May 4, 2019

DOWN SOUTH | I’d Rather Eat and Try to Understand

This was written five years ago. There was Agness. Now there is Erik Matti. There were angry Filipinos. Now there are angry Cebuanos. Last week, I was on a boat of mixed races: Filipino, Chinese, Korean, French, Belgian, and perhaps other races that I overlooked or forgot to ask. It […]
September 8, 2018
Backpacking with a Book

The Best Places to Witness Sunsets in La Mesa

A town in Southern California, La Mesa — some 9 miles from central San Diego — is known as the Jewel of the Hills. What used to be a small southwestern city is now a popular destination for its quaint character and lively downtown. One thing you absolutely must experience […]
August 26, 2018
Backpacking with a Book

Celebrating the Old in Santa Cruz

Once people stop celebrating the old — be it buildings, history, or culture — they cease to exist. Many places are guilty of this disappearing act. But Santa Cruz is different. The city’s vibrant culture is centered on its past. Santa Cruz is liberated, liberating, accommodating, and hip. And true […]
August 24, 2018

Hiking Destinations in California

California charms dreamers: surfer kids rub elbows with the rich and famous. Hippies mind their own enclave away from the old money and nouveau rich. It thrives and flourishes in contradictions. Its varied landscape and terrain reflect the characters of the locals and visitors alike. It has the swells, the […]
July 4, 2018
Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

4 Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

So you’re away from home, traveling the world. You’re supposed to living the dream, having the time of your life, yet all you can think about is sleep. You my friend have a classic case of travelers fatigue! Don’t despair you are not alone. Sooner or later every road warrior […]
June 23, 2018
Things to Do in Samar Lulugayan Falls

#SPARKSAMAR THINGS TO DO IN SAMAR | A Couch Potato Traveling to Samar

NOTE FROM JONA THE WITCH | This is the second installation of Danielle Balanga’s field notes from her sponsored trip to Samar for Backpacking with a Book. She represented this humble blog. You can read the first part of her Samar Travel Guide on BWAB. Here are three more interesting […]
June 9, 2018
Samar Travel Guide

SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE #SPARKSAMAR | A Couch Potato Traveling to Samar

SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE | Or a personal narrative of doing it |  A NOTE FROM JONA THE WITCH: I’ve been away from the Philippines longer than my heartbreak. Yet, this modest of a digital space for ramblings still got some  media trip invitations. With Ha Noi, Viet Nam as my current […]
June 9, 2018
Myanmar Travel Guide

MYANMAR TRAVEL GUIDE | Four Reasons to Visit Myanmar

Myanmar Travel Guide | Few places still have a certain magic and mystique around them the way Myanmar does. Steeped in history and culture, and having only opened its doors in recent years, it remains relatively unexplored by the rest of the world compared to neighboring Cambodia or Vietnam. Still unconvinced? […]
June 6, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About the Underwater River Tour in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Underground River Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Puerto Princesa Underground River Travel Guide covers everything you need to know fully enjoy  one of the seven wonders of the world! This gorgeous underground paradise is a place that you can actually visit. What’s commonly known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River is an 8.2-km (5.1-mile) section of the […]
May 9, 2018
Lorrie Moore A Gate at the Stairs Review 1

We Loved Our Lives More Than We Ever Knew | Lorrie Moore | A Gate at the Stairs |

MISREADINGS: We Loved Our Lives More Than We Ever Knew | Lorrie Moore | A Gate at the Stairs Let me start with a confession. Lorrie Moore was a bandaid after my bedtime attempts and failures on reading and understanding Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which absurdly became strings after strings […]
February 25, 2017
Right Motorbike For Vietnam Road Trip

How to Pick the Right Motorbike for your Epic Road Trip in Vietnam

A NOTE FROM THE BLOG OWNER: I met David, then single, and his brother, then newly divorced, on one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines—Siargao! {Check our photos of our Siargao trip!} We went island-hopping together, and they probably sensed that I was a broke traveler that they […]
March 18, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels:The Ultimate Road Trip Through Annapolis, Louisville, Durham and More

A road trip in spring to the Southern states promises blooming flowers, rejuvenated rivers flowing to the Atlantic, and budding trees. The mountains are as inviting as the ocean. Here are some tips and places to stay in your ultimate road trip.