analysis: What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

When Australia's Madison de Rozario won the women's T53/54 marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there were only two athletes on the podium.

It was the same when Jess Gallagher and pilot Caitlin Ward won the women's tandem B track cycling sprint finals.

Due to the small number of competitors in those events, no bronze medal was awarded.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

There were only four competitors, two Australians and two English, in the women's T53/54 marathon in Birmingham.(Getty Images: Alex Pantling)

It highlighted a conundrum facing the future of para sport, particularly at the Commonwealth Games.

How can you effectively achieve integration, while ensuring the gulf between the best and the rest doesn't become a seismic divide?

The Commonwealth Games are the only major multi-sport event with an integrated para program, and this year it's the biggest program in history, with 43 events across eight sports.

There are a total of 386 para athlete entries across 31 teams – noting that some athletes may be entered in more than one event/sport.

Eighty-six per cent of them come from just 10 countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Nigeria.

Altogether, more than 5,000 athletes (para and non-disabled) from 72 teams are competing in Birmingham, across 21 sports.

The disparity is something the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is acutely aware of, and they're trying to address it through the GAPS program, which supports the development of emerging para athletes and coaches from the Commonwealth.

“Maybe one day we could have all of our Commonwealth countries having athletes with disabilities in their team,” CGF development director Richard de Groen said.

“And I think they make those teams so much richer, for having that diversity. The athletes with disability bring so much to the able-bodied athletes.”

Enock and Latu paving the way for Oceania para athletes

It's the para powerlifting women's heavyweight final at Birmingham's NEC, and Vanuatu's Elie Enock is preparing for her third and final lift.

She's last in the competition after failing her first two attempts at 68kg.

The gold medallist, Nigeria's Alice Oluwafemiayo lifted a world record 155kg.

Sensing Enock needs their support, the crowd roars and urges her on.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

Chris Nunn congratulates Elie Enock after her final lift in the para powerlifting at Birmingham 2022.(Getty Images: Al Bello)

This is not for a medal.

It is a lift for all the smaller and developing nations who struggle to field para athletes and a lift to show that she belongs here, centre stage at the Commonwealth Games.

With all her might, Enock does it — a huge smile breaks out on her face, and she thanks the crowd.

“I'm so happy representing the people living with disability back in Vanuatu,” she said.

“I just want to show them that even though being a person with disability, you can still do what you [want], just look at your ability.”

Wheelchair table tennis player Akanasi Latu, 64, is one of only two para athletes from Fiji competing in Birmingham, at her first Games.

“It's a big story to be telling the generations that I was here,” she said.

Latu said one of the biggest challenges for para athletes in Fiji is inadequate transport.

“We really find it very difficult, there are a lot of our friends that we wanted to come and join us. But the thing that we are facing is our [remote] location and the financial [struggles],” she said.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

Fiji's Akanasi Latu makes and sells handicrafts to support herself.(ABC News: Amanda Shalala)

Australia's Chris Nunn is an experienced high-performance manager in the disability sport space.

He's been working with GAPS program and leads the Oceania Paralympic Committee's (OPC) efforts to develop para sport across the region.

OPC's aim is to have every nation represented at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, while improving the overall standard of elite disability sport in the region.

He said para athletes face many challenges.

“Bus services are almost impossible, and even if they have got them, to afford to be able to get on a bus is problematic,” he said.

“So they have to choose sometimes that they're going to eat today or they're going to catch a bus and go to training.

“We need to find ways of funding these guys to get consistent training. And then we just need the coaches with knowledge to be able to enhance their performance.”

He acknowledged it was not a good look for para sport when events do not have a full field of competitors.

“We have to have the same rules as what the able-bodied athletes in different sports get,” he said.

“So I have no problem with saying that if they don't meet the criteria [for number of athletes], they're not on the table. We want credibility, that's the only way we can look people in the face to say we deserve to be here.”

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

Uganda's Fred Masisa competed in the men's T11/12 100m at the Games.(Reuters: Phil Noble)

Nik Diaper is the head of para sport at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, one of the world's leading universities for disability sport, and he is the former head of performance at the British Paralympic Association.

“How do we ensure that our athletes — whether they're competing in a Commonwealth Games context, or in the Paralympic Games context — that this gulf that we're seeing between the rich nations and the poor nations just doesn't continue to widen and widen and in 15 or 20 years' time, some of these poor nations are just not even represented at all?” he said.

“I think that would be a sad day for all of us and for disability at the global level.”

What should integration look like?

Diaper said organisers should think big when considering what it means to be fully inclusive of para athletes at the Commonwealth Games.

“Would it mean 50 per cent of the athlete cohort are para athletes and 50 per cent are not? Is that true integration?” he said.

He also said there was scope to run mixed relay events in triathlon, athletics or cycling.

But even with an integrated Games, there are concerns non-disabled athletes still tend to attract most of the attention.

“I think that's probably one of the conundrums for integration is just how para doesn't become second best, the little brother in the corner that nobody's interested in,” Diaper said.

Danni Di Toro is a two-time co-captain of Australia's Summer Paralympics team and is competing in her first Commonwealth Games in para table tennis.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

Danni Di Toro (left) captained the Australian Paralympic team alongside wheelchair racing great Kurt Fearnley.(Getty Images: Stefan Postles)

Di Toro is on board with the 50/50 concept.

“When you see a Madi [de Rozario] get on a podium, and there's only two of them, and you see Jess Gallagher get up there, that's not good for anyone,” Di Toro said.

“And it's not because the quality and the depth isn't there. And I think that's the unfortunate part of it.

“You've got to schedule it right. I appreciate that at a Paralympics there's a lot of events and there's a lot to get through. But I think if we're going to do real diversity and do real equality, let's do 50/50, we can do that.”

