As I was browsing with the messages in my e-mail the other day, I stumbled in a folder where I saved the itineraries of my supposed travels this year. Those were the tickets that I booked last January where Cebu Pacific Seat Sales were oozing! Because yes, seat sale is life. These were the days where I got Cebu Pacific’s notifications on Twitter turned on so I’ll be updated with these discounted fares.
Never did I know that the tickets that I got would just be for nothing this year. Who would have thought that a pandemic would come right? Well, there’s just actually four places that we’re supposed to visit this year so far. These are places that are very close to my heart that I’ve been wanting to visit and come back to.
2020’s Local Travel Plans
Siargao island belongs to the province of Surigao del Norte, situated at the north-eastern tip of Mindanao. Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao has attracted a lot of tourists not only from the Philippines but also across the country. The island not only limits itself to surfers but also to non-surfers as Siargao serves a lot of beautiful places that you can go to.
I have been to Siargao last year on a solo trip and I fell deeply in love with this island. Siargao is a very beautiful place and is indeed a perfect destination if you want to escape the bustling city. The island life here is just so good! That’s why I invited some of my friends to visit this island again with me supposed to be last April. But yes, no flights are in operation so this plan has been canceled.
I do have a blog about this on my solo trip last year. There I listed some of the beautiful and Instagram-worthy spots that you could visit in that write up.
Check it out here: The Misadventures of an Unexpected Solo Trip in Siargao
Bohol is one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations. It is popular for its uncrowded islands, its pristine beaches, astonishing resorts, and its pride, Chocolate Hills. Aldrin and I actually planned on visiting Bohol last May. And yes we know, Bohol is just one boat away from Cebu that’s why this has been added to our travel plans due to its accessibility.
There are so many things to do in Bohol either land or water. I got to experience these activities that are popular for tourists coming to Bohol way back on my last 2 visits. One with my family, and one with friends. But those are the times that I don’t do any blogs yet but just purely Instagram.
That’s why I’ve been wanting to come back here not just to let Aldrin experience those kinds of stuff but also to have my self relax. Just imagine you lying on the beach beds while watching the sunset? That’s the goal supposed to be!
All the way to my hometown, Laguna. I got to book a ticket last January too for Manila around Php 1,500 for a roundtrip fare and that was a good steal! It’s two tickets for me for October for my sister’s 18th birthday and one for December which is Christmas. Though we haven’t reached these months yet, I do know that I still can’t go home because of the pandemic. And as for now, Laguna is even placed in quarantine back again so people outside can’t enter too.
I’ve been to Laguna countless times now since I’m originally from there. But I always wanna go back because there are just many beautiful spots to visit nearby. To be specific, my hometown is Binan Laguna which can be an entry to famous tourists destinations like Batangas, where it is known for its beaches and astonishing resorts. And also Tagaytay, that’s also popular because of its relaxing weather.
And of course, who wouldn’t want to visit Coron!? Like El Nido, Coron is part of Palawan Island. Known for its jaw-dropping limestone formations surrounded by unspoiled white beaches and multiple clear jade-green sweet water lakes in its center, this place is surely a goal for many of us.
Coron is actually our scheduled travel this December. It was supposed to be Aldrin’s birthday trip and I even booked a ticket to Coron from Cebu for only around Php 700! I didn’t even have second thoughts booking it as normal fares for Cebu to Coron ranges around Php 2,000. Indeed a very good deal! It was a one-way ticket though since going back was expensive so I had it pending. I’ve been looking forward for this trip before if not just because of COVID-19. And yes I know that it would still be on December, but I’m also certain that it’s not safe to travel yet so we’ll just have to postpone it too.
So that’s it! These are my travel plans for this year that I can’t attend because of the pandemic. And surely not only me but many of you guys too have plans that are canceled because of the situation. But that’s okay, as I mentioned earlier, it’s better to be safe than never.
How about you? Do you have trips that you can’t make it too this year because of COVID-19? Feel free to share it down below and let’s hear it out.