The Bloggers

Hi! We are Yoshke Dimen & Vins Carlos.

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.

Photo by Jovel Lorenzo

Our History

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
work harder,
save bigger,
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.


Today, we’re full time travel bloggers.


We’re enjoying a more comfortable,
location-independent lifestyle,
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.


What happened?
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.

View all our articles here: Sitemap


Our Travel Philosophy

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

We know how it feels to be employees.
We also know how it feels to be freelancers.

We don’t advocate quitting day jobs to travel.
Definitely not,
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,
do so.

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




  1. 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.

  2. erickhampaslupa says:

    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 says:

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

  3. Anonymous says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Kate says:

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

  5. Ayala Bacolod property Specialist says:

    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….


    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, 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.


    Manny Paredes

  7. JB says:

    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.

  8. josefina ( joy ) alvarez says:


  9. 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 😀

  10. AJ says:

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

  11. Anonymous says:

    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. 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. Mandex says:

    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!

  14. Najee Chua says:

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

  15. Maya says:

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

  16. Blesilda M. Bolante says:

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

  17. Angelina Angeles says:

    , 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.

  18. Gertrude says:

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

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

  19. J. Emmanuel says:

    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 says:

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

  20. flowrbeer says:

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

  21. vivi says:

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

  22. 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!

  23. Kristin says:

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

  24. Synara Buela says:

    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)

  25. Gelai Dalusong says:

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

  26. laoanganon says:

    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!

    • yoshke says:

      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!

  27. Anne says:

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

  28. Peach Pira-Gerida says:

    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!

  29. 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.

  30. Rowena Lim-Gacosta says:

    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.

  31. nana says:

    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

  32. Maria Michaela Q. Jamora says:

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

  33. Katie Arruda says:

    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 @

  34. Caitlin says:


    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 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

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  35. yoshke says:

    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. 🙂

  36. Lilly says:

    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.

  37. Lilly says:

    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!

  38. Chatty says:

    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*

  39. Mielle Felicio says:

    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!

  40. Kanazawa Walking Tours says:

    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.

    • yoshke says:

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

      • Kanazawa Walking Tours says:

        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!

  41. Vaadi Travels says:

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

  42. J-Zel Villanueva says:

    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. =)


  43. Grace Lu says:

    what do you guys think of vacation ownership? Would you recommend it to your blog readers? thank you in advance for your time to reply!

  44. RonL says:

    hello there,

    Have you visited Canada? Vancouver will be one of the best place you’ll ever see. I live here in Vancouver and know about the place as it is. From the tourist attraction and places that haven’t seen yet. If so i would like to be one of the blogger like you to help out and see how can i start blogging. I studied Travel and tourism in Vancouver and travel all over Canada already. I’m just seeking a new career, hope you’ll understand.


  45. Annie Sabater says:

    Hi there, Yoshke and Vins! Awesome blog!

    I’m Annie Sabater from Funk Trunk Philippines, a social enterprise specializing in 100% reusable wood. I sent you an email at about a possible collaboration.

    Thank you and I’m hoping for a response from you guys soon! Stay awesome!

  46. Ayessa says:

    Hi to the blogsite owners!! I am asking your permission because I would like to use your photos from your blog article “7 Historic and Curious Churches in Batangas” for my school project, which is a travel mag. Don’t worry because I will make sure to cite your blogsite and give credits to “thepoortraveler” in the sources. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Sure, go ahead. Just make sure it’s only for school purposes and won’t be distributed.

  47. John Enriquez says:

    Hi there!

    Thank you very much.

    My solo travel to Coron was AMAZING thank you for your AWESOME tips! – (July 2016)
    Our Family’s Adventure to Hong Kong – Macau was a Dream come true! – (July 2017)
    And lastly for this year … Seoul, South , Korea #SnowDream is like a Fantasy. – (November 2017)

    Maraming Salamat po sa inyo! ^_^

  48. des says:

    Whoaaaa!! your blog makes me kilig and excited. Just like the two of you, I wanna travel the world. This blog inspires me to do so. I’m so looking forward in seeing Istanbul and Greece. More inspiring travel blogs please!

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