The Philippines is known as one of the countries with the friendliest people in the world. And oh boy, that is one hundred percent true! Whether you are a local or a foreign national exploring the country, Filipinos are quick to welcome you with their warm smiles and greetings. If you ever wander and get lost in the busy streets of the city or the rural areas, have no worries my friend! You can always ask for directions or assistance, and they'll be fast to offer help. If they're not the right person to do so, they'll surely find someone who can. You can also visit their homes and you'd be surprised with their kindness and generosity. That's pretty awesome right? But wait there's more. Did you know that the Philippines has the biggest English speaking population among all the Asian countries? Yes, that is right! As an American colony, they have been strongly influenced that even until these days they are still using English as their second language. Imagine traveling to a place where you can easily communicate with people. What a relief!

Tourist Spots

The tropical country of the Philippines is an archipelago consisting of 7,641 islands and that means, it has a lot to offer! Whether you are looking for crystal clear beaches for swimming and other water activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, canyoneering and or surfing, the Philippines have it all! Top destinations for that would be Palawan, Boracay, Batangas, Pangasinan, Siargao, La Union and Cebu City. From North to South and East to West, its shores are widely spread for enjoyment and relaxation. They also have awesome sand bars like the sensational pink sands boasted by the province of Samar and the fine white sand beaches of Amanpulo, Palawan. You can also enjoy a mouthwatering spread of seafood feast that you can experience by the boat ride or at the shore, your pick!

As for people who love a good hike, don't worry, you will not be left out! The Philippines' vast and long mountain ranges are all for you to climb and explore! Trails in Batangas, Rizal, Sagada and of course the highest peak of Mt. Apo are great choices! You can also climb up to the mountain province of Ifugao to see one of the wonders of the world, the historic Banaue Rice Terraces! This one's you're not meant to climb because it is an active volcano, but for sure, Mt. Mayon's scenic view of its epic cone in the sunrise or the sunset is truly mesmerizing to the eyes! 

If you are not very much into nature tripping and just in the country for historical and architectural sightseeing, then we got you entrance tickets to explore the historical walled city of Intramuros while riding a traditional horse driven carriage called kalesa. You can also travel north to the Spanish themed Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan and the old Spanish city of Vigan in the province of Ilocos. Also, top mention in the most promising travel destinations in the country is the province of Batanes with its beautiful mountains and fascinating rock houses. You can also wander along the streets of the vibrant Chinese town of Binondo, in search of some luck and temples with hearty servings of some authentic Chinese cuisine. These are only a few of the many best places for you to see!

Food and Culture

Culture, most of the time, can also be reflected through food and the Philippines is no exception to that! They have been greatly influenced by other Asian countries and its colonizers, from their way of living, grandiose festivals, architecture, language and even food!  As the country is basically surrounded with bodies of water, they have abundant fresh seafood which is always a good choice especially if you visit the coastal areas.  But for those who are staying away from seafood, (ugh, allergies) relax! You can still get your belly full because Filipino cuisine has a lot to offer. Their savory and saucy meat dishes are plenty. Some are served depending on the time of the day, season or special festivities. Their famous chicken and or pork adobo is a favorite and loved not only by locals but also by foreigners. Hold up, they also have other crowd favorites such us lechon which is a very delicious pit- roasted suckling pig, creamy meat stew with peanut sauce called KARE-KARE, the perfect mixture of salty and sour meat stew called SINIGANG, the king of Filipino breakfast the TAPSILOG and the famous SISIG that you can pair with your ice cold beers, to name a few. However, if you want to go a little adventurous with your palate, you can always try the boiled or steamed duck embryos called balut. It's not very new to your ears as you have probably seen a lot of vlogs with the balut eating challenges especially among tourists. That's a street food favorite along with other barbecues like pig and chicken innards, pig blood, chicken feet and head! Other exotic dishes are also available per region like wood worms called tamilok in Palawan, adobong kamaru which is basically crickets in Pampanga and Soup No. 5 that is considered an aphrodisiac since it is made with bull's penis and/or testicles. The Philippines has also a wide variety of tropical fruits you can enjoy, especially the sweet as sin King of all fruits durian, export quality mangoes, pineapples, and  their refreshing coconut juice. You can also experience hand picking strawberries straight from the farm beds in the famous city of Baguio. Of course, let's not forget the summer favorite, the colorful dessert called halo-halo and their native rice cakes caked bibingka and suman! Wherever you are in the country, you will surely find great food delicacies that will give you the oh so yummy burst of flavors in your mouth.

The Deal Breaker

The Philippines is a very beautiful and unique country that's why it always stands out. Its tourist spots are unbeatable, the people are great and nice, the food is superb and fulfilling, but at the end of the day you will come to find out that all that you've experienced and tasted are not that expensive at all! I mean, compared to other travel destinations like in some European cities and its other neighboring Asian countries. Traveling is as costly as you can imagine, from the airplane tickets to accommodation, land transfers and food. But if you ever decide to hop on the plane and fly to the Philippines, I dare you to. Everything is very cheap!  You will be amazed how far your money can go. You'll come to realize that you can give yourself a fun and memorable holiday in this country without going overboard with your expenses!

 Now that's some great travel and financial tip, isn't it?

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