“Yes, it's the friendly games, but I don't think any of us enjoy seeing one-sided competition,” Diaper said.

“When teams or athletes from the less well-off nations are being well beaten, it's not competitive, there's no entertainment value in that.

“And I would argue, in the long term, it's damaging for those nations, for those individuals and damaging for Para sport as a whole, because it cements maybe some of the inequality in place or this perception that Para sport just isn't very competitive.”

The widening technology divide

Of all the challenges facing athletes from smaller or developing nations — including funding, access to resources and facilities, and high-performance support — technology and equipment is perhaps the biggest factor.

“We need to have events that the whole of the world can compete in, and the whole of the Commonwealth can compete in,” de Groen said.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

The wheelchair racing events have been dominated by Australia and England at the Games.(Reuters: Phil Noble)

“And so some of the more technical, highly specialised events — whether you've got prosthetics or expensive wheelchairs, expensive bikes — they're just not going to be accessible to small island nations or developing countries.

“That's one of the things that we're focusing on and having a big enough field and a high quality enough for athletes to be able to get into it.”

Nunn said sports like athletics, para powerlifting and para table tennis are “no-brainers” and wants sports like para volleyball to also be considered.

“We've just gotta look at what's on offer and make sure that it's not laboured towards those athletes that have got access to bikes, wheelchairs,” he said.

“That's not reality in the Pacific nations, and even if they provided them free of charge, they would be wrecked in no time on the roads they've got to train on.

“So we [need to] choose sports that are viable, and [that have] got good numbers. Not just Oceania, but this extends to the Caribbean extends to Africa as well. This is a global approach that we need to take.”

Breaking down the disability stigma

There are also deeper, cultural issues at play for many countries in the Commonwealth, which money will not solve.

“Often what we miss and what's really important to recognise is the role of disability stigma, and the various forms of kind of structural and cultural exclusion, that are often more prevalent within some of these low to middle income countries in the Commonwealth,” social scientist and lecturer at the University of Loughborough Dr Emma Pullen said.

“That works to exclude at so many levels, and that will naturally filter into sports.”

Di Toro agrees.

“The more that we can build the [Oceania] region, the more that we can create those opportunities, the better it all gets,” she said.

“And then that becomes that other systemic change that happens when we start empowering people with disability.

“You start opening doors, people start getting opportunity, then it changes. And that's what you need. Sport's a vehicle for that, but it's just part of it.”

Dr Pullen specialises in media coverage of Paralympic sport, and says it also has a role to play in helping break down stigmas.

“Certainly from the research that I've done with Paralympic audiences, it's given them pause to think about disability in different ways they probably wouldn't have if they hadn't watched the Games and heard some of the stories around disability, accessibility issues, structural issues that prevent people from participating in wider society,” she said.

But she warned it is not the only answer.

“There are problematic perceptions, discourses that still circulate within culture that do need to be to be changed and the Paralympics and the Commonwealth Games and disability sport in general isn't the silver bullet,” she said.

“It's not the only way that we can change things. And it shouldn't be either.”

De Groen is optimistic the gap between the rich and poor can be bridged – but he says it is a long-term commitment.

analysis:  What should the future of para sport look like at the Commonwealth Games?

Fiji's Naibili Vatunisolo claimed bronze in the women's F42/61-64 discus throw at the Games.(Getty Images: Michael Steele)

“I think we're making some progress. We've got a number of athletes here that have won medals, broken world records that have been part of the [GAPS] program,” de Groen said.

“There's so much work to do, and we'll never bridge the gap to the technology that the advanced countries have.

“But you saw it here today, Nigeria, world class, world leading in powerlifting. How can we get the rest of the African countries following?

“And you're starting to see it with the number of entries from Africa in this, and I hope that we can see it in in the Pacific now.”

Six para sports have already been confirmed for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, although more may be added to the program.

And maybe 2026 could be heralded as the most inclusive Games of all.

News Related


BBC football presenters: hosts, pundits, commentators for new Premier League season - Match of the Day lineup

Sign up to our World of Sport newsletter The 2022/23 season is officially underway, with looking to retain the title. Away from the pitch and in the studio, the BBC ... Read more »

NFL World Reacts To The Troubling Frank Gore News

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 20: Frank Gore #21 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium ... Read more »

New faces behind Mets’ post All-Star break hot stretch

There are all sorts of statistics that validate the work of the Mets’ recent trade acquisitions. The Mets’ designated hitters and pinch-hitters (the spots most improved at the Aug. 2 ... Read more »

Love Island USA: Deb Chubb kisses bombshell Kyle Fraser as Casa Amor heats up – but what about Jesse Bray?

Deb Chubb has been getting close to new bombshell Kyle Fraser (Picture: Peacock) Deb Chubb is truly living her life in Love Island USA following the introduction of Casa Amor, ... Read more »

Olivia Newton-John’s husband speaks out

John Easterling has paid tribute to his late wife Olivia Newton-John in a moving memorial post shared to her official Instagram. Posted alongside a romantic photo of them together, John ... Read more »

Kyle Shanahan has serious ‘beef’ with NFL hat rules

Farewell to the “Shanahat.” San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan gained notoriety for his uniquely designed hat, a red cap sporting a small black 49ers logo. When asked on KNBR ... Read more »

Moment police officers smash window of parked car to rescue Shih Tzu locked inside as temperatures hit 26C

Nottinghamshire Police rescued the dog parked in a Nottingham car parkStaff for the NET tram service called police after they saw the Shih Tzu barkingThe window was open a crack but the dog collapsed by the time police arrivedOwner has been invited to a police interview and the RSPCA are investigating Read more »

