Hello! I’m JourneyingJames, an adventurer, backpacker and runner and newbie surfer. I’ve been traveling the Philippines and Southeast Asia since 2003 mostly on a budget. This is my way of encouraging fellow Filipinos to discover the beauty of our own country even with minimal resources.
I am blessed to have multiple TV appearances: GMA7 Summer Special, GMA News To Go, ABS-CBN News Channel Interview, TV 5, TV Patrol Southern Tagalog, TV Patrol Davao, Living Asia Channel and Net 25 Homepage. I was featured on Manila Bulletin’s Lifestyle page and did a couple Radio Guestings.
Through this site, I want to share with you my travel discoveries, cultural experiences, strange encounters, and food trips on a low budget as I journey around the Philippines and beyond.
I just finished the most epic travel challenge in the Philippines “100 Days of Backpacking the Philippines the Cheapest Way Possible” which I started last February 1, 2012. Soon I will be publishing a book about it and a short documentary film, watch out for that!
So, get your backpack and join me in this exciting adventure!
Btw, I accept travel writing assignments and commissioned travel works.
Here are some of the crazy stuffs I did experience while traveling:
- Swam with deadly sharks at Coron, Palawan
- Jump on a lot of waterfalls as high as 40ft.
- Hitch-hiked from Boracay to Batangas
- Learn to surf by myself at Siargao
- Slept on an uninhabited island in Palawan (thrice)
- Survived a week at Kuala Lumpur after being held-up of my travel money
- Backpack Western Visayas for 14 days with Php250/day budget all-in
- Ran a marathon (42.195 kilometers)
- Hitch-hiked around Camiguin Island
- Climbed to the top of the Sunken Cemetery’s Cross Marker, Camiguin
- Toured Batanes for FREE!
- Traveled from GenSantos City to Butuan for 16 days for less than Php6,000 all-in
- Backpacked the Philippines for 100 days, non-stop, the cheapest way possible
If you need some help with your travel planning, I might be able to help you out- for free of course or you can buy me a cup of coffee . Feel free to contact me. (Note: I will just help you out; not give you an itinerary. So write me with your well-researched and planned itinerary.)
You can also check out my sports blog: ON A SHOESTRING.