I have been traveling for a long time now, have visited various corners of the globe, and have met with many other fellow wanderers. I tend to get asked a lot for recommendations. I have many recommendations. I try to recommend different places based on who is asking. But one destination that always comes up in my list is that little (relatively speaking) archipelago in South East Asia, The Philippines.
Of course, it is not enough to simply say that you need to include the Philippines in your itinerary. You need convincing reasons, and I have a few of them that would really make for a strong case. For instance:
The Friendliest People You’ll Ever Meet
Filipinos are very friendly, hospitable people who are as welcoming as they are curious, and tend to see tourists and foreigners as guests that must be respected, as opposed to outsiders who must be eyed with suspicion. If you visit the country, chances are you will find a lot of happy and smiling locals who are fond of singing and dancing when there is the slightest excuse to do so.
Many Filipinos are English Speakers
Many Filipinos are either bilingual or multilingual, capable of speaking English and at least one of their local languages. This means there is really no need to learn an additional language just to get around. Majority of the people that you will meet will have no problem talking to you. As mentioned above, they are very hospitable and will go out of their way to make tourists comfortable, that means speaking in English even if they are not fluent in the language, just to make you feel more at home.
Biggest Shopping Malls in Asia
If you like to shop around while touring a foreign country, you’ll love the Philippines. The Filipinos treat shopping as a family activity, and being a tropical country with warm climate all year-round, they enjoy malls due to the air conditioning. So it’s only natural that the country will be home to some of the most expansive and beautiful malls in the region. In fact, three malls from the country – SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, and SM Seaside City Cebu – are in the list of ten largest malls in the world.
Some of the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
Since the Philippines consist of 7,107 islands, it is only natural that it is teeming with scenic and paradise-like beaches. One of the top beaches in the world, the White Beach in Boracay, is in the Philippines and is a must-visit for any tourist. People who enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, it won’t be hard to find the right one in the Philippines.
The Best Nature Has to Offer
Finally, the Philippines is a great destination for nature lovers because it is home to a very diverse sampling of flora and fauna, and some of the most stunning natural wonders such as the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, or the Rice Terraces in Banae. The Country is also host to several dozen volcanoes, and even more unspoiled wonders of nature such as caves, lakes, and waterfalls. If you want to be closer to mother nature, the country will give you ample opportunity.