From Travel Addiction to Travel Love

People often say they are travel addicts in a positive manner. Still after researching this topic it got me thinking – is travel addiction a real thing? And if so is it always so innocent and fun as it sounds? Or maybe it can get ugly like all addictions.

Traveling fills you with joy and excitement of what will happen next. It makes your life adventurous. Then there is a curiosity of what new surprising things you will see and new people you will meet. And the moment you first see those places or do something crazy you haven’t done before like jump into a sea from a 18 m high cliff, taste something that you didn’t think was edible or join locals in their rituals is indescribable. The sense of feeling something new, something unexperienced before flows all the way from your head to toes and vice versa. It just takes over you. And you start to crave for more.

Travel addiction. Is travel addiction a real thing? Read tips how to transform the travel addiction into travel love.

Photo by Jorge Quiteros.

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Balaan Bukid: Guimaras Holy Mountain With Breathtaking View

Balaan Bukid (Holy Mountain) located in the municipality of Jordan in Guimaras Province is a popular destination for local and foreign pilgrims. This sacred place gets most of its visitors during Holy Week.  

Besides Holy Mountain’s sacred function it is also a beautiful nature’s wonder. A mountain provided with a nice dirt road path leading up to a hill with breathtaking view of Iloilo City. Perfect for a small one day trip for everyone at every time of the year.


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Gigantes Islands: All Included Weekend Getaway to Paradise Islands of Iloilo

Gigantes Islands also known as Islas de Gigantes (Islands of Giants) will put a smile even on the most grumpy face. This group of pristine islands consisting of about ten islands (including the two largest: Gigantes Sur and Gigantes Norte) is the second most underestimated dreamlike destination I found at the Province of Iloilo (first one being Islands of Concepcion). Well Gigantes Islands are not a hidden gem compared to Concepcion however not so many tourists know about them probably due their remote location at the northernmost point of Iloilo Province.

Cabugao Gamay Island: one of the highlights of the Gigantes Islands

In this article I’ll will share with you the best and most enjoyable way to travel to and around Islas de Gigantes and not worry about a thing. I am also sharing my insights of the highlights of this place as well as give you information about the prices, transportation, accommodation followed by some useful travel tips at the end of the article.

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10 Things to Do in Tenerife – Where Summer Never Ends

Tenerife, the largest and most popular of seven Canary Islands, is definitely one of the hottest places for a vacation in Europe (yes, despite of its location being closer to Africa than Iberian Peninsula, it is a part of Spain and therefore a part of European Union). It’s all you need to escape from winter and immerse yourself in everlasting summer during your vacation. I was living in this gorgeous island and enjoying everything it has to offer for half a year. In this article I’m going to share with you 10 best things to do in Tenerife. I have selected the following list from my own experience and researching other insights as well.

Las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

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El Nido, Palawan Island – Paradise You Can Afford

When I went to El Nido, Palawan Island in the Philippines at the beginning of the year 2014 I couldn’t believe it was real. Before that I had been only dreaming about places like this, places that look like paradise, well at least how I have imagined it would look like.

Looking at all those beautiful images with breathtaking, postcard views of tropical islands that are usually posted on Facebook, I was convinced they are unreachable, a luxury that an avarage person can’t afford. Those dreamlike deserted islands with lush green palm trees surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise blue waters just seemed surreal to me.

When I usually think of views like that I think of tropical destinations like Bora Bora or Seychelles. And those places are pretty expensive to say less. Most of the hotels at Bora Bora offered at Booking for this summer have a price $400 and up for one night. And there isn’t even anything to choose from in the low price range. Well, that’s no surprise, since it is exclusive – only 20 hotels are on the plate. But why spend a lot of money for this exclusivity if you can go to a place that is just as beautiful,  pristine and still unknown to the masses and pay half as much?

