Patience in the Time of Covid-19: Travel Bug Special

The government has required people to stay put and stay at home during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which has been extended to 30 April 2020, to lessen the transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). This is not limited to the Philippines, of course. Throughout the world, we see medical frontliners reminding everyone that: “We came to work for you. Please stay home for us.

And so we patiently stay at home for the duration of the lockdown (see Things to Do at Home During the Quarantine). For many infected with a different kind of bug, the travel bug, much patience is required while waiting for the day when travel is allowed again. 

Waiting for travel at Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines.
Bulan, Sorsogon. Photo courtesy of mhelmar (check her Instagram account, @mhelmarvelouz, for more photos).

Travel teaches us a lot of life lessons, including patience and rolling with the punches. Mhelmar shares her thoughts: “As a DIY traveler, there are unfortunate circumstances that happens along the way even you invested so much time researching the perfect itinerary. Facing such difficulties taught me “Patience” to accept the situations you cannot control and learn to adjust affectively to solve the problem. And in this Pandemic era, let us be reminded to practice #Patience #stayinghome to #flattenthecurve.”

Well said, kabayan.

Bohol beach at night.
Bohol beach at night. Photo courtesy of MJ (check his Instagram account,, for more photos).

Getting stuck in the house isn’t easy for a travel hug. It’s like taking a fish out of the ocean and dropping it inside a small aquarium. If the fish can think, it’ll surely feel terrible inside the aquarium, but if it can think and realize there’s a deadly virus in the ocean, it will realize that there’s not much choice but stay put. Just like what we have nowadays.

We’d like to think that there’s a silver lining to everything. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., quoted by MJ: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

This post will be updated as soon as we get your submitted photos. [Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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