Finally. Finally. FINALLY! ASIA!
When I ask people; if you could choose any place in the world, where would you go? So many answer places like New York or Paris. Since I was very little I’ve always had this pull towards the Asian countries. I love the culture. And above all, I am a nature junkie. I am always looking for my perfect island, with pristine white beaches, tropical jungles and clear turquoise waters. Thailand has been my second home for a long time and I felt it was time to find something else, the same beautiful nature but without the major crowds.
After flipping through countless images on Pinterest, the choice landed on no other than the Philippines!
We like to travel freestyle. That means nothing planned, no bookings no nada. We purchase the plane tickets and then we map out a couple of destinations we would like to see and go from there. You never know if the place you are going to see is paradise or just the result of good photography and some Photoshop magic. So we keep all possibilities open. We wanted to discover the island Palawan, especially El Nido in the north and a smaller island not far off called Coron.
I asked how to get there in a few backpacker forums and I noticed the name “Port Barton” popping up now and then. The trip to the Philippines was a long ride, we switched planes in Istanbul and were quite stressed about it since our plane departing from Oslo was originally several hours delayed. It was pretty confusing. In one minute the board announced “2 hours delay” in the next second we all of the sudden got “Go to gate”. So we made it. Stayed one night on a shitty room in Manila before we took a small plane over to Puerto Princesa. It’s been so long since I was on a proper trip backpacker style and as a flight attendant it’s my job after all. So it wasn’t until we flew over the dense jungle covering Palawan that I actually realized that this was it. Holiday and 4 glorious weeks of freedom!
At the airport we figured that Port Barton was “only” 4 hours away and at that point a even longer trip to El Nido wasn’t very tempting. So we thought why not! Let’s check it out and stay for a couple of nights. To my surprise the island was a lot less developed that I had imagined, I instantly loved it but I do however wish we had withdrawn some more cash in Manila. Our driver took us to over 3 separate mini banks that were all down. We finally found one that only had the smallest notes available and it made things a little tricky but we managed. We felt like millionaires stuffing our wallets with all of these notes that ironically wasn’t worth much.
The ride through the jungle was bumpy. So bumpy that my fitbit registered 18 thousand steps that day. But once we reached the top of the mountain and saw the beautiful little village down by the sea, it was all forgotten.
More of this beautiful place coming up! <3