Brad West to run for second term as Port Coquitlam, B.C. mayor

It’s official, Port Coquitlam, B.C. Mayor Brad West is running for re-election. The mayor made the announcement via social media Wednesday morning, calling the job “the honour of my life.” ... Read more »

Los Angeles City Council approves more funding for police in Hollywood to combat spike in crime

Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved funding for more police patrols in Hollywood to address a rise in crime. Hollywood, which is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, has ... Read more »

Kaley Cuoco has Subway sandwich lunch date with co-star Billy Nighy

Three-time Emmy nominee Kaley Cuoco had a ‘magical’ Subway sandwich lunch date (including Doritos) with Love Actually alum Bill Nighy on the Berlin set of their new film Role Play ... Read more »

Punk rocker Gord Lewis killed by his own son, police say

Gord Lewis, the guitarist for punk rock band Teenage Head, was killed by his adult son over the weekend, police in Canada said. Lewis, 65, was found dead at the ... Read more »

Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers

Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers Sri Lanka's justice minister has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to Parliament that would clip the powers of the president, a ... Read more »

Former world champ boxer David Lemieux’s father murdered at a bus-stop during horrific shooting spree in Montreal

BOXER David Lemieux’s father was shot dead during a 24-hour shooting spree in Canada last Tuesday. A man suspected of killing three people in Montreal on August 2 was shot ... Read more »

Controversy brews as Australia eyes entering the global carbon trade

A key climate agency has opened the door for the Albanese government to allow Australian companies to buy international carbon credits to offset domestic emissions, sparking fresh warnings from climate ... Read more »

These slow cooked birria tacos are a must try

Packed with juicy, slow cooked meat and dollops of fresh salsa, these birria tacos are really delicious. Video Transcript [MUSIC PLAYING] Read more »

Better Call Saul's Vince Gilligan Is Already Planning His Next Big Series

Michael Kovac/Getty Images After more than a decade on the air, Vince Gilligan’s “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” universe is finally coming to a close. Gilligan kicked the universe off in 2008 ... Read more »

Love Island stars reunite for swanky dinner after awkward reunion

Love Island stars were reunited for a plush dinner in a top London restaurant following their awkward reunion episode. Fans of the dating series were far from impressed by this ... Read more »

Nebraska mother, daughter charged for illegal abortion after police obtain Facebook messages

Nebraska mother, daughter charged for illegal abortion after police obtain Facebook messages Nebraska law currently bans abortions at 20 weeks. A Nebraska mother and teenage daughter are facing criminal charges ... Read more »

I’m a parking warden – here’s the little-known way you can be caught out when parking on street

A FORMER parking warden has revealed the little-known ways drivers could land themselves with a fine while parking on the street. Lucas Taylor, 40, said that motorists can find themselves ... Read more »

What the Lyme Disease Vaccine Could Mean for People Living With Long-Term Symptoms

Now entering late-stage clinical trials, the vaccine could be approved as soon as 2025 Read more »

Today’s mortgage refinance rates: 30-year rates tumble | August 10, 2022

With 30-year rates dropping by more than a quarter point, homeowners looking to refinance may want to lock in their rate today ahead of likely rate upswings. Read more »

MS-13 gang member accused in L.I. machete murder extradited from El Salvador

A fugitive member of MS-13 has been extradited from El Salvador to face justice in a Long Island courtroom for the murder of a rival gang member, federal prosecutors said. ... Read more »

Quebec rejects request to send army to northern region facing health worker shortage

Quebec’s Health Department says it has rejected a request from officials in the northern region of Nunavik that the Armed Forces be brought in to help ease a shortage of ... Read more »

NY governor pledges $10 million to fight domestic terrorism after Buffalo shooting

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that she is pledging $10 million to establish new teams in every county and in New York City dedicated primarily to combat domestic terrorism. ... Read more »

Real Madrid Wins 2022 UEFA Super Cup 2-0 Against Eintracht Frankfurt

Madrid reigns supreme in Europe yet again Read more »

Editorial: Chaos at the City Council serves no one

The Los Angeles City Council’s final vote to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and day-care centers was always going to be a heated meeting. A majority of ... Read more »

Texas A&M faculty leaders say President Kathy Banks is leaving them out of major decisions

Faculty members say Banks could have been more communicative and transparent about a variety of organizational changes she put in motion during her first year as president. Read more »

Taiwan declaring independence a 'catalyst' that would lead to 'direct military involvement'

Former defence secretary and ASIO Director-General Dennis Richardson says if the Taiwanese government declared independence it would be a catalyst for China, which would lead to direct military involvement. Taiwan ... Read more »

Today’s 20-year mortgage rates climb past 30-year rates | August 10, 2022

Buyers looking for a long repayment term with a lower rate may want to lock in a 30-year rate today, ahead of likely increases. Read more »

Wisconsin woman in Slender Man attack drops release request

Wisconsin woman in Slender Man attack drops release request One of two Wisconsin women who were sent to a state mental health facility after a 2014 stabbing attack on a ... Read more »

NYC carriage horse flogged by driver after collapsing on busy street

An exhausted carriage horse collapsed during the evening rush hour in Manhattan on Wednesday — lying on the asphalt while his driver repeatedly struck him and ordered him to “get ... Read more »

Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi says he was sleeping on a friend’s sofa and had less than $800 left in his account before starring as Nate Jacobs

Sign up to our NationalWorld Today newsletter Jacob Elordi has revealed that he was sleeping on a friend’s sofa, before his starring role as Nate Jacobs in Euphoria. The actor, ... Read more »

What are Parent PLUS Loans?

