Traveling with Superpowers

Many people I’ve traveled with remark about my uncanny ability to sleep through trips. I can take a nap even before a flight takes off and wake up just in time for touchdown. When I’m not the designated driver, I’ve been known to sleep through the entirety of 8-hour long  rides, waking up just in time for food stops and bathroom breaks. Blaring OPM music, non-air-conditioned vans, and cramped seating arrangements do not hinder my ability to sleep. It may not seem like much, but it’s a pretty useful ability to have if you travel a lot.

However, if I could choose real superpowers that would make the whole travel experience way cooler, these would be my top five picks:

FLIGHT: The ability to lift off the ground, to ride air currents or to fly self-propelled through the air.

If I had to choose only one power, I’d probably choose flight, if only to get cool vantage points and aerial travel shots while traveling. Not having to rely on long land travel would make travel much more accessible, and would make getting to the destination itself more fun. Having the ability to fly would also be way cheaper than having to book regular flights. (No terminal fees, no travel taxes!) Jump shots and levitation shots would also look way more natural. Just check out Rogue 😉 

TELEPORTATION: The power in which one can instantaneously move from one location to another without physically occupying the space in between.

If I had teleportation powers like Nightcrawler, I could transport myself to any location in the country (or the world for that matter) minus the expensive cost of airfare and other visa and travel requirements. It would be so convenient to just go on vacation for the weekend and be back in Manila in time for other work commitments. I’d be able to visit all 80 provinces in the Philippines as well as all the countries in my bucket list. Plus, if I forgot anything important at home, like a passport or my toothbrush, I could just pop right back in and out in no time. If Teleportation is too much to ask, I’d also settle for Fast Travel, the ability to go back to places I’ve previously visited.

WEATHER MANIPULATION: The ability to control and manipulate all various aspects of the weather at will.

Possibly the most useful power you can have when planning a dream beach vacation – weather manipulation can include the ability to sense and influence meteorological patterns, creating rain, wind, hail, lightning, snow, sleet, fog and temperature changes. This includes the ability to generate various natural phenomena or control the intensity of the weather in highly concentrated (inside room) or vastly extended (continental) areas.

By channeling weather control powers like Storm, not only would I know the best time to plan outdoor adventures, I’d be ensured of fair weather throughout all my trips. This would be a great power to have for those mountain climbing trips to places like Mt. Pulag where weather can be really unpredictable. It would also be great to instantly help communities it times of disasters like typhoons and floods.

TECHNOPATHY: The ability to control electronic items and machinery.

How cool would it be to be able to generate an instant wifi hotspot even in the middle of a remote island? Technopathy could really come in handy for those times when you just need to check email, update your twitter account (@travelingup) or post photos to Instragram (@karasantos) in regions where wifi, cellphone and 3G signals don’t normally reach. It could also be useful for jamming signals when people who you would rather not talk to start calling you up. Other useful travel-related situations this would come in handy include repairing glitches in gadgets (including cameras) when you’re on the road (take that Error 99), charging your smartphone empty’s battery to full bars with a simple swipe, restoring wet gadgets instantly, or speeding up the free wifi signals to buffer Youtube videos instantaneously while waiting at an airport.

TIME TRAVEL: The ability to move through time (future/past) at will.

If I had the power to travel through time, I would probably check out how Boracay was before the crowds, or maybe just spend a whole year in El Nido without worrying about life and people back home. I could transport myself to different provinces in the ideal time to visit – whaleshark season in Sorsogon, the perfect surfing season in each coastal province, monsoon season in areas where you can do whitewater rafting and so on.

Plus, I could visit EVERY SINGLE FIESTA in the country in the same year, by repeating days since several fiestas are held on the same day.

Ah, if only … :p If anyone knows of a laboratory in the city breeding radioactive spiders or is looking for a guinea pig for their new supersoldier serum, please let me know. How about you? What travel-related superpower do you wish you had? 🙂

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