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Life in PV right now and more Puerto Vallarta COVID questions answered

Current Puerto Vallarta COVID situation: where to get COVID test in Puerto Vallarta, COVID test prices, restrictions on travel, and more! Get in touch via Instagram for real-time updates.

Mexico digital nomad visa application process, explained

Looking to relocate to Mexico in 2021? Apply for a Mexico digital nomad visa to be able to work and live in this country legally! Here’s a step-by-step guide. Good luck!

Get to know my new home in Mexico with this Nuevo Vallarta travel guide

In this Nuevo Vallarta travel guide, I won’t be talking about living here but I will give you some reasons to visit my city in the hopes that you’ll love it as I do!

Eternal expat Laura Bronner has been a Mexico City digital nomad for 4 years. Here’s her advice

This Mexico City digital nomad guide was written by Laura Bronner from Eternal Expat. She’s a full-time travel blogger and digital nomad living in Mexico City for the last 4 years.

Slowly curating my things to do in Puerto Vallarta list as I move to the big city from a small pueblo

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, I’ve been living here for the last 2 years and these are my recommendations!

My answer to your burning questions about solo travel safety in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Puerto Escondido solo travel: how do I do this? I know Mexico gets a lot of bad press but here’s my personal story about feeling safe in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico!

Mexico’s current tourism situation, in the words of a local resident

Is Mexico open for tourism? I’ve been living here in the past 2 years and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly about how we handled COVID here. In this article, you will know my first-hand insights as a local.

If you want to move to Guanajuato, Mexico as a digital nomad, read this

This Guanajuato digital nomad guide was written by Jessica Drier, a traveler at heart and is the co-author behind the travel adventure blog, Unearth The Voyage.

Best European cities for digital nomads according to travel bloggers

Looking for the best European cities of digital nomads? Here’s a list of recommendations from travel bloggers who are experts at working remotely.

Why you should remove Tulum and Cancun from your places to visit in Mexico list

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Mexico that are not Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Cancun, then this is your list! Explore Mexico beyond Quintana Roo because this country has it all!

Why Mexican beach towns doesn’t have to always mean Tulum or Playa del Carmen

When you search for Mexican beach towns, results always show Tulum and Playa del Carmen but Mexico is more than that! In this list, you will get to know other small beach towns in Mexico that are equally beautiful (if not, even more) as the south.

To all the Filipinos traveling to Colombia this year, read this

The ultimate Colombia travel guide for Filipinos: I am a Philippine passport holder traveling the world for the last 12 years. Here are my Colombian adventures as a Filipina!

Is Puerto Vallarta the best digital nomad destination in Jalisco, Mexico?

This Puerto Vallarta digital nomad guide was written by Rachel and Sasha, full-time traveling digital nomads since 2016. When they’re not teaching or working on their digital nomad blog Grateful Gypsies, you can find them chasing their favorite band Phish around the USA.

According to expats, Merida is the safest Mexican city for digital nomads

This Merida digital nomad guide was written by Shelley Marmor, a former Miami travel magazine editor who ditched the office for the world! She is now currently living in Merida, Mexico.

2020 recap: failure, awakening, fame, passion, authenticity, and curiosity

Dedicated to Eduardo Salcedo -- my spiritual partner and my friend for life. Thank you for helping me wake up to the fact that awareness puts me in a position of choice; that the authentic expression of ourselves is repairable. Every year, I do a recap [...]

Start working online and move to these countries with digital nomad visa in 2021

Editor's Note: Trisha has been interviewing the tourism board offices of these countries to bring you more information about countries with digital nomad visas. These interviews will be published on Trisha's Youtube channel. Subscribe and get the latest updates when these videos are published! You can [...]

All the places I visited in Colombia during my 90-day backpacking trip

Backpacking Colombia for 90 days was one of the best days of my life! In this post, I will share with you my top 20 places to visit in Colombia, along with where to stay and what to do in each area. Contact me on Instagram if you have any questions!

Sayulita wifi situation: how good/bad is it for digital nomads?

Sayulita wifi is not really for digital nomads but for the past 2 years that I’ve been living here, I found solutions on how to make my lifestyle work. I really love living here so I made sure that I can live here without worrying about my job. This Sayulita wifi guide will tell you everything you need to know about being a digital nomad in Sayulita.

The digital nomad guide to Koh Phangan, Thailand

Veronika is a Kho Phangan digital nomad and in this post, she shares all her personal experiences not only on being a digital nomad in Kho Phangan but living in Thailand! Read on if you want to relocate KP!

The best bank for Filipino travelers 2021: forget BDO, BPI, or Paypal

I’ve been traveling the world for the last 12 years without going back to the Philippines. Banks are tough so I quit all my Philippine banks, including Paypal when I found out about the best bank for Filipino travelers! P.S. This is not only for Filipinos but for all nationalities. Find out what it is!

Tourists still come to Sayulita despite increasing COVID cases in Mexico

For real-time Sayulita COVID travel updates, please send me a message on Instagram, @psimonmyway. I live here so I can give you live news and information.

What to eat in Baja California Sur, Mexico: the great northern food adventure

I recently went on a trip to Northern Mexico and discovered a lot about the peninsula and the food they eat. Here’s a list of what to eat in Baja California Sur, Mexico!

How Narcos Mexico on Netflix made us rethink about travel safety in Guadalajara

Is solo travel in Guadalajara safe? I stayed there for 30 days and never felt harmed despite roaming the streets by myself! Check out my personal experience and I hope it will encourage you to travel to Mexico!

Traveling by yourself? Meeting locals in Sayulita is easier than you think

Reader message via Instagram: Hi Trisha! I am traveling to Sayulita for 2 weeks on my own in November. Would love to hear from you on things to do and meeting locals in Sayulita. I’m traveling solo so I’m quite nervous! Would appreciate your tips. Thanks!

Travel blog jobs: what travel bloggers really do

When most people think about what travel bloggers really do, they picture carefree globetrotters galavanting around the world. You know, the kind lounging by pools with their laptops typing a few stories here and there while snapping Instagram-worthy photos of whatever far-flung destination they are exploring. [...]

The most practical way to live in Kuala Lumpur while traveling around Asia

After four years of living in Kuala Lumpur, the city is a place that I now consider to be my second home. The sights, smells and sounds of KL are like the greeting of a long lost friend and when I’m away for too long, I start to miss it. But how on earth did I end up there?

This American volunteered as a teacher in Colombia and ended up living in Cartagena

I first came to the Colombian coast for a yearlong volunteer teacher job with the organization WorldTeach fresh out of college back in 2011. I was actually placed about 90 minutes outside of Cartagena in a small town on the island of Barú. However, I and [...]

Pauline, a French citizen shares how she ended up living in Manchester

My name is Pauline. I am a french citizen living in Manchester, UK. I moved to England back in 2016 and made Manchester my home at the end of 2017. People often ask me why I chose the UK and more specifically Manchester. I always answer the same thing: “The UK chose me!”.

What’s it like to travel to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico during COVID

Trisha traveled to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico on August 22, 2020. The stories in this post are based on real-life experiences and should not be regarded as solid facts. If you want to travel to Puerto Escondido during COVID, contact your embassy for advice or travel at your own risk.

Living in Nanjing, China for 8 years: a ‘capital’ with its high standard of life

Living in Nanjing is an amazing choice to make. It is not as noisy and crowded as Shanghai, but at the same time, it is a capital with its high standard of life, lots of ex-pats and tourists.

Brittany Varano answers all your burning questions about solo female travel in Ho Chi Minh

I had the pleasure of living and experiencing life in Saigon for two months as I taught an English summer camp in the heart of the city. Before arriving, I’d heard nothing but glowing reviews of Vietnam, and I was anxious to experience solo female travel in Ho Chi Minh City for myself!

Marco Santos explains why Lisbon is the new favorite digital nomad city in Portugal

This Lisbon Digital Nomad Guide was written by Marco Santos, a digital nomad from South Africa. Marco visited Lisbon once and decided that he’ll stay there long. In this guide, he explains the digital nomad visa in Portugal, cost of living, Internet, and everything about being a digital nomad in Lisbon.

How living in Ho Chi Minh City changed this American family’s way of life

Nick and Val Wheatley are an American couple living in Ho Chi Minh. Prior to actually moving to HCMC, they visited the city several times. Recently, they’ve settled down in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to give birth to their baby boy and to get serious about expanding their blogging empire.

What I say when people ask me about the best things to do in Lima, Peru

Looking for the best things to do in Lima? I lived in Peru for a long time and visiting the capital has always been a delight! From the best places to visit in Lima plus the top Peruvian culinary tours, this list is your best resource!

Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina: an American expat’s experience

This living in Buenos Aires, Argentina guide is written by Erin Mushaway, an American expat who spent over 10 years in Buenos Aires. In this post, Erin shares all her experiences as an American in Buenos Aires.

British ex-pat Claire Summers shares her life as a digital nomad in Medellin, Colombia

This digital nomad guide to Medellin was written by Claire Summers, a dedicated traveler and Digital Nomad. In this post, she shares her experiences in Medellin, Colombia as a digital nomad.

If you are a Filipino planning to visit Mexico this year, read this

This Mexico travel guide for Filipinos is exclusive for Philippine passport holders. This is not a tourism guide but a guide on how to answer immigration questions, entry/exit requirements, and more!

Hostel volunteering in Mexico: all opportunities in Mexico’s beach towns!

I spent over a year of hostel volunteering in Mexico and in this post, I am going to show you all the opportunities in the beach towns! This includes number of work hours, what you get in exchange, and all the necessary information you need! I also live in Mexico so I’m just a call away!

Solo female travel in Wanaka, New Zealand: is it safe?

Solo female travel in Wanaka, and all of New Zealand for that matter, is incredibly safe. You don’t need to worry about pickpockets or walking alone at night. Honestly, the most dangerous thing in New Zealand is getting injured on a hike. That said, below I’ve listed a few tips solo female travelers can use to stay even safer in Wanaka.

American couple shares what’s it like living in Denmark and enjoying the European lifestyle

I’ve been living in Copenhagen, Denmark since 2017. It’s been a little over 3 years and I just celebrated third Denmark Day, the anniversary of my final passport stamp as a non-resident. It was surreal booking that one-way plane ticket from Philadelphia to Copenhagen, but living here has been amazing.

Argentina travel guide 2020: explore the 8th largest country in the world

Argentina, also known as the “land of silver”, is home to roughly 38 million people. The visitors are welcomed with a variety of things to do, from summer to winter and backpacking or a short holiday. Urban lovers will have a great time in the buzzing capital, Buenos Aires where the cafes, tango, and football is a must. On the other hand, nature seekers will be treated to a real adventure in the Andes and of course the new wonder of the world, the Iguazu Waterfalls. Argentina has always been the western hemisphere’s melting pot of European culture since the 19th century. Be ready to explore Argentina to a whole new level through this travel guide.

Living in Surat Thani, Thailand: life as an expat in the city of good people

Living in Surat Thani truly opened my eyes to a new perspective on life, especially since I moved here right after a rough patch of my life. Even though I moved without knowing or understanding a word of Thai, it was incredibly easy to fit in here.Living in Surat Thani truly opened my eyes to a new perspective on life, especially since I moved here right after a rough patch of my life. Even though I moved without knowing or understanding a word of Thai, it was incredibly easy to fit in here. Thai people are considered some of the friendliest, most polite people in the world, so it isn’t necessary to speak Thai just to feel welcomed. Much like Japan, everyone bowed when giving thanks or saying goodbye, so it became customary to also bow to anyone passing by.

Sayulita Vegetarian Food Guide: surviving Mexico as a vegetarian (and vegan)

This Sayulita vegetarian food guide is also for vegans! These are the top picks for vegetarians and vegans traveling to Sayulita. Don’t worry, you’ll survive in this meat-eating country!

