Traveling is not only having amazing experiences and wonderful memories.

For me, it opens doors so I can see that there’s so much more beyond the world I thought I already know.

It breaks barriers so I can learn to understand other cultures that are different from mine.

It boosts my learning curve about our society and gives way to making friends with fantastic people from different backgrounds.

I want to have more of it that’s why I keep moving, and I hope to see some of you along the way!

Maine’s Travel Chronincles

Bolivia Uyuni Day 3: Chile from Afar and The Llama Sanctuary
A Long Stretch Back to Uyuni After using and abusing my body with sleepless nights, impromptu hikes, all-day activities, and juggling with altitudes, time zones, and temperature, it finally decided to take its revenge on the third day of Uyuni tour. After barely having a night rest, at 4,500 meters above sea level and -15...
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Bolivia Uyuni Day 2: Andean Lagoons, Desert Foxes and Flamingos
What better way to start a day than a good breakfast and lively conversations with a group of people from diverse backgrounds almost unanimously hating on cilantro 🙂 We ended up talking about the types of herbs we didn’t like which seemed to trigger our local guide. I guess for him we probably looked like...
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Mother Nature Must’ve Spent a Little More Time in Bolivia
At 4,000 meters above sea level, we vulnerable humans are at disadvantage, and so as most living creatures thriving in the lowlands. This makes the road trip across the Bolivian peaks feel like an adventure in another realm. I can’t remember how many times I played with the thought that this must be how it’s...
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South America: Our Fantastic Itinerary That I Wouldn’t Dare to Recommend
17 days, 7 flights, 5 night buses, 3 countries, 2 women, 1 continent. WTF were we thinking?! I can explain. You see, somewhere in South America is the antipode of The Philippines where I was born, raised and grew my horns. So if you dig a hole in Manila that passes through the Earth’s core,...
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A Perfect Day in Giethoorn
  Expectations are almost always different from reality. It applies to nearly every aspect of life, especially during travels. I love fantasizing about the places I’m going to, months before the actual date of departure. I usually spend hours and hours wandering around the spots in my itinerary without moving away from my doorstep. My...
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Maximize and Goodbyes: Tot Ziens, Philippines!
So how would you feel if you’ve learned that you have three months to live — in your home country? Relief. Ecstatic. Panic. I started listing all the things* I will miss! Spontaneous weekends with tantanmen ramen, movie theater evenings with sour cream double butter popcorn, salted caramel ice cream, double cheese milkshake, walnut crumble apple...
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4 Places in Sagada I’ll Never Ever Forget
“Happiness only real when shared” – Christopher McCandless Indeed. More so if you’re sharing that happiness with a group of jolliest people in one of the most beautiful places you know. I invite myself into a package tour (haha) as I really want to visit Sagada. No regrets. Why? Then continue reading this. 1. MARLBORO...
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Japan Visa for Freelancers – How to Apply
If you’re a freelancer and planning to visit Japan soon, it may be comforting to know that your requirements and chances aren’t really that different from an employed visa applicant. Although the news about visa-free pass to Japan that circulated few years ago wasn’t true, the Japanese government did announce that they were relaxing their...
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10 Ways to Explore and Capture Stunning Images of Tokyo for Free
If you think traveling to Japan is expensive, you are absolutely right. But can a backpacker on a tight budget hack the average travel spending in Tokyo? The answer is YES! Tokyo is one of my favourite cities. It’s a vibrant metropolis packed with hundreds of things to do for travelers and locals ranging from...
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