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Traveling is an act of getting to know yourself better. From the time you start planning your trip and going through your itinerary to packing your bags, all of it is an exercise of introspection, elimination, learning, and living—it’s all part of the journey.

The luxury in travel lies in the choices one must make and how one defines luxury. Travel is highly personal, and for others, even sentimental. I know of a top chef who sent a limousine to pick up her son up from the airport during his son’s first trip to New York because that’s exactly what her mother did for her. Others like to post their boarding passes, take photos in the lounge, have arroz caldo or go to the noodle station, and many more—things that some people secretly frown upon online. But I’m totally okay with that. Whatever floats your boat, my friend.

For me, the luxury there lies in catching up with my thoughts, or seeing that blockbuster movie I missed in the cinemas, or in discovering whatever gems the inflight entertainment has. I also happen to like crying inside the plane. Nothing feels better than emptying out all your emotions before and after a trip. en route to Amsterdam and also bawled at the ending of flying back to Manila from Fukuoka.

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