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Why there are very few backpackers in Philippines

2006-05-06 19:09:00

Why there are very few backpackers in Philippines

I often wonder why there is really almost zero backpackers in the Philippines, have been here about 4 times now, it is becoming clear.

My instincts says that the Philippines is too dangerous for the average Asia traveler, I started out in Mexico, Central and South America and this country is easy for me, however Thailand is very safe in comparison to the Philippines.

I find that I ignore so many things that the average traveler would find extremely annoying, and I have learned by going to India to ignore many things.

- Beggars
- V I A G R A Sales persons
- Poverty of small children walking around with no clothes, hard on the heart.
- World Class Taxi Driver, probably some of the best at trying to cheat you on the planet.
- A daily scam attempt or someone trying to fraud you.

I have been thinking about starting a Hostel in the Philippines, I am putting on the very back burner as this place has a problem. It is not the corruption that worries me; it is the fact that there are no backpackers.

I realized, I want to have a Hostel or Hotel where fun backpackers could hang out.

How could this happen, when there is no backpackers in the Philippines?

The Expats are fun, they are hilarious, and the girls are funny here.

IF I listen to the Philippines persons or the Expats it is like watching a soap opera, or better yet, like going to the border towns and listening to the border people, a whole separate culture.

However, I realize, this is hilarious for about 2 weeks, then it start to buzz my head, I start to get impatient with the stupid comments. I really do not like soap operas, and the Philippines are one big soap opera.

This has made me realize, if I made a hotel in the Philippines is would be another soap opera unless I could figure out a way to screen the visitors.

What I am fighting is a tourist department and country that is actively promoting only one type of person to feel good in the Philippines. They all go to Angeles City, and hang out or Subic Bay. The ones that are not there have a Philippines girl in tow and touring the country.

It makes me weak after awhile, not a good snapshot of life or people.

My gut says that Peru is the best place to start a Hotel or Hostel, a better type of traveler.

Why there are very few backpackers in Philippines