Aussie on the Road’s 10 reasons to love the Philippines

We love hearing from Australians and New Zealanders who have fallen in love with our country. Chris from Aussie on the Road shares the 10 reasons he fell in love with the Philippines.

We’ve highlighted our favourites below, so head to Chris’ blog for his full top 10!

For Chris’ full list check out his blog post 10 reasons to love the Philippines. You can find more of his adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Westerner Friendly

While it is always fun to get off the beaten track and really test yourself, when you’re traveling for relaxation with a few friends or family members, it’s sometimes nice to just be able to communicate without needing wild hand gesturing and a language guide.

 

The Animals

The Philippines has some unique and beautiful wildlife both above and below the water. From the tiny tarsiers that are endemic to certain islands to the gigantic whale sharks with which you can swim at Oslob, there’s some exotic wildlife to be seen up close and personal all over the islands.

A friendly tarsier clambers down to greet us (or eat an insect) at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

A friendly tarsier clambers down to greet us (or eat an insect) at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Our trip was lucky enough to include both tarsiers and whale sharks within a few days of one another, one of the perks of visiting a less tourist loved destination such as Bohol.

 

The Serenity

How’s the serenity?

Get away from the buzzing tourist spots like Boracay and Manila, and it’s not hard at all to find a quiet little corner of the populous country to call your own.

One of my only regrets from the three-week trip was that I didn’t get enough ‘me time’ to just find a quiet spot and read for a few hours.

A hammock, some sun, and the gentle purr of the ocean. Heaven!

A hammock, some sun, and the gentle purr of the ocean. Heaven!

I did get one blissful hour’s sleep in a hammock on an isolated beach north of El Nido, but for the most part it was ‘go, go, go’ as I played tour guide to my motley crew.

Both Palawan and Bohol offered plenty of quiet escapes away from the hustle and bustle, and I’m sure there are even less well-known spots where silence is the norm rather than the exception. It definitely is a country where it pays to explore on your own.

 

The People

Almost every local – male or female – I met just came across as genuinely happy to meet me. This wasn’t the forced friendliness you encounter when in a tourist heavy area, but a generosity of spirit that made you feel immediately at home.

Local kids make their own entertainment with this log at a beach near El Nido

Local kids make their own entertainment with this log at a beach near El Nido

Case in point: It’s 5am in Boracay and my brother and I are treated to a delicious early morning breakfast by a few local girls we’d been hanging out with. We offered to pay, of course, and were quickly told to put our wallets away as the meal was on them.

There were more examples, though. Tour guides who dived into the ocean to fetch a tube of sunscreen we’d accidentally dropped overboard, trike drivers who insisted we not pay them after a ride because we’d had a good chat, local families who gladly chatted with us about local food we should try after we’d finished a hike, and a bunch of others.

I’ve previously stated on this blog that Fijians are the friendliest people I’ve met, and I’m of the belief that Cambodians really give them a run for their money. But as of now, the Philippines has earned its place atop the pile.

About the blog

Chris, Aussie on the Road Aussie on the Road is Chris, a 30 year old man from rural Australia who left the Land Downunder in 2007 in pursuit of a life less ordinary. In the six years since he’s taught ESL, checked off bucket list items, and fumbled his way around the world.For more of Chris’ adventures, visit http://www.aussieontheroad.com/

 

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