Travelling alone is an underrated activity that everyone should put in their bucket list now. Imagine the joys of exploration and adventure, and you have complete control of your itinerary may it be scuba diving, hiking in the mountains or even luxury camping in the Philippine beaches. Solitary travel is the definition of a get-away, away from your normal routine and usual people to relax and refresh yourself. Here’s a list of five destinations for some me-time:
If you want a quick weekend get-away, a 12-hour commute from Manila will send you to the Mountain Province. Sagada offers beautiful scenery, great food and a variety of activities, all can be enjoyed even when you are on a tight budget. There are lodging options that price as low as P150 per night and the size of the servings they have for food makes the price negligible, by the way you can’t leave without trying their Pinikpikan which you can pretty much find everywhere in the province.
Start your adventure by trekking to the Sumaguing Cave, feel the fresh spring waters flow and marvel at the rock formations, and if spelunking is something you always wanted to do now is your chance. You can also check out the Bokong Falls for a refreshing dip and visit the Echo Valley and just appreciate nature’s beauty.
Safety is always a concern when travelling alone, luckily there are destinations like Coron, Palawan. Coron is also a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts withits wildlife safari in Calauit featuring giraffes, zebras and difference species of antelope. You will also enjoy snorkeling in the colorful Coral Gardens with numerous and diverse species of fish.
Don’t forget to go for a lake hopping experience and swim around in Kayangan and Barracuda Lake, the only two lakes that are open to the public. You are given two options to watch the sunset climb to the top if Mt. Tapyas , which is a mere 700 steps or, a more relaxed ride to Lualhati Park, did I mention that the park has a zipline too. The icing on the cake is The Maquinit Hot Springs, heated by an underwater volcano, perfect way to unwind after all that swimming and trekking.
Bohol has been growing as one of the up-and-coming destinations in the Philippines, it has great scenery, tons of activities to do, and historical sites to visit. Lodging is not a problem, there are many accommodation options both in and out of the city. Start by exploring the sites in the city’s vicinity such as the Loboc and Baclayon churches and the famous blood compact shrine. Next check out the natural wonders Bohol has to offer with a dine and cruise on the Loboc river, sight-seeing at the Carmen Chocolate Hills, and a visit to the protected home of the Tarsier.
There are also some man-made attractions that are weaved into the environment such as the Mahogany Forest and the hanging bridge to give you a bit of a thrill. Finally, one thing you cannot miss is the opportunity to go island hopping, start at Panglao and take an early boat before the sunrise to catch a glimpse of the dolphins. Dive or snorkel at Balicasag Island, where they also serve fresh seafood at a great price, then visit the sinking Virgin Island before high tide.
Coron is not the only destination you should visit in Palawan, El Nido is a popular destination because of its jaw-dropping, Instagram worthy views. The El Nido package gives lone travelers an adventure that will be the highlight of their year. El Nido boasts a collection of beaches that are untouched and pristine.
The main activity that travelers will enjoy in El Nido is their island hopping tour. There are different tour packages that you can choose from that will take you up to five lagoons or beaches. Each package is unique and catered to you based on your preferences and price range. Scuba and free divers will also enjoy El Nido because of the diverse marine life that occupies the area. Trips don’t get any simpler than a trip to El Nido, just book your flight and enjoy the view.
Located in the far north of the Philippines is the province that redefines your understanding of peace and serenity. This is a kind of trip where you just take one big breath and behold the wonders of never ending rolling hills, and cliffs that are just daunting to see. Step into old Ivantan houses and peek through the windows of time on the culture it represented. There are also old churches and war memorials that have survived the test of time. Of course take a bite of their specialty such as the flying fish and the seasonal coconut crab. Immerse yourself in the area’s culture and feel yourself unwind and let the winds carry your problems away.
These are just five of the many ways you can run away from the routines and the pressures of your everyday life. Find your peace in one of these places and at the same time find peace within yourself.