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Tips on Travelling to the Philippines

Philippines is known to be one of the fastest rising destinations in Asia because of the different places that it can offer. From its main airport which is Manila, tourists can travel to various places that can showcase the country’s history. It cannot be denied however that most tourists who go to the Philippines go to popular beach destinations like Boracay and Cebu. Aside from these things, there are still a lot more that can be explored in the Philippines.

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You may want to bask in the beauty of these destinations but you have to remember that there are still some tips that you can remember so that you can stay safe in this country:

  • Travel to Areas Safe for Tourists – There may be different areas in the Philippines wherein a lot of tourists usually flock but then again, there are some places that are known to be beautiful but can be unsafe. Some kidnappings are done in the southern side of the Philippines, especially in some areas in Mindanao but other places can be safer for tourists.
  • Choose Areas Depending on What You Want – Some areas in the Philippines are known for their fun nightlife. You may want to try Clark and Boracay in order to meet new people especially beautiful locals in the Philippines but you may also choose to go to quieter destinations like Bohol, Baguio and Camiguin so that you can experience tranquility and serenity even when you are in a different place.
  • Have Cash – It is important that you have already exchanged your money to their currency which is Philippine Peso so that you can easily purchase your necessities that you will need during your stay like toiletries and even food.
  • Choose Bottled Water – This is not only applicable to travelling to the Philippines but also to other places as well. You have to make sure that you will drink bottled water instead of their usual tap water so you can be sure that you will stay healthy while on vacation.
  • Expect Heavy Traffic – In the Philippines, a lot of roads are being excavated in order to improve on the roads. Some are undergoing road widening procedures while some are just too narrow for normal vehicles. There are also a lot of vehicles in the country because they are considered to be affordable there. Wherever you’re going, check out the local driving customs and laws first to be aware of things like this before you arrive – this traveller’s driving guide covers lots of countries.
  • Experience Local Transportations – One of the transportations that you will never see anywhere else is the jeepney. It is a local transportation that can sit up to 12 – 14 people. Fare is not expensive. Remember that jeepneys have different routes. There are signs that are displayed in front so that you will know where the jeepney’s next destination is.

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The great thing about the Philippines is that most people know how to speak English. A lot of locals will make the effort to help understand tourists and will try their best to convey their messages in a language that tourists will understand. The Philippines can be a magical place as long as you keep safe and you will follow the tips above.

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Comfy travel/summer outfit

Who says you can’t travel in style. The kind of outfit that you are going to pack in your bag depends on the nature of occasion and travel destination. If for example, you will be one of the panelists in a seminar, you can prepare a semi-formal outfit. You can’t go wrong with a little black dress or a floral dress with blazer. Every woman should have a (little) black dress or two in their closet.

tsunami swimwear (travel and musings)

On the other hand, if you will be one of those hitting the beach this summer, you probably have that tsunami swimwear from Zalora ready by now. Don’t forget to bring the appropriate swim wear to the beach or pool. And of course, be mindful of sun exposure. The last thing you need to have is painful sunburn. So, sun block should be on top of your travel must have.

What’s in your bag?

What will you be carrying around in your bag this summer? As the season of minimalism it is time to empty your bag, clear out the rubbish and fill with the essential items for summer. If your bag is just too full of winter hoarding it might even be time to buy a new summer bag.

Make-up

The summer is here and that means we can reduce the amount of make-up we wear by about 50-75%. Empty your bag of all the foundations, concealers, eyes shadows and blushers weighing it down. An all in one BB cream with illuminator is all you need in the summer months as well as light mascara and a lip gloss or lipstick.

If you need a new bag

With all this minimalising you might think you need a new bag and the trends have certainly changed from last year. Fashionistas are choosing trendy backpacks above oversized handbags or alternatively fitting all their bits and bobs in to a small clutch or even a bumbag. Yes, a bumbag. They are back on trend. For a trip into town or a day at the beach a tote or shopper is a great option and patterns range from monochrome to animal print, bright pink to studded. You can see a good selection of trendy bags and purses here.

Sun lotion

We all want a healthy glow but there is nothing worse than the lobster look during the summer. Allow yourself to tan gradually by wearing a medium factor sunscreen of around 15 SPF, unless you are light skinned and go for a higher number and embrace your own colour. It is better to protect the skin you have than to risk it to reach a darker shade. If you find a BB cream with added SPF you only need a small spray-on sun lotion for your exposed parts.

Summer book

For stopping by the park on your way home to having a book for lying by the pool, a good summer read is always part and parcel of the season. Current popular reads include Gone Girl and Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. Alternatively you could take the opportunity to read classic summer reads including The Magus or The Talented Mr Ripley.

Hand gel and tissues

Every clever good time girl knows that you need to be prepared. Keep a nifty antibacterial hand gel in your bag and a small pack of tissues for visits to the beach or days at the parks.

Phone or tablet

If you simply cannot live without your tablet then make sure you buy it a safe new case to protect it in your bag. If you need a phone upgrade for summer the Nokia Lumia 1020 is THE perfect summer gadget. The new Lumia is a bright and shiny yellow and offers 41 mexapixel camera to take all your summer snaps on.

Jemima is a fashion and beauty writer who has already scanned the internet and watched the fashion show for the latest bag trends. You can find a diverse selection of trendy bags and purses here from studded bum bags to on trend backpacks.