I used to enjoy hopping from one place to another, but lately I’m starting to enjoy travelling slower and staying up to almost a month in just one place. Doing so enables me to sit back and relax and enjoy my coffee, read books, watch movies and even learn a variety of new things instead of rushing myself to the next destination. Since I’m travelling slower, I also don’t have to pack my bags every three days to go to my next destination.
I also realized that it’s cheaper to travel that way. You can bargain for your accommodation and take advantage of the monthly rates that are available to a lot of hotels or hostels. You also don’t have to pay for your transportation every now and then because technically, you’re “settled” in one place for a few weeks or months.
You can technically travel slower in almost any country, but of course it depends with the allowable stay that will be granted to you by your destination (host country). If you’re planning to visit my home country, Philippines, you’re entitled to get 21 days of stay (depending on nationality) provided that you have a ticket to your onward destination. Visa extension is also possible if you wish to stay longer than 21 days. Accommodation for long term staying guests is also available in most places in the Philippines. The easiest way to probably find one is thru the internet. There’s a variety of options offering Philippine vacation rentals online.
The main question that you might ask is, “Where would you go?” The answer would definitely be dependent on what you want to do. Most tourists go to the Philippines to dive and snorkel and enjoy the sunshine. The abundance of marine life that can be seen here draws a lot of divers from all over the world. Aside from diving spots, the country also has a lot of mountains that you could go to if you love hiking and trekking.
These are three places that I recommend you visit.
The Philippines last frontier hosts a lot of wildlife that you might be interested to see. This island also has a lot of beautiful white sand beaches and other islets that you could go to. My favourite place in Palawan is El Nido. I spent almost a month lounging on my hammock and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
For those who love trekking and hiking, this place would probably be a good starting point. Banaue is home to the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces. This is also a great starting point for those who want to visit and see the ethnic villages in the Philippines.
Cebu is the gateway to the Visayas. A lot of young foreign entrepreneurs call Cebu as their temporary home. Cebu city offers quality city infrastructures and at the same time proximity to clean beaches. You can also use Cebu as your hub in exploring other nearby islands such as Bohol.
These are just some of the places that you can go to. The Philippines has so much more to offer especially if you stay a few days or weeks longer.