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TRAVEL INSPIRATION: #TEAMFLIPTRIP’S TRAVEL INSTAGRAM YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING
A weekly feature on #TeamFlipTrip and #FlipTripPH travelers!
First, Ben and Karley, then Mica De Guzman, now we present to you
Paolo Cuarteron is a 23 year old wanderer who we can’t help but love. Some of you know him as @paocua on Instagram. This avid wanderer takes splendid photos, capturing off the beaten path destinations from all over the world! His subjects are mostly of others but you could get a glimpse of the man behind the camera if you look hard enough. Don’t forget to check out @paocua’s Instagram to be convinced that you should further explore this beautiful country called The Philippines.
Your pictures are phenomenal, Pao! How long have you been traveling?
I’ve been traveling (almost) every week since last year.
What do you do?
I help out with the family business.
Our readers want to know, what do you do so you can afford to travel?
I allot some of my income to traveling. To stretch it out, I watch out for seat sales and look for cheap lodging.
Aside from traveling, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to hone my skills in photography and editing. So I look up tutorials online and read articles about photography and try them out. Otherwise, I cook or bake – same; look for recipes online and try them out haha!
What do you look for in your next destination?
Nothing in particular, but I’m down for anything! I’m a ‘kaladkarin’ so I don’t really mind haha – like it doesn’t have to be somewhere new. I remember going to this particular mountain six weekends in a row. It’s about being spontaneous and positive about the trip regardless of how many times you have visited that place. After all, you can never visit the same place twice!
What’s your favorite destination in The Philippines so far?
By far, my favorite destination in The Philippines is Biri Island in Northern Samar with its several rock formations and intertidal pools. It feels like you’re in a different country.
Why do you think other travelers should come and explore The Philippines?
Travelers should come and explore the Philippines because it gives you 7,107 reasons to go back – from experiencing different cultures to trying out different dishes. Also, there are still a lot of places waiting to be discovered by travelers alike. Places wherein locals are eager to share stories of folklore to spice up your night as you camp out in the woods, and exchange laughter amongst you and your buddies as you accidentally slid your way down the mountain. The Philippines is more than just a destination; it is a collection of stories that would inspire you to keep on exploring and to never cease to marvel.
What is your message to other travelers?
Have that spontaneity in you. Ask the locals to take you to places that are not found on the Internet; whether may it be a hidden gem or just a karinderya sa kanto – they know the best places to take you. Oh and of course, know when to put the camera down; be in the moment and enjoy!
Thanks Pao! Keep updated on Pao’s adventures on Instagram @paocua!
You want to be featured? Post your amazing snapshots on Instagram using the hashtags #TeamFlipTrip and #FlipTripPH! If your account is on private, please do send us a direct message so we can see! You might just be next week’s featured traveler!
Janine Aboy is an undergraduate student of De La Salle University taking up Marketing Management. Always on the look out for different adventures, Janine is a wanderer, game for anything and everything, wherever that may take her.