The Adventuress: About the Blog

About The Adventuress

The Adventuress is a blog about travel and lifestyle which focuses on promoting the wonders of the Philippines and other countries in the world. This blog includes personal experiences, stories, and articles on travel guides and itineraries, places to visit, photography, food and accommodation reviews, but with all a personal perspective and storyline – thus influencing people to see the world and what it has to offer.

Who is Ara Patria? (The girl behind The Adventuress)

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Ara Patria, the owner of The Adventuress, is an educator by profession but a traveler at heart. Despite her busy schedules, she finds time to travel domestically or internationally. She loves discovering new places, embracing new cultures and meeting other people. In addition, she’s also interested in fashion, Korean music, and Korean dramas. She dreams to travel the world and inspire people by sharing her own experiences through writing.

Who I am behind this blog?

Hey, my name is Ara Patria (I’m not going to tell you my full name, though. Haha!). You can just call me Ara. So I am the girl behind this travel & lifestyle blog, The Adventuress. Around 2016, I started blogging using the free platform of WordPress. I came up with so many different names before I settled with the name “The Adventuress.” I love traveling to different places whether it is within the country or even out of the country. Regarding my profession, I am an online English teacher. I have been an English teacher for so many years. Outside of this blogging world, I teach English online where I meet different students across the world. I actually used to work in the office for so many years but I decided to start working from home (but hey I am not a full-time travel blogger) in the year 2019.

So what made me decide to work from home?

I want to have more time for self-growth and self-improvement. I want to make more memories around the world. But let me tell you this. I was not born rich. I work hard in everything that I do. The only thing is I love exploring and hate staying in one place. I love to dream big and make things happen. More to that, I do believe in the saying, “We are not born just to pay bills and die.” I utterly believe that we are born to live life, explore, and embrace the unknown. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.

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My life before I became a travel blogger

Before I became a travel blogger, I used to be a die-hard fan of K-pop. Well, I am still a K-pop fan but not as crazy as I was before. Haha! I love Korean culture and everything about Korea. I love watching concerts and Korean dramas. So when I don’t really travel, it’s either I’m working, studying another language, or fangirling. As it is as obvious as it may seem, my life is quite busy outside travel blogging. In addition, I love learning new languages such as Korean and Japanese. I know how to read, write, and speak Korean. In terms of the Japanese language, I just know the basics as of the moment. Whenever I have so much time to spare, I try to learn a new language as much as possible.

Why do I travel?

I am the type of person who loves doing a lot of things. In fact, I love to do multitasking which I have acquired from my current job. I love new discoveries. My mind never seems to stop from asking a lot of questions. I always love to try new things because I am insanely curious about everything! It is definitely worth trying and finding out new discoveries and new learnings in life. This is something that I am in love with. That’s why I fell in love with traveling.

I am able to widen my horizon, get a chance to know more about myself, learn more about different cultures and traditions from other places. Above all, traveling gives me an opportunity to change me for the better. It challenges me to improve my vision which gives me a better perspective in life. Travel is absolutely an education. We never stop learning from traveling. In addition, I have become a storyteller because of traveling. I may not be a good storyteller but I enjoy what I am doing right now! I wish to inspire other people and take them to the places I have been through writing and this blog.

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Project 81: The Philippine Archipelago

I started traveling in 2015. My first ever travel was in Baler, Aurora. That was also my first solo travel. At first, I just did that because I wanted to try surfing. Secondly, I wanted to heal my broken heart due to my grandpa’s death. But I really didn’t expect that “indescribable feeling” I had felt right after I accomplished my first trip! Ever since that day, I decided to see more of the beauty of the Philippines!

With that being said, conquering the 81 provinces of the Philippines has become one of my goals as a traveler! More to that, I would love to share all my travel experiences, guides, and itineraries to help you with your future travels.

So please join on my adventures as I share my journey with you! You may also e-mail me at [email protected]

LUZON

NCR: National Capital Region

CAR: Cordillera Administrative Region

Abra
Apayao
Benguet
Ifugao
Kalinga
Mountain Province

Region 1: Ilocos Region

Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
La Union

Pangasinan

Region 2: Cagayan Valley

Batanes
Cagayan
Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino

Region 3: Central Luzon

Aurora
Bataan
Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Pampanga
Tarlac
Zambales

Region 4A: CALABARZON

Batangas
Cavite
Laguna
Quezon
Rizal

Region 4B: MIMAROPA

Marinduque
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Romblon

Region 5: Bicol Region

Albay
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Masbate
Sorsogon

VISAYAS

Region 6: Western Visayas

Aklan
Antique
Capiz
Guimaras
Iloilo

Negros Occidental

Region 7: Central Visayas

Bohol
Cebu
Negros Oriental
Siquijor

Region 8: Eastern Visayas

Biliran
Eastern Samar
Leyte
Northern Samar
Samar
Southern Leyte

MINDANAO

Region 9: Zamboanga Peninsula

Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Region 10: Northern Mindanao

Bukidnon
Camiguin

Lanao del Norte
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental

Region 11: Davao Region

Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur

Compostela Valley

Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental

Region 12: SOCCSKSARGEN

Cotabato
Sarangani
South Cotabato
Sultan Kudarat

Region 13: Caraga Region

Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Dinagat Islands
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur

BARMM: Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Basilan
Lanao del Sur
Maguindanao
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi

Are you up for new adventures? Let’s see the world, then!

Apart from traveling around the Philippines, I also travel abroad whenever I have a chance. As much as I can, I try to visit another country at times whenever I have a chance.

In fact, I have already been to several countries around Asia. Hopefully, I can travel around the world in the future!

Some countries I have been to:

Beijing, China
Singapore
Hong Kong
Macau
Thailand
Malaysia