Traveler Spotlight: Neil Alvin Nicerio

For October our Traveler Spotlight is Neil Alvin Nicerio, the person behind The backpack Adventures, a Google Certified Educator, and he was one of the featured bloggers at Navi 2020 Travel Journal. His blog offers great tips for travelers that you won’t see elsewhere. You can tell Neil is passionate about his blog and loves what he does, which is why his writings are very encouraging and straightforward; and his photography skills are extraordinary. Get to know our Traveler of the Month as he shares with us some of his travel experiences by answering our 5 Travel Questions.

Traveler Spotlight Questions

What made you start traveling?

I have always loved the outdoors. However, what really inspired me were the stories and the travel photos of my late grandfather who had visited 50+ countries when he was a seaman. It made me want to see the world with my own eyes. However, I became a career-oriented individual so my travel dreams were shelved for years so that I could focus on building my career. I was lucky enough to have married my wife who fueled my desire to see the world. It was also this time when I started my travel blog The Backpack Adventures.

What have been some of your favorite destinations?

My favorite destinations are:

  1. Atimonan, Quezon – Being my mom’s hometown, I have visited this seaside town numerous times and I could say I have fond memories of almost all tourist locations in it.
  2. Kyoto, Japan – This historic city in Japan is my favorite go-to place whenever I want to experience Japan’s history. I have visited this place numerous times and I won’t get tired of revisiting it again in the future.
  3. Osaka, Japan – This city is my second home. My Japanese godfather and his family live here. This is the first foreign city that I have visited in my life, with that I could say that it’s also the most memorable of all the Japanese destinations that I have already visited.

If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go and why?

That would be New Zealand, I’m a big Lord of the Rings fan so I wanted to see its scenic filming locations in the country and probably do some re-enactments of the iconic scenes in the film.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travelers?

Follow your dreams. Traveling is the best activity if you want to collect memories and experience unique cultures. Also, it deepens your respect for other people and their differences.

Please recommend three posts from your blog you’d like people to read (and why).

I would like to recommend the following posts from my blog:

  1. – This is the compilation of all my articles about the places I visited in the Philippines. It will help you plan your trip to different destinations in the Philippines.
  2. – This is the compilation of all my articles about the places I visited abroad. It will help you plan your trip to different destinations in the world particularly Japan.
  3. – This is the compilation of all my road trip and DIY travel articles. It would surely help you planning your own trip to any destination.

How can people find you on the internet/social media?

You can follow and subscribe to my blog – The Backpack Adventures
You can also follow me on Twitter: @NeilNicerio

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Polly Amora is the señorita behind GoldenIslandSenorita.Net. A corporate warrior by day, and a perpetual explorer by heart. She is a lifelong learner who is very outgoing, speaks four languages, loud & outspoken, and loves to have adventures in the mountains, on the beach, and in the city. You can throw her anywhere, and she'll handle it like a pro. Ice cream and bourbon are two of her weaknesses.


  1. Wow, very inspiring! Japan is also my favorite destination so far. The food, the people, and the view is amazing.

  2. When would I be featured here po? hehehehe. Very nice of featuring our kababayans in your blog.

  3. I love reading it. Japan also is my favorite destination, been there 3 times and I want to go back for more new adventure.

  4. how curious! I love traveling and I am very passionate when it comes to how dedicated to traveling. He seems a very nice person

  5. I agree with him. I want to visit New Zealand too because of the Lord of the rings.

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