Travel is one of our greatest capabilities as humans; to move from one place to another, crossing distances and changing our surroundings. In the twenty-first century, one can fly across the Pacific Ocean on an airplane, traverse a country with a car, or sail across an archipelago on a ship.
Some travel simply to get from Point A to Point B – for business, education, or to visit relatives. Their goal is to reach their destination as quick as possible. Yet the one of the greatest purposes for travelling, I believe, is adventure. Adventurers travel to immerse themselves in the thrill of exploration and wonder of discovery, traversing the grand landscapes spread between their origin and destination.
After all, our planet is a beautiful place. Vast, thriving forests filled with a variety of life, sun-bleached deserts, raging waterfalls, multicolored coral reefs, isolated islands, and so much more – these are the beauties spread across our world. In the Philippines alone, there is a myriad of landscapes – Puerto Princesa’s underground river, Bohol’s white-sand beaches, Mt. Apo’s heights, and many more.
Yet as easy it is to travel great distances nowadays through land, sky and sea, nothing quite compares to the physical, tangible act of experiencing the wonders of the world – particularly creations of nature – personally, with our own five senses.
It’s the exhilaration of climbing a mountain, alpine air cold against one’s skin, muscles aching from pulling your body forward in the steady rhythm of the ascent, and the exhausted satisfaction of reaching the summit and seeing the world spread out in front of you. It’s the salty breeze and sea spray of surfing, the shining wave and rolling water. It’s the howling wind and the breakneck speed of biking, the landscape flashing by in a blur. It’s the rush and splash of the water as a swimmer cuts through the surface, chilled by the cold water. It’s the, the awe at seeing the unfathomable wideness of the night sky in the middle of a plain, untainted by city lights.
To travel is to experience the world at its rawest, most tangible level.
Here at Trekking Memories, we wish to share these experiences of travelers to the world – through stories.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo
True, personal experience is something that no form of media can fully replicate. Pictures can only freeze moments of light and color into a frame. Videos can only display fraction of the journey. You can’t capture the memory of swimming, drifting in the surreal underwater world, enclosed in the coolness of the ocean, an endless city of corals and sealife spread out below you.
However, through personal stories, others can catch a glimpse of the wide, wide world that lies out of sight. Information alone is sterile, placing cold facts into one’s mind. But stories bring experiences alive, painting sound and color and sensation into readers. Facts state the depth and breadth of a cave. Stories will speak of the chill in the air, the echoing of the drip, drip, drip of water from stalactites, and the weak beam of the headlamp as it sweeps across the cavern, unable to fully pierce the darkness.
Trekking Memories aims to capture the joys and struggles of travelers through stories submitted from adventurers all over the world. This is a blog dedicated to the wanderers and trailblazers, a storytelling platform where trekkers all over the globe can share their memories. We welcomes stories of all sorts – from grand expeditions across mountain ranges to a simple scuba-diving trip at a beach resort.
The world is a very, very big place. Sometimes it seems impossible to understand its full scope. Many have limited horizons, knowing nothing but static facts about the locations beyond the bubble in which they live their lives. Hopefully, through documenting the paths travelers have taken through its jungle trails, ocean currents, mountain paths, and more, we could fill in the blank spaces in our maps of knowledge. Through this blog, readers can read real-life memories of travelers and widen their horizons.
Through Trekking Memories, a reader from Taiwan can relive the experience of the man who went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. A woman from the United States can feel the challenge of climbing Mount Everest. A man from New York can bike through the mountain trails in the Philippines. The memories, lessons, and experiences of travel can be available for all to read.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags. Tie your shoelaces. Go out into the wide, wonderful world and explore the beauty of nature. Walk, run, hike, bike, climb, swim, sail, surf, glide. Adventure. Create memories, submit your stories, and let the world adventure with you.