Surprises that make summer in PH unique
MANILA, Philippines – Walk on the white sand. Go cliff diving. Indulge in the catch of the day. Party until sunrise.
These things make up any summer lover’s bucket list. Now that it’s vacation season, have you made plans to tick these items off one by one?
On your next trip, make sure to leave room for surprises – they’ll make your experience more interesting.
Here’s a sampling!
You won’t always get to follow your itinerary
A summer vacation in the Philippines is not complete without going to the beach. Fortunately, the Philippines has hundreds of them!
Check out these beautiful beaches in Mindanao
That said, unexpected setbacks could force you to revise your itinerary on the spot. Tour guides or local government units might prohibit you from visiting a spot, if the current is too strong, the flood levels too high, or there are other circumstances which will make it unsafe for you to continue on that day.
But it’s never a wasted trip when this happens! You’re in “Asia’s Beach Capital” after all. The Philippines has no shortage of unspoiled beaches, and if you ask your guide or the locals, they’ll be sure to tell you about another beach, lagoon, or cave that’s less than an hour away. If all else fails, you can simply go explore the town proper or go on a food trip.
No boat? No problem!
Sometimes, the “backup” adventure becomes even better than the original!
You won’t need to spend a fortune
Tourists are always surprised by how affordable it is to travel in the Philippines. It’s one of the cheapest places to travel in, based on numerous blog accounts.
Trekking is a fun (and cheaper) alternative to hitting the beach. Masungi Georeserve is also very accessible – only 30 minutes away from Metro Manila
If you’re staying in a hotel and eating out, average travel costs would set you back around P2000 to P6000 ($40 to $120), according to Lonely Planet. But this estimate will be reduced significantly if you’re backpacking, camping, or just doing a day trip!
To maximize your budget for your summer adventures, take advantage of seat sales, choose homestays or AirBnBs. Aside from diving or beach-hopping, you can also try other less expensive outdoor activities: hiking, visiting rivers or waterfalls, exploring old ruins in cities, and so on!
You won’t have to hunt far and wide to enjoy great food
There are endless food trip opportunities in every Philippine destination you visit.
Summer is the best time to enjoy the Philippines’ most-loved fruits, such as mango, rambutan, avocado, or pineapple. There’s nothing like enjoying a cold fruit shake after a day of island-hopping or snorkeling!
Your vacation also won’t be complete without enjoying delicious seafood dishes. You can feast to your heart’s content in Roxas City, the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” Or you can enjoy literal mountains of scallops at Gigantes Island in Iloilo.
Even if you won’t be visiting these places this summer, you can still enjoy seafood in specialty restaurants in the Philippines. Don’t want to shell out a lot for that? Surprise – it’s already available in your favorite pizza!
When surprises catch you off guard on your trip, embrace them. They add flavor to your experience – and leave you with a better story to tell.
Even if you’re not heading to an out of town destination soon, make it a point to enjoy something different and something new once in a while. Who knows where that will lead you? – Rappler.com