10 Recommended Books to Read about Travel

It’s a dream to travel and most don’t get to as much as they’d like. With the power that books have you can travel to various destinations just with a turn of a page. Here are some recommended books to read about travel. We have travel guides, novels and memoirs for you to go pour over.

Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story by Tony and Maureen Wheeler

You may already be familiar with The Lonely Planet travel guides and in this particular book, it covers the personal journey of Tony and Mureen Wheeler, founders of the popular guide series. They share their experiences through anecdotes while traversing the land of independent travel. Travel to country to country with them and pick up useful information and inspiration when you make your own travel adventures.

The Beach by Alex Garland

What makes this suspense thriller a must read are the illustrative descriptions of the beautiful “Beach” yet is woven into the other authentic side of Thailand. Budget traveling, unsavory trade and the like are touched on in this novel. The seemingly untouched Phi Phi Islands is the star of the same titled movie featuring famous Leonardo Di Caprio.

Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked by Lonely Planet

You may find some of the usual tourist attractions on this list or UNESCO certified destinations but Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts also gives us some less known gems to explore. Some of the compelling places include Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia and more.

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places by National Geographic

The pictures speak for itself in this collage of 250 color photographs collated by National Geographic’s expert and world class photographers. Take a photographic journey to 225 of the world’s amazing places. Expect scenic cityscapes, white-sand beaches, rain forests, and even authentic cobbled streets in this much recommended book.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Based on an impulsive decision Cheryl Strayed hiked more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State alone. A story of strength, determination and healing, Wild is an inspiring tale for those who encounter life changing circumstances and seek change in their life.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A novel of self discovery against the backdrop of Italy, India and Bali, it explores the need for personal inflection and the true meaning of success in life. Eat Pray Love has been an inspiration to many seeking for more in their lives and those who wish to travel beyond what they could have imagined. In the setting of 3 beautiful destinations readers will experience cuisine in Italy, peace in India and healing in Bali.

The Lost Girls by Baggett, Corbett, Pressner

You hear about people leaving their “lives” to travel. Here are 3 women who did just that. Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner left their successful jobs, friends, love lives and everything familiar to embark on a backpacking adventure around the world. They traveled to 4 continents through the mountains and jungles of South America, beaches of Australia, going to Kenya, India and New Zealand.

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)

Our 3rd recommendation from Lonely Planet, this book covers every country in the world. A double page spread showing places to visit, sights to see, a country’s culture and statistics and more. With over 229 countries and destinations and 814 images to pour over this book will fill many days and feed your wanderlust.

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

A bicycle trek starting in Ireland through Iran and Afghanistan, onto the Himalayas then Pakistan and lastly India, is the premise for this memoir. She prefers the hospitality of locals and focused on the local culture. That’s not to say the whole trip was a pleasant one. She has been attacked by wolves and injured in Afghanistan.

The Size of the World by Jeff Greenwald

With a goal to perform a kora around earth, a voyage that would consist of weeks at sea, days on trains, and hours on alternative modes of transportation anything except an airplane. His adventures led him to an active volcano in Guatemala, saving a baby snow leopard in Tibet, and spending his fortieth birthday in the Sahara.

Top 10 of the World’s Best Dive Sites

Looking for a more extreme underwater experience this summer? Why not try one of these best dive sites in the world?

Barracuda Point –  Sipadan Island, Malaysia

Sipadan is a very small island on the East Coast of Sabah Malaysia. If you want wall of coral where sharks come cruising by and barracuda surrounding the place, Barracuda Point in Sipadan is perfect for you. The site also boasts with white tips, turtles, grouper, jacks and bumphead parrotfish.

Photo credit: Bernard DUPONT (Flickr)
Photo credit: Bernard DUPONT (Flickr)

Blackish Point – Bay Islands Honduras

Blackish point is located in Utila, a tiny mangrove island in Bay islands. Its name was derived from the volcanic rock that forms the wall paralleling shore. The upper section of reef is covered with healthy hard and soft corals. The site shelters goliath grouper, huge lobsters and by chance, “Old Tom,” Utila’s resident legendary whale shark.

