January 31, 2016

Taiping Travel Guide | Things I Loved in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

It was my first trip abroad, and going somewhere that was rarely traveled to appeal to the rebellious and the reckless in me. A week in Malaysia would mean a selfie with the Petronas Tower at the least, a walk around Penang, a glimpse of Melacca culture, and a trek […]
January 25, 2016
What To do in the Southern State

The Southern State of Winter

The beauty of the southern states is not a secret to anyone. Florida, the Sunshine State, has captured the hearts of many travelers for its theme parks and beaches. North Carolina is the home of the best hike destinations, while Massachusetts is the home of many exciting casinos. The art […]
January 25, 2016
Leave Everything Behind and Travel the World

A Developing Country Citizen’s Perspective: What’s Wrong with “Leave Everything Behind and Travel the World”

 I shared the table with a Dutch traveler for our complimentary breakfast of coffee, two toasts, and few slices of melon—something that the Burmese or us Filipinos do not normally have for breakfast. But I enjoyed it, nonetheless, especially after an hour or so of pedaling on sandy paths, checking […]
January 24, 2016
colorado travel guide

Falling for the Rugged #Utah and #Colorado

Whether you plan to wander around Bryce Canyon National Park and admire rock architectures or walk your way up to Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park, indeed Utah is a heaven for the adventurous in you. The neighboring state is not far behind. Be it Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountain National […]
January 22, 2016
Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet

Places in the Philippines to Avoid This Summer

A note: Hi there! I would constantly update this list. If you have been to overcrowded destinations in the Philippines that you want to include in the list, email us at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com—Jona In April and May, some Filipinos take three showers a day while others suffer from the absence of water […]
December 30, 2015

Florida State of Mind

Florida is not called the Sunshine State for no reason. It is the state that defies terrible weather: while other places brave the winter, Florida provides its own sunshine. Playing in theme parks and enjoying the beaches are just two of the many things to do here. Let your toes […]
December 8, 2015
Bantigue Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu

Where Have I Been This Year?: Beaches in the Philippines 2015

It is too early to be nostalgic. But it is December already, and there is a certain demand to retrace the places we have been to before forgetfulness erases them for good. It has been a fruitful year, and I should pat my own back because I owe it to […]
December 7, 2015
Guiuan, Eastern Samar 2015

PHOTO DIARY | Traveling to Guiuan after Yolanda

“Where are you now?” “In the middle of the bridge?” Yes, with a question mark because I was really on the bridge at four in the afternoon, yes, with a question mark because I could not really believe that I was on the bridge and had not checked in yet. […]
December 5, 2015

Falling in Love with the Sunny Santa Cruz

San Cruz is a city with a sunny personality.  It is liberal and supports alternative communities. Its warmth does not stop there; its landscape is to die for. This city is home to the renowned Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a tree-lined downtown, which is a lovely sight come fall. Plus, […]
December 2, 2015

Changes! Changes!

It feels like April here in Cebu; for someone who brags about the seeming eternal summer in her country, I find the heat almost unbearable. And for someone who brags about having a life-work balance, here I am so caught up with revising Backpacking with a Book’s feel and content. […]
November 26, 2015

OUR SKIN DIARY | Filipina Degrade Themselves in Online Chat Rooms

OMG. Reading this made me angry for some reason. Filipinos are a racist bunch, and I’m not even one. I was in Manila last year. Like what the author has pointed out, I saw the same type of couples : fat, old westerner with a local Filipina. We all know […]
November 24, 2015

5 Easy Tips for Getting Amazing Sleep on the Road

This post, 5 Easy Tips for Getting Amazing Sleep on the Road, first appeared on Tailwind, Hipmunk’s blog, on November 15, 2015. If you find that your sleep quality decreases while traveling, you’re not alone. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that most adults prefer the comfort and calm of their […]