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Eat, Pray and Eat More at Camp Explore

Have you ever felt jealous of Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) after watching the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie? Who wouldn’t want a year off, exploring exotic destinations like India, Bali, and Italy? I've spent a week in Ubud a couple of years ago but instead of self-discovery, I explored artsy shops, yoga stores and spas (C’mon guys, we all have weaknesses! Haha). (more…)

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10 Things Foreigners Should Know Before Coming to the Philippines

Even if you’re a Kevin or a John, you will always be a “Joe” to kids waving and smiling as you make your way through the streets of the Philippines.  While I cannot tell you how in history the “Hey Joe!” greeting started, I can assure you it only means you are being welcomed in this tourist-friendly country.

It doesn’t mean, though, that any tourist can do away with mockery and misconduct. After all, the Philippines is just like any other country that expects respect from visitors. (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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A Traveler’s Guide to Southeast Asia’s Local Beers

Let me get this straight: I’m not an expert who can tell which brand of beer in Southeast Asia tastes better than the rest. I am simply a traveler who prefers beer than any other alcoholic drink despite its bitter taste. I love beer, in general. So whether it’s pale ale or lager, it wouldn’t matter. When I travel, it has always been my rule to “eat local, drink local”. In fact, my first-day itinerary would always include the backpacker’s area. Why? (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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Want Some Alone Time? Go to Cagbalete

"Are you here alone?" Surprised, I turned toward the voice. She was in her thirties, a bit plump. She was fanning the hot coals for her grilled squid. "Yeah, just me." "Soul searching?", the man standing a few feet from her said teasingly. Her husband, she introduced. "Nah, I need this for my blog." "Ah, blogger." They both nodded with approval as if they've gotten used to seeing lone campers owning the first quiet spot they could find on the tiny island.

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By thesolotripper, ago