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Hey Hunnies! I’m POLLY AMORA, a 30-something traveler based in Manila, Philippines and I am thrilled to have you visiting my blog. I’m extroverted to the nth degree (for details click here) and would describe myself as adventurous, outgoing and mostly up for a challenge (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C). I am a nurse by profession but later decided to establish a printing services business (which, helps me fund my travels). On weekdays, I’m mostly focused on my work and other commitments but on weekends, I try to go somewhere either with friends or traveling solo.

What inspired you to travel?

I’ve been traveling since I was four but truly fell in love with it when I volunteered in outreach programs and medical missions to depressed/remote areas in our country back in 2004. My first international solo-travel to Hong Kong last 2009 was also an eye-opener. Basically, I love exposing myself to new experiences, exploring new places, learning new things, and helping others along the way. ❤

What’s your travel style?

I like to travel slow and I’m always up for a challenge. Throw me your craziest ideas, I’m usually down to do anything! Some of the things that I enjoy are: climbing mountains, the beach, exploring new cities, making new friends, and indulging in different cuisines and dishes. Anything that keeps me moving and I learn something from it.

Apart from traveling what are your other hobbies & interests?

We can be good at a lot of things and I don’t limit myself to one. I am secretly a geek. I enjoy playing online games (DOTA girl since 2004) and I can be very competitive. I also enjoy reading mostly are fiction but I also like business and self-help. I’m into music and I play the drums in fact, as a side-hustle, I teach drums to students of all ages and levels. For sports, I’m a marathoner and have finished several 26.2 miles races. I’m also an MMA fighter and recently, I joined a dragon boat team. For art, I enjoy sketching and watercolor painting. I’ve also designed tattoos for friends.

Through this blog, I hope to inspire my readers:

  • To encourage my readers to be well-traveled, take risks, and be unafraid to seek and embrace adventure both literally and figuratively.
  • That traveling is attainable, affordable, and doable even if you don’t quit your 9-5.
  • To explore, appreciate and travel even within their backyards. It’s easy to get caught up in wishing to be somewhere else, even when our own cities or countries are filled with amazing destinations and things to do.
  • Hopefully encourage other travelers to come visit my beautiful country, the Philippines. #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines ❤

But how?

  • Through sharing travel tips and tricks, and my stories & experiences before, during and after traveling.
  • Through sharing detailed information such as travel guides & itinerary, practical budget tips and honest reviews & recommendations so you can travel more for less!

 

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  1. Hi Polly I want to thank you so much for teaching me that failure should not to be feared but to overcome. You are a beautiful lady and yes maam, a hero for sharing your experiences with all of us! Have a nice night

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  2. Your story has impacted me in an extremely positive way. I too have depression and recently had to deal with what I would say were the most difficult symptoms from it. I felt very alone and just couldn’t accept the struggles I was facing. I’ve always been very in control of myself from all aspects, but during those times, I doubted myself completely. It was disappointing. Running into your blog inspired me and aided in turning that hopelessness into patience and perseverance. Thank you so much for your bravery to share and having such positive influence over me, my then situation, and now my every day. Keep doing what you are doing. It is much appreciated.

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    1. I’m so happy to hear my journey has inspired yours. I know it’s difficult but you have to be strong and keep moving no matter how things are going. Know that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive. We have to keep pushing EVERY SINGLE DAY💪🏼 Keep me updated on how you’re doing. Take care. ❤ ❤

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  3. This is what you inspire in others. Give love, get love. I’m so glad I follow you and get to see all the love you give and get back. You’re changing people’s lives with love.

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  4. I’m a 21 year old female, university student from UK who aspires to travel the world someday. I’d like to know how you got started and what preparations did you do? Thanks Polly. I love your blog.

