Traveling to Escape: #WhyTravel with Sportscaster Martin Javier

by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Personal Finance"

May 8, 2019


Traveling isn’t something that Martin Javier grew up with. As a kid, Martin usually stayed at home enjoying sports like basketball. Fortunately, his career gave him the opportunity to see more of the Philippines and the world. As a host and sportscaster, the 25-year old now takes the time to plan his travels while also focusing on his craft. You’ve probably seen him on the courtside interviewing athletes, or at a summer destination hosting a morning show.

We spoke to Martin about his #WhyTravel, his favorite destinations, and the things he has learned throughout his career. Check out our interview with him and make sure to bookmark our #WhyTravel page!

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

The reason why I travel to discover new cultures and meet new people. It’s a different feeling when you get to travel, you discover that it’s a really big world out there. Especially for me because my family didn’t travel a lot, whether out of the country or out of town, so a late realization for me is that traveling is really important if you want to expose yourself to a lot of people and a lot of cultures while learning more about them.

Out of all the Philippine destinations you’ve been to, which one is your favorite? Why?

Boracay. I’ve been there twice or thrice. I’ve been there when it was really crowded and also when it was quiet and not full of tourists. There’s this magic in the island. Magic aside from the white sand, the really long shore, and the beautiful views and sunset. When you go to other destinations in the Philippines, it’s really not an escape unlike with what I feel in Boracay. You’re there to experience the island and not think about the city. This is what I felt when I was there.

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

Traveling gave me a very different perspective in life that I was able to apply in various aspects. When I wasn’t traveling, everything revolved here in the Philippines. There was no dreaming of going abroad, there was no dreaming of doing things beyond my capacity. But when I started traveling, it made it possible for me to think of going to different places.. Binubuksan niya yung malaking mundo para sa’yo. 

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“I got over the mentality that I can’t go to places. Traveling allows you to dream a little bigger than before.”

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If you could drive to any place in the Philippines, where would that be?

I would go to Baler. I went there last week for the first time, we featured it in Umagang Kay Ganda, and I really enjoyed my experience there. It wowed me tapos konti pa ng tao. It was a 6 or 7-hour drive but it was okay because the waves were strong and the vibe was really different.

I compare Baler to the shoreline in Seminyak, Bali. I thought it was our local version. It was very relaxing, and was indeed an escape for me. I would definitely go back there and experience the place again.

What is the importance of car insurance when traveling?

For me, car insurance is for your own protection because you don’t know what will happen to you on the road. Especially in long drives, when you’re in a fast highway tapos madaling araw and wala kang ka-alternate na driver. Just in case something bad happens–mabangga ka, masira ‘yung kotse mo–you know that you’re insured, you’re protected, and that someone will handle this for you. If you don’t have insurance, ang bigat sa loob ‘non. Kasi that’s your car eh, that’s your baby. But with insurance you have a guarantee that you and your car can be taken care of immediately.

Read more: The Beginner’s Guide to Car Insurance in the Philippines

Martin in Baler and in Bali

What is the greatest mistake one can do on a road trip?

Pinakamaling gagawin mo is get in conflict with another person while on a trip because it will really kill the vibe. You’re not going to be enjoying as much because nagalit ka na eh, nagkaproblema na kayo. So keep the good vibes all the way and just enjoy the whole experience.

Apart from traveling, what are the other perks of being a host/sportscaster?

It’s being able to share the stories of other people. Someone said that if you get into hosting you have to condition yourself that you’re not going to be the star of the show. You’re going to be presenting people and their stories to the audience. And this is really valuable for me because it gives a voice to different people, different entities, and different places. You have an opportunity to know more about their stories and that’s really fulfilling for me. Also in sportscasting, when I speak with athletes, I learn their stories. I understand where they are from, what they experienced, apart from just seeing them play.

Martin hosting the UAAP

How do you save up for a trip?

To begin with, I’m already thrifty so I’ll have money there for travel. But since kuripot nga ako, I have to shift my mind. I think that “I’m not going to enjoy if I don’t spend here, I’m not going to enjoy if I’m matipid.” So for me there’s a process of acceptance that I’m going to spend all of this money for me to have a full experience of the place. I already set a budget para kung gusto kong mag-try ng something pricey okay lang. Meron na akong regrets noon, which made me realize that okay, I won’t hold back on spending when traveling.

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