About Us

Paliparan is your to-go website for the best travel news, cheap flight tickets and other travel deals, honest airline reviews as well as trip reports from all over the world. The website was started by a team of enthusiastic travellers who felt the need to share their knowledge and experiences with the wider world.

We are lucky to have visited dozens of beautiful places all across the world. During every single trip we always managed to find useful books, articles, websites, internet forums and social media posts with tons of information which allowed us to have fantastic trips abroad. Without all this information about hidden gems, booking tricks, airline and hotel reviews and other travel secrets, we would not have been able to travel as often and would not have gotten the most out of every trip we made. To earn back some karma points, and to chronicle all our travels, we therefore decided to give something back to the community by sharing all this knowledge with you – for free!

What does the name Paliparan mean?

Paliparan simply means ‘airport’ in Tagalog, the most widely spoken language in the Philippines, which is one of our favourite travel destinations. We thought the name was quite catchy and fitting to the website content.

What are the goals of the website?

As we already explained in the introduction, we simply want to give something back to the travel community. Over the years, we learned so many ‘secret’ tricks allowing us to take a dozen holidays a year, fly in business class for the price of an economy ticket that it felt only natural to share it with the wider world.

Is this site a hobby or a business?

The Paliparan project is foremost a hobby. Our team of writers are travellers just like you, and we all have normal daytime jobs. We just want to share our knowledge with you – free of any charge. Because of this all our content is made freely available on this website and on our social media channels. We have also purposely decided not to place any advertisements on this website.

This website however does generate a wee bit of income through affiliate links, for example in links to flight deals. If you click on such a link, we get a small cut if you might book a flight ticket or hotel room (don’t worry, it will not impact the price you pay, as the commission comes solely out of the pockets of our partners). Such links are vital for us, as the few quid we earn through it allows us to pay for website hosting services and research costs.

Editorial independence

The content on Paliparan.com is generated by our team of experienced travel writers and is based on thorough research, inquiries and knowledge. All reviews and trip reports are solely based on our own experiences on the ground (or in the air!) and not on PR handouts. We only accept review invitations by airlines, hotels and other travel services if our editorial independence can be fully guaranteed. We do not accept any monetary payments in exchange for a positive review or other form of advertisement. Any partnership or other potential conflict of interest will always be disclosed in our articles to ensure full transparency to our readers.

Our editorial team

The Paliparan team exists out of a motley bunch of travellers from a variety of countries, generations and backgrounds. Although we share the same travel passion, we differ when it comes to our favourite destinations, means of travel, trip budgets and holiday style. Thanks to this, we are able to offer you a wide array of reviews, trip reports, travel secrets and flight deals.

paliparan koenKoen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

Koen’s favourite cities: Chania, Lisbon, Lviv.

Koen’s favourite countries: Greece, Georgia, Romania

You can read Koen’s articles here or email him at koen [at] paliparan.com.