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8 Local Travel Bloggers You Should Check Out

Written by Frances Nito & Marielle Barraza

As a small and budding travel blog, Team Aisela is always on the lookout for other amazing and well-seasoned travel blogs to serve as our inspiration. After all, writing travel blogs is no easy feat. Out of all the travel blogs we’ve seen and combed through, here are the top six that caught our attention the best:

Discover MNL

When people think of travel blogs, they immediately think of out-of-town destinations and province hopping. But not Discover MNL. Discover MNL’s travel blog mainly focuses on food, culture, and hidden gems scattered throughout Metro Manila and beyond.

Founded by Lucky Alabado, Discover MNL aims to “help support local craft and talent as well as showcase just what the Philippines is all about in terms of travel, culture, and hospitality.” She’s also been working with her partner, Walter Siy, who has been a great contributor to Discover MNL’s content. What a perfect combination, right?

See more about Discover MNL here: http://www.discovermnl.com/ 

I am Aileen

At 21, Aileen Adalid quit her corporate job in the Philippines to pursue her dreams of traveling the world and build her own business. Today she is now a successful digital nomad (online entrepreneur, solo female travel blogger and vlogger) who has traveled all 7 continents! We rarely hear about and meet people who have seen all 7 continents and that’s one of the reasons why you should check out Aileen’s page!

She aims to show everyone that it is absolutely possible to create a life of travel no matter the odds, and she will help you achieve that as she shares her comprehensive (super detailed!!) travel guides, adventures, resources, tips, and more in her blog. 

Read more about Aileen’s guides and tips here: https://iamaileen.com/

The Poor Traveler 

Founded by Vins Carlos and Yosh Dimen, The Poor Traveler offers free travel guides to help travelers all over the world to make smart and budgeted traveling decisions.

The blog is a combination of Vins and Yosh’s anecdotes about their own hilarious misadventures and free travel guides and tips. Traveling is no perfect hobby but definitely worth it. 

See more about them here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/

The Pinay Solo Backpacker

Last 2012, Gael Hilotin decided to quit her job to travel around the Philippines for 7 long months. Thus, the Pinay Solo Backpacker was born. Through her blog, she aims to inspire her readers to explore the Philippines and the world as well as empower Filipinas through travel. A lot of people, most especially women, are afraid of traveling solo and because of Gael’s blog we believe that she had influenced a lot of individuals to go solo and travel the Philippines. Truly an inspiring woman!

The Pinay Solo Backpacker blog is complete with travel destinations, travel guides, visa guides, budget stays, and DIY itineraries all over the Philippines as well as international destinations. 

See more here: https://www.thepinaysolobackpacker.com/ 

Lakwatsero

Founder of Lakwatsero, Angel Juarez, is a backpacker, adventure seeker, son of a beach, hobbyist photographer, scuba diver, aspiring marine conservation biologist, environment advocate, runner, mountain biker, budget traveler, seasonal mountaineer and newbie surfer. We know what you’re thinking, “he’s been living his life to the fullest!” and we agree with you! This is a sign for you that nothing is impossible as long as you pursue what you really, really want. 

He started chasing sunsets, waterfalls, lighthouses and extreme adventures as soon as he finished college. He dreamed of documenting and sharing his adventures to the world; thus, he created his travel blog which is complete with travel guides and cultural spots. 

Know more about her and all her travels here: https://www.lakwatsero.com/

The Solitary Wanderer

Aleah Taboclaon, founder of The Solitary Wanderer, is a professional writer, editor, and certified digital nomad.

Her blog is a mix of Philippine and international destinations as well as guides and tips on extreme adventures, itineraries, reviews, solo travel tips, solo travel city guides and visa guides among many others. If you want to know more about unrevealed facts of destinations, you should definitely visit her blog.

See more here: https://www.solitarywanderer.com/

Explore with Chelo

Challe and Jelo, who have been together for almost 11 years now, started their page Explore with Chelo! As a couple, they prioritize exploring off-the-beaten paths in the Philippines which makes them unique and fun to work with. A couple who loves to discover unseen places, tries out new food cuisines, looks forward to exciting adventures, and shares their life and travel hacks!

Their page is really useful and relevant, we assure you!

Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ExploreWithCheloPH

Sun-kissed Somewhere

Last but definitely not the least, our travel ambassador, Ayn Bernos, also has her own blog called Sun-kissed Somewhere! Currently, she’s been focusing more on vlogging, doing her podcast, and empowering women through her brand called Morena the Label.

Her blog is worth the read because of her personal approach in her discoveries of different Philippine destinations, as well as her personal experience how she moved to Spain, and why came back home here in the Philippines.

Read more about this inspirational woman here: https://www.sunkissedsomewhere.com/

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To our Aisela Community,

It is a well-known fact that the travel industry is far from stability in these trying times. As much as we tried to roll with the punches, it is still inevitable for us to pause and reassess our situation. In this regard, Team Aisela will be taking a temporary break as a Travel Company. We are overwhelmed with everyone’s support and we cannot thank you all enough for sticking with us through thick and think.

For those who are still waiting for their refunds and rebooking, don’t worry! We are still working on it and we will keep you updated from time to time. 

We remain as your trusted travel partner and until we can fully function again with the whole travel industry, we hope for your kind understanding.

