THE downside TO long term travel

Updated: 03/02/19 | March 2nd, 2019

When I meet people and tell them about what I do or how long I have been traveling, their action is normally something like, “Wow! That is so awesome! You’re so lucky! I wish I could do something like that!”

To a lot of people, my job is the best job in the world.

Essentially, I get paid to travel. and who wouldn’t want to get paid to travel the world?

But people only think of the good side.

After a while, I get worn out of describing what I do. Now, I rarely ever mention it when I meet people. My lifestyle is not all glitter and gold and I hate the gushing. The lawn is always greener on the other side.

When I started my blog, my goal was to become a travel writer. I wanted my name in guidebooks.

But then I interviewed guidebook authors and swiftly realized that their jobs were not the idealized professions I had in my head. They work long hours, have to travel quickly, and are under tight deadlines.

The same can be said about long-term travel. There are lots of terrific things about traveling forever. but long-term travel presents you with a lonely existence sometimes. like everything, there are lots of downsides.

I once asked if you could travel for too long. two or three years of constant, always-on-the-move travel can wear a person down. It’s not that you can only travel for two years and never again — it’s that you can only be on the step for so long before you long for something like roots.

Travel uses people the chance to see new places, experience new cultures, make new friends, and learn about themselves. but whether you are on a 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, or open-ended trip, there are also downsides.

For starters, relationships are ephemeral. I have said a lot more goodbyes in three years than any individual must say in their lifetime. I recently traveled with a Canadian girl who said to me, “You need to be used to goodbyes by now huh?” The way she said it was very sad but she was right. I do have to say goodbye too much.

One of the best things about traveling is all the people you meet. but one of the worst things about traveling is also all the people you meet.

After years of hellos and goodbyes, you can become numb to it all. Sometimes, I just don’t want to meet anyone.

You develop a sense of detachment.

Why must you open yourself up again just to say another goodbye? It makes you a lot more guarded. Not all the time but often too often. Because, despite the best intentions and Facebook, you know that 90% of the people you say goodbye to, you’ll never see again. Your life is filled with 24-hour pals who made that brief time terrific but are soon gone. who wants a life filled with that?

Secondly, it makes having a relationship with the opposite sex very hard. It’s hard to find love on the road. It does happen, but relationships tend to last as long as you are both traveling together, or as long as you are both staying in the same city.

I haven’t had a girlfriend for longer than three months in years. I’d love to have one for longer, but I’m always on the move.

Moreover, a lot of girls don’t want to get into a relationship with you if they know there is no hope of you settling down. It’s hard to make a commitment when you already know there is no future. The reality is, just like with friendships, relationships are hard – and harder when you know you are leaving in just a short time.

Finally, you get tired. really tired. Of traveling. Of everything. After a while, everything becomes just another “one of.” That 100th church, 100th waterfall, 40th hostel, 800th bus ride, 600th bar… it’s not the same after a while. It loses its charm and luster.

Travel becomes unexciting. Ask any traveler — at some point, they hit that point where they are sick of traveling. They just need a few days or weeks to recharge their batteries.

After three years, I step a lot slower than I used to. I’m in no rush now. If I want to spend 12 hours out sightseeing, I can, but I tend to be out for a few hours and just kick back the rest of the time.

After all, I’ll be wherever I am for a while. slow travel is better travel, and it fights the “just another” syndrome.

But even still, travel can become exhausting, and there are times you never want to see anything with the word “historic” in front of it ever again. Some days I just want to spend a week in front of my computer enjoying motion pictures and TV.

Long-term travel takes a certain type of person to enjoy. You need to be independent, you need to be able to spend lots of time alone, you need to be flexible, and you need to be able to deal with constant change. After all, how lots of goodbyes can you say?

How typically can you have 24-hour friends?

How long can you go without a consistent relationship?

How long can you step without having a home?

These are questions I wonder about. Eventually, I’ll find the answers. I don’t think people can step foreverunless they are trying to escape something.

Me, I’m just trying to see things. I have another two years of travel planned before I become Semi-Nomadic Matt. two years is a long time away to really know anything.

But I do know that these negatives are like snowballs. They start out small but get bigger and bigger the longer you travel. And, I think eventually, they roll over us all.

Helpful travel Resources

In case you’re on the road and struggling with being alone or travel burnout, here are some valuable resources where you can get support and find other like-minded travelers to spend time with:

The Nomadic Network – The Nomadic Network is our travel Facebook group. It has nearly 15,000 members from all around the world and is an remarkable place to get local tips, find people to travel with, and get recommendations if you’re feeling down or frustrated. We also host meet-ups around the world, which is a terrific way to connect with other travelers and locals.

Couchsurfing – using the Couchsurfing app is a terrific way to meet up with other travelers or locals. You don’t need to stay with them, either. simply meet up for a coffee or to check out a museum — whatever you want! If you’re seeking to connect with people while you’re on the road, this is app is a must. – If you have a certain interest or hobby, check to see if there are people where you are who also share it. If you love to swing dance, see if there is a local swing dance club. If rock climbing is your thing, check and see if there is a local group you can meet up with. chances are you if you have a hobby, some locals will have it too!