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    1. Hi Cara, thank you for dropping by. I just graduated in college when I was 21. To be truthful with you, local travels in the Philippines are cheap it’s why I was able to go. With only 77.28 GBP, you can already travel (by land). But when I first traveled international most of the expenses were shouldered by my parents, particularly my plane tickets. I had an online shop but it was only good for my pocket money and accommodation. What I can suggest is, do a thorough research of the destination (this includes your accommodation, fare for public transpo, entrance fee, food, entrance fee of the spots that you’d like to visit). It’s best to allot extra money just in case of unforeseen expenses. Good luck! 🙂

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  5. Polly you are so sweet and seem like an awesome girl! Thank you for being so positive, kind and inspiring! Whenever I see you in my email (yes im a subscriber) it lights up my whole day! You are a very special soul, and God loves you and the work that you are doing, and the love you are spreading to the world.

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  6. Polly, hi. How did you get started with your business? Is it through blogging? I got fired from my full-time job in Croatia after I busted my leg. After my injury, they told me, “Don’t come to work.” I want to travel and have enough money for it. Regards, Filip.

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    1. Hi Filip! I’m really sorry to hear that. 😦 Getting started with the business and traveling is a broad topic which I will be writing a post soon. No, blogging isn’t my work/business. I hope you stick around. Or you can send me an email so we can further discuss it. Thank you for dropping by.

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  7. I spoke with my daughter the other day and she told me that she wanted to quit her job to travel the world. She mentioned about being a digital nomad? I’m not familiar with the term but she got the idea after reading a few travel blogs. She’s an accountant in a well known company here in Idaho. She’s worked so hard to get to where she is now. I’m worried that she might just give up her career. I saw your post about traveling and running a business. I sent it to my daughter for her to read. I hope I could convince her. I’m just worried about her future. Thank you for listening to my rant.

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    1. Hi Deshaun, I hope you’re well. Digital nomads are those who use the internet to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, etc. I heard that they earn tons of money from it (depends on the ‘online job’ that they get). I know a few digital nomads personally, but quite frankly I’m not impressed with how much they’re earning. I suggest if she really wants to pursue it, she should do a research. Compare how much she’s currently earning and how much she’s going to get from being a DM. She should set a long-term goal too. I hope everything goes well. And let me know what happens.

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  8. well said polly.. indeed as individuals we must become independent..we also need mentors in society who done it and truly want to give back and see people truly evolve.. but it all begins with the inner eye becoming open to the true realities of why were put here and that purpose will drive us to becoming who we were designed to be as individuals in this amazing world..

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  9. I’m very inconsistent as a writer – blogging can be messy – it’s all you. It’s strictly the out pouring of yourself you have the energy to give. Just don’t spill on the magic of it with too much worry of self discipline 😘🔥✨✨ you inspire many !!!!!!!!!

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  10. My heart is so full for you and what you have made 💖 What you have made is truly something magical and I am so humbled to be a part of it, even if for a moment. I love you—keep shining cause the sky’s the limit for you QUEEN ✨

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  11. Hi Polly, I like the honesty of your blog. What most travel bloggers have been doing for the past few years is selling a dream that has nothing to do with reality. I know this will ruffle some feathers. But encouraging people to sell everything to travel the world indefinitely is darn selfish. It’s a sales pitch. A very compelling one, but not a sustainable one. Keep it up!

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    1. Hey Kate, thank you very much for dropping by. I’ve seen a lot of those and I don’t really agree with them. I guess the best practice is to not be like that. Thank you very much for the support! ❤

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  12. I’ve read some of your post and it made me click on your “About Me.” I’m highly impressed by how open and honest you are with your writings without sounding slanderous. Most “Influencers” try so hard to portray that they’re living the perfect life. I’ve seen travelers post misleading pictures of their vacation to make things appear to be better than they really are. I can see through BS and immediately click the “X” button after. I really like this blog. You’ve gained one more follower.

