Posts by Karen Perez

Karen is the local expert and itinerary specialist of Palawan AlterNATIVE. When she's not traveling, she likes to immerse herself in a good book or blog about her life. Parts geek, parts scuba diver. Her other obsessions include things-to-do lists, cycling, solitude, and cryptocurrency. She currently lives with her cat in El Nido.

El Nido Vacation Packages: Which One is for You?

We have highly customizable El Nido vacation packages to suit your needs and interests. Do you want to get away from the party crowd or just chill in a 5-star resort on a secluded island? We’ll make it happen for you. To save you time and energy, our local expert handpicks hotels and handcrafts your Palawan trip with love. Taking …

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Hassle-Free Palawan Itinerary: Travel Tips for the 35+

The best way to have a hassle-free travel experience in Palawan is to book a complete Palawan itinerary that greatly considers your needs and interest, and save you mental energy! If you are the type of traveler who is very particular with comfort and style, then booking everything on your own can turn into a disaster. Surely, you don’t want …

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5 Essential Things to Look for in Palawan Vacation Packages

It can be challenging to research about Palawan vacation packages as the travel information are quite spread out. It appears that everything must be done on your own. Choosing a Palawan vacation package can make or break your trip to the Philippines, so it is important to ensure that you have everything that you are looking for. Thankfully, planning your …

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12 Things That May Annoy You While Traveling in El Nido

There are other things to expect while traveling in El Nido, aside from the stunning islands, magical lagoons, otherworldly underwater landscape, and pristine beaches. Even though I am in the business of promoting Palawan, I’m just not going to hide the cultural realities or photoshop a picture just to attract more travelers. Or just in fear of disappointing the uber-defensive …

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Facts About El Nido: Things You Need to Know Before You Go

It is part of travel planning to learn some facts about El Nido or any other destination in the Philippines, it makes you a more knowledgeable and responsible traveler. And the more you learn, the more you realize you knew shockingly little about the country. E Nido is the main destination for exploring Palawan’s natural attraction, the Bacuit Archipelago, home …

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Yet Not Another Budget Travel Guide to Palawan

Yes, this is actually something against the typical budget travel guide to Palawan. If you still haven’t noticed, massive tourism is now deemed unsustainable. This type of travel lifestyle only contributes to the destruction of Palawan’s environment and cultural identities. However, most of the locals here don’t see the big picture yet, they still continue to take what they think …

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6 Tips for Americans Traveling to El Nido

With a clear understanding of US-based travelers’ expectations, Americans traveling to El Nido may find the following travel tips extremely helpful. photo credit Americans don’t need a visa to travel to the Philippines If there’s one good thing about being an American, that is possessing one of the most powerful passports in the world. Imagine being a US citizen, you …

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Palawan Ethical Travel: Be a Socially Conscious Traveler

Palawan ethical travel is still something new. The region is now slowly becoming more of a playground of young travelers, party backpackers and the like in South East Asia. Unfortunately, the locals and their companies are not yet socially aware of the destructive effects of mass tourism. Massive cheapness and spontaneity are unsustainable in the grand scheme of things. On …

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