Travel Slower and Enjoy More of Your Stay in the Philippines

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.

Palawan

Travel Slower and Enjoy More of Your Stay in the Philippines

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.

Banaue

Banaue

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

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.

Comments

  1. oh yes. one month in el nido. whoa! fantastic slow paced stay there will be memorable.

  2. You are right! It is better to spend more time in one place than move within a day or two from one place to another to see and cover more areas. Best is to keep both options open. However, this will only work well if you are a solitary traveler or you are traveling with a companion with a similar mindset.

    • flipnomad says:

      i miss el nido… very beautiful place :-) and great people too :-) sobrang bait ng mga na meet ko… nakakatuwa sila :-)

  3. I have long been thinking of going to el nido and staying there a month like you did. Maybe when school’s over (and my lola duties over) , I can do that. I have a long standing backlog with all these books stacked up on my night table! Thanks for this. And yes, Banaue and Batanes are also in my list for those one-month holidays. One at a time……..

    • flipnomad says:

      i just discovered recently the joy of reading a book… :-) i miss el nido… im sure you’ll enjoy your stay there…

  4. El Nido! :D I would love to stay there for a week… or maybe weeks :P I think travelling slower will allow you to actually experience how it feels like to be a resident of that place – that is if you take the time to walk around and mingle with the locals :)

  5. I share the same sentiments. Traveling slow these days is on top of my priority list. That way we can immerse ourselves with our destination’s culture and at the same time just enjoy every moment of our trip.

    Cebu has been my home for almost half my life and you’re right, it has quality city infrastructures, it’s near clean beaches plus we can use it as a hub to go to nearby islands.

    I wouldn’t forget about El Nido, especially my stay in El Nido Resorts. It was such a paradise, not only the two resorts, but the whole of El Nido.

    The only place I haven’t been to is Banaue. It is one of the places I want to go to this year.

    Keep traveling!

    Dylan

  6. This post came exactly for me as I’m planning to go to the Philippines in November :)
    And slowly I get the same feeling, travel slowly :D

  7. Traveling slowly will let you discover a lot of amazing things about the place.
    Hope i can spend a week or two in El Nido or Banaue.. :)

  8. I agree, I think slow travel can be a lot better. My absolute favorite place in the Philippines so far has to be Port Barton, Palawan. I could have stayed a whole month but unfortunately only had about a week. I fell in love with it and the people there…to get to know the heart of a place it’s much better to hang around and interact with the locals instead of just taking a quick tour and flying through.

    I started out in Puerto Princessa and ended up taking an island hopping trip from El Nido to Coron. Your country is absolutely breathtaking and I can’t wait to go back again!:)

  9. i used to travel hopping from one place to the next. but old age caught me, hehe. i now appreciate slower paced travels. and also because i take time taking photos :) and yes, a month-long stay in el nido, palawan? why not… :)

  10. I am currently trying to plan a 3 week stay in the Philippines during the course of my 2 year backpacking trip. This article has been helpful and I’ve been looking through many of your other posts about the Philippines! Hard to decide where to go with so little time !

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