The Bloggers

Hi! We are Yoshke Dimen and Vins Carlos.

They say travel is for the financially rich, physically strong, and socially adept. We’re none of those. We are everything a traveler should not be. We’re too shy to approach strangers, too shy to haggle, too shy to ask for directions. We’re geographically challenged. Socially awkward. Perpetually unlucky. Clumsy. Accident-prone. And definitely NOT wealthy.

Most travelers we meet on the road are quick to assume that we must come from a rich family, that we have rich parents funding our trips. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Yoshke

YOSHKE DIMEN

Facebook: /yoshkedimen
Instagram: yoshke
Twitter: @yoshke
Personal Blog: www.yoshke.com

Vins

VINS CARLOS

Facebook: Vins Carlos
Instagram: vinscarlos
Twitter: @uss_carlvinson
Personal Blog: vinscarlos.com

 

When we started this blog, we were struggling to make ends meet. We were both at the very bottom of the corporate ladder, working an 8-5 job. We shared a dodgy apartment with four other friends, and every payday we would always watch our wages vanish into thin air. And by thin air we mean rent, bills, and daily expenses. We also had to support our families, sending our siblings and nieces to school. We could not afford to go out of town on our own.

The first several posts on this blog were actually part of company outings and business trips that we gladly took advantage of. When we became able to go on a personal trip, we would make do with the meager budget that we had. In our early days of travel blogging, we slept at airports and bus terminals so we won’t have to spend money on hotels. We also refused to eat at restaurants so we would just hit the grocery for food.

The more places we set foot on for work, the more we were inspired to work harder, save bigger, and eventually go farther. We accepted part-time jobs and grabbed every opportunity to earn extra. Whatever we saved, we spent on indulging our wanderlust. It started out like that. But that’s NOT how it went on.

Years ago, both of us quit our day jobs to travel the world.

Today, we are full-time travelers, enjoying a more comfortable nomadic lifestyle, exploring one country after the next. This is the life we have always dreamed of — no overtimes, no bosses, no pressure. It’s a world where weekends never end and life grows wings, not roots. [ Read more about how we quit our jobs to travel here >> ]

What happened? This blog happened.

This blog was born after a series of unfortunate events. We’re not built for travel. On our first trip together, our boatman did not show up, leaving us stranded at a deserted wharf and forcing us to walk through an unfamiliar forest. On our next trip, our boat crashed onto a rock islet and floated aimlessly for almost an hour. It was as though the universe was saying something: travel was not for us.

We started this blog simply to document our misadventures. We only wanted to write. We didn’t expect it to earn, let alone sustain our travel lifestyle. But over the years, our readership continued to grow, attracting advertisers along the way. Some call it luck. We’d like to think it’s hard work. Maybe it’s a one-two punch of both.

We’re thankful to all our readers and partners for making our travel dream a reality.

Over the last six years, The Poor Traveler has emerged as one of the biggest travel blogs in the world in terms of traffic and social media presence.

What makes our blog click
is that we are relatable.

Like most people,
we’re casual travelers, not hardcore backpackers.
We’re vacation-goers, not long-term nomads.
We enjoy solo adventures,
but we also love sightseeing with friends and family.

And although we’re a budget travel blog,
our primary audience is composed mainly of
21-45 yo full-time professionals
who wish to take a break from work.
They are budget-conscious
but are willing to spend hard-earned money
on experiences that are worth it.

 

We travel at our own pace, in our own way.

Although our lives have become more comfortable lately, we continue to travel on a budget. Our goal is to go on exploring the world while helping others do the same.

Yet, we do not claim to be an authority in budget travel. In fact, we always end up spending more than we originally planned. We cannot promise you that what you read on this blog is the cheapest way to travel — no, we most certainly cannot promise you that — but we can share ways on how to make the most out of every trip through the lessons we pick up along the way, cost-related or otherwise.

– Yoshke and Vins

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  • I am a fan of ‘THE POOR TRAVELLER’.
    Whenever I‘ll visit some places, I tend to visit your site and check out what are the do‘s & don’ts. Your blogs are very helpful, specially to the poor traveller like you.

