dole Philippines, you can encounter a relaxing time with nature even without going far to Baguio City.
…It is also something that you do to spend quality time with yourself or with your family and friends to relax and have a good laugh.
If there’s a nature park near your area, it’s as good as you went to travel to another place. In every region of the Philippines, there is always this pristine destination that you can definitely enjoy and have quality time with your family (without worrying about spending a huge amount of money for plane tickets).
4) Shopping Adventure
Whenever I travel to Manila to attend a business convention or a seminar, I spend my extra time in the mall and get to see amazing things for an adventure. When I say “shopping”, it doesn’t mean I need to spend a lot of cash for new stuff. But instead, I go to where people huddle, like watching a hockey game at the ice skating rink in SM Mall of Asia.
I’ve only watched people play this sport on TV or have watched it in the movie, “The Mighty Ducks”. But when I passed by and saw that there was a game going, I don’t want to miss the chance to see it and take a picture of it. There are so many things you can do in the mall that you can cherish and have the best adventure there is to offer.
5) Food Adventure
Food is the next thing to mind for an unforgettable adventure. I have seen people who travel outside the country with their experiences of tasting foreign cuisine. I haven’t been abroad, and I still love the idea that we offer local or fusion cuisine from different parts of the world.
It’s good to think, though, that when we have the time and the right amount of money to travel in foreign places, you can have the most authentic taste of the food they have.
However, you don’t need to worry since almost all food around the world is somehow locally available and you have got to try them all from a food bazaar near your area. Places like these can offer you the best gastronomic adventure of your life and you can enjoy them as how other have enjoyed the food from places you have had not been just yet.
6) School Visit Adventure
There are people who have the time of their life to travel around the world and enjoy traveling. And there are those who have less or no time and money at all. These kids that I was able to do a school visit with my colleagues at work are probably those who have little access to go to an adventure.
Children must have the opportunity to experience to see a wider perspective of where they live and what the city can offer them. If there is a school of little children that you think have less chances of having an adventure, bring them with you.
A group of pupils from a prep school in Brgy. Sirao, Busay, in Cebu City was one of the people we have tagged along for an adventure. We sent them to Crocolandia during that time and we get to see the biggest smile and the happiest faces.
7) Ocean Adventure
The Philippines is surrounded by a good size of seawater. Its archipelagic dimension can offer us the best time to enjoy swimming and island hopping. Here in Cebu, the Bantayan Island is one of them. While you spent 3-hour bus ride and an hour of boat ride to reach the beautiful island, you can experience places and people away from the city.
You don’t need to go very far. Your home can offer you the best adventure of your life.
Back in my hometown General Santos, I also get to have an adventure of the sea from the amazing neighboring province of Sarangani. I have spent my childhood with my family and relatives swimming and seeing a relaxing sight of the blue waters. Feeling the warm breeze and the shine of the sun, they bring back the memories of the kid in me.
With every adventure I have from every place I go, near or far, I always have in mind to take pictures to immortalize the memories. I am not a professional photographer. As you can see from the photos I’ve shared with you on this blog post, they are all pieces of my moments where I get to experience the different adventures of my life so far.
I am thinking of getting a camera that can help me see things clearer, take more beautiful photos with a professional level of outcome without having to carry a huge bag along the way.
I have heard great things about Huawei P9. It is powerful camera blending both superior hardware and software with stunning Leica dual-lenses. It is a smartphone, so it is very portable and easy to use and carry. For all adventures I have already experienced, the things I remember about them are color, light and motion and what I love about the Huawei P9 is the capabilities to capture high-quality pictures and videos. I want to share every detail of my journey with my family, close friends, and my readers.
A great camera is the best thing about the Huawei P9 for the best adventure of your life. It will definitely change the way I see mobile photography.
Opening The Doors To A Newer Kind Of Adventure
These stories might be a great wake up call to all those who haven’t tried the best of the adventures. If you worry that you don’t have the extra time and money to spend for an amazing travel experience, always remember that adventure is not just about traveling. There are so many things that you can do and have the most amazing memories of where you are.
Adventure is never always going far away. What’s close to you now is somehow a good opportunity to a new kind of adventure of your life.
I may not be the most traveled person in the world. As I have mentioned earlier, I have never been out of the country. But if there’s a simple place that I can go even if it’s just near home, there is always a way to change how I see adventure.
It is everywhere around you. Adventure is even here, close to you.