Are you counting the days until the end of the quarantine period?
Can’t wait to go beyond the four corners of your home?
Itching to travel again?
If you say yes to all three, then I feel you my fellow wanderlusts. Our Holy Week and summer travel plans have all been scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But like most Pinoys, we have made the most out of the situation. After all, it’s no use sulking over unfulfilled travel plans when nothing can be done about it.
With flights canceled and mobility-limited during the quarantine period, we can’t even go on hotel staycations. As such, we turned our home to a staycation venue. I got to tick off some of my bucket list destinations just by going around the house. There’s the KWARTO Princesa, SALA Union, BANYO City, South KUSINA, KAMArines Sur, MESAmis Occidental, and POOLilan Bulacan.
But seriously, I do miss our trips and I can’t wait to travel again even if it’s just out of town. Right now, we just watch our old vacation videos or travel vlogs on destinations that we want to visit.
Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on travel
Travelling will never be the same again as long as Covid-19 is around. Being kept on community quarantine made me realize that I could’ve traveled a lot or grabbed every travel opportunity in the past. But regretfully, I didn’t. Now with the travel restrictions in place, I don’t know if and when I can visit my dream destinations again. Life across the globe is put on hold due to the pandemic but we are restarting life again and opening cities under the New Normal. Wanderlusts like me are waiting for the opportunity to travel again and visit as many destinations as we can. But we are also bracing ourselves against travel hurdles that come in a world with Covid-19.
We don’t know the extent of how Covid-19 is going to affect travel. But we do expect that local travels will be eased as the lockdown or community quarantines are lifted. I plan to take advantage of this and see as much of the Philippines as I can. However, those who plan to travel after the lockdown need to consider several factors before making travel plans. These include health risk factors, budget, ease, and convenience. Remember that there are Covid-19 carriers that do not exhibit symptoms. As such you are exposing yourself to risk of infection every time you go out.
Budget is another consideration as transportation, lodging, and dining rates are likely to increase under the new normal. This is because social distancing and disinfecting measures mean limited seats and extra expenses for establishments.
In terms of ease and convenience, don’t expect to breeze through transport terminals or commercial establishments like you did in the past. Expect face masks and temperature checks every time you switch rides, enter an establishment, or even cross from one town to another in a private vehicle. There is also the chance that you may get held in a quarantine facility in the middle of your travels.
All these make me wish that I’ve got a RED DOOR like the one in the K-Drama Goblin. Goblin’s red door allows you to go to one destination when you open it. No lines, no fares, no-fuss travel. Good thing, we have RedDoorz!
Now back to reality, how do we travel again under the new normal? It’s not going to be easy but it shouldn’t be too hard either. We all have to make adjustments to keep everyone safe during our travels.
- First, make sure that you are healthy before you travel, not even a cough or sniffle.
- Second, always practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and disinfection.
- Third, choose your destination wisely and avoid crowded places or areas with known Covid-19 cases.
Given that travel expenses are likely to increase, your best bets are budget fares and accommodations. You can find some of the cheapest stays in the Philippines at RedDoorz.com. Lastly, be patient and be ready for setbacks when you travel.
My Dream Travel Destination After the Lockdown
With all things considered, we have decided that we are definitely ready to travel again after the lockdown. We’re not rushing out of the country though. I’m quite happy to explore the Philippines or even just a staycation at hotels near me for now. There are lots of places that I would like to visit in the Philippines but I would really like to revisit Cebu City for our first trip after lockdown. My husband and I were married for almost 11 years before having a baby. We went to Cebu City before during the Sinulog Festival. I prayed and wished for a baby at the Basilica del Santo Nino then joined the parades and procession while carrying a Sto. Nino. After a few months, we were blessed with a baby girl. It was a wish granted indeed.
As we travel again after the lockdown, I plan to go back to the Basilica to thank Santo Nino for blessing us with our baby girl Sam. Of course, I would also like Sam to see the sights of Cebu. You can find museums and historical places around Cebu. The Basilica del Santo Nino and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral are among the historic buildings in the City. Aside from the churches, I would also like to visit the Taoist Temple, Magellan’s Cross, and Tops Lookout which offer magnificent views of the island. Also, there are island hopping and snorkeling tours available in Cebu.
The Mountain View Nature Park is another destination that you can check out with the whole family. Aside from the wonderful view and lush nature surrounding the park, there are also pools and other recreational facilities for both kids and adults. Those who love to trek and explore nature can visit the Inambakan Falls and Kawasan Falls which are located outside the city.
A trip to Cebu will not be complete without sampling the local cuisine. Don’t leave the island without sampling Rico’s Lechon which is hailed as one of the best in the country. There is also the STK Ta Bay! Restaurant for those who want Sugba, Tuna, and Kilaw fares.
In terms of accommodations, you can easily find hotels in Cebu that fit your needs and budget too.
RedDoorz has more than 30 hotels strategically located near some of Cebu’s hottest tourist destinations. It can help you find the best hotels tailored to your budget and preferences. You have the option to narrow down your choices from Plus to Premium. There are options for solo travellers, families, and couples.
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. With the right budget and the right mindset, you can make your travel dreams a reality. The question now is, are you ready to travel again?
The government and health authorities are working towards opening the economy and restarting tourism gradually. When the lockdown ends and travel restrictions are lifted, we can start taking back our lives one step at a time.
As for travel buffs, we can start exploring again one destination at a time. Don’t forget to check out the PHP799 Sale at RedDoorz and get budget deals that you can use for future travels.
#LetsTravelAgainSoon and find your home away from home at #RedDoorzPH.