picbohol-simply-philippines-383Hello andĀ thanks for checking out Simply Philippines. šŸ™‚ I’mĀ Esther and I started this siteĀ as a way to talkĀ 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) butĀ spent most of my life outside the country. In 2014,Ā after four years ofĀ writingĀ for the luxury hotel industry, I quit my job and decided toĀ travel the Philippines alone for a year.

That’s when I startedĀ writingĀ this website. I wanted to write about what it means to find yourĀ perfect beach, to climb 2,000-year-old rice terraces, toĀ swim with turtles andĀ 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 distillsĀ theĀ best of everything I’ve found in the Philippines.Ā I like to highlightĀ lesser-known destinations and out-of-the-way spots, and I spend a lot of time — sometimes months — in each place I feature.Ā I write aboutĀ sustainable travel, because theĀ choices travelersĀ make have a huge impact on the future of these islands and communities. I hope Simply PhilippinesĀ inspires you to visitĀ this beautifulĀ archipelago yourself.

See you on the beach!