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THAI farm cooking SCHOOL: hot and Spicy lessons in Chiang Mai

Published: September 2013

Hot and spicy was that morning as its very first hour was spent strolling in between lanes of spices and other produce. I was about to obtain a new skill, something I swore to perform in every destination I set foot on. I discovered to bike in Siem Reap, and to celebration (oh yes, that’s a skill) in Bangkok. In Chiang Mai, as soon as I had a bowl of tom yum goong from a humble street stall, I understood precisely what I desired — to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Or at least, to discover exactly how to cook a few of my preferred Thai dishes!

Given that my like for Thai food is higher than the frak I provide about half the people in my life, it just made ideal sense that I foray into Thai cuisine and sharpen my culinary capabilities here, if I ever had any in me.

Learning exactly how to cook isn’t that challenging in Chiang Mai. because the city’s increase as a major traveler destination, a number of cooking “schools” have mushroomed, providing one-day accident programs to excited Thai master chef wannabes (like me)! one of them is the Thai farm cooking School.

Chiang Mai Market Tour

The class started with an hour-long trip of the city’s wet and dry market, where we would shop for many of the major ingredients. Thurian, our cooking trainer for the day, led us with a labyrinth of fresh produce. Our very first stop was a rice store, where she explained the numerous types and utilizes of these essential grains. even curry is available in numerous tastes and colors in Chiang Mai — green, red, and yellow. eco-friendly curry seems to be the routine kind. Red has great deals of chili peppers in it. Yellow has turmeric. We didn’t purchase any curry, for we would be making our own later that day.

The wetter part of the market was on the other side, and much like those we have right here in the Philippines, almost every part of cows and pigs are offered here, from the typical meat down to the entrails. One thing I discovered was that there were also a great deal of cooked dishes offered in the market. Of course, the spiral-shaped sausage that I had been seeing throughout the city was present.

A quick farm Tour

I shared the multi-cab with other tourists — four good friends from Shanghai, a couple from new York, and a French lady. The trip to the countryside was a excellent chance to make good friends with them. Alas, I didn’t make any during the ride. Language barrier, I dislike you! however as soon as Anna and Pete, the American couple, told me that my bag looked adorable and extremely fashionable, I understood that we were gonna be the closest cooking friends this institution was going to see! third wheel FTW!

There was a unexpected modification in the environment when our car turned a corner. It was much quieter here, and the air fresher. We hopped out of the multi-cab for a quick trip around the farm. This was precisely why I selected to join this school. While other similar classes occur inside a house’s kitchen area somewhere in the city center, Thai farm cooking institution has an actual farm. Sure, it’s smal, however it is certainly much better than a cramped kitchen. because we already purchased the meat and seafood from the market, all we needed to pick from the farm were the additional spices. and spices they had many.

With a wide-brimmed farm hat and a bright red apron on, we waltzed on the turf and began gathering much more ingredients. It was a pleasure to see what these plants actually looked like. It was my very first time to see a kaffir lime tree and a coriander plant. Ah, easy joys in life.

Let the Cookin’ Begin!

When we enrolled, we were asked to fill out a form, enabling us to select which Thai favorites we would want to prepare. This was performed in advance so the organizers would understand in advance which components to buy. A full-day program includes six dishes.

Each of us had our own work area equipped with a range of kitchen, uhm, stuff — a stove, a wok, a pan, utensils, stuff.

First up, curry. I’m not truly a curry man however I believed it would be great to discover exactly how to make it from scratch. prior to this class, I actually believed that there was a “curry” herb. You know, like basil or bay leaf or ginger that is dried and pulverized. Apparently, the curry is a combination of numerous ingredients! dumb me. however at least I got the pulverized part right.

While I was diverting all my energy to my best arm, which was desperately crushing all the components with a mortar and pestle, I realized exactly how smart it was to choose Thai farm cooking School. The view of the farm with the broad open windows was so refreshing. It actually kept me from smashing my head with the pestle after noticing I was the slowest of the bunch! My grinding was just so lame that everybody else actually had curry paste in their bowls, and I still had this mound of colorless grainy lameness. When our trainer Thurian inspected my masterpiece, she smiled at me. Don’t judge, sister. I’m holding a deadly stone pestle.

After the morning workout that created a cupful of paste, it was time to make the poultry curry dish. We added meat and vegetables to a pan of coconut milk and let it simmer. Eventually, we added our curry paste and the rest of the ingredients. I was expected to produce Red Curry with Chicken, however the only red thing around was the palm of my hand.

For the soup, I opted with Tom Yum. Like, hello, it’s my preferred soup in the world! I had never tried to cook tom yum at house for I felt it’s as well complex. Apparently, tom yum is rather a easy meal and is simple to prepare. The difficulty is to discover the best ingredients. Fortunately, Thurian made sure we had whatever we needed.

We had a feast for lunch, featuring what we just prepared in the past couple of hours. everybody seemed quite satisfied with their Thai culinary debut! even I was shocked to like the mess I made! Not bad! Anthony Bourdain ought to be scared!

The rest of the afternoon was full of much more cooking! I had wonderful and Sour for stir-fried and Pad Thai for our noodle dish. Both were leaps much better than my morning’s work. and to close the day was dessert, for which I made a bowl of Bananas in Coconut Milk.

Hurray! I survived a Thai kitchen! I’m now a step better toward ending up being the next top chef Master! (Delusions!) The day was certainly much more exhausting than I expected. It also dawned on me that being the next Anthony Bourdain was in truth an impossibility in every possible way. however I did it. I may not be able to surface my own Red Curry, however it was still one product on my container listing crossed off!

My next stop was Luang Prabang. The goal was to discover exactly how to meditate. and be the next Avatar!

