Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Change is Imminent, Tutubi, But Not The Travel Lifestyle!
After more than seven years, this travel blog needs some sort of change, probably similar to other blogs' transformation.
Google has been very nice in 2012, the flagship year when traffic went all time high, when Penguin and Panda made this blog popular, even without any effort.
2013 began with dramatic, and still painful Google Image Search rolled out the new interface that took traffic away from publishers (even if they said it's more for the user experience, it's still unfair to picture owners though but who can punish big, mighty Google?)
Still, blog traffic is steady even if update frequency dropped to all time low.
Very late to adopt to social media, Tutubi's making up for lost time but the Facebook Page and Twitter followers all joined from blog traffic, none from promotions.
In spite of the drop in traffic, Backpacking Philippines still is one of the most visited travel blogs in the Philippines :P
After a few months, expect more fresh updates and probably blog promotions, Tutubi is really to busy with life and work.