Travelling to the Philippines can be one of the most rewarding adventures you can have in your life. This may be a biased statement considering that I am a Filipino so let me tell you the reasons why.
Reason #1 – The Weather
This goes without saying. The Philippines is a tropical island which means that we have sunshine all year long. True there are the occasional typhoons here and there but these are usually concentrated in certain parts of the country. With all the information available on the weather, it should be relatively easy to target areas in the country where there’s no typhoon. If you’re cooped up in a European country where it’s always cold, the abundance of sun here will be a very welcome change.
Reason #2 – The People
I don’t think you’ll find any other country in Asia where people are more welcoming towards foreigners. We’ve had lots of experience with foreigners staying (some even overstayed) in the islands since the 1800’s. Seriously though, people here always have that ready smile and a pathological desire to please visitors. You only have to attend one of our barrio fiestas to experience this.
Reason #3 – The Language
No, not our Filipino language, although it’s pretty lyrical in its own right, I’m talking about our second language which is English. Unless you go to the hinterlands, people you meet will always know how to speak English, not fluently perhaps but nothing that a few artful gesticulations and sign language can’t augment.
Reason #4 – The Cost of Living
Beer = $0.40/bottle
Cigarettes = $0.80/pack
McDonalds set meal = $2.50
Movies = $3.00
DVD = $0.60 .lol but true
Reason #5 – Domestic Travel
There are still islands in the country that are not accessible via plane, but there are always alternative sometimes exotic ways of going to these places that they become attractions/adventures unto themselves. Have you heard of the habal-habal? No? Well, that’s another reason to visit our country.
These days plane fares for domestic destinations in the Philippines have been hitting all time lows courtesy of Cebu Pacific Airlines. You can check them out at Cebupacificair.com.
There are 7,107 more reasons to visit my country. I could probably go on and on about why this country should be at the top of your must-travel destinations but that would be spoiling the fun. Some things you have to discover for yourself.