“Every single day of my trip contained experiences

that will stay with me for a lifetime...”

Sam Aldridge, Australia 

MAD Travel is made to Make A Difference – in the lives of each of our guests and the Filipino communities we partner with. We inspire people from all over the world to discover the very best of the Philippines: 7,107 islands rich in culture, natural beauty, and heartwarming communities!

In partnership with Gawad Kalinga, we create tailor-made travel experiences. Go island hopping, learn to surf, volunteer in an organic farm, or take a social enterprise study tour. Whatever you choose, join us as we support GK in its mission to help end poverty in the Philippines by 2024.

HAVE FUN

Visit pristine beaches, trek through beautiful mountains, try surfing, diving or island hopping, and indulge in local cuisine. Find joy in simplicity and discover why Filipinos are among the happiest people on earth.

MEET THE LOCALS

Discover the amazing local communities whose hospitality and kindness are sure to warm your heart! You can even choose to stay overnight in the community, become part of a family, and be truly immersed into Filipino culture.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Give your best to the poor, so the poor may rise to achieve their best. As a teacher, cook, farmer, or simply as a social tourist, people from different walks of life can come together to make a difference.

DESIGN YOUR MADVENTURE

In partnership with local tour operators, we create tailor made experiences for individuals, corporations, schools and universities.

MEET CHANGE-MAKERS
& BE INSPIRED

GK Enchanted Farm, Bulacan | 3D2N

Immerse in a stunning 34-hectare farm-village community where you'll meet entrepreneurs and volunteers from all over the world who are partnering with the poor to build a more inclusive future. Explore your surroundings, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy delicious farm-grown food.

Accommodation: Dormitories, Cottages, or Private Rooms

SURF, HIKE, & PLANT RAINFORESTS

San Felipe, Zambales | 3D2N

Discover a beautiful destination far from the regular tourist trail. Trek through beautiful mountains to reach the Aetas, an isolated indigenous community. Try their local cuisine and learn about a different way of life. Go island hopping, try surfing, and enjoy jamming and bonfires on the beach.

Accommodation: Dormitories, Cottages, or Private Rooms

SWIM, SING, & DANCE
WITH THE LOCALS

Maribojoc, Bohol | 4D3N

Bohol has something for everyone: white-sand beaches, dive spots, dolphins, fireflies, and even the smallest primate on the planet, the tarsier monkey. Discover this real Bohol by visiting a GK eco-farming community where you can choose to stay overnight, help at the farm, and make new friends and family.

Accommodation: Homestay or 4-star Hotels/Resorts

BEFRIEND THE REAL MANILA

Metro Manila | 4D3N

Take a Bamboo Bike (Bambike) tour of the city’s historical center. Discover other social enterprises like Bambike which inspire us to do business in a different way. Visit a transformed GK community, learn how to cook a Filipino dish, and become inspired by the hopeful spirit in this community.

Accommodation: Homestay or Hotel

EXPLORE & IMMERSE

Baler, Aurora | 3D2N

Explore this laid-back surfing village and immerse in the local culture. Make new friends in your bamboo hostel, try surfing, taste great local food, visit the local Gawad Kalinga village for lunch, visit a secret beach, beautiful waterfalls, or simply chill out on the beach… the choice is yours!

Accommodation: Hostel

PARTICIPATE IN FARM LIFE

GK Enchanted Farm | 1WK MIN

Take a more active role in farm life as a farmer and/or in the kitchen. Help us run an after-school English club at a primary school: develop the children’s comprehension and confidence in speaking English as you share each other's culture.  

Accommodation: Dormitory, Cottage, or Private Room

OUR PARTNERS

As a social enterprise incubated at the GK Enchanted Farm, MAD Travel commits to giving 30% of its profit back to Gawad Kalinga.

Gawad Kalinga, "to give care," is a global movement that started in the Philippines that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. Since it was formally established in 2003, GK has expanded its work to over 2,000 organized communities throughout the country. Today it has emerged as a multi-faith, multicultural platform for nation building, peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao, and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities. The GK model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. As of today, it has changed over 1 million lives.

Poverty will not be eliminated through charity alone, but also by doing business in a fairer and more sustainable way. In just six years, the Enchanted Farm has been transformed from an empty wasteland into a thriving hub for local and international entrepreneurs who are building high-quality businesses which provide jobs and opportunities to the local community. Already, the Farm has incubated more than 20 social enterprises which have created products ranging from cheese to peanut butter, stuffed toys to tours. The Farm has also built its own university for the rising poor, SEED, the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial development.

THE MAD EXPERIENCE

All

… It’s been a truly inspiring and eye opening trip. The Philippines is an incredible country with some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Despite their hardships they still have the biggest smiles on their faces and are grateful for everything they have. The children are the happiest I have ever met… I can’t wait to get myself back there to continue learning about an incredible country.

Becky Bentley, UK

…Blew all my expectations out the water and would have loved to stay another week or more. Each day I had a moment/memory that will stay with me for life. …The perseverance, friendliness, and hospitality of the Filipino people is unmatched. All of life’s great experiences are shared amongst people and MAD Travel is all about connecting and creating defining experiences through people.

Sam Aldridge, Australia

THE MAD ONES

Bobby Joseph

CHAIRMAN & CO-FOUNDER


A respected leader in the tourism industry. Oversees the MAD strategy.

Tom Graham

CO-FOUNDER


Born in the UK, found his purpose in the Philippines. Author of “The Genius of the Poor.”

Raf Dionisio

CO-FOUNDER


Aspiring entrepreneur. Founder of Circle Hostel, chain of bamboo art hostels.

Sophie Methler

COMMUNITY DEV'T & TOURS


Left her native Germany because of her passion for eco- and social tourism and the Filipino people.

Dani Brown

PARTNERSHIPS & MKTG (AUS)

 

Five days in the Enchanted Farm in 2013 was all it took for Aussie Dani to go MAD.

AM Valdez

MKTG & COMMUNICATIONS


Ex-nine-to-five-jobber. Now the resident creative & champorado expert.

Des Budomo

FINANCE & ADMIN OFFICER


Fiercely passionate about numbers, reports and the Philippines.

Paula Deyto

CHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER

 

From 4 walls of the office to 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Obsessed with Pandas.

Margaux Drye

FARM EVENTS & OPERATIONS INTERN


Half French, Half Filipina. Left France to come back to her roots and go MAD!

Oscar de Chanaleilles 

PARTNERSHIPS INTERN


Student and already passionate about entrepreuneuship. Wants to grow up while going MAD. In LOVE with the Philippines!