Countries You Can Visit Now
For more than a year the airport and all sorts of transportation were forcibly closed whilst people were required to stay home. Because of that, travelling has been craved and looked forward to by many.
I often travel prior to pandemic-- weekend in Singapore, a week in Bali, 3 weeks in Dubai, side tripping around Armenia and Georgia, and a few more. Oh how I miss the smooth and easy travels without restrictions and any sort of tests and masks.
After almost 24 months, some countries are now easing and starting to open again to Filipino tourists. Here are some countries you may visit and why it's the best to visit them now.
Besides that it is visa free for 30 days for Filipinos, Maldives gives you the Pinterest-y and bucket list kind of a vibe. You would say that Philippine Islands are still the best, but you cannot deny the fact that Maldives is the ultimate island you would wish to visit. Who says it’s only for couple trip? Scrap that and travel with your friends because believe it or not this island will just be part of the history and will be crossed off the map in 30 years.
If you haven't searched yet, Maldives can vary from affordable price list giving you P20-30K for 11 days stay with a good view including a hearty breakfast and walking distance to the beach. If you plan to tick off Maldives on your bucket list the luxurious way, there’s a 29K PER night stay for this experience.
Skyscanner says you can book a round trip for 61K this December. Tight budget? No worries because there are tickets on sale too. Just find the perfect date and timing, and you’re good to go.
I never expected that this will be a special place in my heart—my second home. The ultimate OFW location and open to all Filipinos who would want to start in their career, life, or whatever kind of start you may need– this is the place! The least discriminating country by far, at least based on my experience. Why? You can come anytime (given with funds or work) and find a decent job with or without a degree so you can build the dream you want for your family. Let’s be honest, education is quite expensive for many Filipinos, but Dubai gives you the opportunity to grow and hone your skill.
As you know that Dubai weather is mostly hot, the perfect time to visit is from December to March. It gives you a spring-like weather and more establishments are open! Because of its cooler weather, this is the best time to explore the streets and famous places whether it be during the peak of the day or late at night. A sweater weather season indeed.
Besides the famous trip to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, or appreciating the skyline and being in awe of its architecture, Dubai is also hosting Expo2020-- a great way to see the world. Not only that, Ain Dubai, the biggest and tallest Ferris Wheel in the world, is now open. Museum of the Future? It is almost finished as well.
Dubai seems expensive, but if you go around and get a hang of its city you can actually go around even on a budget. Instead of hotels, you can book an apartment or room for only P10-14K a month. To get around, there is metro and bus-- easy and accessible to most places you need to see. And the food? The price serves its size. One meal can be shared by 2 to 3 people. Based on experience.
Pocket money of P30K would allow you to experience the beauty of Dubai. Tickets are quite expensive given the Christmas season, but it’s worth every peso.
My personal recommendation: Take a bus to the beach, bring your book, grab a pizza on the stop and viola– you get the best view of Dubai’s finest buildings.
Given the pandemic, many would say “be patient-- it’s not yet the best time to travel”. So when is the best time to travel? Haven't we stayed home long enough? As long as you get yourself vaccinated and observe proper health protocols, you can already start taking risks and see what’s out there. The world is slowly opening its borders again, and that’s good news! It’s about time to breathe fresh air again and be outdoors- it could be a city escape or island hopping or nature tripping. Whatever it is that will make you feel alive again!