Visiting the Philippines is something that I will never forget for many reasons. In April 2017, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to the Philippines, with Kevin to meet a majority of his family for 3 whole weeks. Of course, there was plenty of exploring, adventurous outings and a lot of relaxation; as it was still a holiday. Unfortunately, looking back at the photographs, it appeared that I did not take many, nor are the ones that I took are any good of quality. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what I did when I was there. If you want that then comment below and I will save it for another post.
In this post, I will be giving you a simple breakdown of my favourite reasons as to why you should visit the Philippines. In my opinion, I think that being given the opportunity to travel somewhere and experiencing another culture is the most amazing thing and you should really take something from it. IF YOU CAN… DO IT!
One of my top reasons, as to why I recommend visiting the Philippines, is that everyone is so friendly. There was not at any point a moment where I felt like I wasn’t being treated fairly or that anyone was rude to me. Everyone who I had came into contact with were genuienly really nice. I had a rather pleasant stay and thought it was lovely how there was no language barrier. It’s not that I expected people to be rude, but I recognized straight away how nice everyone was, despite me feeling nervous/worried in another country and I think that is something that I will always remember. I had never been this far away from home before, so it really meant a lot to me and I appreciated it a lot. Plus, it is a cheap place to visit, not including the flight, but in general for the activities and food etc,. It’s very good value for money!
Beaches & Tourist Attractions
There are many many beautiful beaches and tourist attractions in the Philippines. I am sure you have seen those photographs of the most beautiful, calm and clear beaches… well imagine loads of those. That’s exactly what it is like!
During my time, I mainly stayed in Manila. Although, that was a city so we did have to travel to all the beautiful beaches. As you can see from the image below, their beaches are clear, stunning and just look completely peaceful. I really enjoyed visiting the beaches there as they just look so stunning and clean which is a completely different atmosphere compared to the UK. I 100% recommend these places, if you’re looking for places to visit during your stay.
Below are a list of tourist attractions and places that I was fortunate enough to visit:
- Woodland Adventures – climbing mountains
- Pottery making
- Baluarte – mini zoo, museum, large sign (perfect for photos)
- ShowTime – ABS-CBN – a talent television show – I had the wonderful experience of watching the filming and also taking part on stage at the beginning for their introduction.
- Pet Cafe’s
- There is a lot of places for your visit, as well as beautiful sights along the way.
Shopping Malls & Markets
I’ve never seen so many markets and shopping malls during a holiday before and I never even knew this was possible, not to mention how big they are. During my stay in the Philippines, I only really visited the malls in Manila… I say only, but I still remember visiting many of them. They have a lot of SM’s which I think actually stands for Super Market, but please don’t quote me on that. Also, I visited a smaller mall called Robinson’s which I remember a lot because I bought some new flip flops (smart shoes) and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. In the malls, you can find a range of shops, such as boutiques, supermarkets, fashion outlets, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres, internet cafe’s, and basically everything that you could possibly need all in one place. I could have literally spent a whole day in a mall, there’s just loads to do.
I won’t forget to mention all of the street foods and markets which you can find everywhere, even on the street LOL. I remember, when we were there, we were stuck in traffic for a couple of hours and as we were sooooooooo hot and hungry, we managed to get out of the car to get water and food at one of the street markets and still make it back into the car in time. Honestly, you’ll be so surprised. I just found it absolutely mesmerising. I think it is mainly due to the fact of how different it is in comparison to the UK.
Weather & Climate
I know what you’re thinking and yes this is so obvious! But, the WEATHER is definitely up there in my top 10 reasons why you should travel to the Philippines. It is so nice to go somewhere that is really hot, even when there is no sun! Of course, it was very humid and yes as soon as I stepped outside of the apartment, I was boiling and sweating but it was a great experience. I would recommend putting on sun cream/lotion regardless as it is a really good way to not burn, but also to keep your skin moisturised. I had many occasions where I had dry skin which wasn’t always from burning, but because my skin got a bit dried out.
One of the things that I really loved about going to the Philippines is the whole experience of it all. It is very eye-opening and does make you feel either really appreciated or give you an awareness of what is going on in the world. I found it so fascinating being able to experience what it is like living in the Philippines as well as learning a lot about their culture. It is actually amazing how different it is to the UK which is why I will never forget my visit. I am going to be completely honest, it was a little overwhelming.
I want to start documenting all of my travels and all of the great things that I am fortunate enough to experience. I really want to travel to a few places this year, so please give me some recommendations.
Where are your favourite places to visit?