    • The Poor Traveler

      Thanks, Vanessa! I’ll try to squeeze in more tips when writing! 🙂

      • we‘ve been to.El Nido last week and your blogs and tips are much appreciated. Thank You. 🙂

  • erickhampaslupa

    Hi,
    i came across this page and saw your blog about Bagobo in bohol,we will be checking in the same resort and it was really helpful to familiarize myself to the place before even getting there, well a short intro atleast. thanks!

    • The Poor Traveler

      Great! Enjoy your stay. It’s not a stellar resort but pocket-friendly.

  • Anonymous

    hi, i’m a fan of yours, and i really envy you travelling to many places i love to travel also, and i find your blog very helful. this march my daughter is schedule to have her externship (ojt) in malaysia and the school encourages the parents to visit their children. i might follow your itinerary. im very excited to see beautiful places in malaysia. thumbs up!

    • The Poor Traveler

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy your stay in Malaysia! 🙂

  • Kate

    It’s my first time here in your blog. Really enjoyed reading. 🙂 full of info. And very inspiring. Keep it up!

    • The Poor Traveler

      Thanks,Kate. Hope to see you again on this blog! 🙂

  • Ayala Bacolod property Specialist

    Good to have a Blog like yours, I always search for a blog like yours whenever Im planning to travell for a vacation with my wife.
    You know what, because of time and money constraint some time we just choose some place reasort near Bacolod to minimize time and money. Your blog has a very good advice for poor traveller like me. Thanks I shall be your vivid blog follower….

  • Dear POOR TRAVELER,
    Greetings!

    We are writing to you with regard to a possible collaboration for the promotion of our hotel in Coron, Palawan. We have been following closely your travel blog, and we thought that it might be of interest to you to visit Coron again, and write on a different aspect of the place, especially the accommodation, the value for money experience and the warm hospitality of our people.

    MyHometel Inc. is a hospitality management company, operating budget and boutique hotels in the Philippines. Currently, we are operating four (4) hotels: two in Cebu, one in General Santos and another in Coron, Palawan, which just recently opened two months ago. We are in the planning stages of developing two more boutique hotels in Panglao, Bohol and Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

    For Coron, Palawan, we would like to host your 3 days 2 nights stay (for two) accommodation as well as tour package for free. Our interest is not only to promote Coron and our Hotel through your blog, but also provide insights or ideas to help us further improve our service to tourists. For your reference, you may visit our website, coronecolodge.com and Facebook page (Coron Ecolodge).

    We hope to hear from you soonest. We look forward to a possible meeting to discuss the above matter in greater detail.

    Sincerely,

    Manny Paredes
    Marketing

  • You are an inspiration! Your blog is very informative. Must-read by all travelers.

  • Roanne

    i hope you visit batanes.. and stay @ amboy hometel.

  • I’m glad I found your blog. I also love to travel on a budget and am looking forward to more of your tips and ideas about travel. Thanks! 🙂

    Marris
    http://www.paccube.com
    http://www.facebook.com/paccubepage

  • JB

    I just came across your blog today and fell in love with it instantly. You write well and include tons of useful information. Pictures are great too. Keep up the good work and I’m happy to read that you’ve escaped the doldrums of the corporate world, and found your calling. I’m a fan.

  • josefina ( joy ) alvarez

    IS YOUR CORNER SUBSCRIBE NOW FREE? THAT IS I HAVE NOTHING TO PAY AT ALL IF I SUBSCRIBE? I PLAN TO POST THE EMAIL AD OF A DEAR FRIEND FOR INFORMATION SO TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO VISIT OUR COUNTRY.. THANKS…
    JOY ALVAREZ

    • The Poor Traveler

      Hi Joy! Yes, it’s free! It has always been free.

