8 Epic Road trip Destinations with Your Barkada
Long weekends and holidays are still waiting and it’s the best time to get some fresh air and escape the city lights. Tag your friends along and go the extra mile without spending too much on airfares and accommodations with these epic road trip destinations. You just need some DIY skills and an extra dose of adventure in hand.
- PINTO ART MUSEUM
If art is your interest then you better visit Pinto Art Museum. Walking around this place is a visual treat. You’ll see different art pieces in every turn with aged doors, windows and instagrammable art installations. Your artsy barkada will definitely love to take thousands of photos in this gallery! Don’t forget your inner selfie expert with Oppo A83 to keep all memorable moments here.
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How to get there: Ride a jeep/FX going to Antipolo. Once you reach the Ynares Center, take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Grand Heights Subdivision.
- INFLATABLE ISLAND
Are you ready for some wild adventure? Pack your bags and head to the Inflatable Island in Zambales. Located 3 hours away from Manila, this big and bouncy playground offers slides, swings and even trampolines! It’s currently the largest of its kind in Asia. Bring back your childhood dreams in this “Ultimate Playground”. Add some good music into the mix and you’re good to go! (Don’t forget your Zilla Water Resistant Floating Speakers!)
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How to get there: Ride a bus bound to Olongapo City (via Victory Liner). From the terminal in Olongapo, ride a blue jeepney & tell the driver to drop you at Half Moon Beach Resort (former name of Samba Bluewater Resort) where the Inflatable Island is located.
- MT BATULAO’S ROLLING HILLS
It’s a challenge to find the best time to go with your barkada in a trip together due to different schedules and unfitting day offs. But a quick weekend hike wouldn’t hurt, right? Mt Batulao offers a very accessible trip for you! You can also try camping here for extra thrill. Always have a power bank in your bag so that you’ll never run out of batteries up the mountains.
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How to get there: For Commuters – Ride a DLTB bus bound for Nasugbu in Buendia Station. Alight at Evercrest (KC Hillcrest Golf Club). Ride a tricycle or walk towards the registration point.
Travel back in time here in Vigan. Witness the beauty of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country. It portrays a Spanish-era Philippines where you can see horse-drawn carriages or the so-called “calesa”. Going to Vigan will require you to spend more time on the road, at least an 8-hour ride from MNL. Make your road trip less stressful and avoid battery run outs while travelling.
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How to get there: The trip is via North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road passing through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union. You can also join tours that will take you directly to Vigan via Van.
Photo by: Jim De Ramos
- ANAWANGIN COVE
Stress level ALERT! It’s time to meet your beshies for a road trip to this hidden cove and fall in love with its serenity and exceptional beauty. This time, you’ll definitely disengage from the toxic of work and experience a life-changing, back-to-basic getaway in Anawangin. With no electricity and mobile signal, this secluded cove will let you rest. Bring your tents, food, water and other camping necessities with you! Also, don’t forget to bring Smart Mosquito Killer from Oittm (connect it to any devise with USB port).
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How to get there: From Manila, ride a Victory Liner bus bound to Iba, Zambales, and get off at San Antonio Public Market. Alternatively, you may also travel by bus to Olongapo City, and then board another bus to San Antonio. Take a tricycle to Pundaquit. In Pundaquit, rent a boat to Anawangin Cove.
- VILLA ESCUDERO
Not your typical coconut plantation, Villa Escudero became a top tourist destination since 1980’s. If you’re into experiencing Filipino culture and heritage, this will be one of the places you should visit. One of the center-pieces of Villa Escudero is the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant. What’s more relaxing than soaking your feet in shallow running water of a man-made falls while you’re eating ‘kamayan style’ with your friends? Get yourself a 50M Waterproof Positive Display Temperature Watch to track your time while enjoying the villa.
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How to get there: Just ride any bus bound to Lucena, Quezon. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tiaong, Quezon. Then ride a tricycle or walk if you want since its only 1km to get to the entrance. (If you have pior arrangements, you will be picked up by Villa Escudero’s service).
- MASUNGI GEORESERVE
We bet you’ve seen hundreds of photos of this giant hammock or the metallic spider web in social media. Masungi Georeserve is a garden of rocks and conservation that lies in the rain forest of Rizal. It’s an easy drive, but making your group’s reservation is a challenge. Plan ahead and make reservations early to avoid hassle during your tour. Also, expect a lot of cardio during the trail. Oh, don’t forget your SJCAM | ACTION CAMERA to capture your moments up there.
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How to get there: From Araneta Center Cubao, you can ride a van or jeep going to Padilla/Cogeo Gate 2. Get off at Gate 2 and from there, take a jeep bound to Sampaloc via Marcos Highway in Tanay. You will pass through Boso-Boso Resort and Palo Alto. Ask the driver to drop you off at Kilometer 47 Masungi entrance; the entrance to Masungi will be on your right.
- LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR
Here’s another unique Philippine-Spanish heritage located in the north. This place shows off its beauty and makes the place a popular photo shoot venue. Located in the town of Bagac, Bataan, this site features 22 antique mansions built during the Spanish colonial period. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is not just a treat for culture but also ideal for those seeking the beach waves. Enjoy every quiet moment here with your Coloud the no.4 in-ear headphones from Digital Walker.
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How to get there: From Metro Manila, you can take a bus bound to Balanga City. At Balanga, terminal you can take a non-air-conditioned, mini bus to Bagac or take a Tamaraw shuttle. From Bagac, take a tricycle to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
Whoo! That seems to be a heck of a ride, right?
Road trips are fun indeed with the barkada and the perfect place to visit.
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