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In a few weeks, Raescape - A Travel and Lifestyle Blog, will be turning 1! It has been a busy week since I am planning for the blog anniversary. I was checking my inbox when we received an e-mail. We have been nominated by Pam and Katherine of Everywhere Forward for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

It is an honor to be nominated! I never thought I would be included in a blogger award this early!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a blogger-recognized award! It’s given to bloggers by their fellow bloggers. Bloggers that are nominated for the Sunshine Blogging Award are nominated for their ability to inspire positivity, creativity, and joy in the blogging community! Receiving this award really made my day! It is nice to see that my fellow bloggers recognize my effort and hard work since I am new to the blogging world.

Thanks again to Pam & Katherine from Everywhere Forward for nominating me! Make sure to check out and subscribe to their amazing blog for your weekly dose of travel tips and stories!

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If you are nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, you just need to follow these four rules.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide them a link back to their blog on yours.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you! Lastly, nominate 11 new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 questions for them to answer on their own blog!
3. Display the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo on your website.

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What destination is at the top of your bucket list right now?
My top priority is New Zealand, I think it is one of the underrated places to visit. Western and European countries are common on others' bucket list. I want mine to be a little different. Also, I think it's a perfect place to relax and slow it down--most of my travels are fast-paced, I was hoping to travel not just to visit the places, but to travel 'loosely.'

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your travels?
That I am blessed with the ability to travel and I should never take it for granted. It also helped me to find my purpose-- to travel not only for myself, but try to help others as well. I want to give back for all the blessings I received.

Are you a full-time blogger? If, so what advice do you have for other full-time bloggers? If not, how do you balance work-blogger life?
I am a seasonal blogger, but I try my best to blog almost every week. I work as an architect. Once I finish my daily tasks, that is when I insert the promotions, curating the feed, editing travel videos and blogging. It can be hectic sometimes and I don't have the time to even open my website. I seldom blog when I travel, I spend most of the time outside rather than blogging what I did that day.

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Are you a traveling foodie, museum-lover, photographer, family travelers, or sight-seer? Or none of the above?!
I am a photographer and sightseer. I try to cover as much sights as I could. Since I just started traveling, I want to explore different places first before returning back to a particular province or country. 

What inspired you to become a travel blogger?
The thrill of travel. I was still in college when I started the blog. It started as an online diary and sharing opinions on my travels. I was shy whenever people read my blog. Eventually, my love for travel grew even more. So I started doing low-key promotions. And eventually, I manned up and went full on!

Share your favorite travel photo and tell us why!

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This was in a local mountain 2 hours away from my city. I love everything about it-- the sea of the clouds, the person I am holding hands with, the scenery, the colors and lighting! I love this picture so much it's the sidebar photo in my blog!

Have you been to a destination that disappointed you? Why did it disappoint?
I don't have a concrete answer for this one. I can't remember one. Maybe I was disappointed by the surroundings, the food, the ambiance, but not fully disappointed in a destination.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
I love the mountains. I feel all sorts of emotions there. I feel exhausted because of the hike, I feel proud and satisfied when I reach the peak, my heart and mind are calm as ever, giving me the opportunity to think (no one talks since all of us are catching our  breath), and I feel refreshed since I am in nature.

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Where are you traveling next?
I recently booked a flight to Taiwan, but I want to visit a local province in the Philippines first. I am eyeing Mindoro or Iloilo this February! I need to visit a Philippine beach first!

What is your favorite part about traveling?
Generally speaking, I love the travel itself-- I love the feeling being in the airport, or an out of town bus transit terminal, or a port. I love  the  thought of  being out of town and off to somewhere fresh to my eyes.

Where was the first place you ever traveled to?
My father's home town, San Narciso, Zambales. It is 4 hours from the city and I think it's one of the places I will keep coming back to, not just because of my father, but because of the chill life. I just love the beach and the simple life there.

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1. What do you prefer as a perfect getaway, the beach, the mountains or a foreign city?
2. What is the best food you tried while you were traveling?
3. What is the most adventurous thing you did?
4. Where is your favorite escapade and why is it the best one yet? Share a picture as well.
5. Who is your travel buddy? If you travel solo, tell me about a person you met which made an impact to you.
6. Where is your next destination?
7. What are your travel must-haves?
8. What is your most memorable experience as a blogger?
9. What inspired you to start a blog?
10. What do you love about blogging?
11. What are three random facts about you?

Check out these blogs! These are the bloggers we nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award!
1. Anne of Maybe One Day by Anne Belo
2. Karla of Travel With Karla
3. Mariel of The Flawsome Lady - Mariel Pares
4. Danica of Diamond in the Rough
5. Monz of Pretty Wise Mom
6. Karla of The Hungry Traveler PH
7. Faz of World of Faz
8. Nicole of Travelgal Nicole
9. Ester of The Adventurous Feet
10 Anjali of Cheerful Trails
11. Jackie and Justin of Life of Doing

We can’t wait for your answers! We look forward to knowing more about you! Thank you so much Everywhere Forward for choosing us for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hope you share the love and pin it! 💕

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Sustainable Travel: What is it really about?