  • This is perfect! I mean your mistakes (as what you said and no disrespect) are perfect. Love your blog buddy. Sana makasama ako sa mga travel mo minsan 😀

  • AJ

    Poor traveler, rich in experience. Which is mostly the point in traveling. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love, the poor traveler,your blog really helps me, not just once but so many times,and thank you for answering all my messages,especially on my first time,i traveled abroad,really helps.thank you,thank you so much.i am proudly recommend your blog to my traveler’s friend and friend friends.More power and God bless, always.

    • Woot! I wish you entered your name so I could match this comment with the messages I get! I try my best to answer all inquiries if it would help them make their trips easier. 🙂

  • Wow. Seeing your posts just amazes me. So many people make the excuse of not being able to travel simply because they don’t have the money but you just make it possible through hard work and discipline. I hope your blog becomes more successful than it already is. Keep inspiring!

  • GoTravelYourWay

    yeah work isn’t my cup of tea either. stay awesome gotham!

  • Mandex

    Wow! Finally, a blog that is well-written. You’re a prolific writer! I just hit the “subscribe” button. I love solo traveling on a budget but I don’t have the guts to quit working. Poor me. Keep blogging!

  • Najee Chua

    I find your ‘origin’ story raw and honest. Here’s to your eternal weekends!
    God bless you!

  • Maya

    Great blog thanks. Some day I would like to go “somewhere awesome” like you do 🙂

  • Blesilda M. Bolante

    Please share tips on going on a budget travel to Batanes. Thank you.

  • Happy holidays The Poor Traveler! More power 🙂

  • Happy holidays and more power 🙂

  • Angelina Angeles

    , i am a follower of your blog along with other blog on travelling, it is simple,practically economical, honest and inspiring. you are heipful in organizing our travel in coron very recently, and now our forthcoming travel to ilocos, just keep on blogging, you are helping many in more ways than one. thank you.

  • Gertrude

    “They’re too shy to approach strangers, too shy to haggle, too shy to ask
    for directions. They’re geographically challenged. Clumsy.
    Accident-prone.”

    – I totally can relate to this one. Thanks for making this well-written blog. 🙂 Keep it up

  • J. Emmanuel

    I chanced on your blog. I must say that it is fresh, authentic and conveys an honesty that is missing in many travel blog. You write in a spontaneous style that not just informs but invites the reader to share in the experience. Ours is a beautiful country and there are still journeys to be taken. It still amazes me that folks in rural Philippines that have been been spared from commercial tourism are still kind and gentle people. Thanks for encouraging others to go on an adventure to discover our own country.

    • yoshke

      Thanks, J. Emmanuel! You have no idea how rewarded we feel when we receive comments like this! 🙂

  • my idols…:) thanks for sharing your experiences with us..I’m your avid follower..keep it up!

  • flowrbeer

    I just loved the articles that you write. Am a traveller too and learned something from your experience. Keep it up 🙂

  • Angel Salvador Cornelio

    wow that is soo cool!

  • vivi

    wow…you guys really inspire me to make my virtual travelling into a reality. :)) more places to visit for you both!! 🙂

    • yoshke

      Thanks, Vivi!

      You, too! Less virtual, more actual trips this year! 🙂

  • I can relate to accepting sideline jobs for an additional income and being a bread-winner and more so, to getting somewhere that I have never been. This blog is so inspiring!

  • Kristin

    One of the best travel blogs I’ve read. Thanks for sharing all your travel experiences with us!

    • yoshke

      Thank you so much, Kristin!

  • yoshke

    😀 thank youuu!

  • This blog is definitely on top of my list. Great work! Lovely writing.

    • yoshke

      Thanks, Mustachio!

  • Synara Buela

    Reading your blog inspires me more to continue doing travels. I do love packing my bags and going out to the world. Yet I too is not part of those brave souls who can quit their job and focus on that one thing I know I love the most. Call it responsibilities. But thanks to bloggers like you who inspires me to do what I love from time to time. I can put up with that. 🙂 So keep it up guys! Cheers to your travels. (y)

  • Gelai Dalusong

    you’re not just a traveler but an amazing writer! keep it up!

    • Thanks so much, Gelai!

