Last year was a nightmare for the travelaholics like me. So, as the fresh year began, I gave wings to the travel plan that was kept on hold in the previous year. The Philippines! Yes, it’s one of the finest places in Asia to visit. The place everything you’ll ever want – tropical islands, adventurous wildlife, crystal clear blue water, white sandy beaches, diving and surfing spots, and much more! So, the first thing I did as the year started was to book my flight with Philippine Airlines, and the first travel of 2021 begins!
Here is what I would like to share about traveling to the Philippines:
The Philippines – A budget destination
The Philippines is one of the loveliest budget travel destinations in the world. If you are a backpacker or a budget traveler, this could be the right choice for your next plan. You can travel this country on for as low as $20-USD 25 a day (however, there are luxury options too such as luxurious beachfront resorts or taking expensive tours).
Transportation – As I mentioned earlier that the country isn’t really expensive. Only the Airlines Tickets are what you may find expensive. However, the rest of the modes of transportation like ferries and buses are quite cheap. So, you can easily discover the number of islands without adding much to your budget
Food and drink – In most of the places like islands you can enjoy the delightful Street food for as low as $1 whereas, prices are slightly higher in case of good restaurants (ranging from $5-$15) In Manila, being a posh city in the Philippines you may end up spending little more food and drink, especially on a night out.
A Pro Tip: Try some local food when you go to the Philippines. Here is what I loved most
Sinigang – Filipino sinigang stew – It is a meat-based sour stew loaded with a lot of vegetables.
Chicken Adobo – The dish gets its name from Spanish cuisine. In Spanish, Adobo means ‘marinade’.
Halo Halo – Finally, this is something that serves my sweet tooth. A blend of mix of ice shavings and evaporated milk. It’s the must-try dessert in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, there are not many options available for vegetarians, so if you are a vegetarian, you may consider carrying some packaged food along with you.
Best Time to Visit Philippines
The country is within the typhoon belt mostly between July and October, the rest of the months are the safer bet. During these months, the entire country experiences torrential rains and thunderstorms, therefore there is no scope for water rides and sports.
Top Things to Do in the Philippines
– Scuba diving
This is the most fascinating activity. The Philippines has some of the best scuba diving spots in the world. You will get to see thousands of species of snails, mollusks and clams, corals andfishes-
– Go get some beachy air
Without any exception, each and every beach in the country are clean and beautiful. If you get the chance, go explore the mesmerizing beaches of Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol.
– Go Hiking on Bike
This could be one of the most adventurous bike rides of your life. Just pedal through the Namibian Bike Safari and glance through the landscape towards the iconic Ochre-painted original Himba.
– Island Hopping
There are about 7000 islands in the Philippines. It’s not possible to cover all of them in a single so try visiting Pangasinan, Cebu, Iloilo, Palawan, Boracay, Bohol, Camigiun, Palaui, and Siargao.Besides, Hundred Islands National Park is worth a visit
Things to Carry on your trip to the Philippines:
Although, I prefer to pack light for traveling but you must carry these things while traveling to the Philippines:
– bug repellant
– High SPF Sunscreen
– insulated water bottle
– loose, lightweight clothes & layers
– reliable power bank
– A rain jacket (rains are unpredictable in the Philippines)
– Waterproof bags
– hiking shoes
– universal power adaptor
Closing Words on Traveling to the Philippines
The Philippines is undoubtedly one of the finest and cheapest topical countries in Asia. People out there are so friendly that you won’t miss your home. You might love to spend some time with the locals and enjoy your trip the most.
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