10 Travel Tips to the Philippines

Travel Tips

With over seven thousand magical islands, the Philippines is home to more than 100 million happy and hospitable Filipinos. The country thrives on industrial commerce, fishing, agriculture, and tourism. The Philippines surpasses the two-million mark on visitor arrivals in 2023, and for a good reason. Beautiful, white sand beaches, nice and friendly people, warm culture, and good food welcome tourists from all over the globe. If you’re planning to visit this wonderful country with so many hidden gems, follow these travel tips. 

1. Research and plan ahead

As with any other trip, researching your next destination is critical to enjoying your adventure. Planning is recommended so you don’t regret anything down the road. Check the country’s weather at the time of your arrival, language, culture, proper practices, currency, budget, food, etc. Research the most popular sightseeing destinations and see which ones you’ll enjoy the most. You might not be able to visit all the tourist spots, but it helps to jot them down and select the ones that resonate most with you. 

2. Pack appropriate clothing

The Philippines has two seasons. The Amihan, which is from October to March and Habagat which runs from the rest of the year. However, the Philippines is a tropical country with a rainy season from late June until November. However, these months can still get sunny days. 

Overall, the weather in the Philippines is fickle, as it can rain one minute and get scalding hot the next. That said, always pack appropriate clothing. Check and clear your dresser by placing all your clothes on your bed to see which ones you can bring without overpacking. The essentials are a rain jacket and summer clothes for those sunny days. 

Pro Tip: Always bring sunblock!

3. Don’t leave your belongings unattended

In general, Filipinos are hospitable and helpful. However, the poverty line in the Philippines is extremely low. As with any other country, you might come across pickpockets who will try to rob you any chance they get. But don’t let this hinder your adventures. You can prevent this by always being mindful of your valuables. Never leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes. As a responsible traveler, you can be more attentive and cautious in every destination to prevent unfortunate events.

4. Practice responsible tourism

One beach in the Philippines, Boracay, had to be closed down due to its alarming garbage problem. Additionally, unlike other countries, the Philippines doesn’t have the most efficient recycling factories and systems. Moreover, the country dwells on a plastic economy because anything in plastic is always cheaper. Be a responsible tourist and avoid adding to the county’s garbage problem. Always bring a tumbler to refill water instead of buying plastic bottles. Finally, avoid single-use plastic and dispose of your trash properly. 

5. Go to beaches

The Philippines has beautiful pristine beaches from all three main islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Check which island you’re traveling to and research which region has the best beaches. You will be surprised by some of the region’s hidden gems, so try to go island hopping. Pack for beach trips wisely too. You can bring a snorkel with you instead of renting from shops. And make sure to bring proper attire and handy items, such as reliable automatic knives swimwear and a rashguard. Depending on what water activities you prefer, always pack the right gear and clothes to enjoy your time at the beach.

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6. Ride the jeepney

The Philippines has a low cost of living, and Westerners might find the country affordable. However, if you’re backpacking and traveling on a budget, you can do away with taxi rides whenever you go from one place to another. Try to ride the jeepney to immerse yourself in the culture. The jeepney is the Philippines’ public mode of transportation, and it will cost you less than a dollar to get from one place to another. 

7. Eat lechon

One of the most popular dishes in the Philippines that the late Anthony Bourdain has hailed as the “Best pig ever” is in Cebu City. It’s a famous dish called lechon baboy, a whole roasted pig with flavorful meat and crispy skin. You dip the meat and skin in special vinegar and eat it with rice. Don’t miss out on lechon baboy whether you’re in Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao!

8. Try the boodle fight

The boodle fight is a unique way of eating in the Philippines that originated in the military. After soldiers would march and do training, they would eat together on a banana leaf as they couldn’t carry utensils with them. They did this to also strengthen camaraderie in the army. Some tourist spots in the Philippines offer boodle fights for a price. If you’re traveling solo, see if you can try to join a group by asking travel agencies. Better yet, you can let the locals create the boodle fight for you, and you can eat with them. 

9. Be careful on the road

If you’re traveling to some islands in the Philippines, renting a motorbike would be the best way to get around. However, always be careful when driving around these remote islands or cities, as Filipino drivers are the craziest in the world. The last thing you want is to end your vacation in a hospital bed. That said, ensure you have the proper license to drive abroad and always wear a helmet the motorbike rental company provides. Stay on the safe side by driving slowly and following road rules.

10. Bargain appropriately

The Philippines is cheap for people who live in a first-world country. As mentioned, the poverty line in the Philippines is low. Some are living off of selling small items in stores and markets. That said, be considerate of the country’s current economic status. Some might try to rip you off, so be wary of that by bargaining. However, try to bargain appropriately and consider giving back to the community and locals by helping them out. Buying from small stores and supporting local businesses and crafts will make your trip more memorable. 


The Philippines is an exceptional nation with warm people who will try to help as much as possible. In exchange for your good time in the Philippines, you can help the community by buying local items. Most Filipinos are also good at English, so you won’t have difficulty getting around, even in small remote areas. Follow these travel tips to enjoy your time on this beautiful island in the Pacific.