As part of the latest instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel and lifestyle blogger, Johanes of Wanderera.
At 23, Johanes left her 8-5 job to pursue a life of travel. She was eager to explore the world, discover what life is about and chase after her dreams.
Following this, her inspiring travel blog, Wanderera, was born. Wanderera is a word she thought of having the same meaning as Lakwatsera (wanderer), just with an ‘a’ at the end to tagalize it and give it a bit of a feminine oomph.
Here, full-time content writer and travel blogger, Johanes showcases her adventures (and misadventures) in the hopes of inspiring others to take a leap of faith and chase after their dreams too.
In addition to her lovely travel blog, Johanes also runs a lifestyle blog called Scoop of Thoughts.
When she is not travelling, you can find Johanes typing away at her laptop and looking for the next ‘seat sale’.
With a pinch of determination and a spoonful of hard work, Johanes believes that you can travel anywhere… Follow her blog for all her travel stories, tips, guides and inspirations for your next trip!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
Aileen from I am Aileen inspired me to start travel blogging.
When I found her blog and read about how she was able to monetise her travel blog and started travelling around the world, despite being in her early twenties… it made me want to do it too.
I love to travel and writing so I thought why don’t I start my own travel blog and we’ll see where that goes?
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I’m more of a nature lover, food seeker and a slow traveller.
I love being around nature and staying in one place for a few weeks to months before moving to my next destination.
I often travel with my husband – and he’s a food lover. So before we even hit the tourist spots, you’ll find us looking for the best foods the place has to offer.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1) Snorkelling at Apo Island:
So, on my husband’s 26th birthday, we were travelling to Cebu and decided to check out Apo Island. (Since it’s only a few hours away.) It was one of the best decisions we have made!
It was the first time I snorkelled without a life vest. I know how to swim – but I’m still working on swimming in the deep waters. So snorkelling around Apo Island made me think that I can do it… that swimming isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
2) Visiting Hong Kong on a tight budget:
After graduating from college, my friend and I decided to go on a trip to Hong Kong to celebrate. We explored the region for a week and made lots of fun memories.
What made it super memorable was that we were on a super tight budget. For the duration of our trip, we only ate the cheapest noodles and bread that we could find. Food in Hong Kong is ‘hella expensive’.
3) Getting stuck in Boracay during a typhoon:
For my 25th birthday, my husband and I decided to visit Boracay. We had our two-week trip planned out. But things don’t always go according to plan.
A few days after we arrived in Boracay, there was a typhoon… So instead of lounging around the beach, we had a pretty awesome ‘staycation’ and ate lots of seafood!
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
My husband and I live in the Philippines.
Our most eye-opening travel experience was finding out how much fishermen and farmers sell their fresh catch and crops for.
I mean, sure, it’s a given that they do sell their crops and fresh catch at a lesser price compared to the ones sold in the market.
But just knowing the price difference was, wow… In the market, you can find broccoli sold at a price that’s ten times higher!
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
One of our worst local travel experiences was when we visited Boracay. Every single corner and every ten meters or so, you’d find locals selling products that are just too expensive.
You can buy these things outside of the island at a cheaper price. Take, for example, one young coconut costs $5 while it’s usually sold at $1…
Boracay was beautiful – but knowing you’re getting ripped off in broad daylight nearly ruined our trip…
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
My top three travel destinations are Palawan, Tokyo and Machu Picchu.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I’d recommend Two Monkeys Travel Group; I find Kach and Jonathan to be such an inspiring couple.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I’d love to travel to Japan… It’s my ultimate dream destination!
The sakura trees aside, Japan just has so much to offer. I love their food, the people and the culture.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Currently, I live in Baguio City, Philippines with my husband. It’s the coldest city in the country.
If you’re planning to visit, I highly recommend that you try the local Benguet coffee. It’s one of the best coffees in the country.
If you want to save on food, book an Airbnb that includes a kitchen… The local market sells the cheapest vegetables!
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Take your time when travelling. Don’t be in such a hurry, hopping from one tourist spot to another. If possible, stay for at least a week and go explore off the beaten paths.
Talk to the locals and ask them about the best places to visit and which restaurants they would recommend. Chances are, you’re going to find a hidden gem!
To read about and see all of Johanes’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome travel blog or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.
Thank you very much, Johanes, for appearing in this guest travel interview.
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.