With lack of empathy and no leader to look up to, here in Mexico, we could be the next Italy

Editor's Note: This blog post is about the writer's experiences while living in Mexico during the Coronavirus pandemic. This blog post does not aim to deliver news nor speak-ill of the Mexican government. It is a post merely to encourage everyone to do something about the [...]

Three wives, 10 kids, and a wealthy man: the day I met my host family in Amman, Jordan

Editor's Note: P.S. I'm On My Way makes sure that it delivers quality content which is why the short stories section of this blog came to life. These are short stories from Trisha's experiences all over the world. Real names of the people mentioned in every [...]

Because of Coronavirus, we’re all forced to work from home. But how do we do it?!

Hi Trisha! I've recently been forced to work from home because of the Coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. I am very new to this and I want to ask how you do it. I have 3 boys and you know how that kind of environment can be [...]

COVID-19: Should you cancel your travel plans? Absolutely!

Hi Trisha! I am Jamie from Ohio, USA. I have plans to go to Mexico in a week and because of the spread of the Coronavirus here in the USA, I feel irresponsible to go to an unaffected area. My dilemma is I may not have [...]

Inside Frida Kahlo’s house in Mexico City: her art, her unique voice, her love for Diego Rivera

Hi Trisha! I saw your Instagram stories about the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City and I decided to add it to my trip! I am a Frida fan and I had no idea that this house is in Mexico City and can be easily visited. [...]

Mexico City late-night eats: a walking food tour in the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods

Editor's Note: This Mexico City late night eats food tour is supported by Tasty Bites Food Tours but this piece was written with great consideration of the experience. This blog does not create content based on complimentary tours, but will only recommend tours, products, and services [...]

Mexico diaries: the story of how I ended up moving to Sayulita

This is a story of how I ended up in Sayulita: a one-month trip turned to leaving everything behind in Mexico City and moving to Sayulita!

A Sayulita travel guide like no other, and other tips from someone who got “trapped” here

An extensive Sayulita travel guide from one year of living in this coastal town! In this post, you will find the best local recommendations!

Solo female travel in Peru 2020: is it safe?

Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! My name is Maureen and I’m from Newark, USA. I haven’t traveled outside the USA and your blog is a good resource for females like me who wish to see the world. I saw on Instagram that you are in Peru and [...]

WMN Podcast Ep 1: Solo female travel in Pakistan with Alex Reynolds

Everyone's wondering what's it like to do solo female travel in Pakistan. This country always gets bad press when it comes to female travel but there is one American travel blogger who broke the chains and eliminated the stereotypes for herself. Alex Reynolds is a 20-something [...]

Micos Waterfalls travel guide 2020: a road trip in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Reader Mail: Hola Trisha! I am Andrea from Mexico. I am so happy you are traveling in my country! I followed you in 2014 when I read your article in Yucatan Times. It is very fun watching your Instagram stories because they are very informative! I [...]

Huacachina travel guide 2020: visiting the only desert oasis in South America

Reader Mail: I saw your post about Peru on Instagram and I was wondering if you have a Huacachina travel guide published already? We are 2 girls traveling to Peru in June and we are planning our trip now. We want to know if it’s worth [...]

Why I traveled to Brazil: a country that is very controversial for solo female travel

Reader Mail: Hi Trisha, I saw your blog about Brazil. I am planning to go there on my own in November for a month... To be honest we broke up with my Brazilian boyfriend so I am a bit lost. I booked my flight so I [...]

Should you be obsessed with planning your backpacking trip?

Reader Mail: Hello! I’m Ping from Taiwan, I don’t know if I can send you message here to ask you something or I have to send in other application or website, if yes please tell me, thank you so much. Once I read your journey on [...]

Specific cravings: where to eat Nasi Lemak in Singapore

Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I love your food stories! I recently stumbled upon your Singapore food articles and now that I am here, I want to know more! You said that nasi lemak is something not to miss when in Singapore, right? My question is where [...]

Adobo wins, adobo always wins: my experience in cooking chicken adobo in over 20 countries

If you're following this blog for a while now, you are very familiar about how I always make sure to have a culinary adventure in the countries I go to. On my Instagram stories highlights feature food from India, Japan, Vietnam, Israel, and even Morocco. But [...]

A culinary tour in Japan: Kaiseki, Kobe beef, sushi making and all the good things you can imagine

Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I love love love your Japan food stories on Instagram! I really want to try them all! I know you went on a culinary tour in Japan last year but couldn't find the content on your blog. I also want to do [...]

Bandos: the cheapest (luxury) accommodation in the Maldives

If you are going on a honeymoon in the Maldives and are on a tight budget, is there such thing as cheap resort islands in this world-famous honeymoon destination? Introducing Bandos Maldives - affordable luxury accommodation in the Maldives. The boat came at 12:30 pm just [...]

24 things not to miss in Costa Rica: the land of “pura vida”

Reader Mail: Hello Trisha! I found you on Pinterest and I love your Costa Rica picture in Tabacon Hot Springs! Aside from that, do you have any more recommendations on things to do in Costa Rica? Thanks for your help and your blog. Have a nice [...]

How I find cheap flights to almost anywhere: tips and hacks for frequent flyers

[cl-review quote="Hi Trisha! I am very amazed by your travels! Thank you so much for inspiring Filipinos like me that we can go anywhere despite our third world passport. I am going to Brazil soon from Manila and can't find cheap flights on that route. Can [...]

26 things not to miss in Brazil: the most visited country in South America today

[cl-review quote="Hello Trisha! A friend from Copenhagen recommended your blog because I am going on a backpacking trip to South America. I'm having a hard time deciding my route in Brazil. Can you please suggest some things to do in Brazil so I can see which [...]

All you need is Ecuador: 20 things not to miss

[cl-review quote="Hola Trish! I am doing a South America backpacking next year. I do not have a lot of time but I want to include as many countries as possible. My question is, do you think Ecuador is worth it? I read somewhere that you didn't [...]

Mexico City Vegan Food Guide: is it easy to be vegan in this pastor-loving city?

[cl-review quote="Hi Trisha! Your contact was passed to me by a friend here in Miami. He tells me you have experiences being vegan (and living) in Mexico City. I am moving to Mexico City in early 2020 and I would like to ask if it's easy [...]

A more local approach on curating my things to do in Sayulita list

Looking for things to do in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico? I live in Sayulita and here are my local tips! If you ever come, get in touch and let’s meet!

Woman I admire: Inna Popova on her journey to creating a sustainable bikini transformer

Growing up in Kazakhstan, Inna was raised by a traditional family. As a culture of women being telescoped with education, she was expected to get a degree. Her father is a geologist so she had to become a geologist, too. Her career in geology reached great [...]

Morocco travel budget: is $30 USD per day enough or too much?

[cl-review quote="Hi Trisha! I've seen that you spent a lot of time in Morocco and I am going there really soon. I know it is cheap but I want to see how much money to prepare. Can you please share your Morocco travel budget? Many thanks [...]

Armenia visa for Filipinos: e-visa requirements, visa on arrival qualifications, and everything you need to know

I boarded a ride-sharing taxi in Georgia to cross to Armenia by land. Once we reached the border, everyone in the taxi went down to pass through Immigration. Most of my companions are Europeans so I bet they will just be stamped and let in. In [...]

Where to eat in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico: my top restaurant picks in the pueblo

Reader Mail: Trisha, I found your blog while researching about my trip to Sayulita and I’ve been hooked since! I found out that you are currently based there so I hope we can meet when I go there in December. I am not on a tight [...]

The vibrant Sayulita nightlife: there’s always something happening from Monday to Sunday!

Reader Mail: Hey Trisha! I am visiting Sayulita and I can see that you spent a lot of time there. Mexico has been a dream for me – there are many direct flights from Vancouver! I’d like to make friends during my stay. Can you please [...]

My top 15 favorite Hawker food stalls in Singapore under $10 SGD

[cl-review quote="Hi Trisha! I saw your food adventures in Singapore but did not find a post on the blog. Your food stories are amazing and I know you went with some locals on your trip to SG. Can you please recommend cheap hawker food in Singapore? [...]

Dear girls of the world: do YOU

Dear girls of the world, Have you ever felt that your surrounding seems so loud and noisy, but there is no actual noise that your ears can hear? Is it just our brain? Are we overthinking? Maybe yes or no, but for sure you will agree [...]

A realistic South America travel budget for backpackers in 2021

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on November 16, 2020. For more information about backpacking South America at the moment (COVID), get in touch with Trisha via Instagram, @psimonmyway. Reader Mail: Hi Trish, thank you for your helpful posts about South America. I am planning [...]

20 under $50 HKD eats in Hong Kong

[cl-review quote="Hey Trish, thanks for the highly informative blog. I am traveling to Hong Kong in a few days and found in one of your posts that it is very expensive. I don't want to spend that much as I am going to travel other Asian [...]

That guy in Rio de Janeiro who told me I can’t join the boys play football

[us_message]Editor's Note: This happened in 2014 when the writer, Trisha, was staying in Rio de Janeiro. This article does not imply that these events are relevant to today's position of women in Brazil. The writer has not visited Rio since 2015 but is responsible for the [...]

Working in bikini: the digital nomad guide to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Reader Mail: Hi Trish, my name is Lu from Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. I’ve been following you for quite a while I just don’t remember when I first came across your blog. I can see that you are in Mexico and I am planning to travel there [...]

Solo female travel in Jordan 2020: is it safe?

[us_iconbox icon="fas|pen" size="24px" iconpos="left" title="This post was last updated on February 10, 2020." title_tag="h5"][/us_iconbox][cl-review quote="Hello Trisha! I found your blog site in the UK travel awards 2017 and I’ve been in love with your content since then. I know you spent a lot of time in [...]

7 days Northern Morocco itinerary 2020: solo (or group) female travellers road trip

Reader Mail: Hey Trisha! Your blog was referred to me by a friend who met you in South America. She told me you’ve been to Morocco a lot and I am stoked! I am traveling there with three girlfriends this summer. Can you please suggest the [...]

Sayulita solo travel safety, in the words of a local resident

Reader Mail: I found your blog while searching for Mexico. I am Frances from Oklahoma and I am preparing to travel outside the USA to expand my horizon. Mexico seems to be the closest place for that. However, I am still scared about what I hear [...]

Israeli kitchen encounters: a vineyard dining experience in Golan Heights, the border of Syria and Israel

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor's Note: This Golan Heights dining experience was sponsored by Vibe Israel, Golan Wines, and Puzzle Israel. This post is not promotional - the writer is just telling a story about her experience.[/us_message] As the 4x4 trucks raise to the rocky hills, our guide said, [...]

More thoughts on moving to Mexico, life, and the promise to always give myself an interesting journey

[us_message]Editor's Note: To protect their privacy, some names in this story were changed. The writer is responsible for the accuracy of events, places, and people mentioned in this narrative.[/us_message] I met Renato in Guadalajara. He is 28 years old, fresh from med school, got a nice [...]

Dear girls of the world: this is how I cope with my depression and anxiety

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Anarina Nikola and is a part of the P.S. I’m On My Way’s Ambassadorship for Girl Rising – a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to share the simple [...]

Traveling in your 20s vs traveling in your 30s: a reflection on the great big move to Mexico

We were not legally married because of some technicalities in his home country but 3 years ago, he changed my life, and I, his. After living together for one year in Tel Aviv, we got engaged -- in the Maldives. I was 29 then and I [...]

To Alex, Mindy, and Rachel, who are not only the greatest content creators of our time but are also my good friends

[us_separator type="default" style="dashed"] In memory of Alex Lyakh, Mindy Scraper, and Rachel Jones: we will move on because that's what you would wish for us to do. But we will never forget. [us_separator type="default" style="dashed"] On July 6, 2018, while I was walking my dog, I [...]