Thai farm cooking School
Contact Number: (081) 288 59 89
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Rates: THB 1,100 for a full-day course

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15 interesting things to perform in BORACAY, Philippines

If I ever doubted the popularity of Boracay (which I didn’t), it swiftly evaporated as soon as I walked along White Beach. It was midweek of an off-peak season, yet this side of the island was packed to the edge. never mind the temperamental weather. never mind the gloomy, un-postcard-friendly skies. Beach-goers swarmed around the shore like worker bees drawn in to some kind of tropical pheromones. The culprit, Queen B.

Boracay is on a roll. It has been for decades now. In 2010 alone, Boracay registered nearly 780,000 vacationer arrivals. That’s three years ago! A great deal has occurred since. Airlines have added lots of new flights in as well as out of Kalibo worldwide Airport, the nearest major gateway other than Caticlan. outside the country, a number of worldwide travel authorities have hailed Boracay as one of the very best beaches in the world. Undoubtedly, Boracay stays one of the most prominent beach destinations in the country.

Boracay has been criticized for overcrowdedness as well as hypercommercialism. lots of other beach destinations have been found as well as made a lot more accessible, each catering to their own niche: Malapascua for chasing sharks, Coron for seeking wrecks, Calaguas for camping retreats, CamSur for extreme sports. however Boracay… Boracay has something for everyone.

If Queen Boracay has been calling as well as you believe it’s time to take heed, right here are 15 of the activities awaiting you in her white-girdled, sparkling lair.


1. Island Hopping
2. diving diving
3. Parasailing
4. Paraw sailing
5. Standup Paddling
6. Fly Fish
7. Cliff Diving
8. Zorb as well as Zipline
9. ATV Ride
10. Mermaid Swimming
11. beach Sports
12. Food Trip
13. Sunset Watching
14. Massage!
15. Firedancers, clubs, parteeeeeeeh!

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1. Island Hopping

One of the most prominent activities in Boracay. hire a boat for a half-day excursion around the island’s lots of beaches including Puka Beach, Crocodile Beach, as well as Tambisaan Beach. excursions normally include lunch!

Boracay has at least 12 beaches!
Rates: P1000 to P3500 per boat, depending upon the size of the boat as well as whether it is height season or off-peak

Where to book: Ask the personnel of your hotel, for they definitely understand a get in touch with or two. If not, you can head for White beach as well as inspect out the lots of excursion booths.

More beaches here: The 12 beaches of Boracay.

2. diving diving

Because above-the-surface can get tiring to some! There are over 15 dive sites around Boracay waters, all waiting on your curious presence. Be blown away by a trove of corals, underwater tunnels, caves, as well as other fascinating spots!

Rates: A 3-4 hour beginner program with 1 dive costs around P3500. If you already have your PADI Certification, a fun dive costs around P1600.

Where to book: A number of PADI diving centers are found in White Beach. Try WaterColors Dive resort or success Divers.

3. Parasailing

Zoom on a speedboat off Bulabog beach as well as then soar high above the island! get a amazing view while you’re at it. Don’t fail to remember to bring a cam since the boat personnel are normally skilled in taking photos of overwhelmed (and dizzy) flying tourists!

So this is exactly how it feels to be a kite…
Rates: P750 to P2500 per person, depending upon exactly how lots of you are in the group, as well as exactly how well you haggle. You can even push it lower during off height season! just keep in mind that it’s a lot more costly if you’re doing it solo!

Where to book: diamond Watersports at White beach station 1 (+63 36 288 6621, +63 36 288 6681).

More about my experience here: Parasailing in Boracay

4. Paraw sailing

Sailing old school! A paraw is an outrigger boat with two sails. get onboard, manage it like you manage a few of your friends, as well as let the wind take you to the very best sites as well as sights around the island. finest done during sunset.

Wind, take meeee!
Rates: P1000-P1500 per person, depending upon exactly how lots of you are in the group.

5. Standup Paddling

Because being seated is so overrated. LOL. “You don’t requirement to be a skilled surfer—at least not yet—to maneuver a standup paddle board,” states Nikka Corsino of Two2Travel. “White Beach’s placid as well as shallow waters on a fine day make this activity best for beginners.”

Because being seated is so passe.
Rates: Board rental with lessons are around P300 to P500 per hour.

Where to book: Paddlesurf Boracay at Obama Grill at station 1, or at Funboard center Boracay at Bulabog Beach.

6. Fly Fish

An exhilarating trip that is not for the faint-hearted! trip a gigantic inflatable fish as well as get pulled along by a speedboat! It’s one hell of a bumpy (sometimes bouncy) trip that is best for barkadas. Hang on to your spirit tight, for you may leave it behind! Not suggested to 18yo as well as below.

Hang on tight!
Rates: P550-P600 per person

Where to book: Diamond Watersports at White beach station 1

7. Cliff Diving

A preferred among the adventurous. Leap off a cliff as well as make a huge sprinkle in the cerulean waters below! Ariel’s point has five cliff diving platforms, with the greatest at 13 meters. “The lower ones at 7 meters, 6 meters, 5 meters, as well as 3 meters,” according to their website. “Guests who like not to jump from any type of of the platforms can utilize our floating dock to go into the water.”

