Food & Travel

APRIL: Tips for Mindful Travel

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MUNI Travel Local postcard - Manix Abrera
Artwork by Manix Abrera for the MUNI x Moonleaf 2014 Planner

#MUNIonThis: When planning your next dream vacation, are you quick to book your ticket to a foreign destination?

Exploring the local destinations can enrich your perception of your own country, support local industries, and help improve tourism practices. You simply have so much to see with a simple road trip or boat ride away!

Here are some things we hope you’ll remember when you finally embark on your journeys across the Philippine islands:

Leave no trace

As visitors in any area, whether natural or man-made, it’s important to keep a place as you saw it. And even in taking photos, we should be mindful about limiting flash photography especially because this disturbs wildlife.

[Read: 5 Things Every Diver Should Do]

Respect local etiquette

Remember that locals are most likely to have their own ways of life. Familiarize yourself with their traditions and norms, as part of being a courteous guest, and also to gain a deeper understanding of their culture.

Get to know locals

Try to live a day in the life of a local, and see what they eat, how they get around, and what industries thrive in their area, and maybe even try them out for yourself! 🙂

[We’ll be planning another trip to Lumban, Laguna this coming May 3. Details coming soon!]


Rather than hastily moving from one place to the next or simply planning quick “power” vacations, consider staying a little longer to maximize the fuel resources to get to a place, immerse yourself in an area, do more quality muni-muni, and practice the art of doing nothing.

How else can you travel more mindfully and purposefully? 🙂

Learn more about travelling local and mindful travel at MUNI’s Biyaheng Lokal Quiz Night on April 11, 2014, 6PM to 9PM at 47 East in Katipunan, Quezon City. Find out more and register here.

Discover and experience the art of Philippine embroidery at MUNI’s Biyaheng Burda Day Trip & Embroidery Workshop on May 3, 2014, 6AM to 7PM in Lumban, Laguna. Find out more and register here.


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