A drunk day trip to Tequila from Guadalajara

Tequila, Jalisco -- the home of tequila not just for Mexico but for the world. It is best known as being the birthplace of the drink that bears its name, “tequila,” which is made from the blue agave plant, native to this area. In here, you [...]

Where to stay in Taipei: cheap to luxury accommodation picks in the best neighborhoods

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader Mail: Hey Trisha! I saw you were in Taipei a lot and was wondering if you can recommend where to stay in Taipei? I am traveling with my family from San Francisco and I want to see all our options. You have a lot [...]

Dear girls of the world: you have a place in this world. If you can’t find it, create it

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Gelyka Ruth Dumaraos and is a part of the P.S. I’m On My Way’s Ambassadorship for Girl Rising – a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to share the [...]

The exciting, unruly, and awfully beautiful world of solo female travel and dating apps

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor's Note: To respect their privacy, some names and identities of the people in this story were changed. The writer is responsible for the accuracy of the events, places, and people mentioned in this narrative.[/us_message] Raise your hands if you are a solo female traveler [...]

Solo female travel in Taiwan: hitchhiking from south to north for 2 weeks

Is solo female travel in Taiwan safe? ABSOLUTELY. I never expected to hitchhike in Taiwan, however, on the way to the south (from Taipei), I have seen a lot of female travelers on the side road with thumbs up. To be honest, traveling around Taiwan by [...]

On living a life that is driven strongly by curiosity than by fear

Before I came to Mexico, my sister's boyfriend visited our home from the Czech Republic. He is doing his Masters in Biology and is majoring in spiders (yes, Spiderman as we call him) so he was so into our forest-like setting in Subic Bay. He was [...]

2019 update: Asian countries that Philippine passport holders can visit visa-free, VOA and e-visa

To date, there are a lot of visa-free Asian countries for Philippine passport holders. This includes visa-free, visa on arrival (VOA) and e-visa applications with over 20 countries. If you've already given up in applying for visas to Schengen, USA, Canada, etc, then this list includes [...]

Tel Aviv travel guide 2020: recommendations from one year living in the greatest city in the world

Reader mail: Hi Trisha! I've been following your journey ever since you moved to Tel Aviv. I am from Warsaw and a lot of my friends have been to Israel. I heard nothing but great things! Some of them already moved there like you! I want [...]

April 2019 update: the month that was in Mexico City and Guadalajara

That was it, April?! Really!!! Just a month ago, I was very stressed about packing my life in the Philippines and moving to Mexico. It wasn't an easy ride as I was completely turning my life around. I feel like I'm doing South America backpacking over [...]

Israel travel budget: an expenditure report from 90 days of traveling in the country

[cl-review quote="Hey there Trish! A friend passed your blog to me when I asked her about Israel. Thank you for the information! I really like your content. I know that you live in Tel Aviv and I want to ask an ideal Israel travel budget for [...]

Riding in cars with boys: an initial experience on solo female travel in Mexico

I couldn't find the right words to describe solo female travel in Mexico. I thought about using "half" in the title, which refers to a 'half-baked' experience as I've only been in Mexico for 20 days - not enough for me to generalize the safety levels [...]

The beginning of another journey in Latin America

7 years ago, I went on a Journey to Latin America. I was actually going through a hard time (well, who wasn't) as the 23-year old in me was so confused about life. I was in the middle of a study abroad program in Italy when [...]

Where to go in Peru: 15 places you shouldn’t miss in the land of incas

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I've been reading your South America blogs for 5 years now and I finally had the courage to go this year. I want to start in Peru but I have no idea how to start. Can you tell me where to [...]

Tel Aviv Food Guide: where and what to eat in Israel’s food capital

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I love watching your food stories on Instagram. They're all very informative! I'm going to Tel Aviv soon but I couldn't find your food stories on the Instagram highlights. Can you please put it back or maybe make a blog about [...]

24/7 nightlife in Tel Aviv: best bars and clubs I truthfully recommend!

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader Mail: Hi Trish! I am finally coming to your city of dreams. I read all your entries from Tel Aviv and I can see you really love living in that city. I did not see anything about the nightlife. Can you please recommend bars [...]

P.S. I’m On My Way’s top things to do in Tel Aviv

Israel COVID travel update: As of January 10, 2020, you need to request for a travel permit in order to enter Israel. For more real-time COVID updates about Israel, get in touch with Trisha via Instagram, @psimonmyway. Reader Mail: Dearest Trish, I know you lived in [...]

The best hotels in Tel Aviv ranked: fit for whatever your budget is!

[us_message color="yellow"] Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! My name is Curtis Browning and I knew about your blog through a friend who visited Israel in 2017. I am finally visiting this year only to find out that accommodations or places to stay in Tel Aviv are very [...]

Can Filipino tourists apply for visas outside the Philippines?

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader Mail: Hello! Stumbled upon your blog. Very helpful! Thanks! Do you have a list of countries/cities where we can apply for a visa outside the Philippines? I'm very far away from the Philippines and figuring out my next destinations but many places are requiring [...]

When living in the Philippines doesn’t spark joy anymore

My years of living on the road taught me to live a minimal lifestyle and own fewer things. I never had to declutter unless it's underwear that I have to constantly replace. If you look at most of my backpacking pictures, all my clothes are the [...]

2019 Q1 roundup: making the best out of Asia

[us_message color="yellow"]I was told to write a book. But I don't have that confidence right now. I feel like I need to go into more adventures to find more meaningful things to write about. For now, I am summarizing my months of the year every quarter [...]

PH passport holders, here’s how to get a Mexico visa for Filipinos (6 mos validity)

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on November 23, 2020. The author is currently working on the video interview she did with the consulate of Mexico in Manila to clarify travel terms for Filipinos during COVID-19. For more information, contact Trisha on Instagram, @psimonmyway or [...]

Solo female travel in Brazil: maybe I wasn’t scared because I’m from the Philippines?

"Why are you walking the streets at 2:00 am! It's not safe!" My hostel mate from Belgium screamed as soon as I entered the hostel. She was working in her computer at this hour while I, half sh*t-faced, couldn't utter the words to her welcome remark. [...]

Jordan visa for Filipinos 2020: applying in the Philippines vs applying abroad

Reader Mail: Hi Trisha! I found you through a free magazine in the train station of Dubai and was amazed by your travels to Jordan! I did not expect to see a Filipina in a magazine in another country. Kudos to you! I want to ask [...]

An ode to solo female travel safety

My tribute video to Argentine duo female travel Maria Jose Coni and Marina Menegazzo popped out of Facebook memories and I feared to click it again. I was afraid I will have to relive the day the world woke up to the horrific truth about the [...]

Georgia: the country you are never considering to visit, but should

"Ma'am, where are you flying to?" the badass Israeli lady guard asked as I entered Ben Gurion International Airport. "To Georgia." I politely responded. She scanned my passport, checked the data page and said, "you don't have a visa to the United States." "But I am not [...]

Peru Travel Guide for solo female travellers: my experience in 163 days backpacking the land of the Incas

Peru COVID update: As of October 2020, international flights are operating within Peru and other Latin American countries. For more real-time updates about COVID in Peru, get in touch with Trisha via Instagram, @psimonmyway. Reader Mail: Hello Trisha! I love all your Peru and South America [...]

Stranger things: when a friend of a friend blindly received me in his home in Lima, Peru

[us_message color="yellow"] Editor's Note: This journal entry was written on February 04, 2014 in Lima, Peru. I love writing on paper even if carrying journals in my backpack is painful. It's been 5 years since this happened and I feel like now is a time to [...]

Yogyakarta, Indonesia: when every Influencer in your press trip drinks

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor's Note: This 2-week trip was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia but Trisha wrote this story on her own. She was not forced and/or coerced to write this in exchange for monetary compensation. The writer, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the [...]

Japan visa for Filipinos: I was granted 5 years with multiple entries!

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on November 13, 2020. Reader Mail: Trish, I have been following you since 2013 and I am glad you are back in Asia!!! We missed you here! I saw on your Instagram stories that you got a 5-year multiple [...]

The Pushkar scam is the only reason why I hated India

Up to this day, I still cringe at the thought of being scammed but I am not regretful of this experience because I can now warn a lot of people about the very aggressive Pushkar scam.

How Israel made me fall in love and broke my heart right after

As you’ve seen in my time all over the Middle East, I respect religious beliefs. The only thing I don’t agree with is when religion is imposed on me. I’m moving on, Israel. All the pain that you inflicted on me were already processed, discussed and accepted. Thank you for the love you have given me and for the joy you brought into my life. There is not a single bit of regret I feel on what happened to us because it made me realise a lot of things about adulthood, about love, about maturity, about taking care of my well-being, about being around friends and family and most especially, about the concept of “home.” I hope that one day, we will both understand what went wrong with us.

Writing my 2019 travel goals and plans in the hopes that I will be devoted to them

That has been unconsciously ingrained in every young adult’s mind but when I tried to break the pattern, I have come to a conclusion my life would not be ‘messed up’ if I did it in different orders. The erratic change in my life every year made my friends and family lost and confused so whenever they ask me why I keep changing my decisions and the way I live, there’s only one thing I say:

We don’t have unlimited chances to get what we want. Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could have changed your life. So whatever is in front of me, as long as it feels right, I take it. The Universe will not respect the timeline you made for yourself but it will always revolve around the decision you’ve made. It has no agenda whatsoever to make your life harder or miserable. ALL IS UP TO YOU.

P.S. I’m On My Way’s top things to do in Singapore 2020

I have to be honest here: I’ve been to Singapore a lot of times but this is the first time I am doing all the things in this list. I used to have this idea that things to do in Singapore do not exist. What’s different in this last trip? I was with locals. My friends @seathebreezee, @yeahyuze and @j9ryl (yes, we refer to them with their Intagram handles) are true blue Singaporeans who gave me an exclusive peak to the best things to do in Singapore.

Dear girls of the world: don’t let heartbreak hold you back

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Alex Melham and is a part of the P.S. I’m On My Way’s Ambassadorship for Girl Rising – a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to share the simple [...]

Best trips 2019 according to travel bloggers

Hello, 2019! I hope you put last year’s list to good use. Were you able to visit all the recommendations from the bloggers? If not, keep it, still. There’s no rush. You can still visit those places whenever you please. Today, I gathered new faces and [...]

Hong Kong Travel Guide for solo female travellers: taking you to the city I once called home (kong)

[us_message color="yellow"]Reader mail: Hi Trisha! I will be going to Hongkong for such a limited time. Will be there from the 3rd to the 8th of August to meet with my family (they’re traveling to Manila) as we celebrate my niece’s birthday. But, just like in [...]

That press trip in Indonesia with bloggers and Influencers I didn’t think I’d get along with

[us_message color="yellow"]Editor's Note: This 2-week trip was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia but Trisha wrote this story on her own. She was not forced and/or coerced to write this in exchange for monetary compensation. The writer, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the [...]

Female travel bloggers recommend these cities to visit in 2019

I wanted to make this post as "safest cities to visit in 2019 for solo female travelers" but the way I see (and promote it), "safe" is subjective and that each women traveling the world should have the abundance of space, love, and acceptance in every [...]

What’s it like to live with a Colombian family?

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on December 2, 2020. The author's living with a Colombian family experience took place between December 2013 to March 2014. All of the stories below are based on real-life experiences. Since 2010, I was an active member of the [...]

Solo female travel: Ladies, this is how a deterrent ring kept me safe on the road

[us_message]Editor's NoteThis journal entry was originally written in a notebook on 21 March 2014 in Barranquilla, Colombia.[/us_message] For a year, I pretended to be married due to a bitter adversary that I am really sick of incorporating my life with but it all boils to that. Oh [...]