Rates: P1,600 per person, however this expense is really for a bundle that includes “a round-trip outrigger ride, BBQ lunch buffet, merienda (afternoon snacks), unrestricted drinks, full utilize of Ariel’s point amenities as well as services (cliff-diving, canoes, kayaks, snorkeling gear, as well as floating raft), as well as protection of regional environmental as well as snorkeling fees.”

Where to book: Boracay beach Club, station 1. You may likewise contact 63 (036) 288 6770.

8. Zorb as well as Zipline

You understand the drill! You get inside a gigantic bubble, it rolls down a hill with you in it, as well as you’re taken to a spin! Or, zipline from 80 feet above sea level down to the beach. (If you’ve tried other ziplines, you may discover this 300-m trip underwhelming, though.)

Down the line!
Rates: Zorb, P400-500; Zipline, P700

Where to book: Zorb Park, Yapak (+639279085191); Zipline Boracay, Fairways & Bluewater  (+639297037599)

9. ATV Ride

Drive to the island’s greatest peak, Mt. Luho! Don’t expect terrains as difficult as that around Mayon Volcano, however if you haven’t tried this before, this is best for your ATV debut!

ATV Patrol!
Rates: P800-P1000 per unit

10. Mermaid Swimming

The one activity in Boracay that I’m terrified to try. (I may like it as well much!) “The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy uses monofin swimming lessons with a special twist—students get to wear not just monofins, however likewise mermaid tails,” Nikka Corsino of Two2Travel says. “More than the cool gear though, monofin swimming is a excellent workout as well as training for complimentary diving for all ages.”

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Rates: P1500 for an introductory course. minimum of 3pax.

Where to book: Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, +63 917 324 3947

11. beach Sports

Get your spheres prepared as well as bring them to Boracay! Whether you’re into beach volleyball or soccer, you’ll discover the large bed of sand in Boracay the best playground.

Beach football!

12. Food Trip

We understand you’re most likely working our so difficult to get that best beach body, however prepare to state goodbye to it immediately. Boracay is a best pigging out paradise! “With so lots of restaurants to select from, every meal in Boracay may be a hit-and-miss affair, shares Nikka. “It’s extremely simple to autumn prey to beachfront displays, buffet promos, as well as even complimentary dinners.”

So vibrant as well as yummmeh.
Where to Eat: 11 restaurants to try in Boracay

13. Sunset Watching

It’s wonderful. as well as it’s FREE!


14. Massage!

Here’s a challenge. walk the entire length of White beach as well as count the number of massage locations along the way. No, don’t do that. It’s rather stressful provided exactly how lots of of them exist. however if you’re already stressed out to begin with, hit one of their beach-side beds as well as get a kicking back message.

Rates: P300 to P500 per hour

Where to book: Anywhere at White Beach

15. Firedancers, clubs, parteeeeeeeh!

It’s that a person thing Boracay has that a lot of other regional beach destinations don’t — the celebration vibe! wait up until the dark takes over as well as the island transforms into a gigantic outside club — loud, vibrant, as well as intoxicating. get a drink, make new friends, as well as dance the night away.

For a listing of the island’s clubs as well as bars with information on price, type of music, as well as opening hours, inspect out this publish by Boracay Compass: Boracay Nightlife Guide.

Or if that’s not your thing, you can always enjoy the firedancers entertain the crowd in lots of areas along the beach.


I had always wondered why Boracay was this loved. It never occurred to me up until I was already there. As I walked by the beach, I might not assist noticing the diversity of the bees drawn in to the Queen. By the berm were kids building sand castles; under the shade were their parents keeping an eye on them as well as the other on the view. On the far, a lot more laid-back side were solo travelers enjoying the water; on the other, groups of urbanites all prepped up for a late-night party.

It’s not just the fine sand. It’s not just the sunset. It’s not just the partying. It is the nearly limitless variety of activities that keeps the swarm coming back. Boracay has something for nearly everyone. as well as nearly everybody just can’t get enough.

How to get to Boracay: From Manila, fly to Kalibo or Caticlan. If Kalibo, take a bus or van (P200) at the flight terminal to Caticlan Jetty Port. Pay the terminal charge (P100), environmental charge (P75), as well as ferry fare (P25). Board the ferry to Boracay. If Caticlan, just take a trike to Caticlan jetty port as well as comply with the exact same steps.

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HOW TO get TO BORACAY FROM KALIBO flight terminal



NEW BORACAY & KALIBO travel demands & new typical guidelines 2022

Updated 2022! BORACAY travel demands + exactly how to see

Last updated: 2022 • 2 • 3

Boracay is one of the very first destinations to re-open to tourists because the COVID-19 pandemic brought the tourism market to a standstill. However, health and wellness as well as security protocols are still in place. The regional government units (LGUs) strictly execute these policies as well as need tourists to submit required files prior to their trip.

We were able to see Boracay a few times because the pandemic started as well as in this post, we’re documenting the process that we went with on our many recent visit. Here’s a step by step guide on what you requirement to do before your trip. note that these travel protocols may change, so make sure to inspect for updates with the regional government for great measure.

If you requirement a much more visual Boracay guide, view this video:


1. total the Boracay travel Requirements.
2. achieve the on the internet health and wellness statement Card (OHDC).
3. submit a copy of the requirements.
4. save your QR Code.
5. inspect for updates from the validators.
List of certified Boracay hotels & Resorts
List of certified testing Centers
Frequently Asked concerns (FAQs)I plan on prolonging my stay in Boracay. What to do?
When submitting requirements, I get an error stating “Size Validation Failed”. What to do?
I get an error “Extension Validation Failed”. What to do?
I didn’t get a QR Code. What to do?
I still have problems about the OHDC QR Code. exactly how to get in touch with them?