  • laoanganon

    Onay Beach doesn’t mean “Suicide Beach”. Yes the word “onay” means suicide however the word “onay” also means “dear or beloved” with the stress falling on the first syllable. As time passed, the word has undergone changes as some people would pronounce it fast hence your “suicide” interpretation. The second definition is more appropriate as the beach is such a dear place to us Laoanganons because it provides us a place to bond with family & friends and enjoy the beautiful sunset and the unexplored scenery. Thanks!

    • Hi Laoanganon! You have a wonderful, wonderful hometown. It’s one of my favorite places in the world! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing another meaning of onay. The suicide meaning was what the tourism peeps told us and we thought it was a bit dark for a beach name. Haha. But thanks for sharing!

  • The Prettea Traveler

    very inspiring stories! 😉

  • This one cracks me up … “and whose bowel movement always gets in the way…” i can just imagine what happens in an overnight camping trip 😀 enjoying your posts! 🙂

  • Anne

    I missed you old blog theme but since your blog grew a lot I still like your blog gosh!

  • Peach Pira-Gerida

    This is just what we (newbies in budget traveling?) need. 🙂 Thanks for heeding to your “passion” – and sharing it with the rest of us. I’ll be travelling to Sagada with my sister on Thursday. The first and last time I ever visited Sagada and did the outdoor activities was 18 years ago! So I’m really like a “newbie” after 4 kids. Lol.. From a corporate career mom to a WAHM, I should not have any excuses (anymore) *not* to travel. Budget traveling? You’re site will be one of my treasured resources from now on. Godspeed!

  • I’ve read a lot of your blog posts but this is my first time to read about the bloggers. Awesome to see how passionate you are in sharing your travel experience so that others would learn from it.

  • Rowena Lim-Gacosta

    omg. so far the best travel blog I’ve visited. I guess because of that wow factor in the homepage and the responsive design. I was judgmental at first because I found the domain name jologs. I’m sorry… and I am embarrassed. I haven’t browsed on the contents yet but aesthetics appeals so much to me.. #visualperson. I guess the nuffnang ads are just out of place or not the right size. More power to you guys!!!!. and hopefully we can travel with you as well. #travelcommunity.

  • Love the blog!!!!

  • Joseline Alosbaños

    Hi, I love the changes you did to the website! Keep it up !

  • Caitlin Jessica Liebenberg

    You guys just rock, perhaps even mightily. Thank you kindly. If you ever get bored and want something to read, your opinion would be totally appreciated – http://theindiebutterfly.wordpress.com

  • nana

    came across your blog and I really love it. It’s something I would never get tired reading. It’s very detailed =) reading your posts is like travelling with you too. It’s very inspirational

  • Maria Michaela Q. Jamora

    Such a wonderful way of conveying ones truth about the travelling. Travelling ain’t a rose-tinted, walk-in-a-park thing. Great job!

  • Katie Arruda

    Stumbled upon your blog today. Love the honesty and the humor behind it! I see everyone traveling but I am always like how the f$cK can they afford it?! Looking forward to budget friendly travel plans and more adventures!

    Thanks from one poor traveler to another!
    Katie @ http://www.KatieWanders.com

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    Check out http://www.thetravelexperiment.com 🙂 interactive travel blog!±

  • Caitlin

    Hi!

    My name is Caitlin Bowen, and I am the Executive Editor of Global Vantage.

    Global Vantage is a student-run, non-profit organization that is comprised of three schools: Pacific Ridge School, Canyon Crest Academy, and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (Kibera, Kenya). Together, we work to raise funds and produce a magazine that compiles articles, poems, stories, and photographs from people within our respective communities and around the world (please feel free to look at recent PDFs at http://vantage.thegjp.org/issues). Additionally, we use our remaining funds to create yearly Social Action Projects. Most recently, we worked to fund the “Helping Babies Breathe Project,” in its effort to send neonatal resuscitation kits to Papua New Guinea.

    In January of 2014, the Global Vantage staff-including myself—was awarded the highest honor that the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University bestows upon a student publication, the discretionary Edmund J. Sullivan Award.

