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 […]
November 22, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW | Sky Travel Luggage Review

Sky Travel Luggage Review is an honest, personal (yes, not a sponsored post) review.  I know how important a good bag is for month-long trips. I know I could not use my old and well-used Jester for this trip. So I kept on checking the outdoor shops to look for that […]
November 15, 2015

PHOTO ESSAY: Why I Did Not See the Petronas Towers

It takes time to love big cities. Its character is not fixed, its face varied, it is or can be unpredictable. To love a city is to linger, to stay for months or years perhaps. It is not meant for place sniffers, those who can only afford to stay for […]
November 13, 2015

OUR SKIN DIARY | Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes

Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes?  Such a horrendous image.  This post by AERA R is a comment on my Rappler article: On Being a Dark-Skinned Filipina Traveling Around the Philippines. With a new partner in a country where they equate a Filipina to a prostitute or gold digger, I told him flatly […]