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While it is indeed amazing to go around the world to see the greatness of mother earth, it is a fact that traveling is an expensive interest. People who travel most are likely to be business men, entertainers, athletes and on careers that require them to have a trip every now and then. In those times, very few of them can mix pleasure with work. Lucky are those who fuse traveling and working like those people in media or travelogue magazine that features places and their interest. But still, it can be still considered as working.
At 42, I consider myself fortunate enough to travel on intervals school is off or my hubby would bring us along in his business trip locally. Who can’t refuse, right? On those, sprees we had I still think through myself an outlandish to our own country. Why? Because there are still places in which I find remarkable than other countries have. Our country is rich in natural resources, scenic views, gorgeous history, sumptuous food and great beaches not to mention the undeniable warmth our “kababayan” extend.
Here are places that can make your break unforgettable.
The Wondrous Palawan
Aside from the fact that it is the largest province in the country, the Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River has been recently concluded as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Palawan is very rich in natural resources. It has 15 lakes, 42 ponds, 44 water falls, 72 natural springs, 9 mineral springs, 43 streams, and 165 creeks identified as potential sources of water for domestic consumption and irrigation. It has also 8 of the 11 amphibians endemic to the Philippines are found only in Palawan. Indeed, a wondrous place to visit!
Bohol is one of the most visited places in our country. It has been quoted and chosen by couples as a place to spend passionately. Its main attraction is the Chocolate Hills that captivates tourist by its mystery and charm. Bohol is also the home of the tarsier, the big-eyed insect insect-eating primate whose size is smaller than one’s fist. Scientists regard the tarsier as the oldest mammal now inhabiting the earth. I may say that mother earth has a lot more to offer than just pleasure and thrill.
While most of the people in the city crave for some cold breeze environment and gearing up for uphill places such as Baguio and the Mountain Provinces, Tagaytay is their redeemer. Why not? If you’re living in Manila, Tagaytay is just a few hours to reach and few minutes from nearby cities. Aside from short travel, you can go there using various alternate routes to avoid road traffic. Cold wind breeze, copious restaurants and aromatic coffee shops, the sightseeing of the famous TAAL volcano is breathtaking. 🙂 Hotels are quite numerous as well and choosing an affordable place to stay is not a difficult task.
Cultures in Cebu
Known to Filipinos as the “Queen City of South”; It is also the seat of Christianity and was discovered by the Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan. To date, Cebu is considered as one of the busiest and improved city of the Philippines. Multi-national companies are continuously investing not to mention that Cebu also is the home of call center industry as locals are good in English language. Recently, a good number of Koreans are migrating there. Moreover, Cebu offers white-sand beaches such as the like of Boracay. There are also five star hotels to choose from and entertainment places are all over the place. It’s a city more than a province.
Boracay at its Best
Night life, Parties, Dancing, Island Hopping, Sailing and Windsurfing, Hot Spots. It is BORACAY at its best. Before becoming a Mecca for beach-lovers the World over, Boracay was solely inhabited by the Ati tribe. Now, Boracay holds the title as one of the spectacular island comparable to Bali of Indonesia and the Phuket of Thailand. With its powder-like form sand and charming coast, thousands of foreigner around the world are whooshing to appreciate this God-given gift to us, Filipinos.
Our country is such a wonderful place to explore. And if someone if someone asks me which country I can recommend for? I would still say, join me as I discover my homeland.
As traveling is not a new thing to me, I came to many experiences that made me learned and understand the beauty and the ugliness of traveling. Since 1990s, I have been into different places; rolled or flew in any way I would decide. I actually consider myself a jetsetter as I made many number of flying using different airlines. I have also traveled a lot in road thus made me a route savvy cruiser; means that I can easily make a plan which road to use when I wanted to go into cruising a long drive.
But what is it really taken into consideration in order to decide whether to fly or roll the wheels? The answer for experienced travelers would be simple. Go on and read and read my tips.
Flying will lessen the time you need to travel but will not be too exciting more than the taking-off and landing. Believe me you will just see the airport, the skies, and your co-passengers all the while when you ride a commercial airline. Flying is a less tiring but a boring journey. Money matter is also another consideration as at times it can save you some money for airfare but will cost you more cost on taxis or transfers.
Flying can make your travel fast, delayed, or your flight for the day may be cancelled for one reason or another. Cancelled flights can also result to another problem if you have flight connections for another carrier in order to get you into your final destination. When your flight is cancelled, you may be obliged to arrange a hotel for yourself as there are times that some medium-scale airlines do not answer for accommodation you can use to stay overnight in order to wait for your replacement flight schedule the next day. This kind of situation mostly happens when you make domestic flights.
Another inconvenience of flying is when your luggage got offloaded or misrouted; you shall not be able to have access to your important wardrobes or other accessories until sometime and the impact could become worst if it takes a couple of days before you can have your luggage from the airline.
So what about rolling? Of course if you are just into a domestic travel, rolling would be an alternative. I will not lie that cruising is my first choice only if I have the liberty of time. While rolling takes longer for you to reach your destination if you are traveling a few hundred or a thousand kilometers, it provides you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. It may take days for a thousand or more kilometer cruise but you can always take a break any time you wish. Resting will not be a problem if you need to stay in a place for an overnight since you can always choose any travelers-inn or a quality hotel accommodation along the way. Like any common travel plan, money is always a consideration. Be prepared to fund your cruise and ensure that you have the money in your pocket. When you roll, you have all the freedom to stay or hop into scenic places, historical landmarks and the food specialty in each region.
Make sure that your vehicle is in top condition before starting to roll as there might be instances that you will be cruising in isolated places where you cannot buy parts or a shop.
I have also provided some tips on road travel in one of my articles which allows you to take note what important things you should prepare when taking a long cruise journey.
So whether you are flying or rolling, all it needs to take is to be practical while not compromising the fun in your journey. 🙂