Parent PLUS Loans are a flexible way to help pay for your dependent child’s education. Plus, they may qualify you to take a tax deduction of up to $2,500. Read more »

The Walking Dead Fans Seem To Be Split On Who They Think The Series' Cruelest Villain Is

AMC No matter the case, surviving in the world of “The Walking Dead” wouldn’t be easy for anyone. Food is running out, supplies are scarce, and, of course, there are ... Read more »

Trump-backed Joe Kent defeats Republican who voted for impeachment

Joe Kent has been been declared the winner of a primary showdown against a Republican congresswoman who voted for the impeachment of Donald Trump. One week after voters in Washington’s ... Read more »

Emily Ratajkowski shares her favourite bikini style

Oops! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Emily Ratajkowski‘s swimwear label Inamorata has just dropped a brand new collection and frankly, we are obsessed. MORE: 6 style rules for wearing ... Read more »

Police on the hunt for man who tried to abduct girl at Glenelg Primary School

A man allegedly grabbed a female student at Glenelg Primary School on Tuesday. (ABC News: Chris McLoughlin) SA Police say “significant” police resources have been deployed near a school in Adelaide’s west ... Read more »

Here’s what you need to know about online privacy in a post-Roe world

The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy ... Read more »

Former NSW building commissioner David Chandler's resignation letter released

The NSW building commissioner raised concerns about calls he received from sacked fair trading minister Eleni Pepinos and former deputy premier John Barilaro, his resignation letter shows. Key points: Senior public ... Read more »

