Erwan Heussaff went on a trip down South and explored some fresh spots in Mindanao. He went to places that don’t get the usual Insta-mileage, and we found his trip to be absolutely refreshing. We trailed his ’Gram and saw that he went from Mati in Davao Oriental to spots in Surigao del Sur, which are far from the crowds of Siargao. But, what totally got us double-tapping were his pictures in Agusan.
Erwan made a pit stop at the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary. This magical spot is a protected marshland that acts like a sponge, as it is nestled in the midwaters of the Agusan River drainage basin. Within its lakes, there are several floating communities. Remember Lolong the 20.24 feet (6.17 meter) which is known to be the world's largest captive crocodile? That magical creature found its home in this marsh.
Erwan’s pics show that this spot is absolutely magical, with its borderless skies, wildlife, thriving communities. His pics were of a world seldom seen in selfies or travel blogs, which made the spot mysteriously majestic.
We think Erwan’s got his travel bug biting right. In fact, we’re so inspired by how he embraces the basics when he does his travel rounds. He says: “The Philippines has so many beautiful places and facets to discover. Avoid chasing Instagrammable spots and heavily promoted islands, just rent a car if you can. Then just spend less on accommodation and restaurants. Camp, use a hammock, rent a kubo, buy fresh catch from fisherman, vegetables in small towns, or eat in carinderias. It’s not always comfortable, but it’s thoroughly rewarding.”
That insight is a fab tip for all Insta-hounds out there. Don’t be afraid to discover places beyond the IG Explore page. You might just find your own magical place to make the best summer memories.
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