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10 Travel Trends We Will See in 2016

  Ok, time to channel my inner Zenaida Seva and try to play mister smarty-pants, churn an unsolicited opinion on what I think will happen in the Filipino travel industry and be a total know-it-all. Just to make things clear, this is just my opinion based on...

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traveling 101 for techies

My biggest concern while on the road is staying connected. Other hipster travelers will vehemently condone bringing of laptops and mobile phones when traveling because it apparently defeats the purpose of the escape, well, I beg to differ. The convenience of the ability to access online maps,...

an authentic japanese food adventure

By: Ron Cruz . Itadakimasu! The word means "I humbly receive!" A verbiage to be said before the first bite, like bon appetite for French or loosely translated Kain na for Filipinos. One semi-drunk Japanese guy told me that it's a way to salute everyone who paved way for...

japan trip budget and quick guide for first time travelers

japan visa requirements for filipinos. japan trip budget and quick guide for first time travelers OK, before I blabber about my Japan adventure and spontaneously spew sakura petals out of my orifices, let's do this trip planning and budget shiitake once and for all. Last week I wrote...

first-timers’ guide to myanmar

VISA When we visited Myanmar exactly a year ago, Filipinos were required to apply for tourist visa prior to travel. Recently, both countries agreed to scrap the requirement and give Filipinos 14 days of stay without the stress-inducing sticker in the passport. So that's P1,100 and...

nepal for first-timers

MOUNT EVEREST Don't ask me about climbing the Everest Base Camp, I can't even climb our building's stairs to start with. But the most popular trail for non-pro enthusiasts should be the Annapurna Circuit. It is relatively easier and realistic trek especially if you have limited...

bavarian roll: the road trip across the alps

If it is going to be your first time in Europe, I am assuming that your expectation was just like mine, coated with sugary frostings, glitters and fairy dust. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but Europe is not all fairy tale, castles, unicorns, knights...

novelty that is laos

The journey from the Thai border to Luang Prabang is a long arduous road leading to a secluded Shangri La. Like in any stories written, hardship should come first before the blissful reward. Popular route is the three day slow boat down the Mekong river. An...

backpack unpacked

If Dora, my four-year old TNF terra 40, could talk; she would’ve cursed me enough to never travel again. After 15 countries and countless cities we spent travelling together, I decided to give my shoulders and back a rest and tried to look like a...