The Blog

Welcome to The Poor Traveler, the rich blog for the budget traveler.

We’re full-time travelers, but we’re not always like that.
Like most people, we had day jobs and could only travel on weekends and holidays.
We know how it feels to work hard and look forward to spending limited time and money on travel.

When we were starting out, we made a lot of mistakes.
We got lost all the time,
got scammed all the time,
and ended up spending more than we should.

We created this blog to accomplish two things:
(1) document our misadventures, and
(2) provide budget travel tips
so others won’t have to waste hard-earned money when they travel.

That’s how THE POOR TRAVELER blog was born.

But 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.

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.

Success in numbers

Our 600,000-strong base
is one of the largest travel blog communities on Facebook,
and it’s still growing fast.
Our consistent search- and social-driven traffic
has put us among the top travel blogs.

No. 1 in USA Today’s list of 10 Best Budget Travel Blogs in the World.
No. 1 in GoDesti’s list of Best Travel Blogs in Asia.
No. 2 in Bob Around the World’s list of Top Budget Travel Blogs in the World based on content, social media, etc.
No. 4 in The Expeditioner’s list of Top Travel Blogs in the World according to unique visits.
No. 4 and No. 5 in Man On the Lam’s list of Top 100 Travel Blog Posts based on social media shares.
No. 6 in ASEAN Up’s list of Top 50 Blogs from the Philippines.
No. 10 in Saga Holidays’ list of Top 10 Travel Blogs for Senior Travelers.
One of TripAdvisor’s Top 20 Budget Travel Bloggers.

In addition, we have been cited by the following organizations and publications:

Top 10 Filipino Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat, The Huffington Post.
Top 5 Budget Travel Blogs to Look Out For in 2015, Tripoto
Top 7 Filipino Blogs to Follow, Freedom Wall
Top 7 Thrifty Travel Bloggers, Low Cost Holidays
Top 10 Backpacking Sites and Budget Travel Blogs, OOAWorld.
Top 10 Interesting Travel Blogs,
Top 10 Accounts to Follow Online, Leisure + Adventure Magazine
Top 10 World’s Best Travel Blogs of 2014, Lists For All
Top 10 Travel Blogs to Feed Your Wanderlust, The Fitrepreneur
15 Pro Bloggers Who Are Rocking Their Niche, AdPushUp.
Top 20 Budget Travel Bloggers of 2015,
25 Travel Bloggers You Need to Watch Today, Adventuring Out
Top 25 Travel Bloggers To Follow In 2016, Two Monkeys Travel Group
Top 25 Budget Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2014, FlipKey by TripAdvisor
Top 25 Travel Blogs, Listly
25 Filipino Travel Bloggers Who Will Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust, BuzzFeed
30 Amazing Filipino Instagrammers You Need To Follow Right Now, BuzzFeed
Top 40 Filipino Travel Blogs You Should Follow, Two Monkeys Travel
56 Filipino Travel Instagrammers, Destination Cebu
Top 50 Travel Blogs based on site traffic and social media presence, TraveloCafe.
Top 100 Travel Blogs 2017, The Smart Lad
Top 150 Travel Blogs in the World, The Start of Happiness
Top 10 Japan Travel Blogs, Take Lessons
Top Filipino Travel Bloggers, HomeAway

Our partner website,
with 1.5 million likes on Facebook,
was Asia’s biggest travel/leisure page based on 2012 SocialBakers data.

Content comes first

We strive to make each of our posts informative, entertaining, or both.
We do our best to add value to our readers’ user experience and be as useful as we can.
We believe our content is why our readers trust our blog and share our articles.
We are protective of our content and have always held it sacred.

We have been featured on BBC World‘s The Travel Show and CNN‘s list of Top Travel Bloggers, among others.