Sincerely,

Team Aisela 

(Marielle, Trixie, Ces, Mark)

Snap and Shoot: Tips on How to Take the Best Photos on Your Next Travel 2.0

*Questions answered by the DiscoverMNL Team

Lucky and Waltz of Discover MNL also answers some of the most asked questions related to travel photography composition such as:

1) What are the best editing apps?

-Lightroom for desktop and Lightroom, VSCO, Snapseed for mobile phone

2) When is “too much” when it comes to editing?

-When areas of your photos appear to be “sunog” or overexposed. Make sure, in coloring your photos, that you don’t lose necessary details in the photo and mind your skin tones. Let’s not create orange people!

3) What is the recommended lens for landscape photography?

-XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

4) What is the best lens to bring when travelling that can-do landscape and some portraits?

-XF 16 MM F1.4 WR and XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM OIS

5) Any advice for taking food photos?

-If possible, shoot with natural light. Use custom white balance. In case of uneven lighting, fill in shadows using a reflector, or any white surface available. Our go-to lens is XF 35 MM F1.4 R and XF 80 MM (macro) for less distortions and more sharp and detailed food shots. In editing, enhance the colors, but keep them as close as possible to the actual color of the food.

6) Any tips for beginners?

-Don’t overthink! Shoot until you discover what fits your personality best. You don’t always have to know everything from the beginning, have fun learning as you go.

Visit their Instagram and Facebook pages as well:

www.discovermnl.com

www.facebook.com/discovermnl

instagram.com/discovermnl

The DiscoverMNL Team photography tips in the link below! Learn from the one of the best!

Snap and Shoot: Tips On How To Take The Best Photos On Your Next Travel

Remember that practice and progression are key to get that perfect travel photo of yours! If you have questions about photography and travel, follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated. 

Snap and shoot: Tips On How To Take The Best Photos On Your Next Travel

In Partnership with DiscoverMNL
(content from Lucky Alabado & Waltz Siy)
Written by Frances Nito

A good photo is just as significant in every travel as the trip itself. It serves as both memorabilia and souvenir that we love sharing to everybody. Now that the “ber” months are here, we missed travelling and curating personalized itineraries for you more than ever.

Even though we are all cooped up at home, now is actually the perfect time to brush up on your photography skills (yes, even at home!) so that when we can #TravelTomorrow, you’re ready to snap and shoot at any given moment!

DIscoverMNL has been one of our trusted partners not only in traveling but also in taking photos. Learn more from the DiscoverMNL team by reading the whole blog!

The most basic tip in travel photography is to do your assignment! Research about the place before your trip so you have an idea on how it looks like. This entails:

-Searching for the location you’re going to get an initial idea of how the place looks like

-Finding pegs you want your subject or photo to look like

-Reading books or blogs about the place to get a feel of the place

-Watching videos from local tourism sites or vlogs from travelers who visited the place

After you’ve done your pre-travel assignment, check out below the 12 travel photography composition ideas created by Lucky and Waltz of Discover MNL in partnership with Fujifilm:

Photo by: Trixie Segundo

Capture it raw. Don’t overthink it and have fun shooting candid, spur of the moment photos.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM IOS

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Capture a feeling.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM IOS

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Go small. Place your subject at the far end of your shot and play with scale and framing.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Marielle Barraza

Go out of focus. Add drama with out of focus shots and blurred out foregrounds.

Best lens to use: XF 35 MM F1.4 R

Dreamy long exposures. Create dreamy, creamy long exposure shots of light and motion.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Add motion. Freeze a moment in time.

Camera settings:

Set to continuous mode

Select wide/tracking AF mode

Choosing a shutter speed of at least 1/500 to freeze the moment

Experiment with your shutter speed

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Change your perspective. Go for unconventional angles, heights, and distances.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Leo Segundo

Lead the way. Master the art of leading lines and incorporate symmetry and patterns to your shots.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Match your palette. Come up with interesting shots via color coordination.

Best lens to use: XF 16 MM F1.4 R WR

Photo by: Trixie Segundo

Reflect. Keep an eye out for puddles, glass, mirrors, and other reflective things that can make your shot more interesting.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Photo by: Leo Segundo

Play with lights and shadows. Add drama, suspense, and a sense of mystery to your photos. Slowly reveal a moment and challenge your audience to look deeper into your shots.

Camera settings: 

You can use a kit lens or a telephoto lens, keep your shutter speed at 1/250 to refrain from shakey output.

Take your time and experiment.

Photo by: Marielle Barraza

Beat the tourists. Rise and shine! Make the most of your day by being on the scene before anyone else

Visit @fujifilm’s Instagram story highlights:

Fujifilm PH Instagram

Visit their Instagram and Facebook pages as well:

www.discovermnl.com

www.facebook.com/discovermnl

instagram.com/discovermnl

They also answered questions about travel photography, if you’re interested, click the link below:

Snap and Shoot: Tips on How to Take the Best Photos on Your Next Travel 2.0

Now that we’ve looked into the 12 travel photography composition by Lucky and Waltz of Discover MNL, it’s time for you to put their tips to practice! Try playing with lights and shadows, change your perspective, and go out of focus with subjects at your very own home. With a little time, practice, and patience you’ll be ready to snap and shoot for your #TravelTomorrow!

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