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    1. Hi Jes, thank you very much for taking time to read my posts! I truly appreciate it! I refuse to call myself an influencer. Hahaha! I just enjoy traveling whenever I have time and share my experiences to hopefully help other travelers. Thank you very much for the support. ❤

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  13. Travel bloggers are the worst. I’m not a cynic and I personally know dozens of travel bloggers who are pretty nice people. My beef is with their line of work and the lack of value in it. It all started three or four years ago. I was hitting the Twitter travel chat scene pretty hard, excitedly exchanging pointless travel tips with other delirious “digital nomads” and “travel enthusiasts” (Really? Have you been to an airport lately?). After a couple of these travel chats, I began to develop a serious aversion to travel chats and the people (mostly travel bloggers) participating in them. Repeating the same nonsensical, generic travel advice over and over again. If I had a dollar every time one of these travel bloggers gave these answers to describe their most ideal, meaningful travel experiences, I’d be on the cover of Forbes right now. Why are these sentiments so obnoxious? Because they’re completely disingenuous and reveal a lack of self-awareness and delusions about the world. With that being said, I would like to commend you for being the REAL voice of travelers. One of the few genuine ones out there. I like that you do not promote this ‘I left my job to travel the world’ crap that’s totally unrealistic. Good job, Polly. You’re doing an outstanding service.

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    1. Hi Earl, I’m sorry to hear this. I do agree, some travel bloggers are deceptive and do not show the real score. That’s why I try to be as transparent as much as possible. I do not believe in ‘I left my job to travel the world’. Hahaha! I want to be able to secure myself (and my family) financially not just in the in present but also in the future. Travel blogging isn’t going to be a trend forever. Thank you very much for your kind words. It’s people like you who keeps me inspired to write more. ❤

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  14. I enjoy reading your blog and I am here more frequently than I comment. I shared your vacation posts too, thank you for sharing terrific information. I hope to see more good things from you.

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  15. I’ve just finished reading your whale shark watching post. I like the honesty that you put in it. My husband and I are planning to visit Oslob but after reading your post I don’t think I’ll ever have the heart to do so. I’ve read a few of your articles as well and all I can say is that you’re a breath of fresh air. People that only show the good stuff and want to create an image and seem like everything is always perfect. Keep it up!

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    1. Hi Cynthia! I find that my opinions can be off putting but I’d rather be straightforward than give them high hopes. People search the interwebs to get information and at least get an idea of what it’s like before they travel. For this blog, I offer nothing but honest opinions whether it’s good or bad – I’ll tell it as it is. Thank you very much for dropping by and reading my post! ❤

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  16. I want to travel, but then I think about how racism and discrimination still exists, and it’s often hard for me to feel safe. I’m a total wimp, and my anxiety makes me terrified to even leave the house some days. Some days, it’s a fight just to get to the library, or to the grocery. I’m afraid I’ll never go the places I want to go and I don’t want to let it stop me from living my life. I’m Promise from Nigeria.

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    1. Hi Promise! I admire you for not wanting it to stop you. Anxiety is something that everyone experiences. Some people learn to control it, while others learn to live with less of it. But it is also something that you can overcome. It will take time, and it may take the support of family and friends. During my travels, I had no problems related to racism and everything went smoothly. For example, Italy and Spain, these countries are known for having racism issues. I met so many kind people from those countries, and that’s what I remember above all. I am not saying that racism and discrimination doesn’t exist but I think it would be unfair to judge a country based on one rotten tomato or what you see/hear without actually visiting the place. If you feel that you aren’t ready to travel, that’s totally fine. You don’t need to rush.

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  17. Good morning, Polly! I’m Jae Hwa from Sulwhasoo. A holistic beauty brand designed to spread Asian Beauty worldwide, featuring its unique ingredients and recipes. We invite you to try our product and offer studio samples at a 20% discount. I’m eager to receive your feedback.

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  18. I’m at awe at how dedicated you are with your website. I couldn’t imagine traveling, running a business and keeping your website updated all at the same time. Do you at least get something from this? I hope everything is going great for you!

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    1. Hi Cass! I found a way to balance everything – thank goodness! 😀 Do I get something from this? I do. Happiness. Hahaha! I earn from this but I’ll be allotting it to keeping this blog up and running. Thank you very much! ❤

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