THE WEEKLY #71: MEDIA TRIP WITH PHILIPPINES TOURISM – CORON

During my 71st week on the road, I joined up with some unlikely travel companions. Tourism Philippines were putting on an event or travel agents from Australia and New Zealand. They bring over all the travel agents to familiarize them with the Philippines, hotels and other travel factors. Tourism Philippines does this so its easier for the travel agents to book clients to travel to the Philippines.

How do I fit into this? Tourism Philippines asked me and two other influencers from Australia to come and make a short speech about photography and social media at the beginning of the tour and then to create some content during the tour.

The group was huge and the 60 of us spent the first two days touring around Cebu and staying at Marco Polo. It was essentially myself, two other photographers 4 male travel agents and 50 women of all ages.

The group then broke off into smaller groups. I went with 15 women to Coron to inspect some hotels (for them) and for all of us to do some island hopping. I’d been to Coron around the same time last year and knew it was an awesome place so I was stoked to be back. This time I was armed with a GoPro dome and a Dji Mavic Drone.

The group spent the first day and a half doing ‘oculars’ also known to the rest of humanity as a hotel inspection. I chilled at the hotel, did some work, and joined with the group each time a buffet was mentioned.

After the last ocular was finished it was time for the island hopping to begin. If you want to see all of the islands included in the island hopping and things to do on Coron, I blogged about it last year in detail so click below:

Flying the drone this time was like visiting a new place. The view from the sky makes traveling such a different experience and something I’m lucky to be able to do.

After Coron it was back to Manila for the night after a bit of a delay fiasco meant we stayed an extra night on Coron. One night in Manila and then I was on my way to Siargao. Dan, one of the influencers joined me to Siargao. For the next 38 days, I will be living on Siargao, the island of coconut trees, surf, and sunshine.

Dan is here for 10 days and I met up with Jorden again. My mate Josh, my sister, and a few other mates will make up the Siargao crew! If you are out here hit us up for some adventures!

Hope you all had a rad week!

 

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