The Layover: entertaining myself in Jakarta for 12 hours

Like most bustling cities, having an enjoyable layover in Jakarta (without having to stay in the airport) will take a lot of effort. If you have not been to this city yet, let me warn you about the very bad traffic in this Indonesian city. Most [...]

On working with online influencers: what Tourism Boards all over the world can learn from Indonesia

In 2015, the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia woke up with the brightest idea: “What if we try working with online influencers?” The question was triggered by the results they were not getting from investing money in third party advertisers. When they put a Wonderful Indonesia […]

Everything I need to know about life, I’ve learned from the horrible traffic in Manila

Three full years of being away, I caught myself landing in Manila, the place I onced called home but with a different traffic situation. I didn’t believe my sister when she said “you have to leave two hours before your appointment.”  For me, Manila was so easy […]

A peek into my 3-day Jerusalem itinerary

As someone who lived in Tel Aviv, I have been always biased but when I first visited Jerusalem, I never imagined I will have a different opinion. Growing up in a Catholic country, Jerusalem has always been perceived as a mecca in our bible study classes. [...]

Should women travel alone in Morocco? I’d say yes and no at the same time

Reader Question: Hi Trisha! I've been following you since 2013 but never really had the guts to write to you until I found myself in this very confusing situation. We are two American girls who are going to Spain this summer and we wanted to do [...]

Failing to cook in our Airbnb in El Nido because of these restaurants

Searching where to eat in El Nido is not as difficult as it may seem. Flocked by thousands of tourists every year and in just one day, 1,000 people are signing up for the famous El Nido tours (A,B,C,D). With this, El Nido's restaurant scene thrived [...]

What’s it like to live with an Uruguayan family?

[us_message]Author's Note: This journal entry was written on 19 October 2014 in San Jose, Uruguay.[/us_message] To be honest, the answer to your question "How do you know that these people are safe?" is I don't. No idea. It's all about gut feeling. My famil stays are [...]

Top 10 places to visit in Israel + my local experiences

Israel COVID travel update: As of January 10, 2020, you need to request for a travel permit in order to enter Israel. For more real-time COVID updates about Israel, get in touch with Trisha via Instagram, @psimonmyway. Reader Mail: Hello, Trisha! I have been following you [...]

My family stay experience in Pouso Alegre, Brazil

[us_message]Author's Note: This journal entry was written on 26 January 2014 in Pouso Alegre, Brazil. These events are real-life stories chronicled in a notebook while I was backpacking South America. [/us_message] At a very strange time in my life, I found myself in Brazil low as [...]

So you want to be a full-time blogger and social media influencer? This is how it looks like

"Let's go. Drive me to the grocery." "Mom, I'm working!" From where I was standing, my mom thinks I work for myself and I can stop anytime I want. Nobody's going to sack me because I don't have a boss. This happened when I visited home [...]

Volunteering in an orphanage abroad may cause more harm than good

In 2014, I arrived the favelas in Brasil to volunteer in an orphanage as an English teacher. I completed my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate the previous year and I had to build my CV with experiences even if it doesn’t support my [...]

P.S. I’m On My Way’s top 23 recommended things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia

For most of the Millennials who travel with family, it has always been challenging to get out your parents radar because Family travel is always strictly following a play-by-play itinerary. But what if you find yourself traveling alone with all the freedom and wild heart to [...]

Jordan is safe and probably the most instagrammable place in the world. But why are you not visiting?

I spent three and a half weeks in Jordan and I want to tell you about my experience. Jordan is safe and I couldn't believe it myself first. When I first arrived, I felt that I have to keep my guard up all the time. For [...]

How to create a stellar house sitting profile

[us_message]Author's Note:This post was originally published on 07 July 2015 and was republished for update purposes.[/us_message] Now that you’ve decided to add housesitting as one of your options to travel the world for free, you need to create a profile that will make homeowners trust you. [...]

P.S. I’m On My Way’s top 42 things to do in Hong Kong

When I was young, Hong Kong, in my mind was a city you visit during your first-time travel as an Asian. Like many young girls, shopping was my Hong Kong keyword. I first visited during my 18th birthday (the entrance to society), a gift that I [...]

Death Road experience: biking the most dangerous road in the world

[us_message]Author's Note: This article was originally published on 28 December 2014 and was republished to update some important information. The story, however, is written as it happened 4 years ago. Photos are not the best quality, too, as I only traveled Latin America with an iPhone4.[/us_message] [...]

The great adventure of Bolivia to Brazil border crossing

[us_message icon="fas|pencil-alt"]Author's Note: This article was originally published on 25 June 2014 and was republished to update some important information. The story, however, is written as it happened 4 years ago. Photos are not the best quality, too, as I only travelled Latin America with an [...]

Dear girls of the world: stop bringing down the girl next to you just because you don’t agree on something

Dear girls of the world, I haven’t been everywhere, but I met enough women who have low self-confidence, who doubt themselves every day, who questioned their value, who tried hard to fight for what they believed in but had given up to fight their battles. From [...]

The amazing wine experience in Mendoza, Argentina

[us_message icon="fas|pencil-alt"]Author's Note: This post was originally published on 04 December 2014. Photos are not of high quality because the author traveled Latin America with an iPhone4. The story, however, is written as it happened 4 years ago.[/us_message] Right. I’m in the Malbec capital of the [...]

Joey, the Singaporean dude who traveled South America with a bicycle

[us_message]This journal entry was written on 18 December 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With respect to the person involved, the author asked the subject to reveal his true identity and story. Anything that is written here is based on a real-life story. [/us_message][us_separator style="dashed" type="default"] Dedicated [...]

Indian visa for Filipinos: don’t commit the same mistake I did!

I don’t want you to have the same experience so here are the steps in applying for an Indian visa for Filipinos. It’s really easy as long as you do it ahead of time!

India travel experts pick the best places to visit in India in 2021

Is India part of your 2021 travel plans? From Rajasthan to Kerala to Uttar Pradesh, here are the best places to visit in India as recommended by travel bloggers!

Failing to hitchhike all the way to Argentina

[us_message]Author's Note: This journal entry was written on 24 October 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dedicated to Francisco, whom I was once, madly in love with.[/us_message] As soon as I announced I'm going hitchhiking, the negative vibes I received was overwhelming. They didn't really say, "you're [...]

Restaurants with the best views of the Taj Mahal: where I took my pics!

Looking for the best restaurants with Taj Mahal view in Agra? This list will help you achieve your dream Instagrammable pics of the iconic palace!

That day when no-husband got arrested by the police in India for flying a drone

I want to smack him in the face for being a complete idiot; for flying a drone when it clearly says it’s not allowed. He even knew the drone rules in India prior to arrival.

Jodhpur culture shock, some things to do and the beauty of coming to terms with Indian culture

It isn't as blue as Chefchaouen but I have appreciated the hues of Jodhpur. There are many reasons why this small city in Indian is called the blue city but until today, no historical records were definite. Some say Brahmin followers of Shiva consider blue to [...]

I never liked theme parks but Universal Studios Japan was maximum awesome!

Look, this is my first theme park post as I never really had interest in writing about them or sharing my experience but you have to know about Universal Studios Japan!!!! I won't do a long intro so let's get to the chase - see how [...]

I’m a Philippine passport holder and I applied my Argentina visa in Montevideo

[us_message icon="fas|pencil-alt"]Author's Note: This visa application was successfully processed in October 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The purpose of republishing this article is to share experiences. It's still best to contact the Consulate of Argentina in your country to know what you need in order to obtain [...]

I went to Bangkok for 5 days with my family (oh my God!) and we set our budget to $100 USD

As a long-time solo traveller, it has been difficult for me to plan my travels with a group. Moving by myself without a plan has always been my greatest achievement without having to put extra efforts to. In March, while I was visiting home, my friends [...]

What I’ve seen and done in Taiwan for 14 days with a $200 USD budget

I never thought I'd be visiting Taiwan this soon. You see, it was never on my radar not until (1) Taiwan waived the visa for Philippine passport holders; (2) all my chef friends are raving about it. I don't know what's in there except for food [...]

My 70-day backpacking trip in Colombia: karaoke, salsa, and the many nights I don’t remember

This is not a guide on how to go backpacking Colombia. This is about the many people I met and the amazing life events that happened to me as I grew up on the road. As you read along, you will wonder how I spent this [...]

Millennialism in La Union, Philippines and the reverse culture shock

"Besh, what's Elyu? I asked my good friennd Kenneth. I saw this a lot but I didn't understand what it was. "L and U. L. U. Elyu." he repeated as if it's something that everyone should know by default. The thing you need to know about [...]

I thought my first day in Jerusalem will be dry and boring. But my programmed assumptions failed me

[us_message color="yellow" icon="fas|pencil-alt"]Author's Note: The author is responsible for the accuracy of the events, places and people in this story. All that is written here are personal experiences of the author. Names of the characters in this story were changed to respect their privacy.[/us_message] If you’ve [...]

These are the best trips in the Philippines according to Filipino travel bloggers

I strongly feel that journeying backwards is a great thing. Almost a decade traveling outside my home country and I never, not once, thought of visiting my own backyard. We, so often, take for granted the things that are right in front of us because we [...]

There is no formula in convincing your parents to let you travel the world

[us_message color="yellow" icon="fas|pencil-alt"]Reader Question: Hi Trisha! I’m 30 years old and I still live with my family. It’s not really my choice but as you know, our culture is used to living with their parents up until you are married and have kids. I am single, [...]

Best trips 2018 according to travel bloggers

It’s almost the end of 2017! I hope you put last year's list to good use. Were you able to visit all the recommendations from the bloggers? If not, keep it, still. There’s no rush. You can still visit those places whenever you please. Today, I [...]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 7: Everyone is getting married, having babies, and I’m like… maybe me too?

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, as [...]

P.S. I’m On My Way’s Melbourne City Guide

[us_message color="custom" bg_color="#f4f4f4" text_color="#000000"]Reader Question: I've been reading your blog since forever and I remember one time you stayed in Australia for a long time. I am planning to move to Melbourne and I want your honest opinion about the lifestyle most especially the best neighbourhood [...]

Dear girls of the world: give yourself a chance

Dear girls of the world, I once came across this quote while I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook: "In a world that profits from self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act". It wasn't exactly the most profound thing I have ever read neither was it written [...]

Journeying Sri Lanka Episode 2: My host mom in Colombo

If you haven't read Journeying Sri Lanka Episode 1, this won't make sense. These articles are raw as they are written in journal form. Everything happened the way the writer experienced Sri Lanka. You might find brutally honest remarks in this post (and the posts to [...]

Starting at $24 USD per day, here are the cheapest European cities to add to your EuroTrip

[cl-review quote="My name is Paige Ashworth, an Australian living in Dubai and working as a teacher. I first started following you when you went to Milan to study. I was also looking in that direction at the time but I got a job in Dubai, thankfully. [...]

The cost of YOLO

This is not a form of discouragement. Before you read this, please remember that we are friends, sitting down on your porch (or mine), sipping wine (or coffee, whatever you prefer) while watching the sun set, talking about the recent life changes that appeared in many [...]

The serious accusation to travel bloggers contributing to begpacking plus my insights about the issue

Cover photo credit: PBS In the past few months, I’ve been asked about my opinion with the rise of the so-called ‘begpackers’ – a term coined for backpackers who are allegedly begging to fund their world travels. I never really had energy for it because I [...]

4 years ago, I told you to quit your job to travel the world. Now I’m kinda taking it back

I am writing this from my new apartment in Tel Aviv - a space I kept looking at and constantly wonder how I can ever afford to live in. I have to take this opportunity to apologise to those who have been reading this blog for [...]

There’s more to Israel than Jerusalem: here’s a few impactful things to do in Israel if pilgrimage is not your thing

I have an announcement to make: my mother is coming to visit me in Israel for the first time and I am totally freaked! First, I am loaded with so much work but when family comes, you have to drop everything and give your 200% to [...]

