Traveling gives you the privilege to see the other dimension of the world. It doesn’t only let you see the wonders of nature, the uniqueness of each culture and meeting other people but it helps you release all the stress-inducing vibes in your system. When they say Medical School, people think that you don’t have social life anymore because med students are too busy facing their books and studying on how to manage their future students. Medical school can be very demanding and depressing at some times. And this is why every medical student should experience traveling at some point in their med life.


1. You don’t have enough time.


When you become a professional, you are already on your late 20’s and some of you are going to put up a family. There will be more responsibilities and obligations to handle in the future. After the licensure, some will go moonlighting and some will proceed to the 4-5 crucial years of residency. You will still build rapport to your consultants and to the hospital.
So travel while you are a medical student. Travel while you are still young and your budget is still from little savings of your allowance. Travel while your focus is still on passing exams and studying.

2. You will become more independent.


When you travel, you will learn to make decisions all by yourself from making an itinerary, to booking flights and what to bring. With the independence your gain from your self, you will be able to build up confidence in facing different circumstances because you have already faced the world.

3. There’s more to life than your medical books.

Medical students shouldn’t lock their face down to their books, print outs or to medical videos. Because like what the cliche goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. When you travel, it broadens your knowledge on different cultures, people and experiences that you never knew it existed. It will also make you appreciated the different beautiful sights that the nature has for us which you cannot learn in your medical books.

4. It makes you happy.

Research shows that medical students are prone to suicidal thoughts, attempts or plainly to suicide  due to the stressors that they get from your consultants and the heavy load you have on your 36 hours duty. But when you travel, it brings you the excitement of the thought that you are going to different places. It elevates your endorphin, serotonin and dopamine levels in your system when you are happy. This will help you avoid to be burned out from medical school and it will give you a good kick start when you go back to studying!


5. This will serve as your reward.

Always give your self a treat once in awhile by traveling because you deserve it. Whether you passed or failed your shifting exam, you still need a reward for yourself. You have pulled an all nighter, burned so many candles and drank too much coffee for your exams and that hard work you did needs a reward!


Here are some travel tips for Medical Students:
  • Travel during long weekends. You can go to a nearby island or nearby towns.
  • Always bring study notes for less guilt. At least, whenever you feel like studying, you have something to grab on.
  • Schedule your trip after a major exam. Don’t schedule it before an exam or else you’ll get a travel hang over.
  • Don’t forget your ID. Remember, there is Student Discount even you don’t look like a student.
  • Enjoy and relax, because you deserve it!
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Marica, a 20-something lady who loves to explore new things in the world while juggling her life in the medical field.

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  1. Medical Student or not, maybe we all should travel once to understand the other side of the world. Life is not more or less spending time over your books, over your office table, over everything, we all deserve to see the beautiful creation of God. I like the student ID, yes, until today I'm using my student ID for discounts hahaha.❤❤❤

  2. Traveling is a way of releasing the once nomadic tendencies of our species. Our very essence would tell us to travel because it was what it was meant for.

  3. Traveling is a way of releasing the once nomadic tendencies of our species. Our very essence would tell us to travel because it was what it was meant for.

  4. I definitely concur with every point you made. Even more, I'd argue that those points hold true for just about everyone! There really is no substitute for going places and experiencing the world first-hand. 🙂

  5. Good to know you have that outlook in life Mika! It will serve you well in the course of your medschool life for sure. A little treat doesn't hurt. May your endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine get their much needed level up!

  6. I do agree that there is more to life than just medical students reading their ass off in the coffee shop in the wee hours of morning. Most of the interns I've met in Sotto are very hardworking, sometimes very hardworking that hospital life is the only life they know.

    Although some med students are not as kugihan and buotan as you Marica, all of you deserve to have a break or do something that will make you happy. Kay you help a lot of people gyud.

    Right now, I just realized that I did not do myself a great favor when I was still working in Sotto. I should've taken more vacations, day offs, and absences (especially absences)! I should've taken more rest. All work and no play makes us crazy Marica!

    So go ahead! Go on a vacation as often as possible or we will all end up in Ward 12! Hahaha!

  7. I am envious of every single person who keeps on traveling! I barely have time to even go out and have fun, let alone travel. It would take a lot of time just to plan.

    It's nice to travel a lot while you're still a student. I want to go freelance just to travel more if ever.

  8. My wife is now an intern and I do not think she can travel unless its the community month or skin clinic. You must travel in the first 3 years and probably save up for a grand travel upon graduation before you start your PGI. Travel more! 😉

  9. Haha. even you dont look like student.. haggard.. i remember the time we go to Kalanggaman, when some of my friends bring a student id eventhough they are not students anymore..

  10. I like how you pointed out that there's more to life than medical books. Travel while you're able and create a balance between studies and life outside school. Reward yourself at times and enjoy it. As long as you know you need/deserve one, don't feel guilty about it. 🙂

  11. There's more to life than school and office routines. Traveling teaches us life lessons because of the experiences we can get from it. We need to explore how beautiful the world is. Travel while you can. 🙂

  12. I'm not a medical student but I'm not far from your target audience. I'm still a college student and I would agree to everything you have written in this post. I get that studies tends to grab a whole lot of time, but if you really want to travel or do something else, you'll find a way. As the saying goes "pag ayaw, may dahilan. pag gusto parating merong paraan". haha

  13. Would've done (and deserved) this as well even though I was not a med student. It was really stressful back then in collage because everything's just piled up, from being an org officer to making our thesis and minor final projects. Ganahan jud kaayo ko mulaag bisag sauna pa pero gi prioritize lang jud ang studies, when in fact I needed a breather jud unta. There's really more to traveling than just sitting in the library. Haha!

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