Photo credit: dianedivesphotos
Photo credit: dianedivesphotos

Blue Heron Bridge – Riviera Beach, Florida, USA

A lot of weird marine life lurks in the shallows of Riviera Beach.  Flying gurnards, bandtail sea robins and striated frogfish commonly populate this site which make it popular for divers.

Photo credit: amanderson2 (Flickr)
Photo credit: amanderson2 (Flickr)

Capo d’Acqua – Italy

Capo d’Acqua is a small lake filled with clear spring water that highlights medieval ruins of two mills and a paint factory. The site is also home to some exciting fauna which includes fario or brown trout.

Photo credit: Scuba Diver Life
Photo credit: Scuba Diver Life

Darwin’s Arch – Galapagos Ecuador

Darwin’s Arch is famous for massive whale sharks that patrol the blue, turtles, burly Galapagos sharks, tiger sharks on the safety stop, free-swimming moray eels, eagle rays and schooling hammerheads.

Photo credit: Dive Photo Guide
Photo credit: Dive Photo Guide

Great Blue Hole, Belize

This dive site is rich in coral reefs of vibrant colors. Enormous tuna, sharks, octopus and other pelagics also inhabit the place. Descending another 25 m and you can explore the stalagtites and stalagmites of ancient caverns.

Photo credit: Kashif Pathan (Flickr)
Photo credit: Kashif Pathan (Flickr)

Liberty – Bali, Indonesia

Liberty was a United States Army cargo ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in January 1942 and beached on the island of Bali. The wreck is very popular because it is encrusted in anemone, gorgonians and corals. The black sand provides an excellent backdrop for the variety of marine life. The wreck is inhabited by a huge school of big-eyed trevally and over 400 other species of fish which are mostly very tame.

Photo credit: stokes rx (Flickr)
Photo credit: stokes rx (Flickr)

Nakwakto Rapids – British Columbia, Canada

Nakwakto Rapids, one of the top cold water dives is listed on the Guinness Book of World Records as having one of the strongest currents in the world. It is home to the famous Turret Rock, a rock which stood defiant in the middle of the churning currents of the Nakwkto Rapids. The site is the realm of giant gooseneck barnacles, an oversize crustacean found few other places. Along with the barnacles are crabs, painted greenlings, sculpins and a colorful palette of anemones.

Photo credit: Diver Trek
Photo credit: Diver Trek

Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea

Thistlegorm is a British vessel which was attacked from air and sunk by a German bomber in 1941. This large wreck that lies in the Strait of Gubal is the main attraction in the Red Sea region for divers.

Photo credit: HannahHawke (Flickr)
Photo credit: HannahHawke (Flickr)

Tubbataha Reef – Palawan Philippines

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. The site is popular for its very high density of marine species, pristine coral reef, extensive lagoons and coral atolls.

Photo credit: q phia (Flickr)
Photo credit: q phia (Flickr)

10 Places to Dine at in La Union Philippines

La Union is one of the most visited provinces in the Northern Philippines. Being welcomed by a picturesque seascape and a taste for adventure, this province in the Ilocandia is also considered as the Surfing Capital of the North, with people from all over the world flocking to its surfing spots.

But of course, all the surfing and the adventure will make you hungry for good food. Here we have listed 10 spots that you should not miss dining at when in La Union.

Halo Halo de Iloko

Offering Filipino food and dessert, Halo Halo de Iloko is the spot to cool down after a hot day of surfing and roaming. When dining here, one must try their Halo-Halo – a Filipino dessert made with shaved ice, sweetened beans, ice cream, gelatin, rice crispies, milk flan, sugar, and milk.

Halo Halo de Iloko

Address: Zandueta St., San Fernando, La Union

Jinyou

If you are in search of good Korean food during your stay in La Union, Jinyou is the place to go. Located in the Metro, this Korean restaurant serves the best Samgyupsal in the province.

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Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

Olives Restaurant

Olives is the restaurant for Italian food in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is the 4-Flavored Pizza.

Olives Restaurant

Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

S.O.U.L Café

A ‘Spice of Urban Life” as they call themselves, S.O.U.L Café is the place to either grab a quick snack or stay over for coffee.

