Tales of a Solo Traveler
Jan20

Tales of a Solo Traveler

Domestic Beginnings I was twenty-four the first time I boarded a plane. It was a forty-five minute flight via Philippine Airlines from Dipolog City to Cebu, two of the many fascinating travel destinations in the Philippines. At that time I was one of those unfortunate souls who could barely tolerate traveling a mile, by land or by sea, without feeling as though a million giant butterflies are frantically trying to escape from the...

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Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia
Jun17

Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia

Volunteering in the Philippines Even at seven o’clock in the morning the sun was riding high and strong over Tacloban City on the island of Leyte. From inside the colorful Jeepney amongst a jumble of spades, sledgehammers and wheelbarrows, a voice called: “Let’s Go Alan!” and our Filippino driver started the engine. From my perch on the roof I held on tightly as we bumped towards the seashore, where piles of debris stood as evidence...

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Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines
Apr20

Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

Tagaytay, The Philippines Vacay in Tagaytay Have you ever wondered where the locals of places considered our holiday destinations go for their holidays? I did. “Where do you go for holidays?” I asked the taxi driver in Manila, who has just spend the last ten minutes reciting the list of holiday islands in his country, straight out of a brochure that I got at the arrival hall of the airport. He thought about this question, an...

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Philippine Beaches with Annie

Eileen had a moment to catch up with Annie Cuevas of Philippines Tourism for the latest promotions. I have already been there myself and enjoyed some pretty interesting food, jeepney rides and beautiful islands. Check it out. As with all of our videos Quicktime 7.0 or better is required to see our great videos in all of there luster. However, we have now added a new feature on ITKT’s home page to allow viewing for everybody else. Look...

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Unfair Advisory: The Philippines

As a travel writer, there are loads of perks that I love. Lots of travel mostly, but I also frequently get good food and great cultural exchange. Of course, there is a downside. The real downside is no one is going to become a millionaire as a travel writer. The imaginary downside is that something terrible is going to happen while I am out of the country. Something statistically microscopic like crashing planes, stranded in a foreign...

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Flying Christianity Air

During my Sunday morning Manila layover, a funny thing happened on my way to Davao City in the Philippines. As I waited for flight 813, after a 17-hour flight from the States, a loud voice boomed over the intercom, “For all those interested in attending morning mass, please go to domestic terminal gate number eight.” Although I would not call myself religious, I still had several hours to kill and this had to be a joke. I...

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Asean Tourism Forum 2006

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first ASEAN Tourism Forum. For that matter, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Philippines either. As a destination, I have always imagined the Philippines as curious and exotic. At the same time, I know plenty of Filipino people who are just pleasant and friendly. Perhaps, a couple of good reason’s why I jumped at the chance to attend this year’s ATF. I would soon dream of mysterious islands...

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Meals and More in the Philippines

I am looking forward to my upcoming trip the land of 7000 islands, the Philippines. I have done my research: geography, people, attractions. The trip should be great and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experience. Sadly, my tast buds are going blind. I never stopped to learn about the cuisine of the Philippines! Not very In-The-Know of me. Fortunately, that’s what friends are for. The following is a...

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