27-year-old entrepreneur opens the world to Filipino tourists

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — There are plenty of reasons for young adults to reconsider traveling and exploring the world: lack of funds, no time, too busy with their careers and chasing their goals. 

Some just plain and simple don't see the benefits.

But as exploring the world is easier now, traveling is fast becoming an integral part of the Filipino lifestyle. 

How can you make it possible for more Filipinos to see all those undiscovered tourist destinations?

This was the challenge that drove Angely Dub to start her own travel agency at 19. 

"I really wanted to be a flight attendant. Instagram wasn't a thing when I really wanted to travel. I even asked my mom, 'Can I get my funds and then I'll just move out of the house to travel?'," Angely recalled.

Like most Filipino mothers, her mother would not hear of her outlandish idea. She put her foot down, insisting her daughter finished school. This was especially so since Angely was only 14  when she lost her father. 

“I still live with my mom up until today,” she said. “I live in Cavite and I think that’s the only thing I can still give to my mom, despite how busy I am.”

And when the time came in 2011, her mother bought Angely a travel company in exchange.  But it wasn't easy. The young entrepreneur was cheated by her first partner, forcing to take over the business.

"We found out that the company was bankrupt, so we had to start all over again, and I'm actually glad she did that," she said.

This prompted Angely to build what would become Access Travel from scratch.

Now that she is 27, Angely has visited 59 countries and has addressed the travel needs of over 5,000 clients — which include famous celebrities like Dingdong  Dantes, Liza Soberano, and Nadine Lustre.

Access Travel personalizes tours for its clients and makes it more convenient for them. There is no need for a meet-up to secure flight bookings, accommodations, and itineraries. The company does all that online for its clients.

“I show them the real experience," Angely explained. "Believe it or not, most people travel for social media nowadays and their photography services. They're taking advantage of that mindset. But I’m here to tell them, ‘Hey, don’t travel just for social media.’”

Even with only 20 people in her staff, Angely said they give the best travel experience depending on your budget. This is because she herself has visited the places her customers want to see and know her way around them. Angely's own travels to often-ignored places opened up tourism in areas such as Iceland, Greenland and Finland.

“We’re just one e-mail away,” she explained. “We pick up everything, we deliver anything. You don’t need to pick up anything from our office.”

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The last few days were tough, I never expected my small business to grow this fast, the pressure hit me so real and I’m just hiding here in Siargao, away from everyone. I’m taking every single day as slowly as possible, every person I meet contributes something into my life, every flight I take reminds me of how I started my business journey, every email I send gives me hope that my business will last for 50 more years, every brand partnership adds credibility to the name Angely and Access Travel. When I say we are here to stay for a very long time, I mean it with my whole heart. Yesterday, I gave away my favorite @colehaanph shoes to my newly found friend who made me a very good cappuccino, this way I leave a small part of me everywhere I go. Make an impact to people you meet along the way, small deeds go a long way, he treated me brownies and more cafe latte in return. And @accesstravelph is turning 7 in 2 days!!!! ✨✨ #itsmorefuninthephilippines #siargao

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Although all transactions are completely online, each one is secure and personal.

“We make everything from scratch for every client,” Angely said. “We cater to everyone. If you want to join a group tour, nagtitipid ka [you’re saving up], we have that. If you have a private thing, we have that. We have partners in every single city in the world.”

And she's been doing it for the past seven years: delivering an authentic experience in every destination.

She encouraged everyone to travel, but advised to make trips simple.

“You travel for experience. You go to Bangkok, you do shopping. You eat street food kahit di ka kumakain ng street food dito. You try it. It’s a break from your normal life. It's a change,” she stressed.

On its anniversary this September, Access Travel is launching various events. There will be weekly travel giveaways, a team-up activity with non-profit organization Save the Children, and the first Access Life Talks with Angely herself.

The young entrepreneur will also lead her own tour called "Access Expeditions" offering what the company promises to be life-changing travel experiences, especially for people with wanderlust. Her first personally-led tour in October will be to Iceland.