The greatest present you can give yourself this Christmas is the gift of vacation. And you don’t even have to book a flight to do so—just hit the highways and go on a road trip! The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the perfect time for this because finally, the previously traffic-tormented thoroughfares during the holiday rush can now be traversed stress-free. So, ho-ho-ho! Check out some of our road trip destination suggestions below!
Two hour-drive: Tagaytay. Tagaytay remains a perennial road trip favorite because after just a two-hour drive, you can escape Metro Manila’s “sweat weather” and indulge in “sweater weather.” With its cool breeze and scenic views, Tagaytay is home to the coziest spots to enjoy bulalo or a cup of coffee. And on your way back to Manila, don’t forget the wide variety of delicious pasalubongs you can take with you!
Where to hang: Bag of Beans (for coffee), Breakfast at Antonio’s (for a good meal at any point of the day), Marcia Adams (for romantic dinners), Mahogany Market (for bulalo), Rowena’s (for pasalubong).
Three-hour drive: Batangas. Batangas is perfect for quick beach trips because it’s more or less just a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila. The municipalities of San Juan, Calatagan, Nasugbu, and Anilao all have splendid shores and offer resorts for every budget level. And if you’re all for trying something new before the year ends, do a “Little Mermaid” and go under the sea in one of Batangas’ diving spots!
Where to stay: Too many to name. And again, it depends on your budget. Check out Choose Philippines for a more in-depth guide to the province.
Five-hour drive: San Juan, La Union. Take a break from surfing the internet and do some actual surfing instead! San Juan, La Union isn’t just one of the prime destinations for wave-riding, it’s also one of the nearest from Metro Manila. Don’t worry if you’re a total newbie—the many resorts along the beach offer lessons. Also, there are a lot of delish food joints in San Juan, so check them out when you’re on a break from the board.
Where to eat: Gefseis Greek Grill, Mad Monkeys, Los Banditos, Tagpuan
Seven-hour drive: Vigan, Ilocos. Drive several hours to Vigan and it’s like going on a time machine and finding yourself in the Philippines of yore. Home to several Hispanic locales, Vigan is overflowing with history, charm, and great food (you won’t get enough of their trademark empanada, bagnet, and longganisa)! The old structures will make you fall in love with the place; and if you’re into photography, your camera will, too.
Where to go: Calle Crisologo, Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
No matter where you’re going or how long the drive is, Caltex will always be on the road with you if you need a respite from your trip and gas up. And by gassing up in Caltex, you get more than just your fill of fuel—you also get a shot to win meals from Chowking! With every P1,000 worth of purchase, you get the chance to avail of a Chowking Halo-halo, Chinese-Style Fried Chicken, or Pork Siomai Chao Fan. 150,000 meals are up for grabs so gas up in Caltex now!
Happy holidays, stay safe on the road, and make the most out of the traffic-free thoroughfares!
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