Most of our adventures consist of day trips near Metro Manila, where we are based.
When we started this blog, one of the challenges we dared ourselves with was to get back within 24 hours to show other people that day trips to seemingly far places like Baguio City are possible. Later on, we realized that more than just being possible, day trips are in fact practical. Here are some reasons why:
- You get to save money.
Decent budget rooms in transient inns/B&B’s start at P500 ($12) per head. Instead of spending at least a thousand pesos (approximately $25) on accommodation, we prefer getting back home late in the evening, and sleeping on our own beds. This may be tiring for some, but one can always sleep in the bus, or in the car, except of course if he or she is the driver (and that is why sometimes, we prefer commuting but we’ll save it for another article).
- You save time.
Other than the financial practicality of getting back home and sleeping in the bus, day trips are also sensible because the traffic is better in the evening. We don’t know if people realize this but usually, in overnight trips, the last day is just reserved for just breakfast and traveling back home. In short, you spend most of the day on the road, and when you get home, you’re still exhausted and just want to lay in bed. For people like us, who have regular day jobs, it would then be so hard to get to work on the next day. Day trips allow us to explore the world around us almost every week, and still become productive for work on the following working day.
- You get to pack light.
Since you are just going on a day trip, you don’t have to bring overnight stuff such as nightwear, and towels.
- Asking permission from your parents or guardians would be easier.
We don’t know if this applies to everyone but we think parents are more inclined to let their children go on day trips than overnighters. Since some of our readers are students, we believe this would apply. And yes, at 28, Janna still seeks permission from her parents.
Here’s a list of awesome day trips we’ve taken that you should try too. Click the link to redirect you to our blog post on every destination. (We’ll keep this page updated and add more day trip destinations but make sure to check our posts on other non-day trips too.)
- Dambana ng Kagitingan & Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
- Balatoc Mines Tour & Bridal Veil Falls & Colorado Falls, Itogon & Tuba, Benguet
- Hiking Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet
- Boac & Gaspar Island, Marinduque
- Majayjay Falls / Taytay Falls / Imelda Falls, Majayjay, Laguna
- Magdalena: River Rafting, Cliff Diving, and Water Tubing, Magdalena, Laguna
- Pagsanjan / Cavinti Falls, Laguna
- Seven Lakes of San Pablo City, Laguna
- MJD Urban Escape Farm, Lucena City, Quezon
- Mt. Mirador / Mt. Pinagbanderahan, Quezon National Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon
- Bangkong Kahoy Valley, Dolores, Quezon
- Kamay ni Hesus & Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
- Hangga Falls / Maapon Falls, Sampaloc, Quezon
- Villa Sariaya, Sariaya, Quezon
- Hinulugang Taktak & Cloud 9, Antipolo City, Rizal
- Angono Art Galleries: Carlos “Botong” Francisco House, Nemiranda Arthouse and Balaw Balaw Restaurant, Angono, Rizal
- National Museum: Angono Petroglyphs, Angono, Rizal
- Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave, Padilla, Rizal
- Wawa Dam & River, Rodriguez, Rizal
- Hiking Mt. Pamitinan, Rodriguez, Rizal
- Ten Cents to Heaven, Tanay, Rizal
- Masinloc Ecotour: Giant Clam / Taklobo Farm, Bacala Guesthouse, Mangrove Islet, and San Salvador Island, Masinloc, Zambales
- Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
- Buntot Palos, Pangil, Laguna
- Bantakay Falls, Atimonan, Quezon