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10 Travel Lessons I’ve learned from Video Games

August 10, 2011

My blog just turned five months old today! To celebrate, I’ve compiled a few travel tips I’ve learned from years of playing video games, which apply to real-life travel.

1. Talk to locals so you know where to go. They might even give you free stuff.

2. Unless you like walking aimlessly for miles and miles, if you’re looking for a specific place, refer to a map.

3. Explore off-the beaten paths, side-streets, and alleys. There may be hidden treasure where you least expect.

4. Keep healing items handy (think migraine pills, anti-dizziness tablets, etc.) just in case you get sick on the road.

5. Stop once in a while to enjoy the scenery.

6. Pick your battles. When in an unknown place or faced with a threatening situation, it may be wiser to run than to pick a fight.

7. It helps to have a second player (or friends) you can trust to have your back in tight spots.

8. Choose your travel party well. Nothing can ruin a journey more than an annoying companion.

9. Preserve natural habitats. Don’t trash tourist spots!

10. You may not always find what you’re looking for in every destination, but it’s the journey that matters.

Photo sources: The Legend of Zelda, Silent Hill, StarOcean 2: The Second Story, Final Fantasy VII, Spyro, Final Fantasy VIII, Left4Dead, Final Fantasy IX, Okami, Super Mario Bros.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 12:42 am

    wow! nice! ang ganda…uu nga naman, aside from entertainment, video games will give you lessons about life or travelling tips for that matter…hahaha

    • August 11, 2011 12:51 am

      Thanks Supertikoy! I read somewhere that video game designers are actually avid travelers, and that’s where they get all their ideas. Wala lang. πŸ™‚

  2. August 11, 2011 1:51 am

    I love the last one! and the one about picking who you should go with. That is oh so true πŸ™‚

    • August 11, 2011 2:05 am

      Haha, that’s happened to me too, PossiblyPinay πŸ˜‰ Though sometimes you can’t choose your companions, so “pagtyagaan” na lang.

  3. August 11, 2011 5:10 am

    Hi, Kara! It was nice meeting you last Tuesday. Great blog. You captured amazing photos and I think it’s the first time I found a travel blogger who’s also into gaming. I hope you can visit us here in DLSU-D on Sept. 12 πŸ™‚ happy writing!

    • August 12, 2011 11:57 am

      Hi Rhodaline. Thanks for dropping by here. Will let you know if I can make it to your event. Thanks for the invitation. πŸ™‚

  4. August 16, 2011 5:49 pm

    i love this post!!!im not a gamer but im a big fan of a few games… and indeed we could learn great things from virtually anything πŸ™‚ even in games…

    among the ten here’s my fave –

    “You may not always find what you’re looking for in every destination, but it’s the journey that matters.”

    simple yet profound… same goes as with “life”… we may not get nor achieve everything that we had hoped for but at the end of the day we will realized that it’s the entire journey that matters…

    • August 17, 2011 1:07 am

      Hi Flipnomad. Thanks for the comment. I’ve been to some places that at first glance didn’t seem that great, but at the end of the day, there’s always something about traveling where you meet new people or learn something new that somehow makes sense later on.

  5. August 17, 2011 3:41 pm

    I really love reading your articles! keep it up Kara!

  6. August 25, 2011 10:20 am

    Nice article! Hindi ako mahilig sa games pero i love how you related some videogame scenarios sa real-life travel πŸ˜€ more games and travels for you! πŸ˜€

    • August 25, 2011 10:47 am

      Thanks Micamyx. I thought only gamers who recognized the screenshots would appreciate this post, but am glad to know that others liked it as well. πŸ™‚ Just checked your site and natawa ako sa Kid Kat and Hotdog Inasal! Aliw! :p

  7. August 30, 2011 11:23 am

    Great read kara, Winner! Keep it up πŸ˜€

  8. Sean General permalink
    September 5, 2011 4:02 am

    Hi Kara!

    I love this post! I just revisited my childhood while reading this. I felt like I was thrown into an RPG (Role Playing Game) while reminiscing my experiences on travel. πŸ˜€

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