Our Awesome Planet documents the food and travel adventures of the Diaz family. They showcase the best of food and travel destinations focused on the Philippines and ASEAN, but also explore all over the world. Anton Diaz is also the co-founder of the successful weekend market called Mercato Centrale in Manila.
1.)Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
Our first ever international travel that wowed us is when we visited Venice for the first time and rode the gondola in the canal. It was so romantic indeed, and this is when we got infected with the travel bug.
2.)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
We would travel and eat around the world with the family and go to all the culinary centers.
3.)What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
I’m afraid to drive using right-hand-side car when I travel to Commonwealth countries, and I am still yet to conquer this.
4.)What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
I use Waze/ Google Maps, XE for currency conversion, Chat Apps – Viber/ What’s App/ Messenger, and Social Media sites – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Image apps like Snapsee, VSCO, Diptic.
5.)What place do you wish more people have seen?
The awesome beaches in the Philippines!
6.)Best advice you have been given and by whom?
Go for momentum and not for one-hit wonder.
7.)When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
In Ireland, I was surprised all of them are very hospitable and with good stories to tell.
8.)What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
Wetravel for food and we like to taste authentic flavors and discover new tastes and ingredients as wetravel around the world.
9.)I travel because….
We love to discover and explore different culinary cultures.
10.) My favorite travel or business book is...
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Hardcover by Timothy Ferriss
11.) How about hotels? What’s your favorite or one you’d recommend?
I would recommend staying in a castle like Kilkea Castle in Ireland.
Lastly, can you please recommend a resource for up-and-coming travel writers; this could be a course you know, a book, conference etc.
I would recommend a book by Don George and attend a travel blogging conference like TBEX.
Anton and Rache Diaz started the award-winning Our Awesome Planet as a written dedication their sons, so that they would have a documented history of their childhood and their family’s adventures. They focus on “foodie” travel and share the food and travel secrets of the Philippines through their blog.
Lori Green LeRoy is a mom to two young boys, and currently indoctrinating them into the wonder and awe of exploring the world, so far 27 states and 11 countries. She writes travel pieces for several websites as well as her own blog: www.mapsmemoriesandmotherhood.com