The Philippines is a beautiful country. The sights, the people, and all the adventures you can do in the country make it a very wonderful vacation destination. In fact, three of its islands have been recognized as some of the best islands in the world outside of US in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. The first and second spots went to Boracay and Palawan, respectively. Cebu also got the fifth spot in the recognition.

If you are planning to visit the Philippines, here are the best travel tips you can put into mind to have an enjoyable and safe stay in the lovely country:

Before traveling:

Itinerary

Weeks or months before your travel, make sure you plan your itinerary. Decide on the places you want to visit and when you are going to visit them. Remember that the Philippines is an archipelagic country. You might need to ride a plane or boat to travel from one place to the other. Locate the places you want to visit in a map, so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.

Accommodation

Once you have decided where and when to go, book your hotel or apartment in advance. This will help lessen the hassle of having to look for a place to stay once you arrive at your destination especially during peak season. It may also help you save on booking costs. If you have special requests, booking ahead will give you time to make those requests earlier and maybe look for alternatives when your needs could not be met.

Packing

The Philippines is a tropical country. Make sure to bring light comfortable clothing and a sturdy pair of footwear. If you have time to go shopping in the country, you may even just shop for clothes, slippers, toiletries, and other things once you arrive so you can simply travel light.

Do not forget to also prepare your documents, such as passport, airline tickets, and other documents, as well as their photocopies. If you have maintenance medicines, be sure to prepare them, too.

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While traveling:

Money

When you travel the Philippines, make sure to convert your money to Philippine Peso. You may have it converted before traveling to the Philippines or once you arrive in the country. While fake money is not that rampant, it does exist in the Philippines. Make sure you know how to spot fake Philippine money to avoid being conned.

Food

The Philippines is known for its delectable Filipino specialties. You may check out the must-try food when in the country. If you are looking for some familiar food, though, most parts of the country also offer international dishes, such as American, European, Japanese, Chinese, and more.

When it comes to drinking water, bottled water is recommended for safety purposes, especially in the rural and beach areas. Make sure you stay hydrated especially during summer, since the country can get really hot.

Communication

Filipinos generally understand and know how to speak English, making it easier for you to ask for directions and other questions. You may also learn about the important Filipino words and phrases for easier communication.

If you are staying longer in the country and you need to communicate using mobile phones, you can easily buy prepaid SIM cards in malls and convenience stores. Reloading is available in many sari-sari stores, convenience stores, and malls.

Internet is available in the Philippines, especially in developed cities. Speed is not as good though as in other advanced countries. There are also internet cafes, where you can also have access to the internet.

Transportation

To go around major cities, you can ride jeepneys, taxis, and other technology-based taxi-service apps, such as Uber and Grab. In smaller towns, you may ride tricycles and pedicabs.

Buses are widely available for traveling from one town to another. You may also take the train when in Metro Manila. To hop from one island to another, you may ride a boat or an airplane.

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