4-year-old boy killed after wandering onto Indiana highway

A driver fatally struck a 4-year-old boy when he wandered out alone at night and walked onto a highway in Indiana, officials said. Braxton Freeze of Princeton, Ind., was staying ... Read more »
6 Fabulous Reasons To Take A Side Trip To Croatia When You’re Visiting Italy7 Reasons You Should Visit Canada’s Beautiful Georgian Bay6 Reasons To Explore Concord, California On Your Next Visit To San Francisco9 Key Tips For Hiking To Gorgeous Ta-Taki Falls In Okinawa, JapanTop 15 Best Things to Do in Islip, New YorkHawaii County Follows Maui’s Lead, Decides To Ban These Types Of SunscreensUnique Sign In New Mexico Had Highway Drivers Doing Double-Takes15 Best Things to Do in AberdeenIt Now Costs $250 To See A Real-Life Dragon, Here’s WhyHeavy Rains Cause Extremely Rare 1,000-Year Event In Death Valley15 Best Things to Do in Havre de Grace15 Best Things to Do in Elkton11 Best Beaches in Vietnam You Must Know About11 Money Tips If You’re Not Earning Well Enough to Build a Travel Fund7 Fantastic Hotels For A California Summer ExperienceThe Houseboat Getaway Near Ottawa Perfect for the Whole Family22 Amazing Outdoor Adventures I Loved In New Zealand5 Fantastic Stops On A Missouri Road Trip From St. Louis To St. JosephFolks Are Flocking To New Mexico For A High Flying Milestone This October15 Best Things to Do in New CarrolltonSurprising Shark Discovery Found Thousands Of Miles From Its HomeWhat You Need To Know About Road Closures At This National ParkThird-Culture Kid Blues: My Experience as an Indonesian Who Grew Up in MalaysiaA Guide to Ukay-Ukay Shopping in and Near Metro Manila7 Historic French Brasseries You Must Visit In Paris7 Amazing Outdoor Activities To Experience In Big Sky, Montana In The SummerTop 8 Questions To Ask Before Moving To Costa RicaEverything You Need To Know About Visiting Qatar¡Felices fiestas! A guide to Spain’s best annual events17 Amazing Things To Do In Beautiful Austin, TexasFancy Feast Isn’t Just For Felines, Where You Can Dine On Cat-Inspired Cuisine Why October Is The Best Time To See Elk In This StateBorobudur Temple – The World’s Largest Buddhist TempleMantigue Island: Camiguin’s Little Jewel | LakwatseroThe Wave of Utah and Arizona: Where “Amazing” is Understatement | LakwatseroMonad ShoalHow to Get to Luna ApayaoTales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls | LakwatseroAbout BatadHow to Commute to 21 Kilometers Coffee and Back#13 Himalayan Mountain Range (Nepal)NATAS Travel Fair 2022: Best Travel and Tour Package Deals!Batanes: Sweet Rendezvous With My Playground | LakwatseroNaked IslandThe GreeneryBalabac Sojourn: Immersion in Bugsuk Island | Lakwatsero1. Chocolate HillsHow To Get to BulalacaoSurprises in Naujan | LakwatseroNatnat BeachScuba Diving in Mantigue Island: Revisiting Underwater HomeLubang: En Route to Big Surprises | LakwatseroAbout Cuyo1. Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)Climbing Mount MitsutogeWaterfalls of Mount Romelo: Buruwisan, Batya-Batya & MoreSurigao: Scuba Diving in Mabua | LakwatseroRooms and RatesBud Bongao: The Revered Mountain of Tawi-Tawi | LakwatseroHow to Get to CoronGoing In and Out of PokharaVisita Iglesia in Manila: Nine Churches to VisitA Day Trip to Seven Falls of Lake Sebu | LakwatseroBataan: Dunsulan Falls, Ambon-Ambon Falls & Limutan FallsHow to Get to MoalboalHow to Get to Kansalakan Enchanted RiverDetour to Mainland Sablayan | LakwatseroWaterfalls in Real, Quezon: Cawayan, Balagba & Noknok FallsRuwanwelisaya StupaSan GabrielColibra Island: Dasol’s Island Hideaway | LakwatseroHow to Get to Malamawi IslandHow to Get to Maosonon IslandBalabac Sojourn: Bugsuk Island Stole My Heart | LakwatseroAttractions in Igorot Stone KingdomNacpan & Calitang: The Twin Beaches of El Nido | LakwatseroCalinawan CaveClimbing Mount Fuji: Frequently Asked Questions1. Tropical Four SeasonsMasasa Beach Travel RequirementsPacsafe Toursafe Wheeled Duffel: The Ultimate Urban Adventure Buddy | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mount KitadakeKiltepan View Deck (Sagada, Mountain Province)A Solo DIY Trek to Kawah Ijen of Indonesia | LakwatseroFirst Time in NAIA Terminal 1: Seriously, It’s Not As Bad As You Think! | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mount Cayabu and MaynobaTagbilat Falls: The Curtain Falls of Zamboanga SibugayHow to get to Quitinday Falls and Underground RiverPaoay Church: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos NorteThe Island in FocusBicycle Diary: Kaybiang Tunnel Loop | LakwatseroSelf Guided 6D/5N Annapurna Base Camp TrekA Weekend of Ultimate Adventure in Baler | LakwatseroHow to Get to Camotes IslandsHail to Hulugan FallsIloilo: Where to Indulge in the City of LoveIntroducing SibaltanHow to Get to Kabutongan FallsHow to Get to Calinawan CaveAbout CaramoanHow to Get to Cabagnow Cave PoolFive Hours in Jakarta: A Walk in the Old Batavia (And Misadventures in Jakarta) | LakwatseroRacuh a Payaman (Marlboro Hills)Machu Picchu HouseAbout LubangHow to Get to Nagpatong Rock by Public Transport:A Glimpse of Manila Metropolitan Theater | LakwatseroAbout LunaAbout Capul IslandAlalum Falls: Shared Majesty of Sumilao and Impasug-ongSnake IslandZunsibarPico de Loro Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Tulay na Bato Falls48 Hours in Brisbane: A Quick Guide & ItineraryAbout BiriTales of a True Wanderer: The Joys and Pains of Solo Travel | LakwatseroWelcome to Surigao del SurMt. Palay-Palay  National ParkAbout PagudpudFive Levels of Aguinid FallsIntroducing San Pascual, MasbateMount Manmanoc ItineraryAdventures in Fortune Island of Nasugbu | LakwatseroNext Level Mobile Photography with Sony Xperia XZ1 | LakwatseroScuba Diving in Siargao: Discovering