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!
I've been blogging for more than ten years now but this travel blog is celebrating just its eight years in the blogosphere (quite old by the way, the blog, not the blogger)
One of the most frequently asked questions about travels and bloggers is this:
Why do we travel?
I travel because I want to explore the world, because it's there. I want to learn. I want to see, taste, experience something different
I want to get out of my comfort zone, to try new things, to escape from the hustle and bustle of life
When I started traveling, I had a bucket list of sorts like traveling to all 80 provinces (now 81) of the Philippines, to visit all countries of ASEAN, to set foot on 6 continents. My latest count on provinces is around 64 and I lately slowed down so I can prepare for my future. I have visited Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore (2x), Thailand (2x), Mumbai (India) and Sydney (Australia)
When you're growing older (i said older not old), you realize so many things.
No longer am I in a hurry to visit new places and blog about it. I still have the itch, it's such that I have no time now.
As i've always been mentioning that you need four things in order to travel: passion, strength, money and time. Take one of them away and you can't travel and explore
Now, I've realized what is the most important thing that my travels did to me:
A beautiful sunrise accentuated by reflection from serene sea of Coron in Palawan taken exactly ten years ago
It's actually not the number of places you've visited, cultures experienced and food tasted. It's how you were able to see the best of cultures you've seen and use the knowledge to improve yourself.
With traveling, I've become more friendly to nature, more non-judgmental, my taste for food become well-rounded, I've become more nationalistic, observed discipline even if others are not looking.
What about you? Why do you travel? What did your travels do to you?
I travel for vacation. That's the only way I travel because I'm on vacation. Travel has widened my understanding and knowledge and I've met many wonderful people and experienced things I wouldn't have if I decided to stay home for vacation instead of going far away.