Summer is here! Or should we say, the country’s hottest months are taking place? Whatever we rationalize about this period, we simply correlate it to frolicking on the beach, conquering mountains, taking a trip to far-flung provinces, jetting off to another country or to merely have some time-off for ourselves.
Pangasinan. Photo credits: @krsdy_ via IG
Yes, summer means all of the aforementioned things. It can be a long vacation or just a little weekend during a holiday break. In any case, activities like these can mean so much to us — it makes us more productive, it boosts our emotional well-being and mental health, and washes our anxieties away. According to NY psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, a short weekend getaway “packs a bigger punch than longer ones”. Having said that, no matter how busy we may be, let’s take advantage of the upcoming Holy Week and future weekend breaks because they provide opportunities to fine-tune ourselves.
Rizal Province. Photo credits: @pinoytravelogue via IG
And, the good news is, Metro Manila is bordered by impressive getaways — both upscale and affordable ones that will suit the needs and budget of any wanderluster or weekend warrior. For proximity’s sake, the provinces of CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) tops the list of summer vacation spots near the Metro. You can chase waterfalls, camp on the beach, geek out in historical museums and churches, go spelunking in caves, hunt for native delicacies and more. The scenic provinces of Central Luzon (Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija) is blessed with relaxing laid-back settings — pristine beaches and coves, man-made sights and landmarks, to name a few. Not to be forgotten is the Cordillera region that offers cool climate, spectacular rice-terraces and a unique, intriguing culture. The popular hotspots like Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Siargao, to name a few, continue to draw in tourists and travelers — locally and internationally – all year long. Truly, with a plethora of natural gems, the Philippines is one of Asia’s dream destinations.
Cavite. Photo credits: @bisikletalex via IG
Boracay. Photo credits: @alfa_almz via IG
Have you made any summer plans yet? Whether a long vacation or a simple weekend getaway, this is the best time to relish the summer sun, get that sexy tan, indulge in your favorite water activities, or simply disconnect for awhile and return to nature for some balance in your life.
Siargao Island. Photo credits: @rgieejp.travels via IG
“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before”, said the Dalai Lama. Who are we to argue? Let this be your excuse to book your travel ticket and have a good time in the warmest months of the year which we know as the Philippines’ “summer”.
Tara, byahe tayo!
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