Jens Peters studied advertising, communications, and arts education in Berlin, Germany. In 1977 he began travel writing and has since worked as a freelance journalist for various travel magazines and published several books about tropical countries. His guidebook on the Philippines was first published in 1979 in German and has been updated constantly. He now publishes the English edition himself as the Philippines Travel Guide. So far he has visited the Philippines (his favorite country in Southeast Asia) more than sixty times and spent more than twelve years there all together.