2: Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet’s Aha Moment in Travel

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This is #2 of a series of interviews with some of the most followed travelers in the blogosphere. Our aim is to pick a portion of their traveling minds to inspire you to get on the traveling lifestyle and help you acquire a wider perspective on life while life happens to you. 


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Tourism Secretary Jimenez awards Our Awesome Planet’s Anton Diaz as the Tourism Star Philippines Winner for Media Category (Photo: wazzuppilipinas.com)

 

Our 2nd generous traveler is Anton Diaz, the trailblazer behind Our Awesome Planet, one of the most reliable and awarded food and travel blog in the Philippines. He started blogging about his family’s travels as a diary for their children to look back to, a virtual heirloom if you will. He has since been a go-to person for off-the-beaten paths and among the first to introduce to the country up and coming destinations. Our Awesome Planet has definitely made the travel blogosphere a lot more informative for travel planning! And we thank him for that.

 

Learn a thing or two, and as Seth Godin would say, more importantly, do something about it.

 

Interview with a Traveler #2: Anton Diaz

 

Someone walks up to you somewhere in travel and asks you, “What do you do that makes you feel alive?” What would your 10 second answer be? OAP jump

 

Helping other people Live an Awesome Life by blogging about inspirational stories.

How did you get into the point of being a true blue traveler (and not just a weekend tripper/vacationer)? Bring us to that moment.

It’s when you start to get addicted to discovering cultures and the beauty of the different destinations. I think the first time is when we traveled to the Venetto region in Italy with my wife, we started to discover the world and share it with someone special.

What was holding you back from being a traveler?

I want to bring my 4 boys in my travel. A bit expensive to travel with a big family.

What are the top 3 things you never travel without (excluding basic necessities)?

  1. My camera
  2. Laptop/mobile phone
  3. A book/magazine to read

What’s the first 90 minutes of your day in travel like? OAP zipline

I like to take in and be immersed with the vibe of the place.

What’s that traveling habit/skill you wished you have?

Being disciplined to log all my finances to the trip so that I can share it.

What’s your worst traveler moment?

Being stuck in an airport while sick and with no cash left.

How did you get away/around it?

Try to eat and work to get my mind busy.

What’s your biggest takeaway from that experience?

Health is very important when traveling. Make sure to boost your immunity.

What’s your biggest weakness as a traveler?

Sometimes I fall into the temptation to do checklist traveling and hop on from one destination to another. I like to spend more time to get to know the place I’m visiting. OAP horseback riding

What’s your biggest strength as a traveler that makes you the best to travel with?

Anton Diaz exploring Palawan with Aurora Una Tao Expedition group

Anton Diaz exploring Palawan with this Aurora Una Tao Expedition group

 

I know how to hunt for the best food in town 🙂

Give us one aha moment you had while in travel.

Cost of traveling is going down and you can be creative on how you want to design your travel. -@antondiaz

Currently, how are you generating income? OAP AntonProfile

  • Brand collaborations
  • Banner Ads
  • Off shoot businesses
  • Training/ Speaking on Travel

Of all the things you’re doing, what’s the one thing that has you most fired up right now? OAP road trip

 

I’m so excited to travel with my wife and kids!

What is a personal habit that you think contributes to your success?

Anton sandboarding in Ilocos Norte (photo: langyaw.com)

Anton sandboarding in Ilocos Norte (photo: langyaw.com)

Knowing the trends and catching on the opportunity.

Internet resource that has been useful for you in travel

Travel Facebook blogger groups

One book you highly recommend

Startup Nation: the story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

If you were to live again with a clean slate, give us a visual of how your life will look like.

I’ll learn how to be an entrepreneur at an early stage and start to travel.

To end this interview, what’s your one parting piece of guidance?

Don’t settle for the mediocre things in life, Live an Awesome Life! -@antondiaz

What’s the best way we can connect with you?

You can connect with me via Facebook/Twitter/Skype @antondiaz or via email antondiaz@gmail.com or via mobile +63 917 5683627.

 

Thank you, Anton for your generosity with your time and insights! Safe travels wherever you are today and we hope you continue to come home changed!


All photos are from Our Awesome Planet, unless otherwise stated.

You can read other interviews with travelers here.

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