Island hopping in EL Nido Palawan Island the Philippines

A view near Matinloc Shrine, one of the destinations of island hopping tour C in El Nido

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Gifts for Travel Lovers: 35 Useful Gifts for People Who Travel A Lot

I have to admit, I’m a holiday person. And the thing I like the most about holidays season is the tingling feeling that something good is about to happen. That holiday atmosphere comes long before the anticipated date. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas day is wonderful. However I like the time before Christmas even more. That includes so many joyful activities like decorating my home with Christmas lights, lighting the candles, singing and dancing along the Christmas songs and drinking hot chocolate.

With all the Christmas’ buzz around I also started to prepare  inspiring gifts for my loved ones. At that moment I realized how difficult and time consuming it could be to find a great gift for everyone. That’s when I decided to create this ultimate Christmas gift guide helping you to find a unique and inspirational gift ideas for someone loves to travel as much as I do.


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Unforgettable Island Hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo

There are some surprisingly beautiful islands located in the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo; a hidden pearl of the Province of Iloilo I would say. Most of the tourists associate places like Western Visayas or Panay island with Boracay. That’s the first question most of the locals usually ask me: “Have you been to Boracay?” Yes, I’ve been to Boracay and, sure, it is a beautiful little island with lots of great beaches, water activities and exciting nightlife. But it is also crowded and quite expensive, especially regarding the accommodations. So if you want to spend your vacation in a beautiful, secret place with white sand beaches and swim in a crystal clear water, feeling that you and your companions are the owners of a secluded tropical island, I would recommend to go island hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo.

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Guisi Lighthouse and Beach in Guimaras

If you travel to Guimaras, don’t miss on visiting the 19th century Spanish colonial lighthouse known as Guisi Lighthouse, as well as the beautiful Guisi Beach. Located at the southwestern coast of Guimaras, in Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guisi lighthouse is one of the remarkable historical sites of the Province of Guimaras and is also among the oldest lighthouses in Philippines. Guisi Lighthouse was built by the Spanish government in 1894-1896 as a part of the Master Plan of installing the lighting of the maritime coasts of the Philippines. Guisi lighthose was formerly known as Faro de Punta Luzaran and functioned as a navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors passing the Panay Gulf.

Guisi Lighthouse near Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

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Guimaras Mango Festival 2014

When is the best time to visit Guimaras? How about…NOW! This is the time when the Guimaras Mango Festival or better known in Philippines as Manggahan Festival is taking place here. Guimaras Mango Festival is the event of the year of this beautiful, lush green Province of Philippines, held to honor the sweetest mangoes of the world that are grown in this area, as well as to commemorate the foundation of the Province of Guimaras. The celebration is usually held every April in Jordan. The first festival dates back on May 22, 1993, when the first anniversary of Guimaras as an independent province was commemorated. This year the Province of Guimaras is celebrating the 22nd Foundation Day.

Guimaras Mango Festival is the event of the year of this beautiful, lush green Province of Philippines, held to honor the sweetest mangoes of the world grown in Guimaras, as well as to commemorate the foundation of the Province of Guimaras.

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Hiking in Bucari, Leon: a Great Day Trip from Iloilo City, Philippines

Since I haven’t explored the country side of Iloilo, last weekend me and my boyfriend decided to go hiking. After reading so many great suggestions from you guys at the comment section of my previous article about Iloilo City, we decided to head for Bucari, Leon. And the ones who suggested it, you were right –  it is a gorgeous area!

Bucari area is a mountainous region situated in the highlands of Leon and Alimodian, municipalities of Iloilo province in Panay island. It is composed of Bucari barangay (village) and its neighbouring barangays: 14 barangays located in Leon and 7 barangays located in Alimodian. Bucari area is situated in the west-southwest part of the province of Iloilo, 58 km from the Iloilo City. It is an eco-tourist zone, known for the cool climate (the temperature there ranges from 18- 20°C), beautiful landscapes with magnificent mountains, lush green rice terraces and pine forests, as well as the refreshing springs and falls.

Hiking in Bucari, Leon, Philippines

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