McCool Travel interview with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.

5 Minutes With Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet

For McCool Travel’s 156th travel interview, I am happy to introduce you to Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet. I met Anton and his wife Rache in Ireland last month. We were part of a group of travel industry people who met at the amazing Kilkea Castle before the TBEX Ireland conference. I am impressed with Anton’s brand and influence in Philippines and Asia.

Our Awesome Planet bio:

Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world! Anton was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008. OurAwesomePlanet.com, started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel media in the Philippines with over 500,000+ followers. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome! In 2015, Anton Diaz received the first Tourism Star Award for media by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through Our Awesome Planet, thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer.

McCool Travel interview with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.

Our Awesome Planet at Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Anton Diaz: Our Awesome Planet

HOMETOWN …

Manila, Philippines

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

Travel Book, Samsung 360 camera, and Rosary

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Taipei, Taiwan

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …

Our first international trip to Venice and Northern Italy with my wife

McCool Travel interview with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.

Our Awesome Planet at Muikee Cookfood

3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. Rimowa
  2. Apple
  3. Foodie Hub

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. traveling on the offpeak season or the end of the season are always the best value
  2. go for local food every time
  3. avoid touristy destinations, seek the outlying islands and heritage destinations.

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. enjoying the different massage specialty of the destination
  2. going on a horizontal food tasting of the specialty of the destination like different chowders in Ireland or Tiramisu in Italy, Peri Peri chicken in Lisbon
  3. discovering local neighborhoods that is off the beaten path

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

Pay for locally owned experiences and local food.”

McCool Travel interview with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.

Our Awesome Planet: Anton & Rache at Kilkea Castle

FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

Netflix

MOST MEMORABLE SOUVENIR  …

A 360 Photo with my wife

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

Cookfood Centers in Hong Kong

RECENT DISCOVERY …

The Best Butter is in Ireland!

I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET …

the top travel bloggers in the world at TBEX

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET …

Lonely Planet founders

McCool Travel interview with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.

Out Awesome Planet, Ghan House date


Thank you so much, Anton, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips.

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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes travel interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviews. Previous 5 Minutes travel interview: Josh McNair of California Through My Lens.


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2 Responses to “5 Minutes With Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet”

  1. Barry Stephen November 28, 2017 at 6:18 am #

    Love the format of these interviews. They’re nice and easy to read.

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