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1. total the Boracay travel Requirements.

Before we go to the specifics of each requirement, here’s a quick summary of the travel demands for non-Aklanon TOURISTS going to Boracay.

Take a great look at it so you understand which ones you requirement to prioritize. In the pre-pandemic world, flights typically get taken care of first. however it may not always be the wisest method to go these days.

For Vaccinated Tourists: proof of Vaccination. This can be any type of of the following:
– VaxcertPH certification
– locally-issued vaccination card with get in touch with details of vaccination center
– worldwide accreditation of Vaccination as well as Prophylaxis (ICV) from WHO
– vaccination card or certificate issued abroad

For Unvaccinated or partially Vaccinated Tourists: unfavorable RT-PCR test. should be taken within 72 hours prior to departure. RT-PCR tests should be done by any type of of the certified laboratories. You can discover the listing of certified labs here.

For kids 12 years old or under: Certificate of Undertaking. Here’s a template.

Confirmed hotel or resort booking on the island. Make sure that you book a hotel with Certificate of Authority to Operate/Provisional Certificate of Authority to operate from the department of Tourism. You can inspect the listing of hotels here: listing OF OPERATIONAL hotels IN BORACAY.

Roundtrip transportation details

Valid ID (for regional tourists) or passport (for foreign tourists)

Online health and wellness statement Card (OHDC). You will be accomplishing this on the internet at traveler Boracay website.

Tourist QR Code as well as copy of your health and wellness statement Card. These will be sent to your e-mail if the processing is successful. print or keep a digital copy of your traveler QR Code as well as keep it with you whatsoever times when you are in the island.

You may likewise want to get an S-Pass travel Coordination permit (TCP). It is NOT a demand when getting a traveler QR Code however airports or airlines may request this so the provincial government of Aklan suggests protecting one for easier, problem-free journey. To apply for a TCP, go to or see this S-Pass tutorial page for much more info.

For tourists coming from Western Visayas: likewise submit the following:

If driving personal vehicle, picture of the car plate

If taking public transportation, accomplished Certificate of Undertaking. design template here.

2. achieve the on the internet health and wellness statement Card (OHDC).

Go to as well as click Boracay on the homepage.

Fill out the type with all the needed details as well as click Submit.

The type will ask you for information on your health, accommodations, as well as itinerary.

You’ll likewise be asked to submit the requirements. much more information in the next section.

3. submit a copy of the requirements.

At the bottom of the exact same OHDC page, you’ll discover a section for submitting of the needed documents.

(Previously, the submission of demands was done through email. In our case, we had to email to as well as utilize the subject OHDC-Family Name, very first Name. For example: OHDC-CARLOS-VINS. however it has because been integrated in the OHDC form.)

Here are the files you requirement to upload:

Only JPG, PNG as well as PDF datasmaller than 2 MB are allowed. If your data is bigger, you requirement to resize it first.

Make sure to send only valid documents. keep in mind that falsification of files is punishable by law.

Enter the CAPTCHA code as well as click SUBMIT.

4. save your QR Code.

After submission of the requirements, the next page will present your distinct OHDC QR code.

You may click the preview as well as download button to keep a copy of your QR code. You may print or take a screenshot of it.

Keep this QR Code with you whatsoever times when traveling to as well as around the island. You’ll be providing it at different points including the ports of entry as well as exit. In our experience, they inspect for the HDC as well as QR code as early as flight terminal inspect in. They likewise requested them at the gate, upon boarding.

If for whatever reason you didn’t get an OHDC QR code or you failed to save it, you should begin a new application.

5. inspect for updates from the validators.

While the OHDC QR code is produced automatically, your files will still go with a handbook validation process to inspect if they are all authentic as well as complete. If the validators have any type of issue with your submission, they will try to reach you through phone call, SMS or email.

If you’re asked to submit extra documents, you should comply by sending an email to with the subject complying with this format: COMPLIANCE-LASTNAME,FIRSTNAME-DATEOFTRAVEL.

List of certified Boracay hotels & Resorts

The department of tourism (DOT) region VI has a listing of hotels as well as resorts with a Certificate of Authority to operate (CAO) or a Provisional Certificate of Authority to operate (PCAO). right here are just a few of the hotels on their list.

Levantin Boracay Resort
Bolabog Beach, Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island
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Le Soleil D’Boracay Resort
Station 2, Brgy. Balabag
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Dakong Amihan Home
Station 2, zone 7, Sitio Manggayad, Brgy. Balabag
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Sur beach Resort
Station 1, Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island
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Crimson resort & health spa Boracay
Punta Bunga, Brgy. Yapak
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Frendz Boracay Hostel
Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island
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SEE full listing OF certified BORACAY hotels as well as RESORTS!

List of certified testing Centers

If you’re needed to present a unfavorable test result, right here are just a few licensed testing laboratories that you may book on the internet through Klook.

Singapore Diagnostic, Makati
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Safeguard DNA Diagnostic, Mandaluyong
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Manila Healthtek Inc., Marikina Branch
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Philippine flight terminal Diagnostic Laboratory, Pasay
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Kairos Diagnostics Laboratory, Quezon City
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Be risk-free MD Inc., Quezon City Branch
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There are lots much more certified COVID-19 testing laboratories throughout the country.

