“Traveling is not something you are good at. It is something you do. Like breathing.” –Gayle Foreman

It is already a given that when it comes to show and tell, the Philippines would have to hold the world record of having the most to say. With over 7000 gorgeous and unique islands, you can be assured that this country will have some of the most riveting stories to tell the world. In fact, living in the Philippines gives you a semi-charmed kind of life wherein all those islands are just within proximity and your reach anytime you are ready. With this much beauty and hidden gems to discover, it should come as no surprise why travelers—both locals and tourists alike–would come pay a visit to the country by the droves. After all, from the picturesque white sandy beaches to the verdant and lush mountainsides, the Philippines has it all, and the world would surely want to experience its entire splendour. It has its fair share of vibrant city life as well such as in the case of Metro Manila where Makati CBD is the heart of all exciting things.

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However, with so much to see and do with so little time, how do you ensure that you get the most out of this enthralling country? Well, you visit the best spots of course! Start your Philippine excursion with these local destinations:

It is already a given that if you ever get the chance to visit the Philippines, Palawan should make it to the top of your itinerary. After all, the island has beaches only the likes of Maldives and Hawaii could ever rival. However, if you want to elevate your experience and inject a bit of luxury and sophistication to your stay, book an accommodation with the Human Island Resort which is a lavish sanctuary of all sorts. Indulge yourself both with nature’s treats as well as the decadent delights of the island while you take that well-deserved breather away from the city life.

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Apparently designated as the “Island Born of Fire,” Camiguin fascinates visitors with its ring of volcanoes such as Mount Vulcan, Mount Mambajao, Mount Hibok-Hibok and Mount Uhay. In fact, Camiguin has the most number of volcanoes not only in the country but for every square kilometre in the world. However, apart from the majestic volcanoes, travellers would also get to experience a slice of nature in the form of untouched sandbars, refreshing waterfalls as well as hot and cold springs. In this regard, one can expect a variety of things to do when in Camiguin.

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Batanes was a relatively unknown location until it shot to fame and popularity owing to the local film that featured the island. Being in the place alone is surreal and reminiscent of New Zealand’s luxuriant grass meadows. Moreover, the landscapes are quite distinct that it would truly transport you to a place you never knew existed. If that does not entice you to visit then perhaps the myriad of sturdy and historic stone houses will as these erections are truly something to marvel at.

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Revelled as the Queen City of the South, Cebu already has a wealth of natural wonders to showcase its visitors. A cross and a beautiful fusion between city and island life, the city of Cebu continues to enchant tourists with its beach to bars kind of lifestyle. However, instead of making Cebu your primary destination, why not make it one of your stops and head on a trajectory to the adjacent island, Camotes? Regarded as the poor man’s Boracay, Camotes may not have much to offer in terms of city or nightlife, but it gives you a taste of what the laidback island lifestyle in the Philippines should be. Be wary though, the place has limited cell phone reception so if you truly wish to get off the grid, head on over after your stop at Cebu.

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