This was my first Ibajay Ati-Ati in over twenty years, a triumphant return to my birthplace. A return that gave me so much insight on my roots, family ties, and the insatiable desire to always be the last man dancing. It was an ear-splitting, booty-shaking, lechon-feasting fiesta that only Filipinos could fathom. A town of… Read More The Best Of Ibajay Ati-Ati Festival 2019
The province of Aklan on the Philippine island of Panay is known internationally as the home of and gateway to Boracay. The Philippines’ most famous paradise island is understandably a much-desired holiday spot, with its crystal clear blue waters and powdery white sand spanning kilometers of beachfront. However, those who go from Kalibo or Caticlan… Read More Hiking Mount Balinsayaw in Aklan, Philippines
24 years ago, I was born in a little town about an hour away from the bustling town of Kalibo. My family moved to the United States shortly after. 24 years later, I came home to make it to one of the world’s most unique and colorful festivals. Every January, the Mother of all Philippine… Read More 2019 Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival Gallery
Next to the islands, jungles, and culture, the true appeal of South East Asia for travelers and backpackers is… cheap beer. I’m only partially joking. While most travelers do travel for more respectable reasons, cheap alcohol and the fun-loving South East Asian people are an added bonus to this already amazing region of the world.… Read More Which South East Asian Capital Cities Have The Best Nightlife?
So… you’re headed to Boracay for the first time and you don’t really know what to expect. Well, before anything else, let me commend you for including the island in your travel plans since it is one of the Philippines’ biggest tourist draws and ideal if you want some all-out summer fun. It’s better if… Read More So, You’re Headed to Boracay for the First Time…
I blindly flew into Bangkok this June with really no idea what I was getting myself into. I was in Asia for three months, tentatively flying out of Jakarta at the end of September. In my mind, I thought I could hit Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, before wrapping up in Indonesia. Of course, very… Read More My 10 Favorite Stops On My South East Asia Trip
Guest Post By Aby Nicole League What’s the best way of knowing about a culture? Do you need to earn a degree in anthropology, read every book on global culture in the library, or travel the world full-time? These methods can open your mind to cultural diversity, but not everybody has the time and budget… Read More Everything That Baffles Foreigners About The Philippines
It’s weird what following all of those travel accounts on Instagram can do to you. I was born in the Philippines, but I have never even heard of El Nido or even Palawan really until I started seeing it blasted all over my Instagram feed almost every other day. I was already backpacking through Southeast… Read More Why Now Is The Best Time To Go To El Nido, Palawan