SEE full listing OF certified testing CENTERS!

Frequently Asked concerns (FAQs)

I plan on prolonging my stay in Boracay. What to do?

Your traveler QR Code will expire 12 hours from your lodging checkout time. If you plan to prolong your stay, send an email with a new booking slip to You should do this before your original checkout time.

When submitting requirements, I get an error stating “Size Validation Failed”. What to do?

This implies your data are bigger than 2MB, so you requirement to resize them first. Here’s exactly how to resize files.

I get an error “Extension Validation Failed”. What to do?

The system accepts JPG (JPEG), PNG as well as PDF files. If your data isn’t any type of of those, you have to convert them first.

I didn’t get a QR Code. What to do?

If after your submission, the system failed to produce a QR code or if you failed to save it, you ought to fill out the type once again as well as begin a new application.

I still have problems about the OHDC QR Code. exactly how to get in touch with them?

For any type of problems about OHDC, you may get in touch with them with any type of of the complying with channels:

Email addresses:

Travel information Aklan support center Mobile Numbers:

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TNN: LIFE ON two WHEELS – how TO start YOUR MOTORBIKE journey

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Snapshot: One ‘Pine’ Day at DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION – Polomolok, South Cotabato

On the method to Koronadal City, we made a short stop at the DOLE Kalsangi Club home in Polomolok, South Cotabato. After a “pine” lunch (composed of Pinoy dishes with pineapples), we had a possibility to check out some parts of the vast plantation that rugs the ordinary at the base of Mt. Matutum.

The town’s development had been dragging its feet up until December 1963 when Dole Philippines was inaugurated as well as ended up being its largest industrial firm. According to my bestfriend Wikipedia, “As of 2004, the area planted to pineapple is 15,507.872 hectares with an typical production volume of 31.94 metric tons per hectare. This industry, which is located at Barangay Cannery Site, produces about 6,000 tasks at present.”

Polomolok is stated to be the richest municipality in South Cotabato (and one of the richest in Mindanao), with DOLE Philippines being the biggest taxpayer.

Dole Pineapple Plantation
Polomolok, South Cotabato

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Special thanks to Red of regional Governance support Program for regional economic advancement (LGSP-LED) as well as Louie of Allah Valley Landscape advancement alliance (AVLDA) for making this trip possible.

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employment certificate, financial documents, and income tax return (ITR) are the staples of a lot of visa applications. but there is one paper that is normally overlooked — the cover letter.

A cover letter isn’t always a requirement when applying for a visa. However, it’s something that we typically recommend to add to your pile of documents, especially if there is no interview and you have some describing to do.

You see, sometimes, things don’t always fit the mold perfectly. There are cases wherein you can’t supply the exact paper needed, but you have a very good alternative. Or maybe you just can’t supply something at all, but you have a perfectly valid reason. Or maybe you’re traveling with a group or for a special purpose. These instances could probably benefit from a well-crafted explanation to give the visa officer a clearer picture of your situation.

When I apply for a visa, I normally submit a cover letter regardless of whether or not it’s one of the requirements. I always want to give a summary of my application and clarify some aspects that may be prone to misinterpretation.


What must be in a cover letter?
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Sample Cover Letter for Schengen Visa
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What must be in a cover letter?

For me, a good cover letter need to be able to supply the following:

A short introduction about yourself.

Your travel dates and the purpose of your trip

If traveling with a group: your companions and your relationship with them

If sponsored: your sponsor’s name, your relationship with them, and the reason why they are ready to sponsor you

If you’re missing some requirements: the reason why you won’t be able to supply them and the alternatives you are submitting instead

If applying for a double entry or multiple entry visa: the reason why you need to be allowed a lot more than one entry

A quick rundown of the destinations you will be visiting

A quick summary of your travel history (if any), highlighting that you have never violated visa policies in the past

A pledge to return to your home country in time

Looks like a lot, huh? but here’s the thing: According to a couple of pals who used to work as visa officers at strict embassies, they normally had very little time to examine each application. Hence, if you’re going to make a cover letter, go straight to the point. One page must be enough. The crucial is being concise — finding the balance between giving enough information and keeping it short and sweet.

Here are some samples. I intentionally used complicated situations to give you an idea how I normally describe them. If they don’t apply to you, feel complimentary to modify these to match your case. Please use this only as a model for your own cover letter. Please do not copy-paste the whole thing without adjustments.

Sample Cover Letter for Australian Visa (Online Application)


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Sample Cover Letter for Schengen Visa


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Sample Cover Letter for Korean Visa


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How to get a tourist Pass & routine for ILOCOS & PANGASINAN via Tara Na!

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The Ilocos region is slowly reviving tourism as well as has reopened its provinces — Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union as well as Pangasinan — to tourists. However, since the pandemic is still around, specific security regulations as well as health and wellness protocols are still in place.

Among the necessary steps to take prior to the trip is arranging a visit. You must be able to do this at least 5 working days prior to your meant travel date. approval of tourist Passes are processed within 48 hours.

In this publish is the step-by-step guide on exactly how you can do that. before you might routine a visit, you requirement to indication up for a TARA NA! account first. Here’s how:


How to produce a TARA NA! Account1. Prepare the complying with identification documents.
2. go to the Tara Na! VISITA website.
3. fill out the registration form.
4. upload your IDs.
5. evaluation all details.
6. download your QR Code.