the Underwater Treasures of Daku Island | LakwatseroAbout Davao CityHow to Get to AndaJanuary: Cebu & IloiloHow to Get to Mines View ParkKamay ni Hesus: Pilgrimage Site in Lucban | LakwatseroPoon Hill: Three Days of Himalayan AdventureCalvary Hill Cemetery of SagadaHow to Get to TambobongMilford SoundTen Things To Do in Sagada: Bucket List for NewbiesDahoyhoy FallsPilot for a Day: The Ultra Light Aircraft Experience | LakwatseroReal Coffee and Tea Cafe of Boracay | LakwatseroGhorepani Poon Hill TrekAbout Maniwaya IslandHow to Get to Binanga FallsPalo Alto Falls of Baras, Rizal | LakwatseroExplore Moscow: Best Things to Do in the City | LakwatseroStairway to HeavenMount Guiting-Guiting Overnight Trek Complete ItineraryCape Melville LighthouseLa Cathedral Café: Restaurant with a View in IntramurosKapurpurawan Rock Formation: White and BeautifulDay Hike ItineraryThe Sandbox at AlvieraHow to go to Mararison IslandA Weekend of Adventures in South Cebu and DumagueteCalayan Island: A Virtual Diary of Our Epic Journey | LakwatseroFaro de Isla Jintotolo (Jintotolo Island Lighthouse)Low’s PeakAbout Taal VolcanoHow to Get to Mag-aso Falls of BoholSamar: Biri Rock Formations Up Close | LakwatseroBonbon BeachIntroducing Jomalig IslandAbout Cotabato CityAbout TabukLeyte Landing Memorial: A Memorial for a Fulfilled Promise | LakwatseroSilyang Bato, Mount MaramiPanimahawa Ridge and Cedar Falls Day Hike ItineraryFun in the World’s Best IslandSample Albay ItinerariesMagpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools6 Tips for Living in the Philippines | LakwatseroDaraga Church: The Nuestra Señora dela Porteria ChurchTulgao Rice TerracesCape Melville Lighthouse (Faro del Cabo Melville)Canyoneering to Kawasan FallsLake FewaLong Weekend: Five-Day Suggested Itineraries in Luzon | LakwatseroAbout CaponesThe Wichcraft Café of Zamboanga City | LakwatseroHow to Get to GuiuanAll-Female FloorHow to Get to Neri’s VilleDiotay’s EateryShort but Sweet Melaka Getaway | LakwatseroHow to Get to Tinuy-An FallsOslob: The Lost Grandeur of Tumalog Falls | LakwatseroIlocos ItineraryDitumabo Falls: The Mother Falls of San Luis, Aurora!Biking in Kalinga: Trek and Bike to TabukParadise Garden: A Haven for Sea TurtlesSiargao: Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools | LakwatseroAbout Bucas GrandeCoral GardenSagadaA Walk in Sangay Siapo Island Before it is Gone? | LakwatseroAmbaguio-Akiki ItineraryCorregidor Island Lighthouse (Faro dela Isla de Corregidor)Faro de Punta de Malabrigo (Malabrigo Point Lighthouse)About CulionNaidi Hill LighthouseBoquete IslandHow to Commute to Temple of LeahCatanduanes: The Heritage Church of Bato | Lakwatsero1. White Water Rafting or KayakingMount Fuji Overnight Climb ItinerarySip & Gogh Paint Studio: Unleash Your Inner Van Gogh | LakwatseroBatanes ItineraryHow to Get to Quitinday HillsAbout Callao CaveDiscover LakawonBiking to Taal: A Fun Ride to Batangas’ Heritage TownAntique Blooming: The Rafflesia of San RemigioMalasimbo Lights and Dance FestivalBacolod ItineraryPoon HillAttractions in Mirador Heritage and Eco ParkHulhumale Public BeachRomblon Island: Bonbon Beach, Tiamban Beach & MoreAdventure in Sabah: White Water Rafting in Padas River | LakwatseroHow to Get to Hinakpan Mystical HillsWelcome to Lake SebuAbout CasiguranAbout BuscalanHow to Go to Kalanggaman IslandFaro de Cabo Bojeador (Cape Bojeador Lighthouse)Backpacking Maldives: Budget Itinerary, Expenses & TipsHow to Get ThereOffbeat Bohol Itinerary: 3D/2N of AdventuresHow to Get to Tawi-TawiAlona BeachPangilatan Falls: The Forgotten Gem of Tapaz, CapizWorld War I: SMS Cormoran II3D/2N Taiwan Itinerary: Taipei – Yehliu – ShiffenLaos for Backpackers: Getting There on a BudgetBasic RequirementsHow to Get to Antong FallsCathedral CaveHow to Go to Gubat, SorsogonAbout SadangaHow to Get to Bugui Point LighthouseHow to Get to Cabra Island LighthouseCebu Itinerary: Three-Day Adventures in the SouthAbout AndaLuna: A Day in the Show Window of Apayao | LakwatseroMargues Blue LagoonFinding Palaui’s Cape Engaño Lighthouse | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mantayupan Falls of Barili, CebuHow to Get to MaligcongLinapacan Islands: Between Paradise | LakwatseroKLIA to KLCCHow to Get to JomaligBanaug ShoalEspadang Bato – Payaran Falls Day Hike Itinerary10 Remarkable Philippine Destinations for Solo TravelMiagao Church: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in IloiloAbout Carbin ReefAbout Parola IslandCabra WreckageCobra Falls: Ozamiz City’s Best Kept SecretBasco: The Chapel on the Hill of Tukon | LakwatseroBack in Kathmandu’s Lovely Mess | LakwatseroHimalayan Adventure: Kathmandu to Pokhara Overland | LakwatseroItineraryChinatown Vancouver (Stop #23)Situbo Falls: Tampilisan's Awesome SurpriseHow to Get to Inambakan FallsTuasan Falls: Another Camiguin’s Charmer | LakwatseroHow to Get to Lake SebuMarinduque Loop: Biking in the Heart of the Philippines1. Batanes: A Piece of HeavenMe Gusta Sunzibar Tacloban! | LakwatseroHitachi Seaside Park: Quick Guide from Tokyo and NaritaBeautiful Islands and BeachesSunzibarTrekking NotesSnapshot: In Love with Batulao | LakwatseroPalaui IslandHow to Get to Mount PinatuboBicycle Diary: The Ride to Infanta | LakwatseroSwimHow to Get to Osmeña PeakDaranak Falls of Tanay Rizal | LakwatseroHow to Get to Stobosa Hillside Homes ArtworkSurf or Learn to SurfDIY Solo and Self-Guided Trek to Annapurna Base CampBatanes by Bike: North Batan Tour | LakwatseroThe BeachSta. Cruz Grande IslandBasilica de San Martin de ToursBaguio Budget Stay: Upstairs Bed & Bath | LakwatseroBiking in Batanes: Batan Island Loop | LakwatseroCandaba Bird SanctuaryCape EngañoAbout HungduanIligan Tourism Triangle: Mimbalut, Tinago & Maria CristinaAbout Jose