S.O.U.L. Cafe

Address: Camp One, Rosario, La Union

Surf Shack

Combining good food with the surfing experience, Surf Shack is the place to go to for sea surfers and adventurers alike.

Surf Shack

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

La Roca

Located along Surfer’s Road, this restaurant and hotel offers travelers good food with the great view of La Union’s seascape.

La Roca

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

Sugar Artisan

Sweet toothed? Sugar Artisan is the place to grab some really good desserts. From parfaits to crepes, they have it all here.

Sugar Artisan

Address: McArthur Hwy, San Juan, La Union

Riverfarm

For those that are craving for fresh seafood, Riverfarm is the place for you. This restaurant serves catch-to-plate food that is fresh every time.

Riverfarm
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Address: Km 232, Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union

Makkan Ilokano Restaurant

Serving authentic Ilokano food, Makkan is the place to go to complete your Ilocandia experience in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is their Crispy Dinuguan.

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Address: Sta. Barbara, Agoo, La Union

Midway

When craving for baby-back ribs in La Union, Midway Grill is the place to go.

Midway Grill

Address: Añez Building, MacArthur Highway, Carlatan, San Fernando

Your Next Travel Playlist

Whether you’re chillin’ on the beach, climbing a mountain or soaring through the sky, this is your next Travel Playlist. We’ve found songs that’ll cheer you up, get you thinking or just help you relax. From our blog to your ears! Enjoy!

Clean Bandit – Rather Be ft. Jess Glynne

Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

Mr. Probz – Waves

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy

DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

Charles William – Where You Wanna Be

Tez Cadey – Seve

Kasket Club – Straight West

The 1975 – The Sound

 

 

Top 10 Most Breathtaking Spots on Earth

The most breathtaking spots on earth create such a feeling of magnificence that we had to share some of the ones we’ve found with you. These are from various spots around the globe and destinations you can add to your travel list.

1. Great Blue Hole, Belize 

Great Blue Hole Belize Flickr Kashif Pathan
Photo Credit: Flickr- Kashif Pathan

2. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Flickr SF Brit
Photo Credit: Flickr- SF Brit

 3. Milky Way, Palau

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

4. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach Australia Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Australia Wikipedia

5. Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

6. Manjuyod Sandbar, Philippines

Manjuyod Sandbar in Dumaguete Christian LeBlanc
Photo Credit: Christian LeBlanc

7. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona Flickr Moyan Brenn
Photo Credit: Flickr Moyan Brenn

8. Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

9. Etretat Cliffs, Normandy

Photo Credit: Flickr Moyan Brenn

10. Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Flickr 2il org
Photo Credit:- Flickr 2il org

 

Top 10 Beaches

With so many beaches to visit you might have a hard time deciding where to head next so we’ve come up with a list of the most stunning beaches in the world.

Here are the Top 10 Beaches you have to make a point of visiting (in no particular order):

1. Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands

PhotoCredit: Flickr-Damien Dempsey
PhotoCredit: Flickr-Damien Dempsey

2 .Valley Church Beach, Antigua

Photo Credit: Flickr-Roberto Faccenda
Photo Credit: Flickr-Roberto Faccenda

3. Maho Beach, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Wade
Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Wade

4. Lagoon Hauru Moorea, French Polynesia

Photo Credit: Flickr- dany13
Photo Credit: Flickr- dany13

5. La Digue Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

Photo Credit: Flickr -Didier Baertschiger
Photo Credit: Flickr -Didier Baertschiger

6. Horseshoe Bay Beach Southampton Parish, Bermuda

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jeremy-T. Hetzel
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jeremy-T. Hetzel

7. El Nido, Palawan Philippines

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jerick Parrone
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jerick Parrone

8. Chalk Sound Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Photo Credit: Flickr- Tim Sackton
Photo Credit: Flickr- Tim Sackton

9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Photo Credit: Flickr- Shi Devotion
Photo Credit: Flickr- Shi Devotion

10. Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Photo Credit: Flickr- Almir de Freitas
Photo Credit: Flickr- Almir de Freitas