How to routine a Visit1. indication in to your Tara Na! account.
2. apply for a tourist Pass.
3. choose your destination.
4. go into your origin.
5. go into your function as well as travel dates.
6. upload needed documents.

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How to produce a TARA NA! Account

1. Prepare the complying with identification documents.

Profile Picture

Valid government ID (with photo)

Selfie of you holding your valid ID

Note: Make sure that the data size of your pictures are 4MB or less.

2. go to the Tara Na! VISITA website.

Log on to as well as click REGISTER.

3. fill out the registration form.

Enter your birth date as well as click CONTINUE.

Enter your very first Name, Last Name, email address, as well as password then, click indication UP.

Fill out the details of your personal information then, click save & CONTINUE.

Enter your present address as well as click save & CONTINUE.

4. upload your IDs.

Choose which type of ID you have as well as type in your ID number.

Upload your identification proof: profile picture, valid government ID, as well as Selfie holding your ID.

Click save & CONTINUE.

5. evaluation all details.

Make sure they are correct. If whatever is accurate, click FINISH.

6. download your QR Code.

You will requirement this on your visit. Then, click proceed to Tara Na!

How to routine a Visit

1. indication in to your Tara Na! account.

You may avoid this step if you’ve recently produced an account. If you don’t have an account yet, comply with the steps above.

2. apply for a tourist Pass.

On your dashboard, go to tourist PASS APPLICATIONS as well as click apply FOR A tourist PASS to routine your visit.

3. choose your destination.

You have four options: LA UNION, PANGASINAN, ILOCOS NORTE, as well as ILOCOS SUR. just pick the destination you want to visit.

4. go into your origin.

You’ll be requested the complying with information:



city or municipality


Click NEXT.

5. go into your function as well as travel dates.

You requirement to state the specific area (city or municipality) you plan to visit.

Select your date of arrival as well as departure. Your travel pass will only be valid within these dates. If you’re going on a day trip, tick the DAY trip box.

Select your travel purpose. If you’re traveling for leisure, select Tourist.

Confirm your travel details. If whatever is in order, tap submit APPLICATION.

6. upload needed documents.

Once your application is submitted, you may upload the requirements. You may do this now if you have them ready, however you may likewise select to do it later.

The listing of demands vary depending upon your specific destination as well as your origin, so it will be difficult to listing them all down here.

If you want to have an concept what extra documents may be needed, you may inspect via S-PASS.PH website. just browse for the province as well as then the specific destination. then click on view DETAILS. The updated listing of demands will be provided on the next page.

That’s it! travel risk-free as well as enjoy your trip!

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A Traveller’s guide to discovering Finland

Finland is the easternmost and least known of the Scandinavian countries. There is a argument on whether Finland ought to be considered part of Scandinavia or not, due to historical reasons, but regardless, this country has a lot to offer. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love Finland!

Unlike its neighbors (Sweden, Norway and Denmark), Finns speak a language of their own, which is completely different from the other Scandinavian languages that all very similar to each other. Finland isn’t a monarchy, is the only Nordic country to use the Euro as a currency, and has its own national airline, Finnair. Culturally, however, it’s very similar to the rest of Scandinavia.

Let’s see why Finland ought to certainly be on your bucket list of Nordic countries to visit!

Ice-skating on the Baltic Sea

Top Sights in Helsinki:

Temppeliaukion Kirkko (Rock Church) and chapel of Silence

Art Nouveau buildings scattered all over the city center

Ateljee Bar (360-degree views of the city)

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Seurasaari Island

Puu-Käpylä (typical colorful old wooden houses)

Torkkelinmäki in Kallio

Most visitors arrive to Finland through Helsinki, the capital city on the south coast. allow a few days to visit this beautiful city and some of its very special attractions. Helsinki’s city center is small enough to explore on foot (some people say Helsinki is neither a town nor a city). wander the historical neighborhoods of Eira, Ullanlinna, Punavuori, Kamppi, Töölö, Kruununhaka and Katajanokka to delight in colorful Art Nouveau style houses and their many unique details.

In Töölö have a closer look at the interesting rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko), carved inside the granite and with outstanding acoustical features. Then, get inside the interesting wooden chapel of Silence in the middle of Kamppi’s hustle and bustle. In Katajanokka, spot the huge ice-breakers waiting for the winter season to come (if you are going to in summertime).

Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko)
Have afternoon coffee with a generous Finnish pastry at Café Ursula on the seashore in Ullanlinna, contemplating the big ferry-boats cruising the Baltic Sea in front of you.

Helsinki also offers great opportunities to experience new Nordic cuisine, with four Michelin-starred restaurants and dozens of small intimate restaurants. one of my favorites is Kuurna, in Kruununhaka.

When the sun begins to set, head to Ateljee Bar on top of hotel Torni for stunning 360-degree views of the city. To reach further districts, public transport is very efficient with trams, buses, ferries and the world’s northernmost metro line.

The Suomenlinna sea fortress, which is a UNESCO world Heritage Site, is a must-see, and is 15 minutes away from the city center by ferry. The open-air (and free) museum on the very green Seurasaari island next to the President’s official residence is good to visit – you’ll find lots of locals here. It can be reached by bus (line 24) and a long wooden bridge.

You ought to also catch a tram (line 1) to the old wooden neighborhood of Puu-Käpylä. Hipsters will head to Kallio (metro station Hakaniemi) with its various bars, pubs and a very laid-back atmosphere. In the middle of Kallio, don’t miss the hidden gem of Torkkelinmäki.

