What better way to make the most of long weekends than to go on vacation? TravelBook.ph, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, presents a list of top destinations in the Philippines based on the check-in periods of travelers during the long weekends of 2016 and so far in 2017. If you haven’t finalized your travel plans yet for the rest of the year, you might want to consider these local destinations:
10. Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur, a place rich in natural wonders and history, is ranked 10th on the list. Spending two days in this place is enough for all the must-sees and must-dos in the city, and you can still reserve the last day of the weekend on a quiet staycation. Walk along the streets of the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan, climb up Bantay Bell Tower, and don’t forget to try their special longganisa for a satisfying breakfast while you’re there!
If you want to spend a weekend with nature, Laguna is the place for you. Natural springs, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes are abundant in different parts of the province for a soothing change of scenery. Head to the south this weekend and take a relaxing break with only the chirping of birds and the stream of waters as your soundtrack.
Batangas is a go-to destination for travelers from Metro Manila who yearn for a quick escape. Its proximity to the metro and extraordinary beaches had won the hearts of city-weary travelers who are always up for a getaway. Don’t forget to bring your barkada with you when you go to Batangas this weekend!
Want to get off the grid this weekend? Go to Palawan and get lost in the city’s stunning islands. Hailed as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, this paradise simply has it all—from cultural heritage sites to calming natural wonders of rainforests, karst cliffs, mountains, caves, and of course, the beaches and breathtaking marine biodiversity.
Summer might be over, but that should'nt keep you from heading to Boracay. If you’re lucky, it may feel like you have the island all to yourself. You’ll get to see the other side of the world-renowned island when the shores are less crowded and the stunning white beach can be seen in all its glory.
If your idea of a weekend getaway consists of a day trip to beaches and city landmarks, pigging out on lechon, danggit and chorizo, and stargazing at night, Cebu is the place for you. A 24-hour trip in the Queen City of the South is enough to bring home countless memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
A few hours’ drive away to the north from Metro Manila leads you to Zambales, a paradise of diverse flora and fauna, islands, coves, and delicious treats. Choose from the many beaches and vacation spots in the province and delight in its tranquility. If beach bumming is not your thing, you can still enjoy a road trip to Zambales and discover more of its rich cultural history.
There’s something about Baguio City that can refresh anyone. Whether it’s the mountainous sceneries, relaxing atmosphere, or sweet delicacies, Baguio seems to know how to make everyone feel at home. It is the perfect long weekend destination for travelers who crave for pine-clad areas, relaxing and cool weather, and fun activities like horseback riding, sightseeing, and flea market shopping.
Everybody’s favorite south destination, Tagaytay lands in second place. Many travelers go back to Tagaytay for that quick escape from the heat of the city. Apart from its relaxing and cool breeze, this charming city provides numerous areas where you can view the scenic Taal Vocano. Enjoy its cold weather with a hot bowl of bulalo and you’ve got a long weekend to remember.
1. Metro Manila
Who says you can’t have a vacation without leaving the city? Spend a quiet staycation in Metro Manila and book a room in one of the numerous hotels around and check out the rest of the city—it has everything from shopping malls, commercial areas, holes-in-the-wall, bars, museums, parks, coffee shops, and many more!
*This story originally appeared on TravelBook.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.