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Philippines — Set off the main backpacker trail, the Philippines is Southeast Asia’s odd man out, but not for want of beauty or things to do. A jigsaw puzzle of more than 7,000 tropical islands, this friendly country serves up delights aplenty for those who dare to be different.

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For the mix of colonial and modern cities, beautiful tropical scenery, outstanding beaches, and top-notch dive sites.

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Destination Hot Spot: Bohol, Philippines

May 12, 2016 by Will McGough

The island of Bohol -- located south of Cebu in the Philippines -- is rich in relaxed beach communities, coral reefs, and rainforest landscape. The island is, ... Read More »


Around the World in a Dozen Orchids

May 06, 2016 by Christina Garofalo

With nearly30,000 known species, the Orchid Familycomprisesthe largest plant species in the world -- and new kindsare still being discovered every few months, ... Read More »


5 Spa Treatments (Under $150) Worth Traveling For

January 15, 2016 by Michele Laufik

If you’re still trying to detox from that holiday cookie binge, put down the green juice and pick up your passport. Many resorts and destination spas -- from ... Read More »


How to Experience the Philippines' Palawan Island on a Budget

July 15, 2015 by Megan Eileen McDonough

Coined the “most beautiful island in the world,” Palawan definitely lives up to the hype. But don’t let that intimidate you -- as a whole, this island in the ... Read More »


5 Entry/Exit Fees To Know About Before You Get To the Airport

October 29, 2013 by Karen Gardiner

Travelers were up in arms last week when Thailand announced plans to introduce a $16 entry tax for passengers arriving by air and staying more than three days – ... Read More »

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