picbohol-simply-philippines-383Hello and thanks for checking out Simply Philippines. 🙂 I’m Esther and I started this site as a way to talk about these islands that I love so much, but that no one seems to know anything about.

I was born in the Philippines (I’m Swiss-Filipina) but spent most of my life outside the country. In 2014, after four years of writing for the luxury hotel industry, I quit my job and decided to travel the Philippines alone for a year.

That’s when I started writing this website. I wanted to write about what it means to find your perfect beach, to climb 2,000-year-old rice terraces, to swim with turtles and eat mangoes with your toes in the sand. I wanted people to see the Philippines the way I do: A place to get back to basics, a place of quiet beyond the noise.

This site distills the best of everything I’ve found in the Philippines. I like to highlight lesser-known destinations and out-of-the-way spots, and I spend a lot of time — sometimes months — in each place I feature. I write about sustainable travel, because the choices travelers make have a huge impact on the future of these islands and communities. I hope Simply Philippines inspires you to visit this beautiful archipelago yourself.

See you on the beach!