"As I drive along the road, I can clearly see the road ahead, and appreciate the scene at my left and at my right - a thing I can never do while inside a jeep or a bus."
Get rid of traffic, use motorbike. Take the narrow rough path to a far-flung place that 4-wheel cars can not do, use a motorbike. There are just many reasons why I really love traveling with a motorbike not to mention the freedon it gives me.
But uhhh... should I wish for manong driver to stop the jeep or the bus, it is almost impossible because my compulsions should not be granted for the expense of others.
Because I can not afford to buy a 4-wheel car for long distance travel, I see to it that I must stay at the window seat whenever I am inside the bus.
Commuting for me is not bad at all because I consider it the most practical way of traveling. But I discovered that for inter-provincial travel, having your own motorbike is the best way ever to travel.
I dared, I took the risk and I tested how far can I go and through this. I proved by myself that it is not dangerous to ply the highway via a motorbike. It is just a matter of experience, discipline on the road and accustomization.
As I drive along the road, I can clearly see the road ahead, the scene at my left and at my right - a thing I can never do while inside a jeep or a bus.
Whenever I see a beautiful river, beach, mountain or simply children smiling along the road, I can afford to stop and capture them because I own my time.
Traveling using a motorbike is also very cheap. For an amount of 130-200pesos, I can town-hop all the way to Laoag City or Pagudpud up north, or to the beaches and surfing destinations of La Union down south, or take the mountain roads to Abra at the east or if you want some extra thrill or challenge, take the Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan road going either to Baguio City, Sagada or Bontoc or just the first towns you take as you enter Benguet. That's holy cheap! You can also go all the way to Pangasinan or turn east to Nueva Ecija via Umingan if you want more thrill and fun.
For now, my favorite is to hop to the old churches of Ilocos Sur then exploring all the amazing beaches at it's coastline and have a little climb to it's upland towns.
Just make sure to refill your gas tank everytime or bring a container to store your extra gas if ever the road you are taking has no gasoline stations like what I did when I traversed the Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan (Mt. Province) Road.
My parents are also kontrabida because they are not allowing me to do it. At the long run, my friends began to understand my passion and whenever I go they just say "ingat." Except, for my parents, who until now, can not still understand my passion - on which I respect because they just want my safety.
Of course, for motor bikers who love going to places it is always important to observe safety measures such as wearing helmet and other safety gears. Be sure to set your motorcycle also in a good condition to avoid problems along the road.
Traveling via a motorbike, I have the chance to interact with locals, ask for directions or be a part of their daily routine. I have observed how the people harvest their crops and the unique way how they plant rice to the banks of the river. I am immersed with the actual culture of the place and able to witness the basics of their lives.
Traveling via a motorbike has allowed me to experience such things that I will surely never experience when I will just travel with jeepney, bus or airplane. In motorbike, you can have a stop over anytime and you can control your time, a fact that jeepneys, buses and airplanes can not offer to real travelers.
These are just some of the reasons why I love traveling with a motorbike and no one can stop me with this. Have I mentioned it gives me a sense of true freedom?