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Interlaken: Our Switzerland Introduction

Peaceful. Staggeringly beautiful. Expensive. As the train pulled to a halt in the town of Spiez, we jumped out of the coach and rushed to the adjacent platform determined to catch our connecting trip to Interlaken. That move proved to be unnecessary. It turns out we had 15 more minutes to spare before our scheduled train’s departure! That was our unprecedented Switzerland welcome: a 4-person marathon – with luggage in tow! Continue reading

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Japan Rail (JR) Pass: will it pay off?

Currently priced at JPY 29, 110 (about PhP 10,811), some first-time travelers to Japan struggle whether or not to purchase a 7-day ordinary Japan Rail (JR) Pass. Its price is a major turn off, yes. But once you realize how convenient it is to have one at your disposal, you will agree that it is definitely worth the extra budget.

Here are some tips on how you can make your JR Pass pay off: Continue reading

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Socorro’s Hidden Treasure: Fortuna Tropical Upland Resort

“Al fresco dining” takes on a decidedly different meaning at Fortuna Tropical Upland Resort, a newly-developed eco-tourism destination right in the heart of Socorro in Oriental Mindoro. Being primarily an agricultural town, Socorro is often skipped by both seasonal travelers and fellow Mindorenos in favor of the beaches in neighboring localities. But with the combined efforts of the local government and the DoT to resuscitate tourism, this once sleepy town slowly gains recognition for its natural wonders and undeniable rural charm. Continue reading

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Bulalacao: Oriental Mindoro’s tropical secret

With its swaying palm trees, ruggedly forested topography, and a long stretch of white sandy beaches, the group of islands in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro is everything you would hope for in an untainted tropical heaven. And, like paradise, it is difficult to reach – about 8-10 hours of combined land and sea travel from Metro Manila. Continue reading