Interviewing today’s travel blogger Flip was a real pleasure. He has some great stories including Indian rickshaw drivers and a picture gone wrong at the Taj Mahal. Please meet Flip of Flip Nomad.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I’m a long term traveler and also consider myself as a backpacker.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I fund my travels through the revenues I generate from my blog and other niche sites. It’s not that much though but it’s enough to help me travel around Asia.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I can’t remember the details but when I was young (maybe about 5 or 6 years old) my grandma would always take me to their province.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
India. I heard tons of things about India both good and bad and I ended up loving this country. I spent five months traveling around India last 2012 and enjoyed it so much.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I never had a horrible experience yet but I’ve had some bad moments like being pushed by a rickshaw driver in Delhi because I was bargaining with him and didn’t know that a fellow traveller already closed a deal with another driver. The driver that I was talking to got irritated because he lost a potential passenger and income of course (which was basically me and the two guys I met on the road). So in his frustration, he pushed me and I almost fell on the sidewalk (blame it to my heavy backpack). Luckily one of the guys I was travelling with was able to get hold of me. And the other drivers surrounded us after that and they were angrily shouting at us (I don’t know what the driver told his colleagues that drove them mad) and so we ended up running on the street. LOL! It was my first time in Delhi and we arrived I think very late at night. Looking back it was a hilarious experience.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
A lot! We were at Taj Mahal and decided to have a group picture but we didn’t have a tripod so we asked a local guy to take our picture with the Taj Mahal as our background. So we sat in front of this guy and with big smiles plastered on our faces and then we noticed that the local guy moved on the left side and took a picture of the Taj Mahal without us.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I can’t think of any worst place, because every time I recall most of my travels it brings back happy memories.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
One of my favorite places in the world is El Nido in Palawan, Philippines. The town is very laid back and the local people were very nice to us when we were there. We stayed for one month in this small town and visited various islands and beaches.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
It’s a long list. Some of the places that I want to visit in the future include Bhutan, Tibet, Dolpo in Nepal, Patagonia and also attend various festivals such as the Burning Man and La Tomatina.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Travel will always be a part of my system. I can’t imagine not going to a new place every now and then.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If I didn’t leave my job to travel I would probably be back home in Manila working in an office.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
My blog is called FlipNomad. http://flipnomad.com/
When did you begin your website?
I started my website last October 2009.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
Primarily because of money. When I started my blog, I just came from my first solo backpacking trip around Asia that lasted for six months. After that, I can’t get travel out of my head and the fun experiences I’ve had in those six months. So I started searching the internet for different ways on how to sustain myself while traveling and I came across travel bloggers who said that they are earning money through advertisements and affiliate marketing. So I gave it a try.
Now I also do it for fun. I enjoy sharing pictures of the places that I go to. I try my best to improve my photography skills so I could encourage people to go out and travel more.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
My blog is for people who are like me who have so many limitations when it comes to travel. I’m from the Philippines and we only have a few visa free countries to go to. The salary is also small in our country and when we take our money out, it even becomes smaller. I’d like to show them that despite our limitations, it is possible to travel to many different places.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I don’t sell anything on my blog but I created e-books that people can download for free. One is called – Backpacking Tips for Southeast Asia which is basically a compilation of budget travel tips. The second e-book is a collaborative effort with fellow bloggers back home. I wanted to feature the beauty of my home country so we created a photo e-book of the Philippines.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Some of the most successful articles in my blog are about El Nido. This small town has become popular and has been featured also in many local and foreign blogs.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
One of my favorite articles is – The Good Samaritan in Kibber. It would probably be one of the articles that I’ve written that I will keep for a long time. It reminds me that despite how mad this world has become, there are really good people out there willing to help without asking anything in return.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
All of the above. LOL! And also add tuk tuks and rickshaws. 🙂
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just go, enjoy and have fun! But don’t forget your common sense and trust your gut feel.
What has travel taught you?
A lot. Travel taught me to become more patient, tolerant and also to be kind to everyone I meet (and to ignore a$$hole$ LOL!). Travel also taught me to appreciate art and become entrepreneurial. I met so many artists and entrepreneurs in different countries and I spent a lot of time learning a lot of things from them.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Air Asia – coz it’s very affordable
Favourite country? Thailand for food, Philippines for the beaches and India for an amazing adventure.
Favourite city? Bangkok!
Favourite beach? Nacpan and Calitang in El Nido
Favourite food? Shrimps, Crabs and other Seafood
Filipino of course! 😉 And I also like hearing Spanish and Japanese! Maybe one day I’ll learn how to speak those languages.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://flipnomad.com
Twitter handle? http://twitter.com/flipnomad
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/flipnomad
Google+ profile/page? http://plus.google.com/u/0/112003041794728605968