On plaques and in print

Here are some of our awards and recognitions:

Best Budget Travel Blog, USA Today
Best Travel Blog, E! Channel Blog Awards
Best Travel Blog, Nuffnang Blog Awards
Best Travel Blog in Asia, GoDesti Awards 2015

Co-founder Yoshke Dimen
has also received 3 Philippine Blog Awards out of nine nominations
(for this blog and his personal blog

Most recently, Dimen won On Assignment,
the travel writing project
by Digital Photographer Magazine
and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

We have contributed to and been featured on many magazines
including Travel Now, Navigator, and Mabuhay Magazine.
See our print portfolio here.

Other Recognitions:
Finalist, Best Travel Blog, Webtogs Blog Awards 2015
Finalist, Best Photo Post, Philippine Blog Awards 2011

Also featured on:
How to be a travel blogger: The pros share their tips, CNN
An Analysis on the Top 50 Travel Blogs, Mel365
So Why Fi, A Talk on Internet Advocacy, UP Broadcast Association
I Want to Travel Forever: 15 Travel Bloggers Tell You How to Do It, JustOneWayTicket
How to succeed as a travel blogger: Interview with The Poor Traveler, Columbus Direct
Top 37 Hidden Tourist Spots in the Philippines Travel Pros Rave About, Traveloka

In good company

Our content and reach are why we have worked
with some of the biggest corporations and industry leaders in Asia:
AirAsia, Traveloka, and Expedia among others.

We have also spoken at the World Tourism Forum 2016 in Istanbul.

Trivia: The name of this blog was inspired by Charles Dickens’s The Seven Poor Travelers, a short piece that narrates the events at a charity house that provides shelter to broke travelers for a night. On that night, the seventh poor traveler relates a story from his journeys. It is this spirit of storytelling that we wish to capture and share on this blog.

Advertise with us!
We are open to ex-deals, social media promotions,
and other forms of partnerships.
For the rate card, please get in touch with
Yoshke Dimen

Learn more about us here.


  1. Irene Nardi says:

    I am sorry if I bother you with this question. I am an italian student and at the moment I am studying english at the university. I was wondering if you could explain to me the sentence: “I finally cried “Enough!” Good old cold turkey”. I really can not undestand the meaning, I have even searched on the net but I can not find “good old” before the idiom “cold turkey”. Could you please help me? I know it may sound as a stupid question, but I need it for my english exam of tomorrow. Hope you will answer.
    Thank you a lot.

    • Ryan Reyel says:

      “Cold Turkey” means to quit something immediately and not do it again.

      “Good Old” is a phrase attached to cold turkey and it means “reliable,” and “been around for some time.”

      Together they mean that quitting immediately is a reliable way and has been reliable for some time.

  2. Ross Hansen says:

    Hello Yoshke and Vins

    I’m interested in advertising on your website and wanted to get in touch about your rates and if you do any other forms of advertisements?

    Looking forward to your response

  3. Gabrielle Llanto says:

    Hi, good day. May I please your email address? We would like to send an invitation for our hotel’s grand launching. Thanks

  4. Daniel Kim says:

    Hi there, it’s nice to talk to you.
    This is Daniel Kim, chief operating officer at HaB Korea (
    I’m interested in working with your team.

    Please let me know your terms and conditions via email.
    Thank you.

    Daniel Kim

  5. Shivani mahto says:

    Hello yoshke and vins
    I’am shivani mahto from india, i’m student of tourism, intrested in work with you . Wanted to get in touch about your work and travelling experience, and learn with you .
    And looking forward to your response.
    With regards.

  6. Angelica says:

    Hello! You Guys making me reach for more things in life so i can come and visit some of these Places. Thank you for helping us see how beautiful this world is. Just Keep Traveling!

  7. allysa says:

    Hi guys! my team and I were invited by our clients from Dubai for a 3-day conference.

    I read your blog about Dubai tourist visa.

    It’s our first time travelling to Dubai and I just want to confirm if our immigration requires, that we present the pink tourist visa (original) or is it okay if we only bring the printed evisa?

    thank you in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Alyssa, ung experience namin, printed e-visa lang, di naman kami nagkaproblem. Sabi ng iba, kelangan daw ung pink original. So di namin alam. Baka kasi nagbago na.

