“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Traveling is something we do for business and for pleasure. Key to a smooth journey is careful planning and being able to get in touch with the right parties in a particular place or destination. The internet can be a useful resource in planning your trips and in contacting service providers who can make your trip more enjoyable.

About HopAround:

HopAround is a tourism-oriented portal focused on travel around the Philippines. It aims to help create communities of microentrepreneurs as these will help drive tourism development in the country. HopAround will help microentrepreneurs gain internet visibility. Tourists will benefit as service providers will be organized according to locality and areas of interest.

HopAround was conceptualized by Mr. Philip Camara, together with the group of Mr. Patrick Gregorio of the North Philippines Visitors Bureau. Mr. Camara realized the need for a service like HopAround when he traveled extensively around the Philippines and when he traveled to Sabah. He saw a benefit to tourists getting in touch with the micro sector in tourism for a more authentic, unique, and local travel experience.

At present, HopAround is working with 6 bureaus: Cagayan North, Pangasinan, Clark, Subic, Tarlac, and Baguio. The group behind the website is presently conducting workshops for individuals and service providers to learn how to use the HopAround site.

HopAround’s Market:

HopAround will serve foreign and domestic tourists who want to get in touch with owners of small resorts, cafes, restaurants, homes, farms, transportation services, gear, and any other item or service which will be of use to tourists in a particular place. Tourists can tap HopAround to search for information on local cuisine, guided tours, and the like.

About Philip Camara’s Past Projects:

Philip Camara, through RemitCard, Inc., developed a Community Card System that allows a group of people to set up their own card system with account management that replicates what Mastercard and Visa provide for the vast commercial system. RemitCard has also developed a Donation Card System and a Pasabayad System.

If you would like to inquire about HopAround’s services, whether as a service provider or as a tourist, you may reach HopAround through the following contact information:

HopAround (care of Philip Camara)
Address: Unit 206 Raman Condominium, 1130 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
E-mail: pcamara@remitcard.com
Website: http://www.hoparound.net

We would appreciate it if you will let him know that you obtained his contact information and learned about HopAround from http://www.AtYourWord.org

“A well-traveled person with wide experience knows many things and talks sense. You can’t know much if you haven’t experienced much, but travel can make you clever. In my own travels I have seen many things and learned more than I can put into words.” (Sirach 34:9-11 TEV)