What’s that one thing you cannot travel without?

The things we take with us when traveling to strange places are pieces of home—the familiar, the comfortable, the secure. Most of us yearn for adventure—it’s what traveling is about, yes?—but before we even get a foot out of that door, we yearn for assurance first, and we take that with us on our backs wherever we go.

And that’s when we begin to experience the joy of stepping on strange lands, becoming friends with people whose language we know just one word of, tasting food we can only pray won’t let us stay in the toilet for the entire duration of our stay. Everything is overwhelmingly, beautifully new.

So how is it for travelers like these people who are gracing our pages now (THANK YOU, guys!)? They scale mountains, dive to the depths of the seas, ride waves, take photos. They lead different lives but they’re all bitten by that travel bug just like all of us. What travels with them?

What's that one thing you cannot travel without?

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Sharks and surprises: 2013’s first month so far

Don’t we all love a clean slate—

It’s like getting a brand new notebook to write on, a new pair of shoes to trudge with, a spanking new camera to take with you to places.

Sometimes, it’s like getting one of these new plastic cards too:

PADI scuba diving open water diver certificate | Two2Travel
Our ticket to sea turtles and sharks and mantas in the wild.

And this is how our first month’s notebook for this year looks like so far (and no, our handwriting, at least mine, is not this nice):


License to see SHAAAAARKS.

Owen and I got licensed late last year, but we didn’t get our IDs until early this month. This means we can now go on dive trips on our own (but the ID is just a meager part of it; the dive fund—THAT is the big question). Now all we can think of are sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and how to fund this hobby that’s probably going to strip us bare of cash even before it warms up on our hands.

Free dive trip!

And just like that, the Universe decided to play Santa this early: Thursday this week I received news that I won an online photo contest by a scuba diving website, earning me a three-night stay at El Galleon Resort in Puerto Galera and two fun dives! JACKPOT!!! Thank you Universe! Keep all the good things coming!!! :-)

DSC_8135My photo of Calaguas with those two kids won me a free dive trip this year!

Festival Frenzy.

January is always a great time to travel around the country because of the four big festivals Dinagyang, Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, and the Feast of the Black Nazarene. And since all this traveling preoccupation started with Dinagyang in 2011, we’ve made it a point to attend as many fiestas as we can from then on.

two2travel | Nazareno 2013
Nazarene 2013. Read more here.
And after seeing Sinulog last year and Dinagyang the past two years, we’re finally ticking off the other two: the Feast of the Black Nazarene just this week and Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan next week! Ati-Atihan is the Philippines’ oldest festival and is said to have a very different vibe from Sinulog and Dinagyang. We can’t wait to see it for yourselves!


We decided to forego our Dinagyang plans this year to make room (i.e., save money) for a dive trip to Apo Island in Negros Oriental, where we’re going right after Kalibo (and on that note, Universe, please give us the camera we’ve been wanting to use on this trip but for some reason is out of stock in every freaking camera store in the Philippines).

Apo Island is one of the best dive sites in the Philippines and the world, but frankly I’d be very happy with just a sea turtle. I’ve always wanted to see one but I haven’t been very lucky. Hopefully on this trip, I will (fine, Owen will) manage to take a photo of our big shelled friends in the wild.

That said, do we have any New Year’s Resolutions?

Uh, we’ll cross the bridge when we get there. Hope it’s not some bridge with a hole that can swallow a whole motorcycle though.

Thanks for reading! Hoping you’ll stick with us this year! Add us up on Facebook & Twitter!

This is Two2Travel‘s first entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival. The January carnival is hosted by Roj of Adventuroj.

Our 12 favorite travel snapshots for 2012

2012 has been a generous year for us and as much as we’d like to pour our hearts out, we’re already pressed for time (time check: 7:41 AM December 31) and we haven’t even written about everything we’ve been to. So we’ve simply chosen six shots each that we would remember 2012 fondly by.

It had been an amazing second year of traveling together, and we cannot wait for 2013 to come so we can get started with our plans! Thank you too to our readers—hope you stick with us next year! Here’s to an awesome 2013 for all of us!


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No fly, no problem: Air travel alternatives in the Philippines

Planes can sometimes be a messy affair. They’re darn expensive when you don’t book 10 years in advance, and they can leave you just like that if you’re not there when they’re ready to fly. But then they can hold you off for two hours or 24 hours at the slightest technical glitch. It’s an unfair world of flying, we know.


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Travel Tools: Pudding Cam (& other photography apps we love)

It’s fun not to be controlling multiple knobs from a bulky camera once in a while, when all you’re ever going to do is point the screen to your subject and tap the shutter.

But far from being a no-brainer, the likes of Instagram are the nearest we could get to toy film camera effects, something we haven’t tried yet (films + printing are expensive).

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10 digital resources for armchair travelers

Everyone is an armchair traveler. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. After all, office cubicles strewn with work that won’t go away are usually the stuff big travel plans are made of.

So here’s to the tech gods who have made it possible for us to carve travel dreams from electronic pages. :-)

This list is in random order. This is not a sponsored post.


Platform: web; mobile (free on iOS, Android, Nokia)
Twitter: @CNNTravel


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Tips For Your Trips: Philippine airport facts (updated)

This section is for first time travelers looking for airport-related information on their respective destinations. The info on this list is as far as we know based on our own travels, and we will be updating them as we come across more.


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