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Traveling lets us discover our own culture, our limits, ourselves. It is a personal journey to self-discovery, because after all, it is only from the outside that we can look back in.

Angel Juarez, Lakwatsero

Interview with Angel from Lakwatsero
What should your visitors be expecting while researching your blog?

Angel: answer…

Be it good or bad, which Asian city/town left you the deepest impression? And why?

Angel: answer…

What is your definition of an ideal/perfect holiday?

Angel: answer…

What advice would you give to other travellers who will be starting their own blog?

Angel: answer…

What do you wish to see more or less of the travel blogging community?

Angel: answer…

Editor Review of Lakwatsero

Lakwatsero is a travel & adventure blog written and managed by Angel Juarez, an extraordinary adventure seeker located in the Philippines. This popular blog is all about traveling, backpacking, exploring the unknown, and sharing the adventures. From March 2008, Lakwatsero gives its readers awesome photos, interesting articles about Southeast Asia and the world, where Angel’s travels were situated. The mission of Lakwatsero is to help tourists to know about certain destinations, to guide budget travelers and help them with advice, to promote the Philippines by writing and photographing some extraordinary landmarks and scenic spots.

With ~210k visitors a month, this blog is very popular, and it shows that Lakwatsero is a seriously organized, action driven, and well maintained blog.

Visual Appeal – 87%

With beautiful Himalayan landscape as a header, this blog shows minimal looking theme and sleek design. Beneath is a different type of content slider, featuring several interesting articles. The home page has right sidebar with several adverts, Twitter and Facebook page forms, and most recent posts. This is a classic blog design, but incorporated with beautiful and different slider, it really scored some points.

The images, though kind of small in size, have good composition and are crisp, nice oriented, colorful, vivid and eye-catchy. Site loads up pretty quickly.

Originality – 87%

Lakvatsero has some unique slogan: “I Run, I Bike, I Dive, I Swim, I Surf, I Trek, I Love and I Blog!”

The site has adventurous tone, and one can visit:
• Travel Guides – Self explanatory
• Travelogues – last logs of Angel’s travels;
• Dive Reports – reviews of various beautiful scuba diving tours and adventures;
• Bike Diary – Angel is a passionate cycler, and he drives through lots of beautiful and exotic destinations, bringing them closer to readers, as well as the sport of biking.
• Photo Blog – photo entries (slideshows and snapshots) of amazing places captured with Angel’s camera, and
• Spots – custom category, where you can find many entries about adventure, locations, archaeological sites, foods, historical sites, and anything not correlated with other categories.

Lakwatsero blog is really interesting, and gives many creative and unique articles, photo entries, and many diverse categories of posts which surely entertain the visitor.

Practical Tips – 90%

The blog provides lots of practical tips. There is a section of travel guides for specific locations and entries there are detailed and well designed, including “How to Get There”, “Getting Around and Away”, “Where to Stay”, and “Things to Do”. Visitors can rely on these articles when traveling to these destinations, and be sure that everything is covered.

Many photo entries are exotic, and stunning, and we can consider them as inspiring, as one gets a desire to travel to the location as soon as possible.

Web Usability – 85%

Web Usability of Lakwatsero is fine and well maintained. There is a lot to discover, yet all the categories fit in six buttons beneath the Himalayas header image.

The site is responsive, and mobile optimized, so the mobile users won’t have problems browsing and experiencing the site. Runs on WordPress platform, there are some custom css coding involved on several elements of the site, which work very well. Bright white background is ok, standard, and text size is ok, even though a bit bigger letters would be an improvement, depending on the reader’s taste.

Lakwatsero is a popular and well presented blog about adventurous travel which is one of the best in the Philippines. Strong social following engages with Angel’s articles and posts, which make an impression of a successful blog, and a good business. The site has many partnership ventures with travel companies, which also represent the quality of the brand. Warm recommendations.

  • International & Philippine Winner of Skyscanner Travel Blog Oscars 2013
  • Finalist of Hostel World Travel Story Awards 2013
  • Lakbay Norte 3 Bloggers Selection 2012
  • Winner of Cebu Pacific Wandering Juan Travel Blog Awards 2011
  • Nominee of Philippine Best Travel Blog 2009
  • Finalist of Philippine Best Travel Blog 2008
  • Media Feature on

  • Yahoo
  • Choose Philippines Magazine
  • Inflight magazine of Philippine Airline and Cebu Pacific Air
  • Lonely Planet Magazine
  • Travel+Leisure Magazine

Average Score of Lakwatsero – 87.25%

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Visual Appeal

  • Photography 88%
  • Website Design 86%

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Originality

  • Uniqueness 88%
  • Creativeness 86%

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Practical Tips

  • Usefulness 89%
  • Inspiration 91%

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Ease of Navigation

  • Readability 84%
  • Ease of Navigation 86%