Tips for the Philippine Tourist
By Krisha Socito
Be Light As A Feather- Limit the things you carry with you throughout the trip. Most of the things you might require are easily available upon arrival. Just bring basic traveling necessities and your own special needs.
Dress For The Weather – Casual dress is appropriate all year round in tropical Philippine weather. It is especially ideal to wear clothing in light cotton fabric. The Philippine weather can sometimes be unpredictable. Having an umbrella with you would be a good idea in a rainy or sunny day.
Be A Cub Scout- It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag for safety purposes. Also, make sure to bring photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case.
Have an Appetite – With 1,701 islands I’m sure there’s a different version of your favorite Filipino dish and delicacy.
Localize Your Money – Doing transactions with Philippine peso is very much preferred. Currency exchange businesses are usually found in the malls, airports, banks, and hotels. Loose change is suitable for taking public transport.
Learn About Their Culture – Philippines is a very festive country. In fact, almost every week a fiesta is being celebrated. With the Philippines pagan origins, some local tribes still follow the traditions and rituals that their ancestors have practiced.
Experience Public Transportation – In the city, the taxi cab offers the most comfortable way of getting from here to there. Other modes of land transpiration include MRT, LRT, PNR, jeepney, tricycle, pedicab, motorcycle tandem, bus and more. The modes of transportation get more and more exotic as you enter the rural areas.
Talk To People – English is widely used in the country aside from their local dialects. With its history of Spanish colonization, some words are adapted in Spanish like abante, bintana, karne, silya, and tsinelas. Don’t Be Afraid- Filipinos are very friendly and welcoming people. Don’t be afraid to smile and start conversations with them.
Enjoy your visit and Mabuhay!