Stepping Out of Comfort Zones: #WhyTravel with Blogger Colz Vidal

Published: April 22, 2019 | Updated: June 17, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Personal Finance

We travel because of many reasons. To relax, to explore, to experience, to gain wisdom that no school or occupation can provide. We travel to experience life beyond the workplace, to see what the world can offer beyond our expectations.

This is something we realized upon meeting Colz Vidal. At a young age, Colz has explored known and unfamiliar places all over the world. The 23-year-old CPA describes herself as a “devotee of endless journeys who continuously craves to experience, explore and discover the sheer beauty of this ceaseless world.” This she journals on her website[1] and through her life motto “Yes to adventures!”  

To kickstart our #WhyTravel campaign, we sat down with Colz to know more about her travels and learnings. Pick up a tip or two and know why you don’t need to quit your job to see the world. After reading, don’t forget to bookmark this page for more exciting #WhyTravel posts and promos!

Why do you travel? Why do you desire to see the world?

In the recent years, traveling has taught me a lot of things about life. Immersing myself in new cultures, discovering unfamiliar places, and meeting new people have contributed a lot to my well-being. But most of all, I travel in order to grow. Every time I come back from a new place, I always feel like I am not the same as who I was when I left. Traveling really changes lives and I can never be grateful enough for how it changed mine.

Out of all the places you’ve been to, which three destinations are your favorite? 

Siargao is always on top of my list. I fell in love with the culture, the vibe, and the people. It’s the very same reason why I keep coming back. Next would be South Korea. I went there during autumn season and it was such a magical experience. I also like how Japan captures my heart every time. I think it’s the unique culture and the people. It’s a place you can never get tired of. Plus, the food! Japanese food is the best.

Colz in Siargao, Japan, and Korea.

What is the greatest thing you’ve learned from traveling?

There is so much more to discover about ourselves and the world around us. And we wouldn’t know what else is out there if we stay where we are. Stepping out of our comfort zones will open us to the endless possibility of learning and gaining experiences.

What is your dream destination? Why?

That would be Iceland. From what I have seen in photos, Iceland seems like an entirely different planet here on Earth. Seeing the beautiful sceneries of the place never fails to inspire me to work harder. And of course, I wouldn’t miss the chance to chase the aurora borealis[2]. It would be my greatest pleasure and honor to witness it in my lifetime.

How do you save up for a trip?

I usually plan my travels ahead of time. When saving up for a particular trip, I cut down on my unnecessary expenses. It’s all about the motivation. I just think about if what I will spend on is worth than the places that I can explore with the same amount of money. It really helps when I do that.

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          Bonbon Beach in Romblon

How do you manage your finances when traveling? Do you use apps or any tools to help you budget?

Before even going on the trip, I research about the expenses. Based on the information that I gather from research, I project my expenses per day. As much as possible, I choose the attractions, restaurants, and accommodation that will help me reduce my costs. Sometimes, I use mobile apps like Money Lover to track my expenses accordingly. But most of the time, I do the manual way of jotting it down myself.

What are your thoughts about using a credit card for traveling? Do you think it can help you as a traveler?

I think it’s really helpful especially that sometimes it’s inevitable to run out of cash when traveling. It’s handy and it’s convenient.

You say that it is possible to travel without quitting a job. Why do you say so?

I think this is a very important topic to discuss because most people nowadays get easily carried away with what they see online. We tend to think that we need to do the things that we see online; the things that we want. As a traveler and an avid social media user myself, I want to inspire as many people as I can to step out of their comfort zones and see the wonders that the world has to offer. But at the same time, I want to get a message across that this is possible without quitting your job. 

Just because you are working five times a week in an office, that does not mean you should not engage with your passions. Once in a while, try your best to go out and see new places. You do not have to drop everything in order to see the world around you. Go on weekend trips or day tours within nearby provinces. You may also plan ahead and use your vacation leaves wisely. Start from there. You will be surprised at how much you can discover.

Read more: Should You Quit Your Job to Travel the World?

From the beach to the city. Colz in Siquijor and Hong Kong.

What are your five travel essentials?

  • Eyeliner (eyeliner is life!)
  • Backpack (where I store a bunch of my stuff)
  • Gadgets (phone, camera, and laptop for content creation and communication)
  • Credit card (in case I run out of cash)
  • Journal (for my reflections and musings)

Favorite financial tip or trick when traveling?

Always opt for the cost-saving alternative! Stay in hostels, dine in eateries, avail special deals and promos for tours, and take advantage of seat sales!

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