Helsinki from Torni’s Ateljee Bar
Southern Finland

Top Sights in southern Finland:

Tampere (Finland’s second most significant city)

Turku (Finland’s third most significant city)

Glass-blowing in Iittala

Old Porvoo

The region around Helsinki is Finland’s most populated one, home to the country’s three most significant cities: Helsinki and its suburbs, Tampere and Turku. The climate is relatively mild for the latitude, with warm summers (around 20 °C) and a lot of light from may to August. The winters are rather cold with temperatures between +5 °C and -20°C, and very little light especially in November and December when the permanent snow cover hasn’t usually settled yet.

Summer is by far the best season to visit, top season being July. For a different experience, come in the middle of the winter season (mid-January to late February) when weather is typically at its coldest with beautiful snowy days and much more sunshine than in early winter.

Turku and Tampere are each worth a one-day trip and easily reached by fast train (Pendolino) or by car through a freeway ride of roughly 2 hours for both cities. Turku is west from Helsinki and Tampere is northwest.

Turku has a good European vibe around the Aurajoki river (it was Finland’s capital until 1812), whereas Tampere is an old industrial city with beautiful factories made of red brick. Don’t miss the rotating restaurant in Näsinneula and the lovely district of Piispala.

On your way to Tampere, stop at Iittala factory to see some real glass-blowers at work. Make sure to check the opening hours on Iittala’s site as they have a summer break during which the factory is shut down.

Closer to Helsinki, just a half an hour by car to the east, is old Porvoo, a must-see. This is one of Finland’s very few old wooden towns that survived wars and fires, with the oldest houses dating back from the late 1700s.

Porvoo in winter

Western Finland

Top Sights in Western Finland:

Åland islands

Archipelago ring Road

Old Rauma

Yyteri beach

This less went to region has many interesting places to go and is home to one of the world’s many special archipelagos, with much more than 40,000 islands and islets!

Take a big ferry-boat from Turku to Mariehamn in the Åland islands where people speak Swedish even though the islands are part of Finland. due to historical reasons, Swedish is Finland’s second official language, with roughly 5% of the country’s population using it as their main language.

The best way to discover Åland’s main islands is by bike. another way to experience the Finnish Archipelago is to circle the Archipelago ring road (Saariston rengastie), starting from Turku for example. You can do it by car or by bike if you have enough time.

Hopping from island to island is easy with totally free ferries that are part of the national road system. In Western Finland you can also visit old Rauma, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, similar to old Porvoo but a bit bigger. I tend to choose old Porvoo though, as its hilly configuration gives a better overall picture of the place and is much simpler to get to for many visitors.

If you are in the region, continue north to Yyteri beach near Pori. This remote and large sandy beach with its grassy dunes is Finland’s many beautiful beach.

The Finnish Archipelago from above
Eastern Finland

Top Sights in Eastern Finland:



The Forests and the Lakes

This may be the region that better describes what Finland is all about: unlimited forests and lakes! There are much more than 180,000 lakes spread all over Finland, with the majority of them located in the eastern part of the country.

Rent a conventional wooden cabin somewhere in the woods and delight in a wood-heated sauna, grilling sausages, drinking Finnish beer, fishing, bird spotting, berry picking and viewing unlimited sunsets. In the wintertime, one of the best things to do is to see the amazing northern Lights. Click here for some travel suggestions to make your northern Lights experience much more enjoyable.

In Finland there is a law called jokamiehenoikeudet, which implies anybody has the best to wander the forests and pick food that grows there, which is mostly billberries, huckleberries and delicious mushrooms.

For a posher cultural experience, book tickets (well in advance) to Savonlinna’s opera festival taking place each summer in a massive fortress built in 1475. even more east you can also drive to Koli, which has breathtaking scenery on top of mount Koli, and to the EU’s easternmost point on the Russian border, where you can see Russia on the other side of the lake.

Northern Finland (Lapland)

Top sights:

Kilpisjärvi area (Mount Saana)

Tankavaara Gold village (experience some real gold panning)

Saariselkä (360-degree views of the wild immensity around)

Rovaniemi (Arktikum museum and Santa Claus Village)

Glass igloos in Kakslauttanen or ice hotel in Kittilä (if you can afford them…)

Kevo Canyon (a 65 km long trek in the remote wilderness)

Hikes in the numerous national parks (Pallastunturi and Urho Kekkonen are my favorites)

Visiting Finland’s northernmost and vastest region is an experience of its own, with numerous tourists tending to visit Finland or Lapland (which stretches out across Finland, Sweden and Norway as well). the best way to travel here is to rent a car from Helsinki and discover the whole country at your own pace, including Lapland.

The fastest route from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes approximately 10 hours to drive. In winter season it’s more suitable to take the train or a plane (in addition to Rovaniemi, you can fly directly to Ivalo and Kittilä).

Nature lovers will head to Lapland’s numerous national parks for unforgettable treks in the wilderness. There are trails of all possible lengths and for all levels of fitness – from a few hours’ walks to multiple day, overnight treks.

Cross-country skiing can be done anywhere and there are also ski stations for alpine skiing. But, don’t expect the feeling of high mountains like in the Alps, as Lapland is much flatter. Lapland also is the ideal destination for kids, with Santa, the reindeer, the huskies, the snow, the igloos…it really has it all.

For much more details have a look at my short article about Lapland.

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