Dear girls of the world: It’s possible to travel the world while financially supporting your family

Dear girls of the world, Yes, it is possible to travel the world while supporting your family. In the past few years, the digital world has exploded with loads of amazing people who travel and pursue their burning desire to see the world. That’s great! They [...]

Participating in the world: on finding your advocacy while traveling

This week, I received two e-mails asking for some kind to promote environmental events and they are willing to pay for. The first e-mail was from a student organisation that focuses on Marine Conservation and the second is all about environmental conservation. The second one is [...]

Best Asian cities for digital nomads according to travel bloggers

Looking for the best Asian cities of digital nomads? Here’s a list of recommendations from travel bloggers!

Reader Question: How are you able to find WiFi anywhere in the world?

Hi, Trisha! My name is Pálffy Czigany and I discovered your blog through a friend when I traveled to South America. I'm a fan of your work! I've been rethinking of my career choices and I want to try being a Digital Nomad. I want to [...]

My travel evolution: one of the many reasons why you shouldn’t be sorry for the type of traveler that you are

I am writing this today because something is bothering me: our entitlement. Everyone you know is traveling today and I feel like there is an ongoing competition where everybody is forced to participate in. A reader asked me to make a 7-day itinerary for (insert country [...]

How to become a digital nomad: tips from working remote for 10 years

Reader Mail: Trisha, thank you for your digital nomad content! I am currently researching how to become a digital nomad. Do you have some tips? I've been following your DN lifestyle since 2013 and I think that this year, because of COVID, I will also do [...]

Dear girls of the world: Strive, accept failures, get up, and work harder for the goals you want in life

Dear girls of the world, Don't let fear stop you, take the risk and tackle what you think is impossible. Strive, accept failures, get up, and work harder for the goals you want in life. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve great [...]

Volunteer your way around the world: landing gigs easily, creating a stellar profile, and more!

Volunteering was one of the methods that helped me stretch my travel budget in the early stages of my round the world trip. When you are beginning as a long-term traveler, this is the best way to learn about other cultures and improve your travel game. [...]

Long-term travel planning: here’s how you should do it

When I first thought of the possibility of traveling long-term, I didn't have anyone to tell me how to do it. Everything was based on individual research which will make your browser pop millions of tabs (reading long-term travel tips etc) so I thought, why is [...]

This luxury hotel in Casablanca knows what good service means

We all have to admit it. A luxury hotel can have high-tech amenities, state of the art facilities and rooms that won't make you go out but when it comes to good service, unfortunately, not all of them can deliver. All these luxurious things are rated [...]

How I saved over $4,000 on accommodations in one year of travel

This is not a financial advice but recently, I've realized that I haven't paid for any accommodation since I started travelling South America. 17 months of travelling paying for nothing (accommodations) is all because of volunteering and making friends on the road. I slowly computed all [...]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 6: For more reasons to believe that Israel is a safe country, look at Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

100 things I will teach my daughter if she decides to travel the world one day

Today, while dipping in a pool in Mancora, Peru and sipping afternoon drinks (really, afternoon drinks?!), me and my traveling friends talked about how we will raise our children if we plan to have one in the future. Will we allow them to travel the world? […]

When money isn’t the point: how to overcome your travel funding fears

Like everyone else, I was also worried about financing my travels when I left home. What if, what about, how about and but are some of the words frequently bombing my head every night. If you have been following my adventures, you'd know that I didn't [...]

Journeying Sri Lanka Episode 1: The long way from Tbilisi

A few nights ago, while settling down in my apartment in Tel Aviv, I found a thick notebook on the corner that seemed to have a familiar cover. I browsed the notebook and found a day by day account on my two-weeks in staying with a [...]

How to create original content for your blog: good writing practices

Reader Letter: Hi Trisha! I want to tell you that no matter how wonderful your blog is, it has just made a young Russian girl pretty miserable. Don't get me wrong, your blog is so far the most amazing thing I've found online, it is an example [...]

So you want people to read your blog?

The thing is most of us don't do it right. We sit down, face the computer, gently put our fingers on the keyboard and stare at the screen for hours. Blank. We have something to say but we don't have anything to write. We will spend [...]

Only have 7 days in Morocco? It’s short. But we can try!

Reader Question: Hi, Trisha! Thank you for responding to my comment! I didn't expect it, really! I actually don't have any dates in mind yet but Morocco has always been on my bucket list. In the event I'd be travelling, I'd bring my little family with [...]

Maybe you’re scared to travel because you refuse to listen to yourself

This time, the media is telling the truth. I often tell my friends to quit their relationship with the TV and Internet because it poisons their brains but this time, they're giving real news (at least, most of them). The past few weeks were just too [...]

Dear girls of the world: don’t let anyone ever tell you that you shouldn’t, couldn’t or wouldn’t

Dear girls of the world, You are a woman. Women are incredibly powerful, monumental creatures. Your energy can create blasts of awesomeness that some people just can’t handle. It’s that strong. If the fire within you has never been lit or is stuck in a cycle [...]

All the best of Chefchaouen for 20-something travelers

Chefchaouen boasts itself as a very laid back Moroccan city. During my first visit in 2013, I already found Chefchaouen very appealing because of its chill vibe. The people are used to tourists and there were less hustlers in the Medinas. On this second visit, I [...]

How to apply for jobs abroad that don’t exist

A lot of people ask me how I went to travel blogging as a full-time job and looking back, I can remember all the crazy things I did just because I didn't want to go home. Sorry mum, that was the case. I was in South [...]

The Luxury Hotels Industry has a millennial problem they need to address

Dear friends and family: I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the 2017 Flight Centre UK Travel Blog Awards. P.S. I'm On My Way won Best Luxury Travel blog! And by luxury here, I didn't mean sipping gin and juice and business [...]

Should women travel alone in Latin America? Remembering the 2 Argentine girls who were murdered in Ecuador

The photo above was taken in Baños, Ecuador - some 400km away from where two Argentine girls were murdered. Marina Menegazzo (21 years old) and Maria Jose Coni (22 years old) bid their family and friends goodbye on January 2017 for a 45-day travel in their [...]

25 Practical tips for long term travel – especially when you’re getting old. Ouch!

When I started pursuing long-term travel, I didn't have anyone to teach me how to do it. I learned everything on the way and made a lot of mistakes while I was at it. Luckily, you don't have to experience what I experienced. From worrying about [...]

That thing called travel insurance that we are not paying attention to

I can hear my mother’s voice echoing every time she calls me via Skype: “Ana Patricia, get a freaking travel insurance!” Yep, that’s what she calls me when sh*t’s going down. Can you believe I went backpacking South America for 3.5 years and never purchased any [...]

Dear girls of the world: do not let your origin define your life

Dear girls of the world, Do not let your origin define your life. Especially now, when the world is going crazy trying to bring everything down to simple 'where you are from' question, applying the cliché stereotypes to determine your worth as a human being. It [...]

‘How to be you po’ gone wrong: re-assessing the kind of social media influencers that we are

I have witnessed a lot of Blogger A followers vs Blogger B followers that were truly entertaining and at the same time off. As a social media marketer, I find audience behaviour very amusing (and interesting) subject so I keep up with the business trends by focusing [...]

Morocco Travel Guide for Filipinos: visas, entry/exit requirements, and more!

Reader Mail: Trisha, I love all your travel guides for Filipinos! I've seen the Colombia one and really liked it. But I am curious if you already have a Morocco travel guide for Filipinos? I am considering going there this year if South America travel does [...]

South America backpacking route: my 3-year backpacking trip

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on November 15, 2020. Some info was updated from the old post. Photos are pretty old, too (I didn’t have a camera in South America)! Some personal situations in this article (i.e. life circumstances, writing style) don’t apply today. [...]

Crossing Borders: Colombia to Ecuador by bus

Editor's Note: This post was last updated on November 17, 2020. Colombia opened its borders to travelers on September 21, 2020 but the author of this article does not have a real-time update about Colombia. For more information, get in touch with Trisha via Instagram, @psimonmyway. [...]

Golan Heights: let’s leave the controversy and see the real beauty of Israel’s wine country

About 6 months ago, I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the 5 bloggers to visit Israel through Vibe Israel. Golan Heights is one of the best places I've visited in this country (without knowing what is it all about, I usually just [...]

How to get a complimentary hotel stay as a travel blogger – 2017 Edition

So it's 2017 and the number of travel bloggers have radically increased since I wrote the first version of how to get a complimentary stay as a travel blogger. Hotels have acquired knowledge on how to assess the relationship of a blogger and their audience through [...]

Moving forward: it’s time to bring your travel inspiration to life

[us_message icon="fa-pencil"]Editor's Note: This post was originally published on December 17, 2017. Though everything still applies today, some items were edited/modified.[/us_message] You spent five hours pinning different photos of Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Johannesburg and Mongolia on Pinterest. You actually made over 200 boards, by continent [...]

Here are some of the easy ways on how to look for host families abroad – for free!

[us_message icon="fa-pencil"]Editor's Note: This post was originally published on February 16, 2015 when the author finished a 3.5-year trip in South America. Everything still applies but some items were revised/modified.[/us_message][us_separator type="short" thick="3"] Did you know that staying with local families in the course of my traveling [...]

Dear girls of the world: this is what cyber bullying did to me

Dear girls of the world, The strongest and kindest people I know are the ones who are given the biggest challenges in life. The adversities that we go through serve as a stepping stone to a truly extraordinary life. These challenges make us stronger, more resilient, [...]

How I can STILL afford a life of travel

What?! I can still afford this?! I recently stumbled upon an article I wrote in 2014 entitled, How I can afford a life of travel and it gave me a few insights on how my life changed after three years. Sure, I am still doing the [...]

The Writer’s Mind – a collection of random iPhone notes from traveling 9 countries in 2016

I recently attempted to be organised by cleaning my iPhone notes and I was seriously surprised by the content that I found. Even when I am out drinking or exploring, my mind is always working and when I don’t have my notebook in sight, I do [...]

Find your way out the annoying hustlers in Morocco through psychological testing

[us_message color="yellow" icon="fa-lightbulb-o" closing="1"]Author's Note: This post was originally published on August 14, 2013 when I first visited Morocco. Hustling in Morocco is really aggressive so I tried a few tricks on how to escape them. Feel free to try them, too! Since this is kind [...]

First time solo female travel: how the hell am I supposed to do this?

Reader Question: Hey Trisha. I have a question... I am 17 years old and have never been out of my large (but confining) state of Alaska. I am planning my first solo female travel to Spain for next fall (a month before my 19th birthday) and [...]

Here are the different types of glamping that most millennial travelers relate to

I was recently in Sri Lanka and was able to have an over the top glamping experience with Master Campers Lanka, a safari tent located in Uda Walawe National Park where you will get to dig in with nature and be closer to literal peace and [...]

Start a professional blog today and discover the rewards of working for yourself

Like many people, I started the blog to serve as an update for my family and friends who were always (still are) worried if I am still alive. I've been to the most horrific countries and my mom was fecking horrified. I shared my articles on [...]

Israel Travel Guide for Filipinos 2020: visas, entry/exit requirements, and more!

Reader Mail: Hi Miss Trisha! I am so jealous that you are living in Israel! I love Israel and I want to travel there. Do you have an Israel travel guide for Filipinos only? I really want to go to Israel soon and I need your [...]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 5: Dear 40-year old self, I hope you are still rocking and living the life in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

Your 2017 adventure should start in Indonesia: home to the great outdoors for travelers, young and old

I am also from an archipelagic country and I never considered visiting Indonesia. "What for? I live in a similar country I don't think there's a different thing to see." I said. In 2015, "what for?" turned out to be a great embarrassment when I had a [...]

