10 Reasons Why You Should Travel To The Philippines.

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!

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Baluarte (Vigan) – Mini Zoo and museum

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.

Beaches

  • Vigan
  • Boracay
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Vigan – city, and province of locus Sur, Philippines.

Below are a list of tourist attractions and places that I was fortunate enough to visit:

Tourist attractions

  • 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.

Experience

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?

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How To Get In The Holiday Spirit? || The Travel Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. You’re probably surprised I have another blog post LOL. I made a promise that I will keep publishing again like I used to and I am going to make that happen. I have planned out so many interesting and fun blogs that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the next upcoming months. For those of you who don’t know, I have two mini holiday breaks coming up which is why I wanted to do this little holiday travel tag to help get me in the holiday spirit. I am going to Belfast on Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July and I am going to Budapest on Friday 3rd August to Monday 6th August. I am so happy to be going away. If you would like any specific travel posts regarding these places please comment below as I would love to do helpful travel posts. Now without further ado… let’s move straight on.

Which countries of the world have you already visited?

Unfortunately, I haven’t been to a lot of places as I didn’t begin going on holiday until I was 16 years old. The places I have been to in chronological order are Disney Land (Paris), Marsa Alam (Egypt), Manila (Philippines), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Belfast (Nothern Ireland) and a range of places in the United Kindom.

Which destination is the number one of your bucket list? 

This is very easy for me to answer as I have always dreamed of going to Australia… more specifically Melbourne and/or Sydney.

What is your most ideal holiday?

My most ideal holiday would definitely be something very spontaneous. I would love to go travelling unexpectedly… perhaps with a camper van and just see where the roads take me. I would love to do this will my boyfriend Kevin. It would be the best thing ever. It would be lovely. As long as we have a great time, I don’t even mind where we go. It would just be nice to explore, have fun and take a wild adventure.

Which place did you think was so special that you would love to go back there sometime?

Definitely, Disney Land Paris as it was mine and Kevin’s first day together in a relationship. I would absolutely love to go back there on one of our anniversary’s because it would mean a lot to me. I have always been one of those traditional people who treasure special moments like that. It would be nice to see Paris too as we never explored the city. We just stayed at Disney Land for our college trip. In February 2019 it will be mine and Kevin’s 5th year anniversary… hint hint hint LOL. I would love to go for our 5th year together.

Show us your nicest holiday photo:

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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns (Manila, Philippines)

Did you have to travel for work sometime? If yes, where?

Sadly… no! My job does not require me to travel around the world. Although, it would be amazing to travel and work at the same time. You would be able to learn so much, not just from working, but culturally.

With who are you mostly going on holiday? 

My boyfriend Kevin. Most of my holidays have been with Kevin. It was just Amsterdam that Kevin didn’t come to as it was my sister’s hen party weekend.

Would you rather go to an amusement park or zoo?

Personally, this is rather tricky for me. I don’t do either of them a lot and I have never thought about this question before. I think I would probably choose an amusement park as long as Kevin could come with me because we would have a lot of fun whilst spending a lot of money LOL.

Would you rather go on a sun or ski holiday?

A very easy question for me to answer… SKI!!!!! Of course, I would choose that. I have never been on a ski holiday. I would always choose something that I have not done or only done a little. I love trying new things and experimenting. I have been to a range of sunny holiday places, so I would definitely try a ski holiday if I had the chance too.

What holidays do you have planned this year?

I am soooooooo happy to share this with you. I have been so excited about going on holiday which is why I wanted to do a post like this to help get all the excitement out, as well as give you more information about myself. I only have two short city breaks this year for my holidays, although I do prefer going to places for a few days as I tend to miss home in 4 days anyway. Tomorrow, I will be travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland for 3 days to visit my family over there and to do a little bit of sight-seeing with of course Kevin. My second short city break is happening on 3rd August until the 6th August and I am going to Budapest with Kevin and 3 other friends. I am looking forward to this a lot because we have planned out the whole holiday ensuring we make the most of the time in Budapest. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN!

I am going to nominate 5 people who I think should do this blog post:

  1.  Emma 
  2. Isla
  3. Sophie
  4. Anne
  5. Life Travel Soul

Thank you so much for popping back onto my blog. It means so much to me. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Now… I challenge YOU to do this tag if you are going on holiday anytime soon. It is definitely the perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit. If you would like me to do any blog posts specific to Belfast or Budapest please let me know. I would love to give you any advise and share my experiences with you. I hope you have a great end to the week and an amazing weekend!

From,

Bryoni X