Traveling for most people is a social activity. We travel with family and friends. We travel with colleagues from the office, or even with whom we share the same interests. However, there are times when nobody in our circle shares our trip size. In such cases we can either travel alone or not travel at all. For the real travel bugs, the other is not an option at all.
Many people travel themselves for this reason. Rather than endure companies by strangers in tour groups, solo travelers prefer to do it on their own, love the freedom to make choices and change them, go to a place and go early or stay late, and especially to get to know and chat with people you would not normally speak if you were not alone.
The Philippines is friendly to single travelers
The Philippines is one of the places that welcomes and is generally hospitable for single travelers. There are many destinations in the country that contribute to sun travel, which maximizes the traveler's experience of another culture. The locals are generally friendly to foreigners, and there are many artificial and natural attractions that are usually not visited by tourists.
Below are some of the perfect solo destinations from every major island in the Philippines, from Luzon to Visayas and even in Mindanao.
Visit the ancient churches and eat local delicacies in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur
Located in northern Luzon, these two provinces are flocked by travelers who are following captivating sea views, ancient churches, world heritage and beautiful natural attractions. Its offer of delicious vegetable chefs such as pinakbet, local delicacies like bagnet and the famous empire duck Vigan has also made it a favorite destination for food enthusiasts.
Depending on the plan, these two provinces can be combined in a single trip as they are only 2.5 hours apart by public transport. The fastest way is to take a flight from Manila to Laoag. From there, the 45-meter Sinking Bell Tower is easily accessible. Nearby are also St. Wilhelm Church built in the Spanish era, one of the largest churches in the Philippines.
Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur, is easily reached from Laoag. It is known for Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street), a UNESCO World Heritage List. Calle Crisologo is a half-mile long street set with houses depicting architecture from the early Spanish colonization. Many souvenir shops filled with local crafts also iron the area. For a more enjoyable experience, walk around the street or rent a calesa, a horse carriage, to go around the town.
Walk along the longest bridge in the Philippines in Leyte
Tenants in the eastern Visayas can boast historic sites, artificial structures and natural resources that are sure to interest the lone traveler. Locals usually see backpackers in their province, and if you stop being prepared to be the subject of any kind of questions.
An option to cover more land is to join a government-designed group trip called Icot Icot (Going Around). Its travel plan includes a stopover at the Provincial Capitol, Leyte Park Hotel, Madonna Shrine, Sto. Nino Church and Sanctuary, MacArthur Memorial Shrine, as well as downtown.
San Juanico Bridge-at 2.16km, the longest bridge in the Philippines-is also included in the itinerary. It connects the provinces Leyte (via Tacloban) and Samar (Sta. Rita side). A walkway is on both sides where you can safely enjoy the unrivaled view of the island life below.
Also, a foodie's destination, Leyte offers a wide range of offers from its local delights such as binagol, chocolate moron, sagmani and Carigaras pastillas, to international dishes.
Travel Solo in the Philippines
These are just some of the lonely destinations in the Philippines. In addition to being easily accessible to Manila or Cebu City, there are various accommodation options for catering to both the luxury traveler and the all-around backpacker. Developments have also come into these places; You can easily find ATMs, international fast food chains and WIFI areas in these destinations.
Although not all aspects of sun travel are appealing - it would be good to share your reactions with another person, for example, or to share the fees for the trip or accommodation with someone else. The benefits of walking alone often occur to those who love doing it.
Lone travelers promote independence, provide flexible travel plans and provide the opportunity to get to know themselves. To go alone to a strange new goal, you have no one else to trust without yourself, and sometimes you discover through soloresor that you are stronger than you think you are.