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How to Have Palawan All to Yourself

If you’ve ever tried living out your castaway fantasy a la Leonardo DiCaprio and actually visited the Thai island where "the Beach" was filmed, you know disappointment. In place of Leo’s fictional bohemian utopia,...

Hitchhiking in Enchanted Siquijor

“Lock the door at night so that the Diwata (bad spirit) cannot surprise us in the dark.” “Have fun trekking in the mountains, but take care of the trolls and fairies!” Yes, Filipinos have superstitions...

From the Pharmacy to the Philippines: Tara Povey’s Incredible Personal Journey

On a hot day in 2014, in a small wooden boat anchored off the coast of the Philippines, Tara Povey felt happy. She’d just completed her level-one certification for freediving — an extreme sport...

Capturing a Lasting Legacy: The While I’m Here Project

“A hero is someone who does something extraordinary. I’m just doing ordinary things.” “The most important thing, I believe, is what I’m doing now — trying to go and make something out of myself before...

Capones Island, Philippines

It was our first trip to Southeast Asia. My boyfriend and I flew into Manila, Philippines, eager for exotic beach escapes: white sand, turquoise waters and bright orange sunsets. We quickly realized, however, that...

Kristine Pierce: Leave Home to Discover Your Roots

I was truly lucky to grow up in a household of travelers, a household where our parents encouraged me and my sister to push our boundaries by exploring the world. My mother often said...