Iceland Calling: 12 Stunning Stopovers in the Land of Fire and Ice

Kirkjufell northern lights
Kirkjufell northern lights

Iceland: the name alone conjures a landscape far removed from the tropics.  It sounds paradoxical but a destination named Iceland has become one of the hottest destinations on the planet.  Sparsely populated, hauntingly beautiful if not otherworldly, Iceland has captured the imagination of travelers from across the globe, including Filipinos who have been increasingly curious as to why local places such as Batanes have invited comparisons with the landscapes of faraway places such as Iceland and Ireland.   It’s not exactly cheap or easy to go to, but there is flight information about Iceland available.  Keflavik International Airport which is 30 minutes away from Reykjavik, the country’s capital, is the landing site for all international flights.  From here, tourists can take a domestic connection to any of the incredible sights and sites that await including these 10 stunning stopovers you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Iceland.

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Wiped Out at Subic Bay Inflatable Island

Flying high from the human launcher
Flying high from the human launcher

I’m a long time fan of the TV game show Wipeout. It’s one of those shows that simply makes you laugh when contestants get wiped out off the obstacle course. The harsher the better. I’ve always imagined what’s its like to run that course. When I’ve heard of the Inflatable Island in Subic, I thought this would be a cool playground. It’s not Wipeout levels but there are obstacle course that would be a fun challenge for key attractions on the largest floating playground in Asia.

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Stay | Snazzy Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast

Savoy Hotel facade in the evening
Savoy Hotel facade in the evening

There’s a whole new different world in Boracay and they call it the Boracay Newcoast. This 150-hectare township is being groomed for upscale development. Amid the hilly greens, wide open roads and quiet white beach coves is the stylish Savoy Hotel. The six-story 559-room hotel has a distinctive modern and dynamic architecture.

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Thank You 2017: A Year of Steady Travel

Thankful for the steady stream of travel in 2017
Thankful for the steady stream of travel in 2017

2017 in travel was on the mild side. As much as I want to travel more, domestic and legal responsibilities held me back. Yes, there is another life for a travel blogger like me. The only major travel I did was my trip to Thailand and even then, I was searching for direction. Delving into other interest aside from my photography and writing. The travel landscape has changed drastically the past few years. So many content creators have emerged and I must admit I find many of them to be really good. Honestly, at the back of my head, I felt I’m being left behind already. But looking on another perspective, I already spent quite a good time in my years in travel blogging and I don’t mind letting others get the chance on the spotlight. This also lifts away any pressure on my part to produce content social-media wants or dictates but just create for the sake of my passion and interest. Whether people would bite on it or not, it doesn’t matter anymore for me. Just doing it for the enjoyment. Besides, there is life beyond travel blogging and social media.

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Advice for Those Traveling to Zika Infected Countries

Singapore, one of the zika infected countries currently controlling the spread
Singapore, one of the zika infected countries currently controlling the spread

It has been a year since the first report of a Zika virus outbreak and concerns surrounding the threat are still in the air. Countries such as Brazil and Singapore are still in the process of limiting the spread of Zika. Steps to prevent another outbreak of serious cases of Zika are being taken in various other countries.

If you are traveling to Zika infected countries, taking extra precautions is still a necessary thing to do. While there are no more outbreaks to worry about, the spread of Zika virus is still happening around the world. To help you prepare better, here is some advice you need to know about traveling to Zika infected countries.

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Tawi-tawi | Transformation of Bud Bongao Eco-Tourism Park

At one of the peaks of Bud Bongao
At one of the peaks of Bud Bongao

You could tell if a destination is gaining ground in terms of tourism when their infrastructure starts improving. During my recent visit to Tawi-tawi, I was able to climb Bud Bongao again. I certainly noticed a new building, paved stairways and other pleasing developments. It was eight years ago when I last climbed Bud Bongao. A time when there still a heavy stigma hovering over the province. But now that stigma is slowly lifting. People are learning that Bongao, Tawi-tawi is relatively safe which resulted to a three-fold increase in tourism arrivals just this year, 2017. At the forefront of the province’s tourism project is the Bud Bongao Eco-Tourism Park. A 342-meter high sacred mountain with an imposing presence at the center of the island.

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Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai: Inked the Easy Way

Gao Yord Sak Yant
Gao Yord Sak Yant

“What is your intention?” The staff from Sak Yant Chiang Mai asked me while deciding on the tattoo design I would have. After spending 4 days of doing yoga at Suan Sati, I wasn’t expecting to hear that question which also usually starts a yoga session. But it does makes sense. Tattoos are something that’s contemplated upon. It’s a permanent mark on the skin. So for me it should have meaning. One thing I do know for sure, I will get a traditional Sak Yant tattoo on this visit to Thailand.

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