Travel Tips

8 Signs You Hired a Bad Tour Operator For Your Travel

 

“The driver is on his way.”

That was the text of Chacha (not her real name) to one of the joiners of her island hopping tour in Masbate. We’ve been communicating with her for days prior the event. We really looked forward for the trip! It was our first time in the islands of Masbate , and Chacha seemed nice and accommodating in her texts and chat messages. By the way she’s the owner of the tour company that we joined for our much awaited summer getaway.

As early as 2AM we were already at the meeting place in Alabang. And after waiting for hours, no one from the tour company showed up. More and more joiners arrived and we were still waiting and clueless inside the convenience store .

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Luzon

Sorsogon Tourist Spots in Two Days

Sorsogon is one of the exciting destinations in the Bicol region. It has beaches, historical places and even hot spring! You just have to plan your travel really well to explore these sites.

But no need to worry because I’ll show you how were able to explore Sorsogon in two days. We did this travel last August 2016 when I joined a group travel and met some new friends. We started the trip by traveling to the farthest part of Bicol, at the tip of Luzon. This is the town of Matnog where the port is located for travelers going to Samar and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. It would be better to rent a van for this travel to cover all destinations in two days. If you want to go DIY, you need at least 3 days or more.

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Heritage, Luzon

Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay

I’ve had some expectations with Cagsawa Ruins.

With all the photos of this historical site in Albay on textbooks when I was a kid, I really thought that Cagsawa Ruins is located in a place far from the residents. I imagined walking for a few minutes until reaching a vast land with trees where the ruins is located  facing the majestic Mayon Volcano.

I didn’t do enough research. All I had was an idea that was with me since I was a little boy.

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Luzon, Travel Tips

Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots: A Travel Guide

Just recently, a friend of mine invited me to travel to Ilocos Norte.

I would want to come back, but I had travel plans in place for the summer. Then I just realized something. I’ve been to the Ilocos Norte, explored its stunning rock formations, beaches and historical sites but I don’t have a blog post about the province yet.  So I promised that if I would have much more time, I would write something for Ilocos. So here it is.

Ilocos region is more than being the hometown of former President Marcos, it is an awesome vacation spot for any traveler. It’s complete. You’ve got adventure, nature, history and beaches. So if you’re planning to explore Ilocos Norte, you have to push for it to happen because it’s going to be fun!

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Luzon, Nature

Stress-Free Days at Haranah Eco Park in Tanay, Rizal

I didn’t have any travel plans yet.

I was focused on my work because there’s just too much happening on it right now. I even thought of setting aside my blog for a while and focus on work, like normal people do. But I don’t know if I can do that. I know I’m different. I need to write. I need to create and smash the boredom that routine life brings.

I’ve got a lot of things going on in my mind. I’ve been going home late at night from work very often, and it’s not making me happy either. But there’s nothing I can do.

I need a break.

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Beaches, Luzon

Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

We were in Pagudpud, and we just learned that the nearest ATM is in Laoag. We didn’t have cash. Oh my, “How are we going to eat?” Haha!

This trip happened years ago. I don’t know if Pagudpud has an ATM now, but during that time we were caught off guard. It just didn’t cross our minds that a certain place could probably have no ATM. I was a newbie traveler that time, didn’t make enough research before exploring a destination.

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Inspiration

How Travel Changed My Life

I’ve always been a good boy.

I followed my parents’ wish, studied hard and graduated Cum Laude. Just like what the society has been telling us all along, that we have to follow a path to assure a fulfilled life–  childhood, study, graduate and find a decent job.

I’ve done all that!

So by the time I started working, I was ecstatic. Finally, I was starting to live the life. After years of working in a 9 to 5 desk job, I  just found myself staring at my computer, and looking intently at my exhausted colleagues in their own cubicles. Then I asked myself, “so this is it?” This is the life that the society has been telling me all along?

I’ll just be like this, have a family, then what? retire at 60? “what?”  I remember how it echoed inside my brain.

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Booked My Staycation at 88 Courtyard Hotel Through Traveloka App

I have to be honest. I need a break.

