As a travel writer, I normally receive random messages from readers. And one of them is from Matej – a traveller from Slovakia. He shared how he enjoyed his 2-week travel in the Philippines, with his wife Jana. The couple loves going to new places, doing something fun and adventurous and meeting new people. So far, they have been to Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and few other countries in South East Asia. I used the opportunity to interview Matej about their trip in the country because as a traveller myself, I like to see Philippines through the eyes of foreign travellers.
What made you choose Philippines?
We were drawn to Philippines because I had seen so many beautiful pictures of the landscape and we did some reading about this country so we were really excited and decided to visit the Philippines as our next destination.
If you’re going to promote one place in the Philippines, which one is it? And why?
Philippines offers a wonderful mix of pristine white-sand beaches, beautiful landscapes etc and for us isnt easy to say which island is the best because we spent there only 2 weeks.
But for everyone who want to visit the Philippines, visit Palawan. An absolute highlight is El Nido. El Nido is not just a tropical beach paradise, it’s a place like no other. With breathtaking views of nature and friendly outgoing locals.
Your travel tips for foreigners who would like to visit Philippines.
In our opinion, Philippines is a relatively undiscovered travel destination. There are too many places to see but it’s impossible to do in 14 days. We have visited Palawan, Boracay, Bohol and Panglao.
We had only one “negative” experience during our trip. Public transport and flight schedules are notoriously unreliable. They changed our flight time 3 times. Friendliest people we’ve met during our travels across Asia were in Philippines.They are very friendly, extremely welcoming and over 90% of Filipinos speak English. So establishing contact with locals is the best way, how to stay on budget while on a trip to Philippines.
What were your expectations before you came here (Philippines)?
We didn’t think a lot and we didnt expect anything .We wanted to wait to be surprised, and see what would happen, and take it as it is.
And where do you think Philippines can improve more when it comes to attracting more foreign visitors?
Peace and order situation in southern part of Philippines is one of them.
I see that you travel with your partner/ wife, what do you think is the best thing about travelling with partner?
It’s simple. Some people prefer travelling alone because they want more freedom but if you travel with partner/friend there is always someone to talk to. Happiness is doubled when is shared.
Your video is absolutely amazing, what is your favorite part while doing/ taking videos? And any challenges?
I like everything from filming to editing. I’d classify myself as an amateur film-maker. I just bought my first camera last year so I still must learn a lot how to do.
Capturing photos and videos can be a great way of keeping the memories of your travels intact and a great way to tell your story.
As a traveller, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while travelling in the Philippines?
Traveling gives you a new perspective that’s different from just reading about it.
We met a lot of poor people with smile on their face even when their life isnt easy. It may sound cliche but the purpose of life is to live in joy and through love.
Everything else is just a means to that end.
If you want to see more from Matej and Jana’s trip, watch their awesome video below or check out their vimeo channel here!