#travel-essentials
A Year as a Digital Nomad: The Things I Miss & Do Not Miss Working in an Office

A Year as a Digital Nomad: The Things I Miss & Do Not Miss Working in an Office

It's been over a year since I started my digital nomad journey. It took me years to decide and finally submitted that resignation paper. For over 10 years, I worked in an office. It was a difficult decision to leave as it was my sense of identity and my stability. But the dream of traveling the world without worrying about limited vacation time was

Why Travel Alone? Thoughts About Solo Female Traveling 10 Years Later

Why Travel Alone? Thoughts About Solo Female Traveling 10 Years Later

A disclaimer before anything else. I'm no longer a solo traveler as I found my other half while traveling and we prefer to travel as a couple now. This write up was from my very first blog reinforest.wordpress.com from over 10 years ago. Back then solo female traveling was unusual especially for Filipinos who like traveling as a group.  While I'm n

How to Quit Your 9 to 5 Job  to Become a Digital Nomad | 9 Things to Do Before You Go

How to Quit Your 9 to 5 Job to Become a Digital Nomad | 9 Things to Do Before You Go

Friday, January 15, 2021 11 min read

I published this while it's not advisable to travel yet. It may not be a good time to be a digital nomad but it's definitely the best time to prepare if you want to become one. Most digital nomads I met are from rich countries and this is still an uncommon path for us, Filipinos. But I'm here to tell you that it is doable for us. One of the most di

SafetyWing Review: Why it’s the Best International Travel Medical Insurance for Filipinos

SafetyWing Review: Why it’s the Best International Travel Medical Insurance for Filipinos

We, Filipinos, have a weak passport, we can get offloaded when an immigration officer decides to. We have local banks that charges exorbitant fees for international transactions. I can put up with these during my travels but I can’t risk leaving the country without an insurance. Before I started my long term and indefinite trip, I thoroughly resear

Avoid Getting Offloaded 2020 | Tips to Pass Philippine Immigration During the Pandemic

Avoid Getting Offloaded 2020 | Tips to Pass Philippine Immigration During the Pandemic

 This blog is an updated guide based on my recent experience with Philippine Immigration. Non-essential travel was allowed late October 2020 but Philippine Immigration remains very strict. Sadly, I still see several stories of people getting offloaded by our Immigration Officers. I have a separate post on tips on passing the Philippine Immigration

Germany Visa Application Cover Letter Template

Germany Visa Application Cover Letter Template

<Date> Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 25/F Tower II, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave 1200 Makati City, Metro Manila Subject: Visit Visa Application for Unmarried Couple Dear Madam/ Sir, 1st paragraph: Introduce yourself (provide full name as written in passport), purpose of letter, name of partner, requested number of days with dates,

Earn 6% Interest on your BTC through BlockFi: How to Register, Review & Referral Code

Earn 6% Interest on your BTC through BlockFi: How to Register, Review & Referral Code

What is BlockFi? BlockFi is a platform where you earn interest by lending your BTC, other cryptocurrencies, even gold and US dollars. I know there's a lot of sketchy platforms in the crypto space but we have tried and tested BlockFi, it's one of the few crypto lending platforms that we trust. It is backed by the Winklevoss twins (most would be fami

Tips to Get a Schengen Visa for First Timers with No Strong Ties | Germany - Unmarried Couple VV

Tips to Get a Schengen Visa for First Timers with No Strong Ties | Germany - Unmarried Couple VV

The visit visa which I applied for is for Unmarried Couples which is a new visa category in response to the Love is Not Tourism campaign. This made it possible for binational couples with a German partner to reunite with them in their country despite the travel restrictions. My Profile: First time Schengen Applicant, No Strong Ties, Newbie Freelan

Wise 2021: Why Filipino Travelers & OFWs should open a borderless account to save money

Wise 2021: Why Filipino Travelers & OFWs should open a borderless account to save money

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 11 min read

 Update: TransferWise has renamed its company to Wise.   Sending money abroad, remittance and even withdrawing money abroad using our Philippine local bank costs a lot! Thankfully, revolutionary FinTech companies like Wise [formerly TransferWise] is changing the game. This gives us, Filipinos, easy access to USD, EUR and other major currencies. Thi

New Delhi Travel Scam: Why I almost wanted to leave India

New Delhi Travel Scam: Why I almost wanted to leave India

Scam: Delhi is shutdown due to the election We took the a flight from Bangkok and arrived at the Delhi International Airport. From there, it was a breeze to take the metro to New Delhi and it only costs Rs. 50 for the ride. As soon as we got out of the airport, it was a struggle getting a ride to our guesthouse. Only auto rickshaws and rickshaws

Tips to Avoid Getting Offloaded by Philippine Immigration (For Solo Female Travelers)

Tips to Avoid Getting Offloaded by Philippine Immigration (For Solo Female Travelers)

Friday, January 31, 2020 10 min read

The Philippine Immigration is infamous for offloading Filipino passengers for various reasons. I can't really blame them, however, they have offloaded legit travelers for trying to prevent illegal activities. First of all, some Filipinos have been notorious in traveling to look for work illegally abroad. Second, human trafficking is still prevalent

How I Got a Multiple Entry US B1/B2 Visa: Tips for Filipinos and Interview Questions

How I Got a Multiple Entry US B1/B2 Visa: Tips for Filipinos and Interview Questions

A lot of people has been asking me how I got a multiple entry tourist visa to the US. For someone like me with no strong ties to the Philippines, I was worried I'd get denied. To my surprise, I got a multiple entry visa valid for 10 years!I travel a lot and have no intentions to overstay in any country. I want a clean passport record but these we