Traveling has been democratized in the last couple of years, especially in the Philippines, where paradise after paradise is found even in the most unexpected places— exploration has grown exponentially with Filipinos who find themselves in pursuit of off-the-beaten-track destinations in their archipelagic home.
Meet Isabel (@loveweway) and Pipoy (@poy_supertramp), a couple who quit their jobs to travel around the Philippines in a van customized according to their adventurous, nomadic lifestyle.
Super random thought about Moana: I was thinking about how Disney portrays Moana, her as a role model, and I noticed that she had to be encouraged and prompted quite a few times by external forces (i.e. Her grandmother). At first I thought negatively of that, that she gave up so many times and somebody else had to nudge her forward. But why? Why is it considered (by maybe just me) a negative thing to ask for or receive help? Why is admitting our weakness so taboo? That instead of highlighting our uniqueness and embracing our individuality, we scramble to cover up our so-called weaknesses and constantly doubt our strengths. We all have gaps in our lives, and we have those spaces so we can invite others in, and share ourselves. #OverthinkingAKidsMovie
The couple inspire their avid followers to go on their own Philippine adventures by posting photos of their travels on the social media platform Instagram.
In a caption on one of her posts, Isabela explained how traveling has helped her to become a better person.
She wrote: "Perhaps one of the things I like most about living on the road, spending most of my time outdoors, is that it's so easy and natural to become the version of me I like best. I feel happy, healthy, strong."
As much as I wish I could say, mind over matter, just keep a good perspective, sometimes you really just do need a safe space. A sacred space to clear your head and listen in peace. Listen to your heartbeat. Listen and feel your slow, deep breathing. A place where nothing demands your attention. Just a bit over a week in the city and I feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, overfatigued. I miss my sacred spaces. I hope we don't end up in a future where all that remains of nature are artificial little terrariums and nature videos on loop in place of windows. Just the thought makes my heart ache. Realize what we have is precious, and care for it before it's irretrieveable.
The couple have toured around Samar Island, Cebu, Negros Occidental, La Union, and Bataan, to name a few.
"The things that are important to me are clear, and it's simple to choose them, and filling my life with what I love crowds out what I don't need. No matter what I choose to do from now on, life on the road has already changed me, for the better, and I will always be thankful,'' she added.
What #vanlife is really about: Siesta anywhere, everyday. Gotta thank @thehealthygrocery for super fueling my body and @greenersol (GreenEnergy Solutions on FB) for charging my batteries - been using their 60W solar power system to run my fan, 2 lights, and usb charging all my gadgets. It hasn't failed me yet and keeps the van in perpetual siesta temperature. Did I mention I like naps? #everythingunderthesun #shouldvevanlifedwhenIwasyoung #wouldvegrownafewinchestaller
Indeed, this couple could be our ultimate #relationshipgoal when it comes to choosing the life to live on the road— always moving into life's endless possibilities.
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