If you’re traveling on your own, you’ll meet a lot of travelers – mostly European, and being a backpacker you shouldn’t expect another backpacker to take you to an expensive restaurant – oh and he’s British btw.

After few months of just keeping in touch on facebook while I continued my solo backpacking, Jon and I decided to be officially together, and we’re now together for almost two years!

However, be advised that like all other nationalities, there are bad apples among the bunch and you would really want to avoid the same costly mistake some men make when making wrong decisions when dating in the Philippines.

Some Philippines may ask you for money especially if you are communicating only through chat or phone calls.

This can be attributed to their society where family plays a major role in their lives.

You should also know that their country does not permit divorce and annulment is looked down upon in their society.

Yes, there are perhaps some Filipinas who have this reason but not in most cases!

I was already travelling on my own long before I met Jonathan (well, I’ve met Jonathan while travelling! Jonathan and I are both long-term travellers and us living and settling down in the UK couldn’t be further from our minds.

The culture of the Philippines is steeped in history and tradition and thus the act of courting a Filipina has a list of dos and don’ts attached to it.

In fact, dating is not common in the Filipina culture, rather courting is more common. It, unlike dating, is entered into with seriousness and a desire to begin a long-lasting relationship that very well may end in marriage. So exactly what should a man do when courting a Filipina?

When I quit my job in the Middle East to start my backpacking journey, aside from the other reasons and lies I was telling myself and people around me about why I wanted to leave my corporate life, I actually left because I just wanted to have more time to understand myself, to love me and just to be with myself!

Unexpectedly, during a few days exploring Luang Prabang, Laos, I met Jonathan!

Not because I had been harboring anti-foreigner feelings. Race has never been an issue and never will be an issue for me.