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.