Heyooo! Curious about me?

I’m Jona, mother of felines, hoarder of books, notebooks, and plants.

I’m from Cebu, Philippines. Proud Bisdak. I have been in this traveling stint for so long. It has been more than ten years. It started with trekking mountains in the Philippines.

In my mid-20s, I had this desire to travel around solo. So I did. I traveled around and juggled several titles. My byline could be seen for Rappler, Interaksyon, Sun.Star, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Scoot, and Smile.

I lived in Vietnam for four years, did the very things that make me happy: teaching things that matter (hello, social, political, environmental, and economic issues!) and continued working on my poetry manuscript (still working on that second poetry collection) while helping small-scale businesses for content and marketing services.

And now I am based in Munich, Germany in foreseeable future. I write for money. ๐Ÿ˜› You can find me on JonaDesigns for content and copywriting services and HomeHums.com for my life in Munich, Germany.

I wonder what brought you to this particular page? This little space, despite the years and evolution of everyone’s attention span, has a dedicated readers and followers.

So hit me up for collaborations and partnerships: backpackingwithabook[at]gmail[dot]com.

Jona of backpackingwithabook.com

P.S. I’m more active on Instagram: @jonajournals ๐Ÿ˜‰



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A Traveler’s Honest Talk on Money
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Here at BACKPACKING WITH A BOOK, storytelling is our core. We value authenticity, honesty, and sincerity. We uphold excellent narratives and helpful travel guides. . We find balance between traditional and digital media: we tap both markets.

We discuss matters that are directly  linked (or not) to traveling. We openly talk about money, race, and relationships. We are modern hippies who believe in financial freedom. We believe in the power of good books. We believe in the beauty of words.

We read. We travel. We think. We create.

For collaborations, commissioned jobs, and inquiries, email me at backpackingwithabook[at]gmail[dot]com.

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