Of all the places we’ve been to, I never really imagined myself going to the Philippines. I didn’t know anything about the country, and it just wasn’t on my radar. But because of a surf contest, a super-sweet flight deal, and the alignment of the stars, Shaun and I found ourselves visiting tiny Siargao Island for two weeks.
Sugba Lagoon is a must-do while on Siargao Island! The endless crystal clear turquoise water surrounded by dozens of miles of mangrove forests is unlike anywhere we’ve ventured before. You can take a guided tour from General Luna, arrange a private driver, or you can follow our DIY-adventure for an unforgettable day-trip to Sugba Lagoon for under $10!
There’s a surprising amount of restaurants to choose from on tiny Siargao Island– we were there for two weeks and still didn’t try everywhere on Tourism Road! We were also surprised by the amount of international cuisine available: Italian, Japanese, Hawaiian, Mexican, Indonesian, to name a few. Each restaurant typically had a couple Filipino dishes on the menu, but there weren’t as many traditional Filipino restaurants in the area as I would’ve expected. All that to say, Siargao is full of delicious options! Read on to hear everywhere we ate during our two week stay.
We booked our trip to the Philippines on a whim, thanks to an amazing “mistake fare” flight deal – literally, this means the airline made a “mistake” on the price! I found this unbelievable deal thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights, an email newsletter that simply sends out alerts on awesome international flight prices. After subscribing on the free plan for a couple years, I paid the $39 annual free for “premium” membership and it immediately paid off when I received this alert just a few weeks later: $600 round trip BUSINESS CLASS seats to Asia! This exact business class round trip ticket normally sells for $6,000.
I’ve always heard Austin, TX was a really fun city, like a mini-San Francisco (imagine a liberal bubble in the middle of Texas) with great food and lots of live music. After our quick 3-night stay in Austin– I totally agree! Because there’s a wavepool in nearby Waco, Shaun and I decided to take another weekend getaway to somewhere we typically wouldn’t travel to.
Shaun’s hobby of film photography is a really fun way to capture authentic moments. Since you basically get one shot per photo (unlike the dozens of identical images that I collect on my iPhone), it’s super exciting to get the photos developed and revealed. Sometimes they’re ruined by light leaks, sometimes the color is totally off, and sometimes it’s a perfect imperfect photo.