Our first trip together was a disaster.
After scoring promo fares,
we flew to an island province in the south
and planned to spend a long weekend
in a secluded beach resort.
Long story short,
our boatman did not show up,
leaving us stranded at a deserted wharf.
We ended up staying at a more expensive resort,
eating up much of our budget.
Our plans were ruined and we did not see much.
At the time, we had only enough cash for a weekend.
We couldn’t afford any mistakes.
But there we were, so mistaken.
We were travel virgins, stuck and nearly broke.
That’s when The Poor Traveler was born.
We decided to build this blog in order to:
(1) document our silly misadventures, and
(2) provide tips so others won’t make the same mistakes we did.
When we were starting out,
we were 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
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.
Today, we’re full time travel bloggers.
We’re enjoying a more comfortable,
exploring one country after the next.
This is the life we have always dreamed of.
It’s a world where weekends never end
and life grows wings, not roots.
This blog happened.
We started this blog simply to document our misadventures.
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.
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Our Travel Philosophy
We travel at our own pace, in our own way.
We don’t advocate quitting day jobs to travel.
especially if you’re from a developing country.
Yes, we did quit our day jobs,
but we had to plan our exit carefully
and it took years!
We’re not in the business of promoting the cheapest ways to travel.
But we are on a journey to find and share what gives the best value for money.
For us, it shouldn’t always be about the price.
And if you can help the local economy
by patronizing local products and spending a little more,
What we encourage is to
be more mindful of how you handle your finances
before, during, and after travel
so you can make more valuable memories.
You don’t need to be rich to travel,
but you can make your travels priceless.
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.
We make mistakes.
Here’s hoping you’ll learn from ours.
– Yoshke and Vins