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9 THINGS EVERY VISITOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BORACAY

The world-renowned island of Boracay welcomes millions of local and foreign tourists each year. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world for its white sands, diving spots, and rock formations. The island was historically inhabited by the Ati tribe, who are experts in fauna and flora. Today, there are members of the Ati, Aklanon, Hiligaynon, and Karay-a tribes living in Boracay together with people who migrated from other parts of the country. There’s also a growing expat population in the island.

Boracay is more than a tourist destination. It’s home to thousands of residents, and countless species of plants and animals. As visitor, you’re obliged to follow local rules, and respect customs and traditions. Here are 9 sentiments Boracay natives would like you to know.

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NINE INTIMATE BEACH STORIES FROM BORACAY VISITORS

A place is more than a location. It has its own identity, made up of past events and people’s memories. A backpacker knows that every destination leaves a distinct mark in his life. As American author Joan Didion beautifully wrote: “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

Here are nine intimate beach stories from first-timers and seasoned Boracay visitors, and how the world-renowned destination changed their lives.

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UNIQUE BORACAY EXPERIENCES TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

The world has come to know Boracay as a top destination for people who love the beach and would like to relax and have an epic time. Travelers everywhere have consistently regarded the island as among the world’s top destinations and best beaches. It was named the best getaway for relaxation in a 2013Agoda survey and Best Island in 2012 byTravel + Leisure Magazine.

Boracay is famed for its powdery stretch of white sand and for having one of the most-photographed sunsets. Good food, the legendary party scene, and the exciting activities are also worth looking forward to. But with everything that Boracay has to offer, you shouldn’t be content with just what’s outside your hotel. Have your own beach bucket list and have the island vacation of your life.

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11 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR FIRST BACKPACKING ADVENTURE

Summer is almost here. Everybody, even introverts, adore the warm sun against the skin and the prospects of time-off from work. One of these days, your friends will be tagging you on Facebook: 101 Places To Go This Summer. You’ll get excited, until your BFF suggested backpacking. You’ve never done backpacking before. The prospects of putting up a tent, sleeping in the open, and slathering your body with insect repellant lotion have never appealed to you. Island hopping, sure. Backpacking? It’s just too “wild” for your taste.

Vacationing, especially near the water, resets the mood and promotes compassion, according to psychologist and book author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. Backpacking, with its inconvenient spontaneity, may just double the benefits of traveling. Here’s a beginner backpacker guide for you.

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SNEAKY BEACH MUST-HAVES YOU'LL NEVER THINK OF

And just like that, we’re counting down the days to summer. In a few months, you will be hunting for the best beach resort and cramming for that beach-ready body.

If you are a backpacker, this is an exciting season for you. Summer is definitely a good excuse to discover places you’ve never been and experience adventures you’ve never tried. Apart from setting a budget for your next beach trip, you also have to make sure that you have everything you need to make your summer more enjoyable.

While backpackers have the reputation for being beach-ready, there could still be a few things you could be missing out on. Sure, backpackers know exactly what to pack and how to pack. But there are some backpacker secrets that will surely come in handy for your next beach trip.

We’re talking about beach hacks that you never really thought of. These involve ordinary items lying around the house that can actually make your adventure at the beach truly hassle-free.