First trip to the Philippines? Here’s why you shouldn’t skip Manila (like everyone does)

Ask any foreigner who has been to the Philippines which place is their favourite and they'd probably say Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, and Cebu. Ask any Filipinos which places they would recommend to foreigners and it's likely they'd enumerate the same thing. Not that it's a bad [...]

Dear girls of the world: it’s your adventure, too!

Dear girls of the world, Please, share my motto with me. Climb mountains with me, come hiking with me, dive into the ocean, surf the waves, and fly in the sky with me. I want you to know that every adventure out there is for you [...]

The tedious processing of Sri Lankan visa extension

I didn’t think Sri Lanka has a very strict visa policy. The plan was to stay in the country for 40 days but upon entry, they only gave me 30 days as per country visa rules. I had two options: (1) Overstay and just pay the […]

See the South of Sri Lanka from above: spectacular drone photos of the country’s surf capital

The South of Sri Lanka is one of the most sought-after waters in the world, not only by surfers but travelers alike. Known to be a lesser spot for tourist, this area is best known for good vibes, vibrant crowd and exceptional waves. Drone photography has slowly […]

A day in the surf trip in Midigama, Sri Lanka: eat, sleep, surf, repeat

If you ask most people where they’d recommend to go on a surf trip in Sri Lanka, they’d always say Mirissa or Arugam Bay. But recently, I discovered a place which is so much better during peak season — nearly no one will cut you and it’s […]

Dear girls of the world: don’t let your gender stop you from rocking a career in technology

Dear girls of the world, When you were eight and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up, what was your answer? I had two answers. The fake one: “I want to be a doctor.” When grownups asked me–especially when my grandmother […]

Video: Trisha Velarmino’s TEDx talk in Manila, Philippines – nobody’s got life figured out

I am going to tell you a secret: Humans are programmed to believe the older you are, the wiser you are. Do you believe that? It’s partly true but what I want to tell you is that you don’t always have to have a clear picture [...]

Dear girls of the world: live where you flourish, even if it’s not where you grew up

Dear girls of the world, When I was 17 years old, I went to Israel for the first time on a science program, hoping to beef up my CV before applying to college. I’m Jewish, and Israel has great science programs, so off I went for […]

Best wifi cafes in Tbilisi for the Digital Nomad

So, your wandering feet took you to a new place again. This time, you found yourself strolling in Tbilisi, a city located in Georgia that’s neither European nor Asian, but has a culture of both East and West. You saw a series of welcome signs saying, […]

I didn’t quit my job to travel the world. I made a job out of traveling and you can do it, too!

As we grow older, we always have a version of ourselves that we tell the world. It's a little bit scripted because that's how we sculptured the lives we want to showcase: perfect. It won't hurt, as we always think. We are just changing a little detail [...]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 4: I attended an Israeli wedding and it was the craziest celebration I’ve ever witnessed

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

Thailand for Millennials: travel lifestyle of the broke and free-spirited

For the past few years, Thailand effortlessly became a tourist hub not only for backpackers but also from around the world. It became one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia and here’s some of the many reasons why: The Land of Smiles is the gateway […]

Traveling taught me how to be independent – but there is a problem with too much independence

Independence is good but like many things, too much can also be bad. We always talk about traveling as a way of learning how to be independent. But we don’t pay equal attention to its negative effects. In a normal day of travel, I had a first-hand […]

Dear girls of the world: please don’t stop visiting Egypt because you are told it’s dangerous

Dear girls of the world, If you listen to what you hear on the news, the world is pretty much cut off from traveling at the moment. If you go to the Middle East you’ll get shot, Central America, kidnapped, India scammed and Africa harassed. If […]

2016: 5 minutes of 365 days of travel

Dear family and friends, I must admit, I was kind of The Grinch this Christmas weekend as I am not in a non-Christmas country but anyway, I am out of the grinch cave and thought about dropping you a line. I am writing to you today […]

10 LGBT friendly cities for the rainbow blooded travelers

Traveling has now become a fad as it is now one of the favorite pastimes of people. It has improved through the years because traveling has been accessible more than ever. And for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community, going on a vacation in [...]

Bali for the broke and free-spirited millennial

You think of Bali and you get this wonderful picture in your head, a picture right out of the glossy pages of magazines of breathtaking shores, of impressive rice terraces and orange trees, of imposing and astounding temples amidst the backdrop of brown mountains in the […]

Visa to Georgia for Filipinos plus how I delayed an airline’s flight to Tbilisi

I swear I researched thoroughly and read that the visa to Georgia for Filipinos is upon arrival. In some articles, it also indicates visa-free. I never came across any that say I need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. "Ma'am, I am sorry but we [...]

Best trips 2017 according to travel bloggers

It’s almost the end of 2016! What did you do with last year’s list? Were you able to visit all the recommendations from the bloggers? If not, keep it, still. There’s no rush. You can still visit those places whenever you please. However, this year, we […]

TBEX Jerusalem is making a buzz in our community. But let’s hear it from the travel bloggers who attended the pre-trip

Last November, 21 travel bloggers from Europe and Asia & Pacific were brought to Jerusalem in the hopes of eradicating the negative connotations of the world about Israel. The city of Jerusalem recently won the bid of hosting the biggest travel blogging event in the world […]

The single story of Israel to the world

When I was young, there was a guy in my city whom the kids from my school run away from because he was “crazy.” He would dance all day in front of the biggest appliance store called Star TV where a huge stereo was blaring with […]

Dear girls of the world: don’t let society dictate who you are

Dear girls of the world, Don’t let society dictate who you are. Better yet, while you’re at it, don’t let anyone dictate who you are. Coming from the Philippines, I was expected to follow the norms of society. Graduate college, get a job, get married, have […]

Every one of us is an online influencer

I was working in one of my favourite cafes in Tel Aviv when a man sitting next to my desk started talking: “Look around. This place is full of people on their computers. It seems like Israel has really advanced itself in the location independence scene.” […]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 3: some truths about dating Israeli men

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

Tel Aviv Yourself Episode 2: My life in Tel Aviv in one full video clip

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

Dear girls of the world: don’t live vicariously through other people. Join the club!

Dear girls of the world, “I live vicariously through you,” a friend told me. Vica-what? It hasn’t been added to my vocab database then so I googled the meaning. Vicariously: (adj.) indirectly, as, by, or through a substitute Let’s define it further. “Vicariously is the adverb […]

The start-up nation culture: 6 co-working spaces in Tel Aviv for the digital nomad

One of the solid proofs that I belong to Tel Aviv is the digital nomadic friendliness I’ve seen through the course of living here. From 9:00, you will see cafes packed with young professionals (which, by the way, the majority of the population of Israel) sitting while […]

Everything you need to know about using the Japan Rail Pass in Osaka

It’s your first time in Japan and managed to get yourself to Osaka Prefecture in the Kansai Region. You’ve covered the whats; your itinerary is set, you have a place to stay, you even know what food to try and which tourist spots to visit. But […]

Tel Aviv Yourself Ep 1: Effortlessly finding an apartment in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv Yourself: a series about my life in Tel Aviv. Every once in a while, I will be posting short stories about my life in the city I now call home. Now, this series is very raw and unedited. As this is my story, [...]

Welcome to Israel: where women run the outstanding world of Israeli men

Like how I wrote the most controversial article about dating Mexican men in Spanish, it would’ve been extra cool if I have written this in Hebrew. However, this article is for all the women outside of Israel who has been writing to me endlessly: what’s dating […]

You won’t actually like how Israel responds to media people, journalists, bloggers and influencers

When the travel blogging community learned I am using Israel as my base, I became the go-to person with all things Israel. Every day, I have a message in my inbox complaining about the absurdity of responses travel bloggers receive from Israeli hotels, tour companies or anything […]

Trust me, this is how you should spend a rock ‘n roll nightlife in Tel Aviv

Before you violently react, the South African buff who’s with me on the cover photo is not my boyfriend. Vaughan McShane is one of the amazing bloggers (and my best mate) who joined me in the recent Vibe Israel Boutique Tour last month. Prior to arriving Israel, […]

This must be Kyoto’s most impressive sight: the Fushimi Inari-taisha and Kiyomizu-dera

You could see sweat forming on their forehead, neck, and upper lip. Women walked in small awkwards steps, their hair gathered up in a bun, donned in floral kimono of pastel or bold colors. Men adjusted the sleeves of their kimono, their footwear (geta) echoed on […]

The true blue Tel Avivian: Lifestyle of the broke and free spirited 20-something

“Tomorrow, we start at 8:00.” Chef Ofer Aviv instructed as he welcomed me to his lovely home in Moshav Mata. I was in trance when I entered the place. A tremendous terrain of Earth faced his villa’s porch. I am working on a story about Chef Ofer’s private […]

Dear girls of the world: Never let gender stereotypes confine you

Dear girls of the world, When I was younger, I was made to believe that women are supposed to act a certain way. That we’re supposed to study hard, get perfect grades, land a good job, meet a nice man, settle down, have babies, and become […]

Here are the reasons why life would be more expensive if I stopped traveling

When I visited home in October after finishing my 3.5-year South America trip, I spent $500 dollars in just one week. The cost of living in the Philippines is way cheaper than any country I have been to so I wondered, “how the f%$ck did that happen […]

I am forced to skip Lebanon and Iran because of the Israeli passport stamp problem

No more Israeli passport stamp: that’s what welcomed me when I arrived Ben Gurion Airport 2 weeks ago. I told the Immigration officer three times, “please don’t stamp my passport.” He then gave me the why-don’t-you-want-an-Israeli-stamp remark at the same time explained that the rules have […]

If you are gay and sick of the society you are in, move to Tel Aviv

We are living in the 21st century. In modern society, we are very lucky we don’t have to live the way gay people lived in the past — misunderstood, hated, rejected, broken, beaten up, discriminated. Half of the world have big gay movements which advanced the status […]

Life outside the kitchen: Mercato Hong Kong’s Chef Anthony Burd tells all

It was a Friday and at exactly 5 pm, we were at the foot of California Tower in the upscale Lan Kwai Fong, Central. The building houses different fine dining restaurants but we were going to visit a particular restaurant. As the elevator doors of the [...]

Flying to Israel from Dubai: a horrible airline, some misfortunes and heavy interrogations

This has been the longest 24 hours of my life. Dubai and Israel are neighbouring countries and for reasons that I haven’t researched yet, there are no direct flights between these 2 countries. In fact, flights to Israel from any part of the Middle East (except […]

I’m traveling the Middle East at a very strange time and everyone’s freaking out

“It’s so uncivilised.” “It’s not safe.” “It’s a death wish.” These are just some of the few remarks I got from the day I announced I am going to travel the Middle East. People are thinking I am crazy but this is what feels right at […]

Dear Hong Kong: you made me wanna

Dear Hong Kong, 14 beautiful days and I can’t believe how much you changed my life. You made me jump off the cliff without asking. You tested my blind faith. I wasn’t even sure about how I am willing to go that far but you did […]

Traveling Hong Kong at 18 vs rock ‘n roll Hong Kong at 28

Travel wasn’t affordable 10 years ago. For the same price, I had a chance to choose between two things: (1) a big traditional 18th birthday (Debut) with heavy pink dresses, bad smelling hair spray, a chance to introduce your teenage boyfriend to society, hundreds of visitors […]

Dear girls of the world: the time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel!

Dear girls of the world, The time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel! No, I’m not here to teach you how to make money to travel (although you can make a  good income by selling your stuff). I’m here to tell you that a […]

No visa? No problem! The journey to visa free countries for Filipinos continues

“Let’s get married so you’ll have a US passport. You don’t have to pay me. It’s on the house.” a friend volunteered. “No. That requires living with you. You’re too gay and you probably have more beauty products than I do. Plus, I don’t want to […]

I was refused a Spain and US visas in Manila. And it was a beautiful experience

A version of this appeared on Rappler: I was refused US, Europe visas in Manila, and it was a beautiful experience I am smiling as I am about to type this. I literally just arrived my parents' humble abode in Manila from my US visa interview. [...]