Sustainable traveling is a form of traveling wherein one takes into consideration the long term effect of an activity to the environment. It is an awareness for travelers to act accordingly-- to lessen the negative effects and decrease the overall damage of our everyday life in earth. 

Why should I join the movement?
We travelers are in love with nature and foreign attraction. We love exploring and discovering new destinations. Especially when these destinations, and even the locals, have been attached to our hearts. We want to preserve its beauty, hoping when we come back to visit again, it would still bring back the memories you had the first time you visit. 

Unfortunately, Most activities done by travelers affect the earth. We produce a large amount of carbon footprint than a regular person. Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon produced with the consumption of fossil fuels. 
How can I be a sustainable traveler?
How can we do something that we love without hurting the environment? 

1. Stray away from the single use plastics.
This should be number one on the list! Whether you are traveling or not, let us all skip the plastics-- nobody wants to be associate with it!

As a sustainable traveler: We eat a lot when we visit foreign lands. Invest in reusable straws, bottles, utensils and eating materials. Prioritize the use of earth-friendly materials like bamboo cups and terracotta bottles. Bring a bag for all your souvenirs/pasalubong and gifts if you are going shopping. Skip the shampoo/conditioner sachets and use refillable bottles. Avoid the take away! You are in a foreign land, a local restaurant ambiance is better than the hotel room.

2. Pack everything that you need.
Make a list and check it twice! Have a checklist of all the things you need for your trip. Checklists get rid of the unwanted shopping for necessities that you already have at home.

As a sustainable traveler: This way, you won't need to buy a product. Think of it as plastic, purchasing a product you already have seems like a waste of resources. You have also saved money which you can use for other activities.

3. Pick the ideal transportation for you.
Book direct flights. Flying is one of the top contributors of carbon footprint. Most of the time, direct flights are cheaper compared to flights with layovers. Did you know that there are airlines who are also trying to lessen their carbon emission? KLM is the first airline which started their environmental advocacy with uses bio-fuel and offsetting.

As a sustainable traveler: But the best way to lessen your carbon footprint is by riding a bike or walking! There are many cities that promote sustainable travel using bicycle tours. You may also do cross-city bicycle tours. You may try to explore in Cyclothons as well. In other countries, walking tours  have become a trend. Tourist sites are within close proximity to each other, making them easier to visit on foot. You have a choice to join group walking tours or a self-guided tour. You may opt to book walking tours which costs little to no expense. In these activities, you save your health, you save your money, you save earth! Isn't it win-win?

4. Book your accommodation in an Eco-lodge or LEED Certified Hotel.
You can be even more green with your accommodation! When choosing hotels and inns, book Eco-lodges or LEED Certified Buildings. Most of the time, these hotel makes u feel one in the nature. Most of them are situated within the vicinity of natural landmarks or destinations and some within the city as well. They chose organic and indigenous resources as construction materials, utilize renewable energy as utility source, and use environmental friendly equipment. You can learn more about their advocacy through their websites.

5. Refrain from booking travel activities that endanger the life of animals.
One of the controversial animal issues is the exploitation of elephants in Thailand. Instead of taking a riding tour with elephants, visit an Elephant Care Center instead. Choose activities like going into animal sanctuaries that foster their safety and promote life.

6. Support local.
Local products and tours means these resources are mostly garnered within the vicinity. There are also carbon emissions when creating products--from the transfers of raw materials to the machine that created them. Supporting local-made products create less chances of import and transfers making less carbon footprint.

7. Save water.
A simple household etiquette which you can also apply when you're traveling--no matter where you are in the world. Water goes onto a lot of filtration to be drinkable and safe to use. Same goes with protecting our oceans and seas. Our simple acts of proper waste disposal can help prevent the worsening of water pollution.

8.  Join Causes and Programs.
Do the extra mile for nature! Joining causes and programs for nature will also benefit us in the long run. Join tree planting programs held by the local government, hikes for a cause, and other programs with sustainable advocacy. This 2019, I will be launching a program entitled, AHON: A HIKE ONWARD FOR NATURE. This would be a travel series focused on promoting tree planting programs and green projects.

9. Visit to know how to lessen your carbon footprint.
You can always check this website to know how much carbon footprint you have made for a year. Once you have input the data, you will see which factor and activity produced the most carbon footprint. This way, you can also learn how to offset or lessen it even if you are not traveling. 

Are you up for the challenge? This 2019, let us all travel green! Share it with your friends.
RAESCAPE contains affiliate links in the website. By clicking and purchasing through this links, I get to earn a small commission to help me run this website without extra cost to you. Thank you for helping a fellow traveler and say yes to adventures!
Read about the Disclosure and Disclaimer here.