PanganibanCadapdapan Rice TerracesHow to Get to Casaroro FallsKiltepan: Sagada’s Best Sunrise | LakwatseroBeguet: Colorado Falls of Tuba | LakwatseroFollow the Call of the Great Outdoors: Go Out & Get More | LakwatseroSanga-Sanga ReefMasbate City: Where to Eat in the City | LakwatseroAbout Carabao IslandRain Vortex at the Jewel of ChangiPacsafe Venturesafe 65L GII Travel PackIrakoWhere to Stay in CarmenHow to Get to Tangadan FallsHow to Get to Samal IslandEverest Base Camp Trek: Into the Dream ZoneTop Things To Do in Gangwon-do: Korea’s Adventure ProvinceJomalig: The Golden Sand of Salibungot Beach | Lakwatsero1. Tubbataha Reefs (Cagayancillo, Palawan)IitineraryAbout Anini-yNacpan BeachAbout Legazpi CityHow to Get to Shifen FallsScuba Diving in Pearl Island of Guiuan, Eastern SamarHow to Get to Nagtabon BeachSiargao Travel RequirementsHow to Go to TanayHow to Get to Garin FarmDay 1: Paoay and San Nicolas (Ilocos Norte)Nueva Vizcaya Weekend ItineraryHow to Climb Mount HamiguitanHow to Get to Santa Cruz IslandMount TalamitamHow to Get to Sambawan IslandBacuit Grill12 Places to Satisfy Your Affogato Cravings in the MetroLion’s RockVictoria HarbourCoronPicture Perfect: The White Island of Camiguin | LakwatseroPanglao: Alona’s Allure | LakwatseroSecrets of the Lakeside: The Waterfalls of Laurel & TalisayMiyaru FaruMemorial Temple of Lord BaoHotel Siesta ShibuyaHow to Get to Tinago FallsSimunul Island: The Birthplace of Islam in the Philippines | LakwatseroBalabac: Onuk Island, Pink Beach & Melville LighthouseBike Diary: Bike and Trek to Buscalan (Mount Polis – Bontoc – Buscalan) | LakwatseroTagaytay (Cavite)Yearend Adventure with Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII | LakwatseroFavorite Beach: Punta Sebaring of Bugsuk Island, BalabacWelcome to Apo Reef & Pandan Island!The Ruins of A FamosaHow to Get to Canyoneering SitePacsafe Ultimatesafe Z28, My Newest Ultimate Travel Buddy | LakwatseroPulangbato Falls: The Red Waterfalls of ValenciaLocationSpider House: Boracay’s Chill Corner | LakwatseroThe 10,000 Roses Café of Cordova, Cebu’s Newest CrazeHow to Get to Asik-Asik FallsHow to Get to Dao FallsWelcome to Concepcion1. First Single-Aisle Aircraft to Fly Non-Stop from the Philippines to AustraliaHow to Get to Casino PeakMaadhoo Finolhu (Picnic Island)Cagbalete Travel RequirementsNacpan and Calitang BeachesThe RockiesBalabacPagbilao: Iringan, Malicboy, Bahay-Pagi & Katapang FallsPetronas Twin TowerSta. Fe, Bantayan IslandEverest Base Camp Trek Primer: Frequently Asked QuestionsTaraw Cliff: See the Best View of El Nido | LakwatseroHow to Get to Elephant MountainAbout MandalaySpelunking Rate in Capisaan CavesScuba Diving in Romblon: Blue Hole and Gorda WallHow to Get to Imugan FallsHow to Get to Awao Falls?About SipalayComiran Island: The Pink Beach of Balabac, Palawan | LakwatseroBagan! Oh Bagan! | LakwatseroBuntot Palos Falls, Laguna’s Hidden Grandeur | LakwatseroSandugan WallMagtutuka RocksKoh Dac MaiPresenting Calayan IslandAbout Dumaguete CityOffbeat Cebu: Ten Amazing Waterfalls of the SouthHow to Get to Merloquet FallsMount Masaraga ItineraryBudget Stay in Boracay: W Hostel Boracay | LakwatseroRetail Therapy? Here Are 18 Best Places To Go Shopping in Seoul!10 Essential Tips for Exploring Tokyo on a Budget6 Reasons This Quaint Nova Scotia Town Is The Perfect Weekend Getaway From Maine10 Bantayan Island Resorts, Hotels, and Rentals for Your Tropical EscapeThe Incredible European Bike Tour That Takes You Through Three Countries In A Single Morning9 Foods You Must Experience In Alaska And Where To Find Them8 Things You Should Do Every Time You Walk Into A Hotel Room According To A Flight AttendantRetirement Diaries: Jan Suggests Staying Active But Not Too ActiveI’ve Only Paid For One Flight To Europe In 12 Years, Here’s HowI Worked At EPCOT, These Are My 10 Favorite Delicious Treats To Try At The Food And Wine FestivalFor The First Time, It’s A Family Affair In The Cockpit Of This AirlineAfter Nearly 70 Years, This Popular Train Route Returns On The East CoastThis Week’s Full Moon Is The Last Of Its Kind This Year, Here’s WhyWhy A Popular National Park Attraction Is Now Off Limits And Could Cost You ThousandsFarmers’ Almanac Predicts Cold, Snowy Winter For Most Of U.S., Here’s Where It Will Be Mild And DryPort Klang Day Trip: 10 Hours in Port Klang & Kuala Lumpur11 Extreme Things to Do in Queenstown New Zealand — The Adventure Capital of the WorldMuseum Of Ice Cream Singapore – 14 Playful IG-worthy Exhibitions, Unlimited Ice Cream, and the Largest Sprinkle Pool EverBurias Island: Your DIY Island Hopping in MasbateEl Nido Tour A: Breathtaking Lagoons7D Hong Kong Itinerary — Exploring Beyond the Food And Shopping Paradise17 Exciting Things to Do in Perth — Not For the Faint-Hearted19 Unique Travel Experiences You Can Buy That Make You RicherUlleungdo (울릉도): Misadventures at the secret island in KoreaTokyo Famous Food Guide: 7 things you can’t leave Tokyo without trying5D Lake Toba & Medan Itinerary — Caldera views and Gastronomic Adventures10D Germany Itinerary under S$1.1k — Gems in Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt9 Exciting Day Trips from San Francisco to Escape The City — From Skydiving to Exploring Coastal TownsKota Bharu Guide: Gateway to the Beautiful Perhentian Islands and a Lesser-known MalaysiaInterview with Alvin Ng on Travel Photography3D2N Koh Samui Itinerary — The Luxurious Adventure Getaway You NeedUltimate Singapore Food Guide — 54 Local-Approved Things to Eat in Singapore30D Backpacking in Japan Itinerary: 12 Cities Under S$3.1k for the Adventurous with the JR Pass — Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto & KyushuHow I managed to convince myself and everyone else I could travel solo for