Just Wandering turns 3!

Oh my, how three years have passed! This travel blog has been with me on many firsts: my first solo backpacking trip to Thailand, my first trip to Australia, my first trip to Tagaytay (undocumented, though), my first hike up a mountain, my first festival, my first trip to Mindanao and my first trip to Batanes.

Sabtang, Batanes
Along the national road in Sabtang, Batanes

I have been lucky enough to have second chances on many of those firsts: I’ve been to Australia twice, (unwittingly) went up a mountain the second time, went to several festivals around the country, went to Mindanao for a second time, and to Tagaytay several times after that first one. I’m still hoping for a second chance at Batanes.

Ati-atihan Festival
At the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo

Truth be told, I started Just Wandering not just to document my trips and to share my stories, but I also had plans of monetizing it. That time, I was already reading about people making money off their blogs, and I thought to myself that if it can help me fund my travels, why not? It was a slow start, but with some hard work and much trial and error, I was able to finally start earning from my blog. I’m not rolling in cash, if that’s what you’re thinking. But any amount is good enough if it’s going to my travel fund :D

Manila Post Office
Manila Post Office, as seen from Escolta. Photo taken with the digital camera that blogging bought ;)

I was also lucky enough to get some sort of sponsorship from South East Asian Airways (Seair) for flights around the country, and from Columbia Sportswear for travel gear that are now first in my packing list. To Mr. Patrick Tan & Czarleo Gimena of Seair and Dino de Leon of Columbia, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Another shout out goes out to the PR firms that invited me to countless events that helped me come out with new contents for the blogs. You guys know who you are ;)

Travel buddies!
With Karla, Marc, Gail, Eric and Dino of Columbia at the Basco Airport, waiting for our Seair flight back to Manila

Blogging has also paved a way for me to meet new people I wouldn’t have otherwise met (specially since I work at home). Through blogging, I have met and made several friends both online and offline. Some have even become my travel buddies! To Eric, Gail, Melo, Marc, and Karla, it was great to have traveled with you! Kelan tayo uli aalis? ;) My travel blog has also let me connect with my readers, some who are now friends as well. It feels great to receive messages saying how my post have helped them plan for their own travel, or how I’ve inspired them to travel. To all Justwandering.org readers, thank you all so much! You are sources of inspiration to keep this blog going, not to mention a great motivator for me to post an entry!

Philippine Airlines 08
Where to next?

So what’s in store for Just Wandering this year? Well for one, I’m hoping to finally finish my back log…. >_< After a year of traveling around the Philippines, I'm looking forward to traveling overseas again. I've already been to Hong Kong this year, and this coming June, I'm going on another (and longer!) backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. Looks like it's going to be another awesome year ;)

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 15 Comments
  1. congrats nina! you’re an inspiration to me and to all female travellers everywhere <3 how another great year just wandering here and abroad! :D

  2. Wow naman! Pwede ba sumama? :-)

  3. bchai says:

    Sweet! Happy 3rd birthday and GRATS! Glad to see you’re up for more traveling and I can’t wait for the blogs and the pics to follow.

    …and the *ahem* food descriptions too. ;) Rock on!

  4. Abbie says:

    Happy Blogniversary, Nina!

    Your blog is one of my favorite travel blogs. You helped me a lot in getting ideas on what to do, where to go and what to bring in some of my travels. Keep it up!

  5. Mr. Ward says:

    Congrats, gearing to see more of your escapade.

  6. bertN says:

    Congrats on the 3rd anniversary of your travel blog.

  7. Janelle says:

    congrats! here’s to more traveling and blogging success in the future!

  8. dong ho says:

    congratulations nina. what an accomplishment to have documented some of your trips here. it led me to reviewing your first posts.

  9. tutubi says:

    3 blogging years? just remembered i started my blog at bout the same time…ikaw pala reminder ko ng anniv ko :P

  10. shie says:

    wow congrats! u got good resources here :)

  11. nina says:

    Thanks everybody! It’s been a great three years of traveling and blogging :D

  12. Ninia says:


    Thanks to the information you’ve post about travel spots, resorts hotel, foods, cultures and festivals in the Philippines. Is anyone here that an idea about High School abroad programs in New Zealand? Thanks in advance!!!

  13. Jenn says:

    Good job! Good luck to your wonderful journeys. My travel buddy jetLAGFX http://www.jetlagfx.com/ made me wander to any places without the worries of jet lag. It is a very effective jet lag prevention. May you have jet lag free travels too.

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