I have been traveling to different places here and abroad. I have met people from different walks of life. I have talked to them and made further social engagements until I realized things. I have just realized that meeting those people and traveling to different places or countries to explore culture could be unfair. I became biased at things. My friends told me to stop traveling far places and focus on the local settings. In the first place and for the last time in silence, I stopped moving and thinking. My friends were right!
So, I paused for a while. I just had to clarify my thoughts. I had to consider traveling in my hometown and to look around the beauty in it. Honestly, realizing this one never came to mind. My mind would always tell me to explore those beautiful spots overseas, such as Bali in Indonesia, Pa Tong in Phuket Island, Thailand, or Hawaii. However, I never realized that there have been places in my hometown that would surely touch further inspirations.
Now, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines gave me a new perspective. My hometown has, so much, had to offer. The economic standing of Misamis Oriental told me to think about it. One can notice how growing and productive the place is. The province depends largely on its traditional products, such as canned pineapple, sintered ore, crude coco oil, and finished lumber and wood products. As well, the province also produces the following products, such as activated carbon, fatty alcohol, and refined glycerine. It is not only that. The province exports and sells desiccated coconut and cocoa shell charcoal. I didn’t know this; however, the province offered so much in it.
However, you cannot ignore the beautiful beaches and classy hotels in the province. Duka Bay Resort in Medina, Mindanao, for example, would give you an exciting tour and refreshing beaches. There came next, the Chali Beach Resort in Cagayan de Oro that hosts you with a peaceful aura in the city. Most local and foreign tourists take their time traveling around the city and then come home to relax. Another one would be the Jamisolamin Farm & Resort (Red Sand Beach) in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines. All these and more are just available here in my hometown. I just lose focus on seeing them or even considering spending time visiting the place. If I think about this, I may have had so much joy and time diving into the blue and crystal clear waters. I surely do.
This time it is time to start traveling locals. Beautiful spots sprout everywhere. You only need to explore and plan to visit the places and experience magic and wonder. Besides, you don’t have to spend much money on travel expenses. You just have to pay less for the satisfying adventure and travel in your place.