Time to switch things up a bit and head over to the Philippines for a chat with Flip from FlipNomad.com.
Some people may not think of the Philippines when they consider traveling to Asia. But the country is pretty well known for their extensive hiking trails, beautiful scuba diving, and kayaking. A big plus about the Philippines is that most people speak English, making it easy for those of us that don’t speak Tagalog.
About Flip Nomad
Flip launched FlipNomad.com in 2009 and has been documenting his travel around the Philippines and to other Asian countries. He also runs Banana Roti, a travel food site, and Unedited Journeys, which is about being a digital nomad.
FlipNomad by the Numbers
9 the number of countries Flip has visited.
4 years he’s been traveling (since 2009).
3 years blogging.
~160 interviews in the Meet the Nomads series (if I counted correctly).
2 free eBooks – one on the Philippines, the other has backpacking tips.
2,000+ followers on Twitter.
Interview with Flip from FlipNomad.com
When did you start blogging and what can people expect to read about on FlipNomad.com?
I started blogging last 2009 after being inspired by other travel bloggers who have started before me. My readers could expect a lot of information about budget traveling, off the beaten path destinations, some personal narratives about my journey and some travel hacks that can help them save money on their travels.
Everyone travels for different reasons, what motivates you to travel?
Traveling to different countries has always been a dreamed of mine since I was a child. I lost track of how many times I bought old National Geographic magazines (and other travel related books and magazines) and spent hours reading and staring at pictures of faraway “exotic” places. My motivation has always been to experience the “unknown’, to be mesmerized by mind blowing landscapes, to taste a variety of unique cuisines and a lot more.
Of the countries you’ve been to, which one was your favorite?
This is always one of the toughest questions to answer. My favorites include India (for the beautiful landscape and colorful culture), Thailand (for the delicious food) and of course my home country, the Philippines for the gorgeous islands and beaches.
Where would you like to go that you haven’t been to yet?
I’ve only been to a few countries and I still have a long list of dream destinations. If I’m going to narrow it down to at least three, I would love to visit Patagonia, Bhutan and Kenya in the future.
What’s your #1 travel tip for visiting the Philippines?
Don’t travel during the monsoon season. The Philippines do experience very strong typhoons every year.
If you have a very limited time, fly straight to Palawan (via Manila) and then go to El Nido. You’ll surely love that place.
Do you have any suggestions for outdoor activities in the Philippines?
There’re lots of things to do in the Philippines but the most popular one is of course diving (or snorkeling for those who don’t dive). The Philippine Seas is one of the most bio-diverse regions when it comes to marine life and there’s so much to see underwater.
What are some popular hiking trails in the Philippines?
The most popular is definitely Mt. Apo in Davao. It’s the highest mountain in the Philippines.
You have a good article about trekking from Kibber to Ki Gompa. Was that your first trekking experience?
My first trekking experience took place more than ten years ago in Mt. Province in Northern Philippines. The most recent is still Kibber and haven’t had the chance to hike after that since I’ve been just traveling nowadays in various Southeast Asian cities and towns.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Snorkeling and Hiking would probably my favorites. I love walking around nature parks and just savoring the beauty of nature. I also love snorkeling because I get to see a lot of colorful marine animals.
What’s the most important travel tip for beginning backpackers?
Travel light. It’ll help you save money on baggage fees and it’s very easy to move around with less stuff. I once walked 8KM in Alchi (a small town in Ladakh) carrying lots of stuff in my backpack. There were no buses and we had to walk up to the main road which was very far from the town. Luckily, I already had given away a lot of my stuff before that happened and my bag as a bit lighter. But it’s still not light enough to make the long walk comfortable. I promised myself that day that I will carry even less in my succeeding trips.
Thanks for chatting, Flip!