Featured Traveler: Sabrina Iovino of

If you are always on Facebook, you have probably read her viral article titled “10 Reasons Why You Should Travel to the Philippines“. Just like you, she enjoyed every minute of her stay in the Philippines and she considers Boracay as her second home. In 2008, Sabrina left her job and traveled the world for 433 days then came back to Germany to work for a year.

Sabrina Lovino
Sabrina Iovino

In 2011, she left Germany again to continue what she loves doing… traveling. This March 2013, she will be visiting the Philippines again for 7 weeks as she plans to explore Palawan, Cordillera and some hidden beaches in the country… Why Philippines? Because It’s more fun here:)

Learn more about Sabrina by reading her interesting responses to our travel questionnaire below.

• Beach or Mountain? BEACH!! Absolutely.

• How often do you travel by air / land? There is no average. As often as I can. But I also prefer to stay longer in places I like. Right now I’m in Istanbul since more than 6 months. I love the vibe of the city. I want to live in all the great places this world has to offer.

• What’s your favorite airport? I just got access to the Lounge at Istanbul Atatürk Airport and it’s really nice and fancy. I also remember Schiphol (Amsterdam) is a great airport, loads of lounge chairs for sleeping, showers and other facilities.

• What is your favorite Hotel? I never stayed much in Hotels, mostly hostels or Couchsurfing. But I had quite a few impressive CS hosts with terrific apartments.

• Who is your preferred Airline? Most of the time I flew with the budget airlines, I never flew the good ones like Emirates 🙁 But the ones I liked are Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Canada Air, Thai Airways. Ryan Air is the worst. Cheap but… you’ll get what you pay.

• How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness? Don’t sleep the night before, make party or watch movies until next morning. So I’ll arrive very tired at the airport, I will fall asleep before we even take off. I can easily sleep 10 hours on a plane. The trick is, to enter the plane as the last person. Have a look if there is an empty row (mostly in the back). If you’re lucky you get 4 seats for yourself and can stretch yourself for a good sleep.

Sabrina in Siquijor
Sabrina in Siquijor

• What are your favorite travel gadgets? A 4 digit padlock. Always useful to lock rooms or safety boxes without carrying a key.

• Any Tips on how to travel light? Leave 50% of the stuff you wanna take with you at home. Don’t bring your nicest dresses. Better bring less fancy stuff, so you can bear it easier to throw something away if you find some new clothes you would like to buy.

• Best Backpack Brand? I have an Eagle Creek, quite expensive, but very long lasting and all the money worth. My backpack has been all around the world with me and lasted longer than all my relationships. So far.

• Top 3 Philippine Destinations?
El Nido. I felt like Alice in Wonderland. Truly amazing.
Siquijor. Such an relaxed island and very cheap. I drove all day around with my motorbike, it was so much fun.
Boracay. Yeah I know, some people love it, others don’t. Boracay is always perfect if you travel alone as you will meet tons of people over there and there is party every night. I’m going yearly to Boracay since 4 years and every year it changes, not really into something better. But still, Boracay is one of the greatest places to be. It’s like a second home for me.

Sabrina in Tokyo
Sabrina in Tokyo

• Top 3 International Destinations?
Tokyo: because of the fashion, the cute people and the food. Gosh, I love Sushi so much!
Bangkok: Also for the fantastic food, the nightlife and all those wonderful rooftop bars with fantastic views. Last time I was in Bangkok, I climbed an abandoned 50 floor skyscraper. That was such an insane experience…
Istanbul: Well, I’m here since quite a while, great food, friendly people and it’s cheap here.

Beside the cities there are a few more places which really blown my mind. One of them is Hampi in India, a small village in Karnataka state, where you can perfectly find peace (or yourself). The place is surrounded by rice fields and millions of boulders, absolutely stunning.

I loved Colombia, ended up there in a small fisher town called Playa Blanca on the Caribbean Coast. There was no electricity or fresh water, no ATMs, restaurants or any entertainment. We were sleeping in hammocks on the beach, holding cats in our arms that kept us warm and eating every day the fish we caught from the sea. It was basic simple life and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself.”
I’ve picked this up from the funny book “Are you experienced”, it’s about backpackers in India. Very hilarious read!

Can I add one more? This one is from a quite impressive girl I’ve met from the US and I really liked it. She never told me her real name, so let’s call her H.

“Don’t take life too seriously.
You will miss out on all the good stuff!
Step outside of your comfort zone, you’ll be glad you did.
And fu** waiting, good things come to those who seek them.”

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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