The Christmas and Holiday months finally here! This implies that shopping centers start playing Jose Mari Chan’s most noteworthy holiday hits, with workers eagerly waiting for their Christmas bonuses and thirteenth-month pay. Also, the radio plays holiday tunes, with Holiday commercial ads already playing on television and YouTube. Holiday cheers aren’t difficult to miss.
However, part of the holidays is the desire of every Filipino to take a holiday vacation. Almost every Filipinos have a favorite for their travel destination during Christmas time. Whether they travel with partner, friend, family, or travel alone, Holidays is the most wonderful time of the year!
So where would be a good idea for you to go? Here are the top local and international travel destinations that you can consider for your next holiday trip.
Local Holiday Destinations
Here are local destinations that you can consider
Sagada – Kiltepan Peak, Sagada
You can experience the same Baguio cold climate without being overwhelmed by a lot of tourists by heading over to a laid-back yet similarly enchanting neighbor: Sagada.
Sagada is an ideal holiday destination if you’re a solo traveler. The place offers a lot of activities for those who want to be one with nature, such as caverns, waterways, and cascades.
There are the notable hanging caskets beside a cliff. For adrenaline junkies, go climbing in lush mountains while also trying to rock climbing. Also, for espresso lovers, take a taste of Sagada’s homegrown natural coffee.
Obviously, your Sagada trip won’t be complete without being delighted in the staggering view at the dawn of Kiltepan Peak. Remember to respect the tradition, culture, and way of life of the locals by cleaning yourself and not disregarding holy customs. If your budget and time permits, you can likewise consider going for an excursion to nearby Banaue and Bontoc.
You can experience the wonderful Christmas mood in the south in Cebu. Large Christmas lanterns, beautiful designs, and shimmering lights decorate shopping centers, malls, shops, houses, and almost everywhere throughout the city even as early September.
Also for music fans, there are lots of concerts, shows, and unique events in Cebu just like the Oktoberfest which take place from September up to November.
Also, especially for foodies, you can try out Cebu’s most popular food like Lechon among many others.
Cagayan de Oro
In holiday months, there are a lot of adrenaline-rushing water activities in this little city, which makes it more energizing. It’s the point at which the Cagayan de Oro River, the longest river in the Philippines, springs up. Whitewater rafting in this stream is the most popular activity for visitors in CDO. You can likewise try kayaking, paddling, and waterway tubing.
Siargao is one of the popular surfing destinations in the country, where it draws local and foreign tourists alike in the months leading to the Holidays. The province has higher and strong waves during the last quarter of the year which attracts a lot of surfers.
The island is likewise turned into a pleasant option to Boracay, which can be packed during the Christmas season. Siargao is a worthy alternative to Boracay’s white-sand beaches. Siargao has long shores of white-sand, turquoise waters, and lively nightlife. It likewise helps that Siargao is presently progressively open through non-stop flights from Manila and Cebu.
Well, if the southern part of the country has Siargao, the north has Baler as likewise a great surfing destination.
In the months leading to Christmas, the waves in Baler can get as high as 9 feet, which is ideal for beginners, intermediate and professional surfers. Also, Baler has other things to offer, most notably for those who like to explore nature. It’s home to stunning cascades and rock developments.
The capital of Aurora likewise flaunts a rich Hispanic legacy. On your Baler trip, visit Museo de Baler, Doña Aurora Ancestral House, and Baler Church for a remarkable excursion filled with a world of unforgettable memories.
International Holiday Destinations
An excursion to Thailand is truly wonderful and least expensive if you like to appreciate a remarkable Asian experience. Visit its lofty sanctuaries, ride a tuk-tuk, try different nourishments, shop until you drop at the Chatuchak Market. You’ll find that your travel schedule will definitely be filled with enjoyable activities.
The best time to visit the Land of Smiles is during harvest time, which is around the end of summer and the beginning of the cold season. Months of September and October are the best months to go to the northern city of Chiang Mai, while November and December are incredible for traveling to Bangkok.
On account of Taiwan’s visa on arrival program, more Filipinos could now find the opportunity to visit the nation. Try not to give that uncommon open door not to take advantage, since their policy changes without notice for visitors that like to enter Taiwan without a visa.
Such huge numbers of great attractions in Taiwan make it a great vacation spot in the Holidays. It’s best to try Taiwanese dishes like Xiao Long Bao (steamed soup dumplings) and tofu as soon as you land in Taiwan.
An incredible travel destination in the last quarter of the year, Taiwan is best visited in pre-winter from September to November when the climate is not as cold and with fewer chances of rain. This is likewise a vacationer season, which shows that the nation would have lots of tourists.
South Korea is an incredible place to visit all throughout the year, not just in the holidays. Yet, in the event, you need to have those “postcard memories” of perfect red and orange pre-winter foliage, schedule your visit in September and November.
While Seoul is one of the most popular South Korean holiday destinations for travelers, there’s another place for Filipinos to visit in Korea without experiencing a visa: Jeju Island. A visit to Jeju Island is Visa free for Pinoys, so take advantage of it as you can!
With these travel tips, choosing where to go is an important step in any vacation, as it takes into account your financial standing and travel knowledge. So, plan your trips cautiously!
Regardless of what you pick from these holiday destinations, remember to have an enjoyable time and appreciate the quality time with yourself or with your friends and family. Look for fresh places and gain new experiences before the new year starts!