Hi! I'm Irka from the Philippines, I grew up in a small fishing village 30 minutes away from Cebu City. I've always lives close to the beach and I can't live without it. I've been working in the Business Process Outsourcing industry for the past 6 years. taking a few months break in between to go backpacking. My destination of choice usually involves a beach or an island. I recently went on a four month backpacking trip with my boyfriend to some islands and beaches in southeast Asia.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
Thailand is my favorite country because it is rich in culture, the food is amazing, the people are friendly, and it is breathtakingly beautiful. I've visited the country 3 times and I usually stay for a month or so, but it is still not enough. Thailand is definitely one of my stops when I plan my next backpacking trip.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I would like to go to Pushkar in India, preferably during the Holy festival. Then there is Varanasi, Skeleton Coast, Easter Island, Burning man, Mongolia, and Seychelles.
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
Never travel without a bikini. It can also double as underwear or wear
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
There are places best traveled alone. But I've learned that it's better to have a friend or someone special to share the memories with.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I missed my dog the most. When I got home, he was the first one to greet me. He ran towards me and started licking my face. Haha
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
I've found Balinese people very friendly. My boyfriend and I have made very good friends with the locals in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceninggan. We were very fortunate to be invited to take part on a traditional Celebration with them. It was a very unique and spiritual experience that I will never forget. They treat you like you'll be friends for life. They still keep in touch with us even months after leaving Bali.
HOW TO TRAVEL ON BUDGET?
Booking flights months ahead saves a lot of money. For accommodation, we used Agoda to find cheap rooms. Or, just walk around and find a guesthouse. We try to save money on those so we can splurge on good food and drinks.
TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.