May 31, 2023


Expert Interview - The Philippines with Aileen

Aileen Adalid is initially from the Philippines and has travelled extensively all through the nation. She describes the Philippines as “It’s extra enjoyable!” and provides us an perception into visiting the Philippines as a girl traveller

What do you assume is the Philippines’ attraction for solo females?

I feel the primary two elements that entice girls travellers (and males as nicely!) to the Philippines are the well-known heat of the locals and the pristine pure wonders that we’ve got — white sandy seashores, lush forests, picturesque mountains, Philippine islands, you identify it! The Philippines at all times has one thing for everybody; it doesn’t matter what sort of traveller you could be! Whether or not you select to book hotel in Cebu or keep in a seashore hut on Bon Bon Seashore. 

Expert Interview - The Philippines with Aileen

In case you solely had two weeks to see the nation, what would your excellent itinerary be?

Every time I give urged itineraries for the Philippines, I group them into two! So for two weeks, if you would like…

Partying with a mixture of journey = the First cease would in fact be Manila as it isn’t solely the centre however it’s also the place the nation’s most wonderful nightlife actions might be seen and carried out (go to Makati and the BGC-Fort).

This must be adopted by Boracay, Cebu, Puerto Galera, and Davao. (Angeles, Pampanga is commonly talked about as an awesome nightlife place however I discover it a bit too seedy).

Full-blown journey and rest = Batanes, Bohol, Calaguas, Malapascua, El Nido, Coron, Siargao, and Siquijor.

For a month’s itinerary Katrina, a solo feminine traveller, recommends this solo route: Cebu, then take a bus to Bohol, a ship to Siquijor Island, then Camiguin Island then onto Siargao Island which is formed like a tear-drop. After that spend one other week in Sagada and Banaue. See, who wants Thailand!

Are there any hidden gems within the nation that folks ought to positively go to?

A LOT! If I’ve to choose my prime 5, these would positively be Batanes (my hometown!), Caramoan, Calaguas, Camiguin, and Siargao.

The Philippines

Travelling across the Philippines

The Philippines is a group of islands (we’ve got 7,107 of them!) so despite the fact that the islands are well-connected, anticipate to endure hours of boat or bus rides. Relaxation assured, relating to language, speaking to the locals received’t be an issue in any respect since a whole lot of us Filipinos communicate English!

Camiguin Island, Philippines

Is there something to do within the evenings as a solo?

After all, particularly if you happen to go down the ‘party-style’ sort of journey. There are numerous methods to satisfy locals too and you are able to do that by Couchsurfing/homestays, becoming a member of events, taking part in bar-hopping sprees, happening group excursions, or just by simply approaching anybody you see.

Reality be advised, there’s a excessive probability that you simply’ll be approached first and also you would possibly even be invited to a Filipino’s house!

It’s actually no information that we Filipinos LOVE foreigners and that we do our greatest to make you are feeling welcome in our nation.

Expert Interview - The Philippines with Aileen

Is it simple to satisfy different travellers?

I’ve met many ladies travelling alone however I’ve to say that going by my expertise, I observed that the males are likely to outnumber the females and it may need to do with how the blokes are working after the wonder or ‘experiences’ with Filipinas — if you understand what I imply, haha!

The Philippines is completely greater than that sort of vacation spot because it’s simple to fall in love with the tradition and the lifestyle right here. Apart from pleasant travelling locals, you’ll see a whole lot of travelling foreigners within the nation too.

So as to add, even when a backpacker scene akin to that in Thailand shouldn’t be as obvious right here, there are a whole lot of alternatives to remain and be related. In truth, there are tons of ex-pats within the nation!

Siargao Island, Philippines

What would you keep away from within the nation?

Strive to not be too flashy; at all times watch out along with your belongings. This isn’t to say that the Philippines is extraordinarily harmful as a result of it’s not; however like another metropolis on the planet, it’s greatest to at all times be vigilant.

And if you happen to’re staying in huge cities like that in Manila and Cebu, be cautious of site visitors as a result of we’ve got the worst site visitors typically (truly, on a regular basis, particularly throughout rush hours!). Additionally, attempt to keep away from Philippines journey through the summertime as a result of the seashores will most certainly be packed!

Expert Interview - The Philippines with Aileen

What would you say to somebody who’s seeking to go to the Philippines alone for the primary time?
I guarantee you… you received’t ever, ever, remorse it!

The place can folks observe you?

To know extra about me and my travels, you possibly can at all times cease by my weblog at For my every day updates, you possibly can see them over on Facebook.

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