We hosted German travel blogger Philipp Dukatz of ESCapology.eu two nights ago on the rooftop of Z Hostel in Makati. Here’s a recap of our first ever FlipTrip Spotlight event and the 7 things we learned about Mr. Dukatz:
Philipp touched down on Filipino shores Sunday morning, and already his presence was felt within Manila. Having met him for the very first time, I found him to be exceptionally warm and welcoming.
It’s extremely refreshing to meet someone with such a great perspective on travel. From the first hand shake, you can tell Philipp is a genuine character. He sincerely likes to hear stories. Especially travel stories.
We had a lot of attendees on the cool rooftop of Z Hostel Monday night.
April Cuenca, Head Explorer and co-founder of FlipTrip.ph led the fireside chat. Her and Philipp exchanged welcomes and stories of how they first met (their story goes back to when Philipp, or affectionately, Pipoy, first arrived to the Philippines), and how April shared with him what later became his first travel tips which led to his travels throughout our country.
Philipp discussed his love for Filipinos. He told us to find a new travel partner. Encouraged us to take even a weekend off to go away and discover our own country. Maybe meet someone that very night and just go adventuring.
A lovely person asked what Philipp admired most about Filipinos.
Philipp shared how he appreciated our ability to communicate well, and the hospitality and warmth of Filipinos. He loves that Filipinos always welcome people into their homes, and really make the effort to learn more about someone and their culture.
He told us how:
- Ilocos Norte is next on his list (followed by Mindanao)
Pagudpud, Palaui, Mt. Pulag, Pipoy has his eyes ready and set. He’s also pretty keen to visit Mindanao.
“Mindanao is uncrowded. I like uncrowded.”
- His nickname was almost Pepe instead of Pipoy (we think Pipoy sounds a lot better)
Aren’t we thankful that fortune favoured the voting process.
- He has Filipino food cravings (and they’re all too real)
He told us about his love for tapsilog (and tapa in general), bicol express, and of course, our beloved dessert, halo-halo.
- He worked hard and saved up for his one-year long trip
“I can count the money I’ve made through my blog on one hand. I started it as a way for my friends and family to keep in touch with me. I lived really frugally and I saved all the money I can. I didn’t buy drinks, didn’t go out, didn’t buy clothes, didn’t buy luxury items, I didn’t buy coffee. I had a goal. I saved up for my one year long trip and it was worth it.”
- He believes travel is an addiction
“I’ve been travelling on and off since I could remember. I spent a semester abroad. I spent a year in the US, and I went to Australia after university. Once you start, you tend to not stop. It’s addictive stuff.”
- His thoughts on balut might be controversial
He’s eaten balut twice. Once drunk. His second time sober.
“It was tough for me to eat,” Philipp admitted. “For us Europeans or westerners, it’s the thought of what it is [that’s difficult]. Growing up with it, it’s probably not as different [for Filipinos] but for us, it’s quite different.”
- Manila is his for the exploring
“When I come back next time I want to take the time to explore more [Manila].”
It was really exciting to hear everyone discuss their inspirations to travel, their next destinations and seeing everyone connect. It was really what we wanted to garner from the whole experience. So the team and I are very thankful of how everything turned out. As always, the team at Z Hostel were amazing hosts.
Thank you again to everyone who joined us. Don’t forget to check your emails for a special contest and promo code from #TeamFlipTrip coming your way soon.
Find your next adventure on www.fliptrip.ph today and even book a stay with Z Hostel Philippines.
Here’s a last nugget of inspiration from Philipp before your next adventure:
“If I wait, I’ll probably never go.” [On traveling alone.] “If you travel alone, you’re probably more approachable. It’s easy to make friends. So go. Go travel.”
A global citizen, Jackie’s lived in 8 different cities in 5 different countries. She’s a communications maven with a hand in journalism and publicity. Her passion lies in helping to promote and grow local businesses. A city girl since birth turned eventual island nomad, Jackie’s always excited to learn new stories. Her biggest pride is living on an island barefoot for a full month and finding paradise.