Most of us aim to travel all over the world while we are still young. But sadly, it’s just not easy! Whether it is our meager earnings or our hectic work schedules, it seems that our fantasy of hopping on a jet whenever we please remains in the distant future for now.
But like most problems, this dilemma has a solution. Sure we can’t go around the world in a snap but you may be surprised to know that there are places in the Philippines that closely resemble some international destinations! We've listed below some of these impressive local alternatives, and maybe you'll find them to be as amazing as the original.
1. Maldives - Manjuyod Sandbar in Negros Oriental
You don't need to get a visa just to see beauty of the Maldives. The Manjuyod Sandbar in Bais, Negros Oriental, is every bit a paradise as the tropical country in the Indian Ocean. With its white sand, azure waters, and cottages on stilts, you'll easily feel like you're vacationing in one of the most sought-after beach destinations in Asia. To get there, hop on a plane to Dumaguete City and find the peace and serenity you're looking for in this unspoiled haven.
2. Athens, Greece - Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
To witness the grandeur of Athens' Parthenon, you need to travel by plane at least two or even three times. But what if we told you that just a few hours’ worth of road trip and a boat ride are all you need to see a magnificent structure that resembles one of Greece's most renowned ancient ruins? Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas, is becoming a favorite weekend getaway because of its unique Grecian architecture that comes straight from the pages of an epic Greek mythology.
3. Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Santuario de Redentor in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City
Brazil's most famous landmark is undoubtedly the 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Cagayan de Oro happens to have its own version of this magnificent structure, albeit not as tall as the original. You can find the Shrine of the Redeemer at Golden Haven Memorial Park in Bulua.
4. Temples in China - Taoist Macho Temple, La Union
Apart from the Great Wall, China's worship temples are usually the background of most photos taken during a vacation in this country. The Philippines also has a considerable amount of Chinese temples that you can visit and take photos of. While Cebu's Taoist Temple may be the most prominent among them, there’s the Taoist Macho Temple in La Union if you don't feel like traveling too far. This grand structure is just five to six hours away from Metro Manila.
5. Hills in New Zealand - Batanes
With sprawling green landscapes and an amazing coastline, Batanes can easily be mistaken for New Zealand. Even if it is frequently visited by storms, the northernmost province in the country is the perfect place if you want to feast your eyes on dazzling pasturelands and quaint stone houses. It has an abundance of hills that will remind you of scenes from The Lord of the Rings. And just like New Zealand, you’ll spot some cows grazing on the green grass everywhere.
6. Halong Bay in Vietnam - Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan
Magnificent limestone islets and landscapes, enchanting lagoons teeming with marine life, secret caves and hidden beaches; if you had Halong Bay in mind, you may want to rethink about booking a flight to Vietnam because you can find all of them in Palawan. The wonderful Bacuit Bay in El Nido is no secret. So before this paradise gets any more crowded with tourists, arrange a tour!
7. Old Towns in Spain - Vigan
The influence of the Spanish colonial period on our history and culture cannot be denied, and one of its most popular reminders is the historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. Taking a stroll along its cobblestoned streets and visiting its well-preserved Spanish-era heritage houses will surely make you feel like you're in the middle of an old town in Spain, and back in time as well.
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*This story originally appeared on Travelbook.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.