Should I move to Siargao?

Day 16 in Siargao, Philippines and I have not much negative to say about this island. Have you ever experienced falling in love with a place and find yourself saying, “I can live here.” I’m sure you have. I am also willing to bet you’ve said […]

Dear Sir: thank you for letting me travel for 3 months and still keep my job

You might be wondering: “is it possible to travel and still keep my job? That’s insane!” Apparently, it is. I’ve been writing about my friend’s story (Pamela) since February and if you have been following, you will know about this: how one girl tenaciously went after […]

Dear girls of the world: don’t let sexual harassment or cat calling stop you from doing anything

Dear girls of the world, I have been traveling to over 50 countries, most of them alone. During the way, I have been a victim of cat-calling more times than I am able to keep count of. You, as a solo female traveler will unfortunately experience […]

What a time to be alive in Siargao

My mother and her friends always told me about how evolved Millennial travelers are. During her time, she was not able to experience the world as much and it made her realise how lucky we are today. Now that traveling is more popular (and cheap), we have are […]

Today, I intentionally missed my flight to Manila and booked a ticket to Siargao

I’ve been here in Cebu since Monday for the new Mabuhay Miles Travel Card launch and this trip opened a lot of realisations for me. Cebu, actually. This place seemed like a city where I met a lot of dreamers who are clear with what they […]

Manila, I’m breaking up with you. It’s not me, it’s you

Being raised in the most organised Freeport Zone in the Philippines, I grew up with the beach easily reached, without horrible traffic and a kind of cheap, tax free lifestyle. In 2004, I moved to Manila for University and I was completely terrified but learned to love […]

In South America, I learned that the best days of my life haven’t happened yet

When I started this blog in South America, the goal was not to boast about places I’ve been to nor give tips on how to ‘tour’ a certain country. This blog used to be for my friends and family: to update them on what was going […]

I learned how to cut my own hair while traveling

I don’t know about you but I had a weekly (if not, monthly) beauty date when I was living a normal life back home. Like normal people, I had frequent visits to the salon to have my hair done, manicure, pedicure, foot spa, and all those girly […]

Guimaras Island, Philippines: Undoubtly the most beautiful destination wedding I have ever attended

I was supposed to fly to China last week for work but I backed out. Belle, my beautiful friend married the love of her life in Tatlong Pulo, Guimaras, the place where they met. Belle has been a big part of my life and is one [...]

An open letter to advertisers who don’t appreciate our hard work

bDear advertisers, partners, companies, etc. The moment I receive an e-mail from you and you don’t address me with my name, your message automatically goes to trash no matter which travel company you are representing. Isn’t this basic courtesy? To at least read something about me? […]

The day Rio de Janeiro told me “everything happens for a reason” is bullsh*t and real at the same time

Note: Names in this article was changed/not mentioned for various reasons. They are, however, truly residing in my heart and I will never forget how they helped shape the person I am today. I hear it a lot and when people say “everything happens for a reason,” […]

I spoke at my alma mater’s graduation and here’s my speech: you can be whoever you want to be

Last Friday (01 April), I spoke at my elementary school’s graduation and it was one of the happiest days of my life! I never imagined, not even in my wildest dreams that I will be invited to be a keynote speaker in any of my former […]

Dear girls of the world, love your country first before dreaming of leaving

Dear girls of the world (particularly you Filipinas!), Hailing from what is still considered a third world country and bred in the capital that best-selling author Dan Brown had coined “the gates of hell”, I too have had my fair share of struggles with patriotism. Though […]

Traveling and not quitting your job: Dear sir, I am going away for 3 months but please don’t fire me

It is not usually okay to just come up to your boss and say, “I am going away for a 3-month sabbatical. But I want to keep this job,” a friend of mine did it. Last month, she was really worried how her employer will react with […]

I found out that not all travel bloggers are actually happy with what they are doing

“Will you do something for me? Picture your life 30 years from now? What does it look like?” “There is no easy way. No matter what I do, someone gets hurt.” “Would you stop thinking what everyone wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he […]

Defining “the one that got away” when traveling

We’re back to this crossroad. For the past 2 years, I haven’t really written anything personal about love and relationships on the road because nothing’s happening in that department yet. But now is a good time. A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me […]

Happy pizza in Cambodia left me insane in the membrane: a high time in Siem Reap

First night in Siem Reap: I met up with some crazy friends which is the fruit of Tinder and Couchsurfing contacts. Most of us just arrived that same night so I felt the urge to gather everyone for dinner as I can transform into a real […]

Do it yourself Angkor Wat: forget the tour guides

2015 was a shocking year for me, mostly because of the abrupt trend of millennial travel. 20-something travelers flocked every touristic spots in the world and it’s the greatest number I have ever seen in the course of my years of traveling. Youngsters have been active […]

Dear girls of the world: The truth may hurt a while, but a lie hurts forever

Dear girls of the world, The truth may hurt a while, but a lie hurts forever; I’ve learned this the hard way. Not too long ago, I was living a lie myself. I majored in computer science in college and worked a corporate job as a […]

Please stop judging your friends who use Tinder when traveling

Note: Some names mentioned in this article were changed to respect their privacy. I recently finished a quick random trip in Cambodia to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Like any millennial traveler, the first thing Melissa (not her real name) did when we arrived the luxurious Shinta Mani […]

Why being lost at 25 is completely okay

3 years ago, I was 25 and was on my 5th year of traveling the world. Yeah, I was in another place all the time, hopping from one continent to another but I wasn’t completely convinced that I was okay with it. Everyone thought I already […]

6 reasons why you should move to Hawaii

Over the past 4 years I have travelled to Hawaii 7 times. Every time I visit, I learn something new about each place. I may discover something deep in the confines of a jungle, find myself at a completely deserted waterfall, or even a random shack […]

Dear girls of the world: say yes to traveling for love

Dear girls of the world, Book the ticket, go ahead. There’s a man, he asks you to follow him around the world, he asks you to leave things behind, to take a chance on him. You’re not sure. I understand, it’s a big risk. What if […]

Why travellers make the best employees

A version of this was published on the Huffington Post on 02 Feb 2016. Reader Question: Dear Trisha, today I woke up and said, “I can pull off a Trisha.” I was convincing myself that like you, I can also do a 6-mo to a year sabbatical […]

Girl Rising Film Showing in the Philippines

Dear friends, Sometime in 2013, I was walking in the souks of Marrakesh when a photograph caught my attention: a 15 year old girl was shot by the Taliban because she is fighting for girls to go to school in Pakistan. 15 years old. Shot by […]

Dear girls of the world: Let’s celebrate change, travel and women empowerment in India

Dear girls of the world, ‘Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ This is exactly how long it will take for you to press click and book your tickets to confirm the best decision of your life of traveling solo. Don’t worry as […]

Best trips 2016 according to travel bloggers

Who travels full time and gives you the best insights on being a local? Who experiences everything first hand and delivers it with authenticity? Who could tell a story in the most natural way? TRAVEL BLOGGERS. Everywhere I go, I see the most authentic travel bloggers ruling […]

2019 Update: Countries in Africa that are visa-free for Philippine passport holders

[us_message]This post was last updated on 29 April 2019 and will be updated every six months. Note that in the slug of this post, you will see that when this was originally published, there were only 19 in this list - now there are 23 visa-free [...]

Dear girls of the world: Start saying yes and stop closing the doors behind you

Dear girls of the world, Wait just one second before you close that door behind you. In the proverbial game show that is Life, you may never know what’s behind Door Number 2. Or Doors 1 and 3, for that matter. But I’m telling you, don’t […]

Best Travel Destinations for 2016

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? With this, new travel trends are coming and fantastic places are emerging. In today’s age of terrorism, travel will still thrive and I want you to know you shouldn’t postpone your travel plans because of this. Carry on, and […]

Dear girls of the world: Stand up to your circumstance

Dear girls of the world, I know you feel lost. I know you feel left out. I know you feel that some people benefit from “privilege” while others, like you, don’t. And maybe you’re right. Maybe the social, racial, and economic injustices of this world are […]

The harsh reality of going home after years of traveling the world: you are a completely different person

I was electrocuted by the warm hug from my sister who was there the moment I landed Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines on a rainy day on October 17, 2015. She did not change much and I was overwhelmed when she was there holding a […]

Dear girls of the world: Stop underselling yourselves

Dear girls of the world, Oh, I’m not good at directions… I’m really bad at math… I’ve never driven stick shift before… you do it. Girls are trained to be modest. We undersell ourselves, and often let men take the lead. I’ve seen the strongest, most adventurous […]

Student visa in Spain for Philippine passport holders

[us_message color="yellow"]This post was last updated on February 28, 2019.[/us_message] For years, Spain has been a student hub for many people who wants to improve their Spanish and also to see the beauty of Europe. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities I lived in [...]

Dear girls of the world: Don’t let limitations of others define what you can or cannot achieve

Dear girls of the world, If you’re anything like me, you’ve doubted yourself a time or two.  You’ve thought, “Can I really do this?”  “Am I wasting my time?”  “Am I good enough?” But the real question should be, where does this doubt stem from?  Do you […]

How to get a student visa in Italy for Philippine passport holders

[us_message color="yellow"]This post was last updated on February 28, 2019.[/us_message] Trisha's Notes: Recently, I received a lot of inquiries from readers asking about how I was able to obtain a student visa in Italy for Filipinos. It's been 4 years since I went to Italy to [...]

Is it safe to travel to Malawi?

Is it safe to travel Malawi? A lot of people are very hesitant to visit this beautiful country. Blinded? Here’s what you need to know about safety in Malawi! Malawi is found in South East Africa. It has a population over 16 million people and an […]

Why I don’t plan to visit every country in the world

Who’s counting? Are you? I am not. I don’t exactly know how many countries I’ve been to but I have great stories of my favourite places. As much as I wanted to collect stamps on my passport, I am more eager in collecting memories. I am […]

How to get a complimentary hotel stay as a Travel Blogger

See also: How to get a complimentary hotel stay as a travel blogger – 2017 Edition Blogging can be a really good tool in traveling for free. I've been here in Latin America for two years now and partnerships with hotels/hostels have helped me a lot. [...]

Dear girls of the world: Wherever you are from, you can travel the world

Dear girls of the world, Sometimes when you grow up you start to feel different. Your goals and dreams are different from the ones from your friends or your family. I grew up in Chile, South America; and my very first memories and goals in life were […]

Dear girls of the world: Express yourself by writing freely

Dear girls of the world, You’re sipping tea from your favourite mug. You’re blasting inspirational music. You’re writing feverishly, on an absolute roll. You aren’t aware of the time or any of your surroundings beside the words you are typing, flowing eloquently right before your very […]

Dear girls of the world: Travel alone and discover more about yourself

Dear girls of the world, A few weeks ago I was spending every morning watching the sunrise on the beach in Sri Lanka and afterwards having a cup of tea and a plate of fresh fruits. Every morning was the same but I was really happy […]

Dear girls of the world: Embrace change

Dear girls of the world, Change. Such a loaded concept for such a word with only six letters. It’s funny how those six letters can demolish the safety of ‘routine’ or the comfort of ‘familiar’. For the last two years my ‘familiar’ has been life in […]

Dear girls of the world: It’s okay to be lost

Dear girls of the world, I don’t mean lost as walking home drunk through a dark forest after a night out, because that probably wouldn’t be ideal. I’m talking lost as in not having an idea about what you want out of your life. If you’re […]

The truth about traveling that nobody talks about

I knew it would cost around $1,000 – $2,000 USD but I still opened my laptop and checked the flights. Bingo! Lima, Peru to Manila, Philippines = $1,200 USD, one-way. My mind and my heart were arguing and it was a big fight. A very ugly […]

Dear girls of the world: Traveling solo won’t prevent you from becoming a good couples traveler

Dear girls of the world, Being an independent, solo female traveler won’t prevent you from flourishing as a part of a traveling couple in the future. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fiercely independent. I went away to college, landed great jobs, and […]

15 Best Countries For Teaching English Abroad

Greetings, earthlings. I believe you read my article about the 5 Certificate Courses You Should Take To Finance a Life of Travel and one of the options is to teach English abroad. Today, we are going to talk about your best options. Tell me, where do you […]

Dear girls of the world: Face your fears ahead and you’ll have nothing left to fear

Dear girls of the world, I was hanging on to the metal wire for dear life, even though I was strapped in a safety harness I just didn’t feel safe. In my head I was thinking if I slipped off the moving boards below I would […]

Dear girls of the world: Come and find yourself in Australia!

