Welcome to BWAB!

I'm Jona, a former travel journalist and teacher, and a poet and fictionist with a high dose of imposter syndrome. My affairs with the world and words started with a book. I've seen bits and pieces of this beautiful wounded world. Hence, the name of the blog. I'm from the Philippines, lived in Vietnam for four years, and now I'm indefinitely living in Munich, Germany.

What originally was a repository of random thoughts on life, travel, and books, BWAB is now a full-on resources of those embarking the digital nomad life with a decent amount of travel guides, occasional dive trips, and book readings spread thick in between. Oh yeah, a lot of solo travel resources around Europe and Southeast Asia. For quick travel and accommodation guides in Europe and Asia, check my ultimate travel cheat sheet for free. 

For real-time stories, puns, personally proven travel hacks, exclusive digital nomad resources, and self-deprecating awkwardness, follow me on Instagram: @jonajournals or my weekly mind-meandering on Medium. 

 


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destination guides

You may not know how to save your soul, but you know how to put one foot in front of another.—Rebecca Solnit
July 13, 2024

One Day in New York: Four Suggested Itineraries

New York City is a mesmerizing chaos, where dreams clash and thrive amidst towering skyscrapers and bustling streets. I personally think there’s no place like it—every corner offers a story, a flavor, a glimpse into the soul of humanity. From the gritty charm of the Lower East Side to the […]
July 12, 2024

Your Ultimate Guide: Where to Stay in Skiathos

As an island enthusiast based in Munich, Germany, I understand the profound yearning for the sea. Skiathos, Greece, has become my cherished refuge, offering boundless beaches and the calming presence of the ocean. Fun fact: Did you know that Skiathos is part of the Sporades island group, named after the […]
July 12, 2024

The Top 16 Independent Bookstores in NYC Worth Checking Out

I personally believe Joan Didion, Jennifer Egan, Mia Alvar, Eula Biss, and Ada Limon capture the essence of New York. These writers embody the city’s literary spirit, and its independent bookstores are a testament to this legacy. New York City’s independent bookstores are hidden gems offering an intimate dive into […]
July 8, 2024

The Best Areas to Stay in Portland Oregon for First-Time Visitors

Portland, Oregon, where untamed wilderness converges with cutting-edge creativity, is a city of contrasts. Picture yourself hiking through dense forests in the morning and savoring artisanal coffee in a cozy cafe by afternoon. It’s a place where food trucks offer gourmet surprises and indie musicians set the night on fire. […]

digital nomad guides

And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away. ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
June 25, 2024

Bitcoin and Blockchain Revolutionizing the Nomadic and Backpacking Lifestyle

Nomadic lifestyles and the use of digital currency remain at the forefront of lifestyle journalism. Throughout various corners of the globe, individuals are changing how they live, work, and interact with the world around them. Subscribing to a minimalist, experiential philosophy, nomads and backpackers pave the way for the use […]
June 7, 2024

I Now Make a Monthly $400 on Travel Payouts Affiliate Program Alone

When I declared that I wouldn’t neglect my decade-old blog anymore, I wasn’t kidding. Despite having the most time-consuming and most tiring unpaid job known to mankind: motherhood, a role I took on recently. Little did I know that this decision would lead me down the labyrinthine path of affiliate […]
May 21, 2024

How To Study And Travel At The Same Time 

Travel or study… which one will you pick? The thing is, they’re both important – perhaps even essential – in their own way, but you can’t do them both at the same time, and at some point, you’ll need to make a choice. That’s right, isn’t it? Well, perhaps not. […]
May 3, 2024

How to Make Business Expense Reporting Easier When You’re Traveling

Traveling for business can be fun until you find yourself filling out the expense reports. Doing so accurately does take a lot of time away from both business and pleasure. But there’s no overstating the importance of due diligence in this area if you want to maintain your business’s financial […]
 
 

reading life

My grandfather says that's what books are for," Ashoke said, using the opportunity to open the volume in his hands. "To travel without moving an inch.― Jhumpa Lahiri
July 12, 2024

The Top 16 Independent Bookstores in NYC Worth Checking Out

I personally believe Joan Didion, Jennifer Egan, Mia Alvar, Eula Biss, and Ada Limon capture the essence of New York. These writers embody the city’s literary spirit, and its independent bookstores are a testament to this legacy. New York City’s independent bookstores are hidden gems offering an intimate dive into […]
July 4, 2024

Escape Through Pages: 5 Must-Read Books for Your Summer Travel Adventures

Summer vacations and a good book go hand-in-hand. My very blog won’t be named as such if I don’t pack at least three books with me wherever I travel. It is just a force of habit because you will never know one book will never be enough. Talking about books, […]
March 14, 2024

A Guide to the Best English Bookshops in Vienna

Vienna is a beautiful city. Of course, that’s the perspective of a traveler, hmm, scratch that, a tourist whose eyes are glued at these Gothic and Baroque architecture, marveling at the preserved beauty of the bygone years. But there are other Vienna quirks that I find appealing. The subway drunkies […]
December 7, 2023

14 Amazing English Bookstores in Paris and Some Gorgeous Libraries

Are these names familiar? George Sand. Colette. Simone de Beauvoir. Madame de la Fayette. Gertrude Stein. No? How about Moliere, Voltaire, Balzac, Victor Hugo and Zola and Proust. Yeah? Yeah, now I know what kind of reader you are. 😉 So yes, these are some of the most popular writers […]
 
 

life and food

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.—Virginia Woolf
July 8, 2024

The Best Areas to Stay in Raleigh for Your First Visit

Raleigh, where southern charm meets contemporary flair, is a city that embraces its past while forging ahead. Imagine strolling through historic neighborhoods in the morning and sampling innovative cuisine in chic bistros by evening. I personally think it’s a place where the echoes of North Carolina’s rich history mingle with […]
July 8, 2024

The Best Areas to Stay in Portland Oregon for First-Time Visitors

Portland, Oregon, where untamed wilderness converges with cutting-edge creativity, is a city of contrasts. Picture yourself hiking through dense forests in the morning and savoring artisanal coffee in a cozy cafe by afternoon. It’s a place where food trucks offer gourmet surprises and indie musicians set the night on fire. […]
July 8, 2024

The Best Areas to Stay in Durham for First-Time Visitors

Durham, where history’s grit mingles with vibrant modernity, is a city that defies expectations. Imagine wandering through old tobacco warehouses repurposed as trendy eateries by day, then enjoying a craft beer in a buzzing pub by night. This isn’t just a place; it’s a testament to transformation, where tradition and […]
July 7, 2024

Ranking the Best Lake George Towns to Stay for First-Time Visitors

There is New York the city and there is New York the state. Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake George is where rugged wilderness meets old-school charm. Picture this: you paddle across crystal-clear waters by day and relish a hearty meal in a cozy lakeside tavern by night. […]