Being from the United Kingdom, you inevitably become accustomed to Western ways and of course in turn, Western women. In the UK, if a person, known or unknown, were to arrive at your door, for what we’ll assume is some good and honest reason, then you would at first be a little suspicious. Even before you can manage a single, socially awkward , ‘Err, hello, so nice to meet you,’ you’ll already have met Mum, Dad, the grandparents and anyone else who happens to be in easy reach.

It was whilst travelling through Laos by motorbike with my best friend that I stumbled across this young Filipino backpacker.

I instantly felt she was different from all of the girls I met while backpacking, and we hit it off straight away.

Although we went our separate ways shortly after, we kept in touch.

British traveler Jon Howe recalls his experience dating a fellow long-term adventurer, Filipino Kach Medina.

What was supposed to be a two-week visit for them has since turned into almost two years together Back in 2005 and for about 10 years before, I was living in the UK, studying architecture and working 9-to-5s in different architectural practices.

I had great employers and colleagues and although I enjoyed my work, I couldn’t help but feel there was something missing.There had to be more to life than walking into the same building every day, seeing the same people and doing pretty much the same things over and over again.After two months, Kach came to visit me in Hanoi for two weeks, where I had set myself up as an English teacher.Well, two weeks has since turned into almost two years, 7 countries, many random jobs and countless stories to tell!Whilst I traveled quite a bit as a child, with my parents working in Africa, when you travel as an adult you see things differently and it changes you – sometimes in very subtle ways, sometimes more obviously.However, when you’re in a long-term relationship with someone from another country and culture, then you begin to see the differences much more clearly. ’ Now, in stark contrast, if you find yourself at the front door of a Filipino and are invited inside, then you’ll discover that they are some of the warmest, most welcoming people on the planet.