6 Unexplored Budget Destinations for Your Christmas Getaway

Cagnipa cove and hills
Cagnipa cove and hills

While some people are making endless lists of what to buy this Christmas, you and your family start packing to spend this year’s holidays meandering to a few breathtaking unexplored parts of the country. Wandering to incredible places can strengthen connections especially if the trip is secured with travel insurance to cover the high costs that can be incurred in times of mishaps.

Before this year ends, you and your loved ones can find a way to venture into an educational and life-changing journey without having to spend much on tickets and hotel accommodation. Brace yourselves as we unveil budget destinations you’ve never heard before that will sure help make this Christmas more memorable.

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#SailEast Liloan: Tagbak Marine Park and Molopolo Beach

At the Tagbak Marine Park in Liloan
At the Tagbak Marine Park in Liloan

It was a welcome we never expected. We were on a road trip from Malitbog driving to the other side of Sogod Bay. Our guide, Butz, was leading us towards Wawa Bridge, the bridge that connects the mainland and the northern part of Panaon Island which are under the municipality of Liloan, Southern Leyte. We stopped by a viewpoint of Tagbak Marine Park. Once we got off our van, blaring music went on and a group of colorful festival dancers started to perform. On the side are tables of local delicacies and handicrafts. Oh what a welcome, Liloan.

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Stay | Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre

Double Bed Superior Room
Double Bed Superior Room

All roads lead to Baguio for metro folks looking to escape the city heat. More so during the cold months when people yearns for the cold clime as Baguio temperature drops below to 15 degree centigrade. Traveller would delight to know InterContinental Hotels Group has stamped their presence in the city of pines with the newly built, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre. The 185-room, eight story building opened its doors mid of 2018. Offering another option in Baguio City with the staple quality of the Holiday Inn chain.

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iDiscover Quiapo: Heritage and Culture You May Have Not Seen

The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion
The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion

I remember spending a lot of time in the streets of Quiapo when I was still in college. There are familiar streets and landmarks but my wanderings remains to what is required from school. Deovir art supplies, Hidalgo camera shops and bookstores nearby. Venturing through the bustling streets of Quiapo can be challenging and intimidating. Not to mention its seedy reputation as home of pickpockets. But thread carefully and guided properly, a trip to Quiapo can be an enriching experience. Behind the many shops, dvd stalls and buzzing transpos are heritage gems, foodie finds and culture

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#SailEast Malitbog Road Stops: Heritage Sites to Scenic Shoreline

View from Sabang fish cage and cottages Malitbog
View from Sabang fish cage and cottages Malitbog

Coming from Baybay, Leyte, our route was all the way down to Southern Leyte. Looking at the map, both provinces combined looks like hips and dangling legs. We visited a few dive resorts for our travel agency companions to inspect. The day ended checking in at Kuting Reef and Resort Spa. The beautiful seaside resort with plenty of towering coconut trees at the garden and a pool became the venue for the fam tour welcome dinner. The next day, it was a jump-off to our adventure.

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#SailEast: Lintaon Peak and the 16,000 Blossoms Park

The 16,000 Blossoms at Lintaon Park
The 16,000 Blossoms at Lintaon Park

Eastern Visayas is one region I wish to explore more in my next travels. There’s a lot in the area I haven’t been to yet and I know Eastern Visayas got some stunning natural attractions from caves, waterfalls and geological formations. That’s why I was excited to join #SailEast, a familiarization tour of Eastern Visayas, particularly Leyte, Southern Leyte and Samar. We hit the ground running and headed to one of our first stops, Lintaon Peak and its 16,000 Blossoms in Baybay, Leyte.

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Baler | Serene Weekend at L’Sirene Boutique Resort

L'Sirene Jacuzzi Pool
L’Sirene Jacuzzi Pool

It was more than 13 years ago when I first set foot in Aurora. It was an exciting road trip with friends. From Manila, we drove through the Sierra Madre mountains down to Baler. Though I am fully aware of the surfing scene boom and the growing development of the province, I only got the chance to go back this early September when I chanced upon a good getaway deal at Deal Grocer for a three days and two nights stay at L’Sirene Boutique Resort in Baler. The resort looked hip and stylish, and the remote location made it even more appealing to me. It would make an ideal base for exploration and relaxation.

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