Dear girls of the world, 13 months ago I came to Australia alone and heartbroken, and my experiences in this country have empowered and strengthened me beyond belief. It is not just Australia’s great wages and breath taking beauty (and wonderful people!) that have won my heart, but […]

The Many Times Latin America Treated Me Differently Just Because I Am A Woman

The more I stay here, the more I understand my feministic level of thinking. And I hate it. I hate that I have to be angry, to be uncomfortable, to be irritated. I hate that I have to argue, to debate on gender equality, to prove […]

Dear girls of the world: You don’t have to be rich to start a life of travel

Dear girls of the world, We’ve been far too conditioned to think that travel is too expensive and that it is only for the rich, upper-class, ‘lucky’, or pension-filled people. But no—that is definitely NOT the case. I was not rich when I started a life […]

Dear girls of the world: Be active in the pursuit of your dreams

Dear girls of the world, I was not always a traveler. In fact, for years and years before I finally made the leap, I was exceedingly passive in the pursuit of my dreams. Though I had always wanted to travel, as I shifted from childhood to adult-life, those […]

Dear girls of the world: Find your own travel personality

Dear girls of the world, A year and a half ago, I made my first long term travel plans. I started obsessively planning, saving money, and selling off all of my possessions. I also moved out of my own apartment and back in with family to […]

Can Travel Blogging Be Labeled As A Career?

Last night, one of the Germans I met at my hostel asked, “how the hell can you travel two years in South America without running out of cash?” “I’m a travel writer,” I responded followed by the repeated sentences I tell everyone on what I do […]

The hard times of my first six months in South America

“How did you it? How was it when you started?” TJ, a friend from the Philippines asked. I smiled and tried to remember the day I arrived South America. “Mighty scarce, sir. Mighty scarce. Something that can pass to be a telenovela piece.” This is not […]

Dear Mom, Thanks For Allowing Me To Travel The World

Dear Mom, Today, a reader from the Philippines sent me a very emotional e-mail. She said her mother won’t support her dreams of traveling the world; that her mother thinks traveling is a waste of time and money; that there is no future for her when […]

Dear girls of the world: Never let your boyfriend decide things for you

Dear girls of the world, Do you have dream? Is there a clear vision for how you’d like your life to be? Do you dream of going places, seeking new horizons? Can you put yourself in the picture of your dreams or are you feeling caught up in the […]

Abseiling: a must-do adrenaline activity in La Paz

“We are going to do what?” I told my friend from the Philippines who is traveling with me for the first time in South America. Whenever I am invited or asked to do some ‘adventure,’ I never said “no” even if I have no idea what [...]

Criolla horseback riding in Mendoza, Argentina

The adventure in Mendoza continues and the next lined up activity was Horseback Riding through the vineyards. I kept thinking how the f*%ck am I going to ride a horse if I ended up being drunk at the end of the trip? Good thing I didn’t. [...]

The Quarter Life: Traveling Changed The Way I Think About Being 25

When I was a little girl, I told myself, “I am going to be married at 25.” I also said I’m going to be a doctor living in a huge house and coming home to five children with my gorgeous future husband. At 20, I started […]

How to effectively learn Spanish if you are not in a Spanish speaking country

Reader question: Buenos dias, buenos tardes, buenas noches! I've been inspired by your journey the moment i read an article about you on Rappler and since then, i can't stop thinking of going to places and seeing things in a new perspective. Right now, i'm learning [...]

Dear girls of the world: Travel won’t affect your career

Dear girls of the world, We’re conditioned from a young age to believe that the rules of life mean we need to do well in school, gain a university/college degree, get straight A’s, and work hard to finally achieve that elusive career. And living in an […]

Why Travel Is The Answer To Unemployment Depression

Reader Question: Hi! I’m really curious about your lifestyle. I’m currently unemployed and I’m having a dilemma of looking for a job that would get me some good sum of money and/or for the sake of having a job. I don’t really know if I’m just […]

How I can afford a life of travel

[us_message color="green" icon="fa-lightbulb-o" closing="1"]Author's Note: The most recent version of how I can afford a life of travel is already available! Click here to read and see how much my life has changed in three years![/us_message] Since you already know what I was doing before I [...]

Before I ditched my job to travel the world, I was her

I was told by my writing mentors that, in order for your blog readers to understand what you write, what you do and who you are, they have to know where you came from and what lead you to decide to live the life you live […]

First week of teaching English in Argentina

Before arriving Cordoba, I’ve been told by the children’s mother that I should never speak Spanish with them for the duration of my stay. This should be fun. I haven’t spoken English since Brazil and I truly believe that I also needed practice after a long [...]

What I really think about Rosario, Argentina

What’s my basis of visiting a not so touristy city like Rosario? Friends. When I was in Ecuador, I met this hip woman called Paula who was staying in the hostel I was volunteering in. When I told her I am coming to Argentina in a [...]

How to get a yellow fever vaccine in Brazil for free

Do you really need a yellow fever vaccine certificate to enter Brazil? To be honest, I entered Brazil twice and I was never asked for this piece of paper. There are a lot of stories all over the internet saying different things and I’ve collected a […]

Dear girls of the world: The world belongs to you!

Dear girls of the world, Travel has been a part of me since before I was born (true story – I was carried in my mother’s womb from one continent to another). After I came into the world my parents bestowed this gift upon me as […]

Dear girls of the world: Never let visa applications stop you from traveling

Dear girls of the world, Long before Pinterest and Instagram, I’ve flipped travel magazines for hours, studied books and encyclopedias carving know more about all those amazing places around the world. When I was 6, I already knew I want to travel. Yet, growing up made me […]

How to get an Uruguayan Visa in Rio de Janeiro (Philippine Passport Holders)

My friends were like, “What?! You need a visa for Uruguay?!” I know right. I am back in the game — the game of chasing visas and this is one of the reasons for my recent travel burnout. After successfully paving the South American continent by [...]

How I Became Fluent In Spanish In Less Than A Year

I am being nostalgic for the language I haven’t spoken for a long time in the same manner that I am reminiscing the first few weeks that I was trying hard to speak Spanish. I laugh. It’s hilarious! It was so hard to remember the person […]

Dear girls of the world: Anything is possible

Dear girls of the world, I came very close to not travelling the world, very close to not travelling at all actually, and that’s because people told me it was impossible. And I believed them. I was born in the UK, I didn’t grow up in […]

Travel Burnout: I’m Sick Of Travelling

You read that right. I didn’t believe it at first but here I am, getting sick of the world. I heard a lot of stories from long-term travellers saying they’re really tired of travelling. This usually happens when you hit your first year mark and I […]

Dear girls of the world: Go on an adventure in the land of the dragons

Dear girls of the world, Please excuse my writing, but I urgently need to share my China experience with you as it can absolutely change your way of thinking and traveling. Well, it happened to me so it will certainly happen to you as well. Before [...]

Photo Gallery: The 2014 FIFA World Cup Experience

I grew up playing football and going to the World Cup has always been my dream. In 2010, me and my friends had a pact: “In four years, we are going to Brasil.” It’s a long time, to be honest and planning something like this with […]

Dear girls of the world: Never let fear decide your fate

Dear girls of the world, It’s okay to be afraid. In fact, in order to be brave, you must first become afraid. For true courage lies in the overcoming of fear, not in its absence. Two years ago I took a quick trip to Valparaiso to […]

Crossing borders: Peru to Bolivia by bus

After 51 days in Peru, I have yet to explore another neighboring country called Bolivia. I wasn’t expecting anything but only thinking of the cheap lifestyle ahead — the cheapest in South America ever. This time, I am traveling with friends. I met these beautiful friends [...]

Volunteer’s Dorm 101: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

We usually call it “staff dorm” because even if you’re just a volunteer, you will be placed in a fuzzy hole which rooms all the staff of the place you’re volunteering in. It’s always a different experience, you know. In Colombia, I had the cosiest bed […]

Dear girls of the world: Let me tell you three things

Dear girls of the world, The earliest memory I have is that sitting on a plane at the Warsaw airport, waiting for take-off to Bagdad. My mom, brother and I were traveling to see dad, who had an engineering job in Iraq. This was one of […]

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Be A Voluntour

Bartender in Paracas, Peru Volunteering has been one of the highlights of my Latin America journey and I wish to push through up until Mexico (if I can). This is where I learned most of my Spanish and in 10 months, I saved a lot of […]

Dear girls of the world: Your world is whatever you imagine it to be

Dear girls of the world, I was once in a position where I thought I had it all. I thought I had everything I wanted and knew exactly where I was going. I had my degree, a good job in Kuwait, a car, an apartment, my […]

7 Reflections From Travelling South America by bus

For the first time in my life, while on the bus to Peru from Ecuador, I finally felt I am participating in the world. The terrain, the beautiful mountains and the ocean made me not think that I will be on the bus for another 15 […]

The journey continues: Ecuador to Peru by bus

With all honesty, volunteering in Ecuador was the greatest experience I had in months. Of all the things I’d experience until then, this one was the most different. Even for just a short time (a month), I wasn’t treated differently. I was like family. With this, [...]

Dear girls of the world: Do not travel if…

Dear girls of the world, I hope you all are doing well and life is treating you better than ever! My name is Marysia and I’m a crazy Polish Girl behind My Travel Affairs Blog! I will not be getting into details of what I like and where […]

Dear girls of the world: This is how I learned to be a solo traveller

Dear girls of the world, We didn’t travel much when I was growing up. My family was not well off, and travel consisted only of the 4hour drive to visit my grandparents periodically. I spent hours pouring over our family atlas looking at the world and […]

Dear girls of the world: Just go and chase your dreams

Dear girls of the world, Let me introduce myself. I’m Zofia, I come from Warsaw and I currently live in Armenia (and I don’t count how many times in last 6 months I was asked where the heck is it and what am I doing there). […]

How to get a visa for Panama in Sao Paulo (Philippine Passport Holder)

I know what you’re thinking and you are probably judging me right now. I am still sticking to the plan of travelling to visa-free countries for Filipinos, however, the flight to the next destination is stopping in Panama for 22 hours. You wouldn’t want me to [...]

7 Reasons Why I Chose To Work Remotely

Happy (almost) five months on the road! I left home on 28 June 2013 to start my journey and it’s the best decision of my life. There were a lot of turn-arounds in my life and believe me, I’ve never felt this great. Recently, I have […]

A Letter to My 25 Year Old Self

Tangier, Morocco: Trying to hitch a ride to Portugal. All your birthday greetings are sincere, personal and made specially for me. It´s not just a simple “Happy birthday!” and I want to thank you for giving a second of your life, on the 20th of September […]

The Day I Left Home To Travel The World

Do you remember the drama in the airport in my post, The Filipino Way of Saying Goodbye? Today, it happened to me and struck me straight in the heart. I woke up today and found myself editing Martin’s farewell video. Nikolai enters the door saying, “Di ka pa bihis???” (You’re […]

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