Backpacking holidays always seem like they should be about saving money. Travelling cheaply, living in hostels, and buying food from street markets where you can. Nevertheless, you can definitely inject a little luxury into your travels if you need it. Feet Do Travel share some of the reasons why you should treat yourself to luxury when backpacking.
Ocean lovers around the world must do one thing and one thing only before they die: plan a trip to the Philippines. This island-chain country in Southeast Asia has over 7,000 islands and small islets to its name. If we’re being completely honest with you, spending 10 days here isn’t nearly enough. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and 10 to 14 days is all that can be spared for vacation.
You could actually spend years here exploring all of the islands. Heck, you could spend an entire lifetime - and that still wouldn’t be enough! But for the sake of all you workin’ folk out there hoping to experience the Philippines in the 10 days you can afford, follow this itinerary to make the most of your time.
The three Filipino destinations focused on in this itinerary will take you from the capital city of Manila to the stunning island of Palawan to the cultural mecca of Cebu.
Before you embark on any type travel, you need to pack, which is sometimes daunting. Deciding what to pack can leave you with a headache, and you ask yourself "which essential items do I need", and "what should I not pack?"
We have been travelling full time in Asia for over two years, and have perfected the ultimate packing list. Whilst we may not have perfected how to travel light, we certainly know which items we cannot do without.
We have been using this essential international travel packing list for many years, and it’s worked for us so far!
We have stayed in All Inclusive resorts, been on luxury tours, gone camping and now we are backpacking, plus we have stayed in every type of B&B and hotel in between. In other words, we know what we are talking about. Regardless of your age, how you are travelling and where you are going, we know the essential items to pack for worldwide travel.
We cover everyday essentials such as toiletries and electronics, how to travel plastic free, which medication you should take, anti-theft protection, plus even what bag to take.
This is Feet Do Travel’s ultimate packing list; all tried and tested! What we carry and why.
How would you describe Street Art? Is it graffiti on a train, spray painting on the side of a building, maybe a wall mural.
What is YOUR definition of Street Art?
I believe street art to be any form of expression in a public place, but it’s only living in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines that made me question my view of street art.
Outside of Manilla, Street Art per se doesn’t appear to exist in the Philippines. Manilla has the Filipino Street Art Project, a paradise for art lovers, and renowned Filipino street artists have filled the City with colour.
As a mural art lover and no street art in Moalboal, how was I to get my “fix”? When asking myself this question, a colourfully painted Jeepney drove past me, and suddenly I found my street art!
Jeepneys are a cheap form of public transport in the Philippines, and no two are the same – what an original way for me to search for street art in Moalboal and Cebu!
Feet Do Travel show you off the wall street art in Cebu, unique expressions of art in the Philippines.
Montpeller Falls, Alegria and Mainit Natural Hot Springs, Malabuyoc are two off the beaten track activities, where you will find no other tourists. Located in a quiet place south of Moalboal, visiting these two natural wonders is a true jungle experience
Cebu, Philippines may be famous for the sardine run in Moalboal and canyoneering at Kawasan, but it also has many beautiful places to visit.
Feet Do Travel will show you how to get to Montpeller Falls and how to get to Mainit Hot Springs. An easy day trip from Moalboal, are you ready to discover two secrets of Cebu?
The Sardine Run in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines is better than South Africa. Whoa! Now that is a bold statement to make – what can possibly be better than seeing billions of sardines?
The (almost) guaranteed sighting of millions of sardines every single day of the year is the answer.
The Sardine Run in Moalboal is a year round natural phenomenon. It’s completely ethical - they are not fed by humans and are marine protected. As filter feeders, they stay close to the surface which means you can snorkel the sardines by walking out from the shore at Panagsama Beach.
Nothing can prepare you that first glimpse; a giant sardine ball so thick it blocks out the sun. If you are a scuba diver because you love seeing fish, Moalboal is the place to add to your bucket list.
But does it live up to the hype? Will it meet expectations? Feet Do Travel show you their experience of swimming with millions of sardines in the Philippines, at the Sardine Run Moalboal, Cebu.
Where is the best diving in the Philippines? Those who have visited Southern Leyte dive sites around Sogod Bay say this is some of the best diving they have ever done. Described as an undiscovered divers’ paradise, there is something to suit all divers’ preferences; pristine coral reef wall dives at Napantao, muck diving and super macro at Maltibog Lembeh, shore dives at Max Climax, incredible night dive at Padre Burgos Jetty/Pier and everything in between.
However, Southern Leyte’s biggest draw is November to May when you can swim with whale sharks.
If you like your dive destinations off the beaten track, and to be the only boat at a dive site, Southern Leyte is the place for you.
Still largely unheard of, a trip to Southern Leyte provides divers and underwater photographers with a special experience. The journey in itself is an adventure, but when you dive the marine protected waters, the rewards are worth it.
Feet Do Travel take you to one of the best word-of-mouth destinations we have discovered, and show you the fantastic diving at Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte; an undiscovered paradise.
Sitting on my balcony in Leyte, listening to the waves gently lapping against the shore, I looked out over Sogod Bay. Somewhere out there are whale sharks. The gentle giant of the ocean and the largest fish in the world.
In the Philippines you can swim with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu where sightings are 100% guaranteed, but as a responsible traveller, we chose to visit Southern Leyte.
The reason? They offer the best place for whale shark watching in the Philippines in a natural, sustainable way. No feeding, no touching, no ticket numbers, no queuing up on a beach for two hours with hundreds of other people in the blazing sun waiting for your allocated slot, no man with a mega phone yelling that your 30 minute time is up.
Swimming and snorkelling with whale sharks in the Philippines is big tourism, and Oslob, Cebu has the most un-natural, circus style experience you can have. In contrast, Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte offered the most sustainable swimming with whale shark experience in the Philippines.
Feet Do Travel show you that it’s possible to swim with whale sharks ethically in the Philippines.
If you love macro then you should go scuba diving in Dauin, it’s THE place for muck diving in the Philippines’ and equivalent to Lembeh Strait in Indonesia – a muck diver’s heaven. Underwater photographers come here to capture rare and unusual critters which can be seen all along the coastline of this municipality in Negros Oriental.
Dauin also offers the biodiversity of nearby Apo Island where turtles and a plethora of schooling reef fish can be seen on every dive. The Philippines is in the heart of the coral triangle – one of the world’s most famous scuba diving regions known for its marine diversity. If you like the small stuff or the big stuff, a trip to Dauin should be on your list.
Diving isn’t just about the dive itself, if you want a fantastic experience, it’s about the professionalism of the dive centre, a competent guide to point out all the rare and unusual creatures, and where you stay. If you like the sound of nature, sleeping in a natural environment, and enjoy a social place to fill in your log book whilst sipping on an after dive beer, Bongo Bongo Divers is the place for you.
Feet Do Travel show you muck diving in the Philippines – Scuba Diving in Dauin.
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