16 Jun Travel Tips For The Philippines
The Philippines is a great vacation destination for anyone looking to experience white sand beaches with clear blue waters, mouth-watering cuisine, friendly locals, and unique culture. If you are thinking of visiting this Asian archipelago anytime soon, take note of the following tips to prepare yourself for a memorable and exciting adventure.
Climate and weather
The Philippines is a tropical country that only has two seasons in a year — wet and dry. The rainy season starts in June and ends in November, and during this time period, a typhoon enters the country’s territory almost every week. But, once December comes, the dry season starts and lasts until May.
Obviously, the best time to go is between December and May, as these months also generally record the coolest temperatures, usually between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. But, it is also the peak travel season in the country so hotel rates and ticket fares are higher.
Because temperature rarely dips to the low 20s in most parts of the country, light clothing made of cotton will suffice. T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and pants are fine when sightseeing.
For protection against the sun, apply body lotions with SPF and wear a baseball cap or a wide-brim hat. You might also want to have a three-fold or two-fold umbrella at all times as it can be used for both when it is so hot and when it is raining. And, you can easily stash it in your bag when not in use.
If you plan to hike, trek, or walk long distances, you can wear any comfortable footwear, whether sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops.
The Philippines is not exactly a safe place to be walking around with your smartphones and other gadgets in full display. Wearing jewelry is discouraged as mugging is an everyday occurrence there. Make sure to keep your belongings inside your bag while in a public place or transportation. Wear a money belt under your clothing and keep your cash, credit cards, and passport in there. Keep a photocopy of your passport and other important documents in your other bags or luggage in case you lose the original ones. If you have a backpack, place it in front of you so that you can keep it in sight at all times. Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended wherever you go.
Transportation options for visitors depend on where you are in the country. In Manila, commuters can take the trains, buses, or jeepneys for traveling within the metro. In other cities, jeepneys and tricycles are the most common. Taxis are also available for those who have a bit more to spend.
Filipinos pride on their wide selection of appetizing and tasty dishes. If you want to taste authentic local specialties, do not be afraid to go to small eateries and restaurants where the locals eat. Street foods are also quite common, so get your stomach ready for some weird-looking food made of animal intestines, liver, and other innards.
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