“Pearl of the Orient”, the country where most backpackers swinging through the banana pancake trail don’t usually consider on visiting. Why? Maybe because it’s geographically out of the loop and not part of the established South East Asian trail. But, I certainly think future travelers should reconsider. And not just settle on a “maybe” kind…

In addition to having internationally acclaimed beaches, a hospitable english-speaking population, and a very affordable cost of living, the Philippines also has one of the most traveller friendly tourist visas in the world. It’s possible to stay in the country long term on a tourist visa without needing to buy an international flight for a visa run.…