Stress is not even enough to explain what I am going through. All I know is there’s just too much. Too much work for too little number of people. There’s no motivation nor inspiration to draw somewhere. Nothing. As in nothing. It’s sad, yet I know that this is a situation that I have no control over. So I have to keep going, and I have to do something for myself.

If you can’t find inspiration, search for it. Take a break and clear your mind.

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Asia, Sponsored Post

Glory Beach Resort: Your Hotel of Choice in Port Dickson, Malaysia

If you’re stuck in the city life of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for days and you feel the urge for some beach bumming experience, to soak under the sun and enjoy the tropical weather.

Well, you don’t need to look that far, because in less than an hour of travel from Kuala Lumpur is a coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and island life. It’s what the locals call PD, short for Port Dickson, Malaysia!

Over the years this town has been a popular destination for locals especially coming from the nearby cities for some beach getaway experience. And with the advent of social media, Port Dickson is creating some traction among foreign travelers!  Aside from that, Port Dickson is not only about beaches! It also has some exciting spots that will truly keep you entertained during your stay in Malaysia. There are Ostrich Farms, Military Museum, Chinese Temples, 3D Art Galleries and a lot more!

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Beaches, Luzon

Burias Island: Your Summer Destination in Masbate

I want to share with you one of my best summer experience so far!

Though it was a rough and unpleasant land travel because our tour operator sucked, the beauty of the place was enough to take all our disappointment.

I am talking about Burias Island in Masbate. This is getting a lot of traction now in social media, but at that time, we went there when it wasn’t that popular yet. Just to give you a piece of advice, Burias Island is so beautiful that it will be too popular one day that you need to visit it now.

Well, you don’t need to worry. This post will give you a glimpse of what to expect during the island experience in Burias.

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Asia, Thailand

The best locations to try your hand at scuba diving in Thailand

If you’re a keen diver, you’ve got to head to Thailand. Full of amazing underwater opportunities, the country should be on every diver’s must-visit list. With an average sea temperature of 28 degrees Celsius  and beautifully clear waters, conditions are ideal. We’ve picked some of our favourite places. Check them out:

1. Hin Muang

As this Thailand country guide explains, Thailand boasts some of the best diving spots in the world. It’s also one of the cheapest places to learn. They suggest Hin Muang as a great place to start your diving trip. It offers great visibility and the chance to see some large underwater creatures – such as manta rays and whale sharks.

In Hin Muang, you’ll also find purple rock – Thailand’s highest vertical wall, covered with vibrant purple soft corals. But it’s not a dive for newbies, so make sure you’ve got plenty of experience first.

Hin Muang Thailand Dive
Photo Credit: Arend Kuester / Creative Commons

 

2. The Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are one of the best-known archipelagos for diving. Great wonders await beneath the clear blue waters that surround each of the nine islands. Over 200 species of hard coral have been identified and the islands boast the most reef fish around.

However, it is closed from around the middle of May to the start of November every year due to the weather – so plan your trip accordingly. Find out more about the best times to visit the Similan Islands here. After all, you want to get in the most diving possible.

Similan Islands, Andaman Coast, Thailand
Photo Credit: mattmangum / Creative Commons

 

3. Koh Kradan Wreck

If you enjoy diving shipwreck sites, Thailand doesn’t disappoint either. Just off Koh Kradan Island, there’s a wreck said to be a Japanese destroyer. Now covered in fishing nets, it’s an interesting diving. However, as this site explains, visibility can be poor below the thermocline at around 15-20m.

You might miss out on some of the details of the wreck, but you’ll see some amazing underwater life – including seahorses, schooling fish, lionfish and giant morays.

Just north west of this wreck, you’ve also got the Hin Nok dive. It’s a plateau with five pinnacles and lots of gullies. It’s also home to the unusual feathery fish, known as the Ghost Pipefish. It’s difficult to spot, but you could get lucky.

Have you dived in Thailand? Share your recommendations with us.

Koh Kradan Wreck
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