Finding the Balance: Traveling Cheap, Where Do We Stand?

Finding the Balance: Traveling Cheap, Where Do We Stand?

Backpacking here and there, the drive to travel cheaper made me more conscious of most of my expenses. From the activities that I wanted to do, to the things that I needed to buy, I’ve tried to be more practical. Throw in the fact that in the world of tourism, some shops deliberately mark up their prices, some touts try to rip you off, some tours have ridiculous extra fees and surcharges, and the existence of local vs. tourist price that even when you’re a local traveler, they charge you with…

On Backpacking: What do we really become after we’ve traveled?

On Backpacking: What do we really become after we’ve traveled?

In everything that we do, we always have a reason, whether it be about walking, studying, cooking, or traveling. More often than not, we set an intention. —– As I was trying to force myself to write, I remembered a conversation I had with a fellow backpacker a few weeks ago. It was mainly about the person we think we’ve become after we’ve traveled. I recall her saying that, “when we come back home, we are still the same person. Nothing has really changed except that we traveled a lot.” I couldn’t help but agree….

That Trip to Calaguas, Camarines Norte

That Trip to Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Calaguas Island is located in Camarines Norte, one of the provinces in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is one of nature’s gift to mankind. To date, it is still considered as one of those “virgin beaches” in the country. No electricity, no buildings, no anything (except for a bunch of cottages on the northern part of the stretch, which I later on discovered as Waling-waling beach resort). It has been three months since I went to Calaguas and fortunately, after overcoming the critical phase of my previous project (yes, work) and…

Life’s A Beach: Patar, Bolinao

Life’s A Beach: Patar, Bolinao

From time to time, I’ve always imagined myself making an escape from the crazy life of the metro. You know, one of those spontaneous trips that doesn’t stress you about the things that you should do and what not… Thinking about it and actually doing it, however, is a different story. Most of the time, excuses prevail. Last weekend was different though. With a brilliant idea of hitting the beach doing nothing but to chill, me and my friend have decided to check out what Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan has…

One Of Those Nice Visits: BenCab Museum, Benguet

One Of Those Nice Visits: BenCab Museum, Benguet

One of the most visited destinations in the Philippines is Baguio City. Known as the summer capital of the country, it has an all-year-round cold weather due to its location at the mountainous province of Benguet. Although Baguio has become quite commercialized, I still consider this city a bit cozy as compared to Manila. A few establishments did not hurt. The pollution though is a different story. Growing up, I’ve visited Baguio countless of times. I was really young and I remember only going there as a guest to my mom’s company outing….