Sleeping in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Coming from an all-day trip to Jericho and Bethlehem, crossing from Bethlehem to Jerusalem with all our luggage, and then doing a 5-hour overnight bus from Jerusalem to Eilat to cross to the border of Jordan in Aqaba, one would think we would yield to Read More …

Tips When Traveling Across Europe by Train (*GUEST POST*)

My friend Levi has just returned from her 2-month (!!!) European backpacking trip, and was generous enough to share the things she learned about traveling across Europe by train! Read up on her very useful tips, and then head over to her site if you Read More …

CAPPADOCIA TRAVEL GUIDE: How to Go, Where to Stay, What to See & Do

HOW TO GO TO CAPPADOCIA By Plane Choose between Kayseri and Nevsehir Airports. Three options for airlines: Pegasus Airlines Sun Express Turkish Airlines Ask your hotel to book a shuttle to pick you up from the airport. By Bus Unless it’s the holidays, it usually Read More …

Of Fairy Chimneys and Hot Air Balloons (Cappadocia, Turkey)

There is little else in this world that could take all the enervation from a 12-hour overnight bus journey away in an instant than Cappadocia (pronounced Kapadosha outside Turkey, or Kapadokya locally); or more specifically, Göreme, probably the most famous town in the Cappadocian region. Read More …

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Turkey

With all that has been happening recently concerning some terrorist groups claiming to be Muslims – the Charlie Hebdo incident and the subsequent supermarket attack in Paris, bombings in Iraq and Syria, looting and destruction of historical sites in Iraq, Christian beheadings in Libya, and Read More …

Pamukkale: Turkey’s Cotton Castle

Pamukkale Entrance for Travertines and Hierapolis Ruins: TL 25 Use of Antique Pool: TL 32 Bus from Selçuk: TL 30, 3 hours White travertine pools all around, lush green landscape below, snow-capped mountains behind; and as if all these weren’t enough, Roman ruins on top! Read More …

House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey

Meryem Ana Evi Entrance: TL 20 Opening Hours: Nov to Feb – 8AM to 5PM; Mar & Oct – 730AM to 6PM; rest of the year – 730AM to 7PM Mass: Nov to Feb – 5PM; Mar to Oct – 6PM; additional English mass at Read More …

Turkey e-Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Normally, a Philippine passport-holder would need to apply for a visa at the Turkish embassy in Manila the usual way: fill out an application form, provide required documents, personally apply at the embassy, and wait for a few days/weeks for release. The good news is, Read More …

Swimming with Sea Turtles in Apo Island

Apo Island Small boat (up to 4pax): Php2,000 Big boat (up to 8pax): Php3,000 Environmental Fee: Php100/pax Snorkeling gear: Php100/pax Life vest: Php100/pax Guide (required): Php300/group Apo Island. Is that in Occidental Mindoro? Nope! That’s Apo Reef. In Davao? Nope. There is a Mount Apo Read More …

Coco Grove Groovin’

Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort, Siquijor www.cocogrovebeachresort.com reservations@cocotravelsafaris.com +6335 225 5490 Once upon a time, there was a woman known as Maria. She hailed from Cebu, but uprooted herself and transferred to Siquijor where she started her healing practice and became known as the Read More …