Omangon Island in Marihatag

Hi fellow travelers and adventurers! Thank you for visiting this page. I'm Joyce Lamela, a travel and food blogger from the Philippines. I also blog about fashion trends and world royals.

I have a great passion for writing my story about travel, adventure, and exploring new places. I love to travel and discover new destinations, I love nature and photography. And taking photos while on the road is my way of sharing to the world the joy of exploring new destinations and how moments transform into beautiful memories when we travel.

There's always a unique story to tell in every adventure, and this is what I want to record in this blog to inspire others to travel, to explore the world, and see new things through adventures.

I never allow fear and worries to hold me back from traveling. I always believe that exploring other places is the best way to learn about our world.

People call traveling a luxury. I call it life!

There's something in traveling that I find very liberating, it's the joy and excitement of discovering amazing destinations and experiencing life in a new environment. It's a whole new learning being able to see other places and spectacular landmarks, explore other cultures, and learn from its history.

I travel not only to escape the clutters of everyday life in the city but also to see the other side of life unfolding in a different place. I want to experience what it feels like being in a completely different environment, different atmosphere, different culture, and learning something new.

I travel because life does not end in the surrounding I currently lived. Life does not meant to be spent in one place. Life must evolve in a new environment. The discoveries are endless and priceless and the memories are eternal. Traveling picks up my appetite in life.

Basically, I love writing, and scribbling my travel experiences is something I find very fulfilling. During my travels I would closely observe the activities, culture, and lifestyle of the locals, and share the details in my blog. It's a good way of keeping the memories alive and allow others also to learn from my experiences exploring the places.

My ultimate dream, however, is to embark in a grand leisure trip abroad, Europe, the Caribbean, French Polynesia, and Japan, are some of the world's best holiday escapes that I longed to visit. 

I am also dreaming to experience Autumn in the New England region (USA) particularly in Maine, or spend a week in the charming villages in Switzerland, or see Cherry Blossoms in Japan at Springtime.

Another passion is landscape photography. I love taking memories with the environment. It's a poetic statement of how traveling provides inspiration and energy. And embarking on a long road trip, taking photos of everything I see in the surroundings, and writing travel memoirs are life's greatest teachers.

Traveling and exploring new places is my definition of living life to the fullest. I hope I could travel to far away places and some off-the-beaten track destinations to delve better into the fascinating world of adventure and travel. And share my experience and learning to others.

I am open to a collaboration proposal, just let me know by sending me a message through the Contact Us page of this site. Or you may send me a private message through The Gourmand Travel Guide on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you!

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I am a country girl by heart. I love being in the countryside. The mountains. The seaside. The breeze from the wilderness. The scent of flowers and freshly-cut grass. The silence. Everything! Countryside makes me pause for a moment and think life in the correct perspective. I like the tranquility that nature provides.I hate parties and never hang-out with friends. I love being at home, it's more peaceful, more quiet and I have all the freedom to work on my two passions -- writing and cooking. But in a strange twist of the story, despite being a homebody, I love traveling to the core! I was born and raised in the province of Surigao del Sur at the outskirt of Mindanao peninsula, nestled between mountains and the sea, facing the mighty Pacific Ocean, this explains why I love beaches and the countrysi


Unknown said…
Joyce Lamela ! I also love travelling. Basically I am a tourist and like to visit historic and attractive places around the world. I think the best way to commemorate the trip should write in my diary. I visited Europe before my bus to washington dc tour with my family. It has different kind of attractions like’s historic, natural places, Wonder places, Museums, attractive Park and beaches. During tour we do lots of funs there. The atmosphere is especially enormous.
Joyce Lamela said…

Thanks for posting a comment here. Wow! You travel a lot, that's so wonderful and you've been to many places! You're one lucky guy hope I can do that in the years to come too!
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