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.
Ever since we left the Philippines it has been haunting us; we just can’t shake the nagging feeling that we have unfinished business there - that we simply left too soon. We may have only spent three short weeks there but the wildness and the beauty of this incredible country, the challenges it presented us with and the adventures we had there have stuck with us in a big way. Of all the countries we’ve visited so far, I find the urge to return to the Philippines is the strongest – but why?