a yearVisit the New Singapore Garden Oasis Tucked Away in a 51-Storey Skyscraper6 attractions in Busan you shouldn’t missBook a Staycation and Earn 50% AgodaCash Rebate For Your Next Holiday — Agoda 2.2 Flash SaleAll you need to know about WWOOFing in New ZealandOne-Week Bali Itinerary — The Lesser Known Side Most Tourists MissThe Only Guide You’ll Need To Nightlife in Phuket: Top 11 Places to Check Out for an Epic NightPhoto Guide to 15 of the Most Photogenic Places in Europe – France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary Edition7D Budget Tokyo & Mount Fuji Itinerary For S$1.3k Including AccommodationWhy you should skip Boracay and vist Palawan instead10 Taobao Travel Essentials Recommended by Frequent Travellers for Your Next Trip13 Reasons Why a Cruise Getaway is the Best Vacation Anyone can have7 different ways to experience the cultural activities in Yogyakarta10 Best Adventurous Things To Do In Bali Other Than ChillingThe Best Multi-currency Travel Card For Travellers — YouTrip vs Revolut vs InstaReM vs TransferWise ReviewYunnan Nature Bucket List For Outdoor Lovers — Best Spots in Kunming, Lijiang, Dali & Shangri-laWhy This Is My Favorite Hotel Credit Card, And Tips For Scoring The Most BenefitsSurviving the Wilderness at Sub-Zero Temperatures — Travel to Mongolia with TTI ExperiencesHow to Fall in Love In & With Tokyo2D1N Matsumoto Japan Itinerary — The Hidden Gem 3.5 Hours From TokyoSydney Food Trail Guide – 10 Must try things to eat in SydneyAn upgrade on your airline – Emirates Economy Class ReviewWhere to Stay In Taipei — 11 Gorgeous Hostels & Hotels at Prime Locations from S$14/nightA Rockstar Experience — Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya ReviewThe Ultimate Sapporo City Guide: 18 Things To Do-See-Eat In The Gateway To HokkaidoUltimate Bali Accommodation Guide — Value for Money Hostels to Affordably Luxurious VillasGuide to Climbing Mount Fuji — Everything You Need To Know About Climbing Japan’s Highest Mountain9 Ways to Satisfy Your Wandermust Without Breaking Your Wallet11 Instagram-Worthy Places in Singapore That Are FreeHakone Guide — The Day Trip You Need in Your Tokyo ItineraryFirst Timer’s Guide to India — Everything You Need to Travel India Like a ProWhere to Eat in Hanoi — 31 Local-Approved Places to Eat in Vietnam’s Charming Capital21 Most Rewarding Hikes Around the World — From Stunning Glaciers to Active VolcanoesTokyo Capsule Hotels — 11 Surprisingly Luxurious Places to Stay in Tokyo for Under S$707-Day Cambodia Itinerary Under S$600 — An Epic Journey of History, Adventure and TranquilityMorocco Photo Guide: 15 Insta-worthy Locations That’ll Change Your Mind About Africa40 Lesser-Known Things to Do in Australia Highly Recommended by Locals, Travellers and Celebrities3D2N Blue Mountains Itinerary: The Perfect Getaway Just 90-Minutes From SydneyHow to pack light and smart10 Essential Apps for Travelling in ChinaConquering Fears 1,463 Miles Away — TTI Bootcamp in PhilippinesWhere to Stay in Shanghai — Centrally-located Hostels, Hotels and Apartments Under S$53/pax15 Cheap Things to Do in Seoul for Under S$12Standing between India and Pakistan; the Wagah Border Experience10 Cheap and Affordable Hostels in Singapore Under S$30Where to Stay in Seoul — 14 Aesthetic Yet Affordable Accommodations In Rising Hipster Districts5D4N Japan Itinerary — A First Timer’s Experience in Niigata and the Remote Sado IslandWhat to Do in Cebu, Philippines — 10 Epic Experiences That Are Surprisingly AffordableTravellers in Quarantine — 12 Satisfying Things to Do Before Your Next AdventureTop 11 Outdoor Activities in Singapore — Places to Hike, Picnic and Get Closer to Nature13 Tips to Travel in Japan Over Peak Seasons — Cherry Blossoms, Autumn Foliage, Golden Week8-Day Japan Itinerary: 9 Cities in Kansai for Under S$900Swimming With Whale Sharks in Oslob — IG Worthy Photos at What Expense?5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends Who Love TravellingThe Complete Phillip Island Guide: The Day Trip From Melbourne You Can’t MissByron Bay Guide: 25 Things to Do in NSW’s Ultimate Hipster ParadiseWestern Australia’s Best Photo Spots — Hidden Gems In Perth, Rottnest Island, and Kalbarri for your Instagram9-Day Australia Road Trip Itinerary Around The Best Of NSW — Sydney, Blue Mountains and BeyondDream Cruise’s Thailand Seacation — What to Expect on This Cruise to Nowhere13 Reasons Why Byron Bay Should Be on Every NSW Itinerary5 Places to Visit in Bali Other Than the Beach10-Day Japan Itinerary — Tokyo to Osaka With The JR Pass for $1.1k5 Animal Cafes in Osaka not to be missedBarcelona in three courses15 Unique Experiences in Shikoku — The Laidback Island of Japan Undiscovered By Most TouristsHiking Chestnut Nature Park — Bicycle Pump Tracks and Rare Bird SightingsThe Best Day Trips From Tokyo For Food, Arts & Culture — Northward Golden Route9 Things to Do in Singapore That Are Perfectly Ok to Do Alone48-Hour Dubai Itinerary — The Best Stopover For Thrill SeekersThis New Lifestyle Card is Changing the Way We Travel — MCO Card6-Day Kyushu Itinerary — Chasing Autumn in a Quieter Side of Japan (Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu)6D5N Nagano Itinerary — The Romantic Getaway 3 Hours from Tokyo (Kamikochi, Norikura and Matsumoto)Phuket Travel Guide: Making the Most of Your Day Trip in 11 Hours12 Unique Restaurants in Singapore Even Non-Foodies Will Find ImpressiveUSA Road Trip: 11-Day San Francisco to Los Angeles Itinerary Under S$1.8k3D2N Pattaya Itinerary — An Unexpected Adventure 2hrs from BangkokThe Ultimate Bali Food Guide: 21 Things To Eat in Seminyak, Ubud and Nusa DuaBukit Brown Cemetery — Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting This Old Singapore Graveyard