Salvador: Davao travelers’ destinations and tips

VIETNAM. Mary Anne Guinoo wants to immerse in the arts, culture, and cuisine of Hanoi, Vietnam. St Joseph’s Cathedral is a 19th-century neo-gothic style church (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
VIETNAM. Mary Anne Guinoo wants to immerse in the arts, culture, and cuisine of Hanoi, Vietnam. St Joseph’s Cathedral is a 19th-century neo-gothic style church (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

GLOBE trotters are excited that another travel sale is coming up.

I am pretty sure I will see the same faces that I bump into twice a year. It’s actually becoming like a reunion of travelers. Yes, we’re out in search for the best deals because the more affordable fares increase the number of bucket-listed destinations to visit.

Where are the travel bug-bitten people off to? What are the travel tips they abode by? Let’s ask them.

Malouchi Gahol

Spain and Portugal are on the calendar. It will bring lovely memories of my trip there with my mom which I can share with my husband and children this time. Apart from the culture and the food, I am looking forward to going to Montserrat and Fatima.

Here are a few of my travel tips:

1. Arrange an itinerary but remain flexible. Some of the most memorable things happen when they are unplanned.

2. Organize travel documents (with duplicate copies) and don’t keep all your cash and credit card in one place.

3. Hydrate and use sunblock.

4. Pack smart, pack light.

5. Be adventurous but always be alert and cautious. Be mindful and be in the moment. The memories you make in travel are priceless.

Brenda Cabang

It’s Taiwan in March, United States (US) in April, and London in August. Except for the US, I am excited to see the other two cities for the first time.

My travel tip? Travel light and bring an extra bag in case you feel the need to shop.

Nina Custodio

I’m eyeing to soak myself in the culture, feast on local cuisine and see the sites of Japan and Taiwan, places I haven’t been to; visit family and shop in the US; and revisit Korea to see more of the place in the different seasons.

Research is key, like know the weather conditions, stock up on meds and wear comfy shoes.

Travel insurance! Always ask for the hotel card in the local language. It will come in handy if you have to take the taxi to get home. Rent Wi-Fi and download the apps you need.

Gay Te

We’re heading to Honolulu and will spend all our time exploring the place. We’d like to visit the Big Island. They say these spots are very beautiful!

My travel tips?

1. For DIY travelers - read up! Get to know the basics about the place you’ll visit (e.g. modes of transportation, know the main areas of the city and a few helpful phrases in the local language).

2. For those prone to jet lag, take note of the time difference of the country of destination so you can begin to adjust your body clock during in-flight.

Kay Gempesaw

We’re traveling to Spain and Portugal for our 20th wedding anniversary and to Tokyo this summer with the kids.

Some travel tips I abide by:

1. Book airline, accommodations, tours and shows, etc., in advance. And travel on off seasons to get the best deals and avoid the crowds.

2. Always get travel insurance.

3. Talk to the locals. They can point you to unique sites.

4. 4. Have a photocopy of your travel documents in two separate bags.

Ina Briones

Osaka in January, Paris in February, July in Bangkok, Singapore in November. Except for Paris, where I’m going to study, the three Asian cities are my favorite cities to eat and shop and visited annually.

Travel tips: Book hotels where airport transfers are near, pack light because you usually shop when you travel, and most importantly, eat in local restaurants where they serve local delicacies.

Mary Anne Tan-Guino-o

I want to see Hanoi. I’m hearing a lot of good things about Hanoi place especially the culture and arts scene. It’s an affordable place to shop and eat.

When I travel I make sure I bring the right clothes. I don’t believe in OOTD’s and over-packing. I’m a foodie and I always leave space for food unique to the country.

Erika Mata

My husband and I are going to London this March to spend quality time with each other.

Before traveling, I always make sure that all our outfits for the entire trip are planned, color-coded and appropriate for the weather. This way, we won’t have trouble getting dressed during our vacation. Plus, our photos will look pretty with our matching colors.


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