How to Get from Manila to la Union in San Fernando

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Asia, Philippines | No Comments
How to Get  from Manila to la Union in San Fernando

San Fernando La Union is a city in the Ilocos region, the north-western territory in the Philippines. Despite being the political and commercial centre of the region, San Fernando is only the capital of the province, La Union. The distance of  from Manila to La Union is 270km, which can be a challenging self-drive, albeit well […]

2017 Recap – Our Best Travel Moments This Year

2017 Recap – Our Best Travel Moments This Year

2017 has certainly been an exciting travel year for us! We left home to start traveling full-time in March and haven’t looked back since, so we’re putting together a post about our best travel moments this year! Actually….we HAVE looked back several times, mostly whenever we start missing the comforts of our former life at […]

A Walkable Day Tour in Manila City – Exploring Manila

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | No Comments
A Walkable Day Tour in Manila City – Exploring Manila

Manila can indeed be intimidating. It is a city which is hard to fall in love with at first sight although, with such a rich history and vast territory, it is truly unfair to generalise. Despite the size, the historic centre is mainly concentrated on the western area, at the mouth of the river, making […]

Cheeky Passports’ Favourite Instagram Shots

Cheeky Passports’ Favourite Instagram Shots

Instagram is one of our favourite social media platforms, yet it takes a lot of work to plan ahead and choose what photos to post. Here’s a small collection of Cheeky Passports’ favourite Instagram shots taken over the past months. Remember you can get a daily dose of our pictures by following our Instagram account CheekyPassports! […]

Getting a Filipino Tribal Tattoo in Buscalan

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | No Comments
Getting a Filipino Tribal Tattoo in Buscalan

Buscalan, The Philippines, the village of fierce (former) head-hunters, is today famous for being home to Whang-Od, the 100-year old, world-renowned tattoo artist who continues to ink enthusiastic visitors looking for a Filipino tribal tattoo, using the traditional Kalinga tribe backhand tap technique. In fact, this is the reason why we found ourselves in Buscalan, […]

How to go to Buscalan, Home of the Kalinga

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Asia, Philippines, Planning | 4 Comments
How to go to Buscalan, Home of the Kalinga

This is a post dedicated solely to the logistics of getting from Bontoc to Buscalan and from Buscalan to Bontoc. Since we found it so difficult to find the relevant details about how to go to Buscalan when we were planning to visit Whang-Od, here is detailed information about this, which we hope will make your […]

Two months in the Philippines – Travel expenses and costs

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Asia, Philippines, Planning | No Comments
Two months in the Philippines – Travel expenses and costs

After having spent the last 15 years of our lives living on a professional wage which we mostly spent on wining, dining, travel and entertainment in general, setting a restrictive daily budget for traveling around the world was no easy task. Expensive dinners and wine had to be set aside and replaced by affordable accommodation […]

Sagada Tourist Spots – Discovering the Caves and Coffins of Sagada

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | 16 Comments
Sagada Tourist Spots – Discovering the Caves and Coffins of Sagada

Sagada was our next stop after having explored the spectacular rice terraces of Banaue and Batad. People we met raved about how beautiful Sagada was and how we should spend time there, so we booked a three-night stay without actually having a clear idea of the best Sagada tourist spots or having planned out a […]

15 Must Try Street Foods In The Philippines

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Asia, Food, Philippines | No Comments
15 Must Try Street Foods In The Philippines

Since we traveled around the Philippines on a budget, most of our meals consisted of street food and cheap (but hearty) dishes at local eateries. Street foods in the Philippines are often deep fried or grilled and very tasty, though definitely not the healthiest option around! Healthy or not, here are 15 must try street […]

Banaue Rice Terraces Tour Without a Guide

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | 2 Comments
Banaue Rice Terraces Tour Without a Guide

Just when we thought that the Philippines couldn’t get any prettier after having spent two weeks exploring deserted beaches and waterfalls, we made our way to the north, heading towards the rice terraces of Ifugao, where we planned on going on a Banaue rice terraces tour. We had heard great things about this part of […]