Travel BloggerLauren Juliff of Neverendingfootsteps.com talks to Clement Dampal II about her travel adventures, experiences and sharing us her favorite destination in the Philippines. What will be her first impression to the country? Check this out!
1. Tell us something about yourself? Who you are? Where you came from? What's your travel style?
My name is Lauren and I'm a twenty-something girl from England who is travelling around the world forever. My travel style in primarily budget travel and backpacking.
2. How did you first get into the travel blogging industry?
I started my travel blog around 6 months before I was due to leave. I'd had a personal blog for quite some time before that so it seemed like a natural progression to begin a travel blog for my travels.
3. What do you love most about traveling?
I love meeting new people and experiencing different cultures around the world. I love the buzz I get when I arrive in a brand new country for the first time and can't wait to start exploring!
|Lauren at the Floating Restaurant of Loboc River, Bohol.|
I left England in July 2011 and so I've been travelling for over a year now. I first started my trip in Eastern Europe and spent a few months exploring the Balkans before moving onto East Asia. There, I visited China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong before heading to the Philippines! I spent the next six months exploring South East Asia and I'm currently travelling through Turkey and the Middle East.
5. We heard that you visited the Philippines. Is this your first time? So, how was your travel experience to this country?
Yes, it was my first time in the Philippines - and I absolutely loved it! I spent three weeks there last year and I left feeling like it was my favourite country in the world. I can't wait to return...
|Lauren riding the Motorcycle at Boracay Island.|
I visited Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan. My favourite place was Boracay - I met some really amazing people there and spent everyday sunbathing on White Beach and every night partying the night away. Lots of great memories :)
7. Give us at least top 5 of your favorite phrases in Filipino/Tagalog language?
Unfortunately, it's been over a year since my visit and I've forgotten the small amount of Filipino I picked up while I was there :(
8. How about the culture of the Filipinos? How was it compared to your own culture and tradition?
Filipinos and the British are very close to being complete opposites! However, I found the main difference to be that Filipinos are just a lot more open and friendly to foreigners and strangers - in England we are always a bit cautious of people we don't know.
|Lauren doing her pose with the Chocolate Hills background.|
Sunbathe on White Beach in Boracay
See the tarsiers in Bohol
See the chocolate hills in Bohol
Hire a boat for a day in Coron to explore the nearby islands
Learn how to scuba dive
10. Would you visit the Philippines again? Why?
Yes! I hope to return sometime in 2013 or 2014 :)
|At Coron, Palawan.|
My most memorable travel experience was probably arriving at Coron airport and feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere and having no idea where to go! Fortunately, I managed to find a minivan driver who was happy to take me to Coron town and what followed was a terrifying journey through a jungle, across creaking bridges and through slippery mud trails. My friend and I spent most of the journey screaming and clutching at each other. It was scary at the time, but now we look back at laugh at what a fun experience it was!
|No doubt! She really loves the beach of Coron, Palawan.|
Make sure you get out of Manila and see other parts of the country - go check out some of the world's best beaches, try snorkelling or diving in Palawan, visit the stunning rice terraces. And smile at everybody - Filipinos are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I've ever met :)
13. Lastly, share with us one photo souvenir that you really love and tell us the story behind that picture.
This is a photo from my island hopping trip in Coron. We'd spent ages trying to find a tour that would take us around for a decent price and were beginning to think we wouldn't be able to go - but fortunately, the owner of our hostel helped us out with finding a boat to rent and I'm so glad he did! It was so beautiful :)
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