MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The scorching heat of the sun is all but a memory immortalized in social media photos taken during your summer vacation. Now that the rainy season is finally here, there are less activities that Filipinos can enjoy–or so we think.
Just when you think you can’t do more, you’ll be surprised that the rain lets you try exciting indoor and outdoor adventures whether alone or with friends and loved ones. So wear your jacket, bring your umbrella, and let Traveloka give you staycation ideas that are enough reasons to have fun this wet season.
1.Eat out at hole-in-the-wall food communities
Long hours of staying indoors makes you crave for hearty meals from various cuisines. When there’s not enough food in the fridge or you have had pretty much everything delivered to your doorstep, it’s time to call your friends and head to either Buendia, Maginhawa, or Katipunan and hop from one restaurant to the next. You’re sure to find a place whether you’re feeling cozy, artsy, or simply hungry.
2.Go bargain-hunting in thrift shops!
Less is more with thrift shops patronized by shoppersfrom all over the metro. With the right amount of patience and energy, you can maximize your humble budget with acomplete head-to-toe get up and even some DIY merchandise (pads, pens, stickers, pins, plants, toys–name it, they have it) in thrift shops around Escolta, Binondo, and Cubao. With your great finds, you have something new to use even when stuck inside the room.
3.Bond with friends in specialty indoor centers
Make meet-ups more exciting by capping the night outside restaurants or bars. Are you in for adventure? Divide the group into teams and beat each other out in wall climbing facilities or trampoline parks. Want a friendly match but would rather sit comfortably? You can play at board game cafes. Want to know how great you are as a barkada? Solve mind-bending challenges in mystery rooms inside malls!
4.Learn a new skill or finish a project you love
Don’t let the rain stop you from having fun and ticking items off your to-do list. Watch videos online and learn how to dance, sing, cook, or draw. Take it a notch higher by sharing your new passion to friends and family. If you couldn’t find the time to finish that novel or movie because you were always out last summer, waiting for the rain to stop gives you plenty of free time, at last.
5. Rediscover your town
Don’t be a stranger in your own backyard. As soon as the rain permits, visit nearby museums, churches, landmarks, and heritage sites in your city. Metro Manila alone is filled with historical landmarks and indoor entertainment centers so you won’t run out of places to visit. Watch a show in Cultural Center of the Philippines or BGC Arts Center; or tour the National Museum in Manila, Book Museum in Marikina, or the Presidential Museum and Library in Malacanang.
6. Cover up and travel, regardless
Give in to the wanderlust in you as the Philippines offers thousands of locations that are best visited at any time of the year. Hide away in Baguio and breathe fresh air from pine trees newly-soaked in rain. Take a road trip and conquer the waves of La Union and Zambales, since this is the best time for surfing. Conquer water sports like white water rafting and kayaking in Cagayan de Oro or Davao. You can also soak in waterfalls and hot springs that abound in Laguna and Quezon. Just remember, continuous rain makes roads and terrains more challenging so it’s always best to exercise caution.
If you’re spending a day or two outside your home, it’s best to check in with a reliable and handy source for your hotel and flight booking needs! Ditch the paper, which can get soaked in water, and use your mobile phone instead! Simply install the Traveloka app, a one-stop shop app where you can find the best price for flights and hotels, while enjoying exclusive deals with no booking fee.
Payment is flexible for for all types of travelers as you can opt for offline and online methods using Visa, MasterCard or via DragonPay which accepts major banks like BPI, BDO, Metrobank, Chinabank, RCBC, UCPB, and Landbank. You can also pay via Coins.ph wallet or over-the-counter at 7-11, M. Lhuillier, and CebuanaLhuillier.