      • allysa says:

        Thank you sir for your response. Hopefully, makalusot kami..thanks po

      • Antoneth Maliwat says:

        Hi! I am based here in the UAE with my family. To answer your question, yes kailangan ung pink copy ng visa if you are travelling from manila. But otherwise e-visa na lang ung required. I hope it’ll help you!

  8. Jprln says:

    Hi! I read you blogs and i’m so inspired to travel more. 🙂 We already booked a ticket to Hongkong and planning to take the exit in Macau as I’ve read in one of your blogs. I just want to ask if this is still valid? Will it be okay with the immigration people in both Hongkong and Macau?

    Thank you in advance!

  9. Ferlin Buenviaje says:

    Hello .. May we ask as to where do we send your invite to the presscon of Jaime Dempsey – host of The History Channel Asia’s hit Series “Ride N’ Seek” this coming May 8. Venue and time to be confirmed. We hope to hear from you. Thank you.

  10. Zel says:

    Hi! I just wanted to ask you a question since you are a constant traveller. My boyfriend will be meeting me in Singapore and we will fly to Indonesia the next day. I am a Filipino who is working here in Singapore and will be sponsoring all the expenses as he is unemployed. We well be back in SG a day before his flight back to Phil. Will there be a chance that he will get offloaded to his flight?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If he’s unemployed, yes, there’s a chance he’ll be offloaded.

  11. Jmee Musngi says:

    Hello! We’re going to the US this coming December 2018. And our passport will expire June 2019, Do we have to renew it already? Do they have a 6 month validity rule? Thanks! 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you’re a Philippine passport holder, then yes, the 6 month validity rule applies regardless of your destination. Philippine Immigration will not allow you to exit the country if you don’t meet this requirement. 🙂

  12. George Vlachos says:

    Hello Yoshke,

    We are interested to work with you guys! We are a travel accessories e-shop for adventurous travel nomads ( Please let us know your terms and conditions.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  13. Erlinda says:

    Hi Yoshke and Vins,

    My sister and I plan to do a stopover for 3 days in Seoul before we fly to New York. Could you advise us where we could book ourselves (safe and clean) and what places to see. Also do people speak English there? Thanks

  14. Nicole says:

    Hi! Just want to ask if the trains in the 4-Day JR-West Kansai Rail Pass operate 24/7? Or do they close at a certain time? Thanks so much.

  15. Hilmar says:

    Hello i have been going through your profile and am interested to work with you.
    We are a travel agency company based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and is it possible to market our travel company on your blog ?

  16. Greg Cuellar says:

    Hi Yoshke and Vins, I’m a marketing and promotions company in Miami. I would like to invite you to some of my events in South Beach. We host some of the most popular parties with big name djs and celebrity guests. You two being travel bloggers encouraged me to try a more broader way of attracting international clients. Many visitors are not aware of the great deals people in the nightlife are capable of receiving. Therefore, I would like to invite both of you so you can experience it in the hopes that you will write about it. Plus we do give commission to any guests you send us. We provide premium bottles at lounges such as HYDE BEACH IN THE SLS HOTEL, NIKKI BEACH and BASEMENT IN THE EDITION HOTEL then limo escort to the top nightclubs in Miami for prices as low as $40 to a max of $120 per person. If interested in working with me please reply back. Thank you for your time.

  17. Kathy says:

    Hi! My name Is Kathy, this past spring I did a student exchange in Germany and I loved it so much. Unfornatuley I will be a college student, and I will be on a tight spending budget. I fell in love with Europe, and although it was very spent, what are some tips that could help me save in college so I can go to Germany soon? Thanks!

  18. Teresita Overby says:

    Hello, po my name is Teresita Overby, meron lang po akong tanong , last 12/2016 po nag balik bayan po kaming mag kakapatid for family reunion , meron kaming napuntahan na Cathedral na meron pong nag titinda ng mga medalyon sa tabi po ng Church ito po ba iyon ?maraming salamat po !!

  19. Your Curious Architect says:

    Hi, Can I just ask how you manage to submit ITR for your VISA requirement ? or do you have other businesses that supports your documents?Please let me know your response 🙂 thank you 🙂

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