    Recently our group came across your blog and we were interested in using your experiences as a story for our next issue. If you are interested, feel free to email me at cbowen@pacificridge.org

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Caitlin

  • all the best on any (mis)adventures, planned or not… successful or not… life’s a journey… let’s all have fun with it along the way 🙂

  • Hey guys love reading your website

  • Yes we want to know more about the blogger here in the poor traveler…we want more suggestions and tips about how to travel in a budget…and where to find stunning and breath taking places…

  • Love reading your travel log.

  • I love to travel! Thanks for the insights…good job!

  • Enjoy your travel blog. Amazing how you guys survive and live to tell your stories. Amazing! Thanks for inspiring the traveler in us all.

  • Super love your travel blog. It really helps me when I started to travel. I hope I can join your travel. 🙂

  • Just started reading from ur site
    I’ve been a solo traveler since
    1987
    May need more info from ur experience

  • Thank you for creating this blog because it give tips and,accurate infos for a new traveller like me.more power guys and .God BLESS

  • Super love your blog po!

  • Your blog was so nice and the topics were relevant to our daily living…. thanks…

  • Thank you guys !!! Luv your blogs

  • Punta po kau ng guimaras libre kita: )

  • Our finances come from our consultancy jobs. Basically what we do when we still had an 8-5 job, but we don’t need to report to the office this time. And we have total control of our time. 🙂

  • Lilly

    yoshke, are u seriously diagnosed with ocd? (diagnose=physician) cause ocd is more than “strategically orchestrate it down to the last detail”. common perception of the crowd but it is really more than that. i hope there’s no misuse of the word.

    • Hi Lilly! Unfortunately, yes. Struggled with it since childhood, diagnosed after college.

  • Lilly

    anyway, i love ur travel site. It is always a must-read for first time traveler. thanks also for the breakdown of expenses. it is so helpful to estimate one’s budget. thanks for inspiring us. keep up!

    • Thank you! If you need help on anything, just send a message. Always happy to help. 😀

  • Chatty

    Goodness gracious! I am in love with the two of you and even more with your blog. I have always been a kuripot and it somehow hindered me with my long time dream of traveling but reading several blogs (including yours, of course) let me live the dream. Your blog contains a lot of helpful tips, in fact, most of the places I have to is based on your blog. Discovering the Philippines (for now) one place at a time, thanks to you. ugh. okay I’m fan girling. Keep traveling, mga kuya! Super galing niyo *hearts all over*

    • Haha thanks, Chatty! Happy that our little blog is able to help someone! <3

  • Mielle Felicio

    I am also a traveller and a photographer here in the PH! Wish I could come along with you guys someday and promote responsible tourism but a fun one!

  • Kanazawa Walking Tours

    Hi Guys!
    Mike in Japan here.
    I’ve noticed that you have been to the big cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto . and Kawaguchi). I am (well, we are) based in Kanazawa, which is a super hot destination these days in Japan. We are getting lots of people visiting, it was so quiet 15 years ago when I first came – now it is a hot spot! (And rightly so, we believe!)
    If you like, I can do a write up on this place for your blog (tell me what you need), or if you are planning on coming here, let us know and we can show you around. We have a walking tour company (so, disclosure!), and we would be happy to help if you come by.
    Mike
    http://www.kanazawa-tours.com

    • We were just there in November, but we haven’t written about our experiences yet. (It was really cold, though. Hahaha)

      • Kanazawa Walking Tours

        Oh, you’ve already visited! Yeah, the weather in November last year included some cold days. Actually, December was warmer!
        Glad to hear you have been here. If you need to confirm something, just let me know. (Of course, if you are ever back here, drop us a line! We can show you places that are not on other reviews)
        Looking forward to it!
        Mike
        kanazawatours@gmail.com
        http://www.kanazawa-tours.com

  • such inspirational guys. thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  • J-Zel Villanueva

    Wow amazing! I love your job, traveling the world! I’m a Filipino working in the Middle East and a seasonal traveler. I started my blog lately. Wish I can travel someday as full time. =)

    Joanna
    Travelingslippers.com