After hearing mixed reviews about the Philippines, we were a little apprehensive about coming here. After three weeks exploring just a fraction of these beautiful islands though we were hooked and fell in love with the spectacular mountains, rice terraces and beaches. When Typhoon Hiayan hit and devastated the islands a few months after we visited, we decided to return and volunteer on Leyte with All Hands to help clear the rubble so locals could re-build. It was one of the most humbling experiences we’ve ever had. Check out all our travel stories from the Philippines to find out why we fell in love with this incredible country.
After our exhausting trekking adventures in Banaue and Batad we were searching for somewhere to relax for a few days before leaving the Philippines. Luckily, we found the perfect place in the peaceful mountain town of Sagada; in fact, we loved it so much we didn’t want to leave – here’s why.
Ever heard the saying: Nothing worth doing is ever easy? Well, we’ve certainly learnt the truth of this sentiment since we’ve been travelling. As I noted in our six-month travel update, none of the most memorable experiences I’ve had so far on this trip have been easy; they’ve all been physically, mentally or logistically tough and have pushed me well out of my comfort zone. Our trip to Batad in the Philippines was another travel experience that drove me to my absolute limits but in doing so, I achieved a kind of strength I never knew I possessed.