I decided to leave the nine-to-five career lifestyle and started a journey to the unknown and travel the world. I went backpacking in Asia with my brother and sister. From there, I started having a nomadic life, traveling from country to country. In 2019, I decided it was the right time to settle and finally buy a house. After lots of thinking, I chose Montenegro as the best country to live in as it is a young country and is cheaper compared with other countries in Europe.
Living in Montenegro was one of the best choices I had as this country is really an ideal place for digital nomads, but at the same time want to settle down like me. Between the years of 2019-2021, a lot of things happened and I was still able to travel to different countries (although not as much as before because of the pandemic and the renovation of my stone house).
In the first quarter of 2021, I had chronic pains that kept on bothering me. This made me decide to undergo an operation and I was also diagnosed with PTSD. This turning point in my life made me realize the people who will really stay for me during these trying times. It was difficult but it made me stronger.
For this reason, I’m slowly coming back to being a solo traveler and will still pursue my goal of traveling to all the countries using only my Philippines passport.
I have a unique travel style which is a blend of luxury and adventure-seeking out the most incredible experiences on foot, mountain bike, motorbike, up mountains, through rivers and out of aeroplanes, before arriving at a luxury hotel, to be soothed back to life with a spa, a massage, and some fine food! I love volunteering! I started volunteering while investing in our Tantra Yoga certification and Ayurveda massage therapy. After getting certified, I practiced and made a living out of it. After all of those experiences, I decided to have our own travel blog as our main source of income.
Kach —> born in 1988
It sounds like “catch” =)
Kach —> Laguna, Philippines
Kach —> Philippines
I’ve been traveling the world with my Philippines Passport! It’s hard but doable. You can read my visa experiences, here.
Kach – OFW (Admin/ Quality Assurance) in the Middle East (Kuwait and Kurdistan, Iraq)
You can read the article that I wrote in 2014 on why I quit my job to travel the world =)
We started with our own savings then Teaching English in Vietnam where we saved almost 12,000 USD. You can read our teaching experience in Hanoi, Vietnam here! We also love volunteering! We started volunteering (waitress, hostel cleaner, cook) while investing in our Tantra Yoga certification and Ayurveda massage therapy in India. After getting certified, we practiced and made a living out of it. After all of those experiences, we decided to have our own travel blog in 2014 as our main source of income.
Here’s the list of jobs we did to support our sustainable travel lifestyle =)
Kach – 146 countries (as of June 2021)
Come back after a few months, I will start writing it down!
I had an idea to start the blog in May 2014 but we officially launched it in the last week of October 2014.
I don’t have a credit card until 2016.. I only used Cash, PayPal, my PHL’s bank account. You can read how I did it.
I usually go to the Embassy of the country where I’m traveling. First, I check and read the Foreign affairs website of that country and from there, I go to the Embassy office and bring all the required documents. I’ve never tried applying for visas in the Philippines.
Some of the required tourist visas I got abroad:
and a lot more… stalk the blog and you’ll find the details
You can read our media features and some interviews, here.
Here’s a full article I wrote about it and some tips =)
If you’re just starting a blog, here are my tips on how you can start making money.
If you’re already blogging and want to take it to the next level, read my article on how these bloggers earn more than 5,000USD per month! Some are even earning more than $25,000 per month! Yup, per MONTH. =)
Yes, I’ve been traveling full-time since 2013 with my Philippines passport. You can read my passport and visa experiences here.
You don’t need to hire a travel agency to help you with the visa because you can do it directly at the embassy or online. Below tips are only about Tourist visa and NOT work visa.
If you’re already based abroad, you will only be required an onward flight ticket and not necessarily a ticket back to the Philippines. This is based on my personal experience, I left the Philippines in 2013 and only returned on 2017 after visiting 100 (as of December 2017).
However, if you will begin your journey from Manila or Cebu then the immigration official will ask you to provide a return flight to the Philippines. Long-term travel is not yet a common thing in the Philippines.
Get a backpack, travel on a minimal cost and stay in a cheap backpackers hostels (you can find our recommended lists here in Asia etc)
We have a detailed article here. =)
Here are my very detailed 50 tips on how you can travel without money, earn money on the road and even how you can prepare yourself before going on a big trip!
There are different routes but I usually suggest our readers (who are first-timers) to start in Thailand then follow the “pancake trail” – Here’s our complete itinerary guide on how you can do it!
We have Olympus, Huawei Phone, Nikon and now a CANON G7x for blogging. But you can find a lot of options here that are cheap and not-bulky.
We wrote 5 different routes here for you guys, you have to consider your budget and the visa. Here you go. =)
Yes, we were teaching in Vietnam last 2013. I’m a Filipino citizen but my first salary was $17 per class but when I left in 2014, I was getting paid $25 per hour. My degree is not even teaching and I didn’t have experience.
However, you need to get a TEFL certificate (usually 120 hours is the requirements, read my personal TEFL experience here.
Love this question and I know a lot of people can relate, I wrote a very popular article here on the Truth and Lies about Filipina with Foreigners.