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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/ 


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/


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.


Team Aisela 

(Marielle, Trixie, Ces, Mark)

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