About Us

Paliparan is your to-go website for the latest travel news, cheap flight tickets and other travel deals, honest airline reviews as well as trip reports from destinations all over the world. The Paliparan 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 over the world. During every single trip we always managed to find and read useful articles, websites, books, internet forums and social media posts containing tons of useful information. These bits of insider advice 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 previous trips, 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, one of our favourite travel destinations in the world. 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 and enthuse others to explore all the fabulous sights on our planet with an open mind. Over the years, we learned so many ‘secret’ tricks allowing us to take a dozen holidays a year or to fly in business class for the price of an economy ticket that it only felt natural to share some of this knowledge with the wider world.

Travel can have a great effect on each and every person who embarks on a trip. When you travel, you literally and figuratively take a journey, coming into contact with different cultures and people which enriches your knowledge, empathy and understanding.

In a more literal way, travel also brings in much-needed tourism dollars to countries across the globe, lifting entire communities out of poverty and creating a livelihood for millions. As we do also see the negative effects of overtourism on the world, we also hope to contribute to a more conscious way of travelling by highlighting independent travel and destinations off the beaten track far away from the tourist masses.

Is this site a hobby or a business?

The Paliparan project is foremost a hobby. Our team of writers and contributors all have normal daytime jobs. We use our spare time to travel and to contribute to this website. Because of this we can make all our content freely available on this website. We have also purposely decided not to place any advertisements on this website to give our readers the best viewing experience possible.

This website does however generate a wee bit of income through affiliate links, for example in our posts about flight deals. If you click on such a link, we get a small cut if you might end up booking 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 this allows us to pay for website hosting services and other costs. Donations are always welcome too as it helps keeping this site online and fund the research for our articles. If you want to make a donation, you can click the PayPal link below or get in touch with us at info *at* paliparan.com.

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. As we operate this website as a hobby outside of our normal daytime jobs, we can guarantee full editorial independence.

Paliparan does not accept any monetary payments in exchange for a positive review or other form of advertisement. Although we are always open to cooperate with other entities if it contributes to our goals, any such 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 preferred 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, Luang Prabang, Lviv.

Koen’s favourite countries: Greece, Georgia, Romania.

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


Outside of his daytime job, Carlo loves to travel the world and party until dawn. After getting the travel bug on his first backpacking journey to south-east Asia, Carlo has since travelled extensively across all continents, visiting countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, South Africa and Indonesia.

You can read Carlo’s articles here.




Want to join the Paliparan team?

Other Paliparan writers and contributors will be announced soon! Want to contribute to Paliparan? Email us at info [at] paliparan.com.