10 Most Popular Travel Destinations on Everyone's Itinerary in 2019
You can still check them out next year, of course!
(SPOT.ph) You know that thing everyone says about how Filipinos are everywhere? It’s not surprising, especially since Pinoys love to travel. 2019 was a year full of Filipinos getting out of their homes and seeing the world—even if that world was sitting right in our backyards.
Take a look at these top travel destinations everyone was eyeing during the year, based on Google searches, most-booked places, and sites that got a lot of attention from you, dear readers. Good news: Local towns, islands, and provinces are still at the top of our list!
Here are the 10 most popular travel spots in 2019:
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
The UNESCO World Heritage Site sitting in our own backyard was recently hailed by CNN Travel as one of the 13 most picturesque towns in Asia. Who wouldn't want to check out the Spanish ancestral homes and colonial buildings that Vigan is known for, as well as learn more about its rich culture and history?
Cebu City, Cebu
Cebu in the Visayas was the top domestic destination for Filipinos in 2019 according to Agoda. On their Top Places to Spend New Year’s Eve list, it comes second to Manila. It’s not a big surprise—it was recently named a UNESCO Creative City, and with the many beaches, attractions, and things to do around the city, it feels just like a hop, skip, and jump away from what we know in Metro Manila—but without the horrible EDSA traffic.
Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte
Condé Nast named Siargao one of their Top 5 Islands in the World, and naturally, everyone wanted to see what the international travel magazine was talking about. Turns out the island was a hotspot on international radars because even Hostelworld took to naming it the ninth Best Backpacking Destination, joining the likes of Nusa Penida in Indonesia, Hossegor in France, and Nosara in Costa Rica.
According to Agoda, Hong Kong was one of the only two international destinations that made it onto Filipinos’ list of top travel destinations—it made it to number nine. It’s not hard to see why: only a short flight away, the cosmopolitan city has a cooler climate, loads of tourist destinations, fantastic food, and lots of fun shopping options.
Tagaytay City, Cavite
We don’t think Tagaytay will ever be not-popular among Filipinos, especially since it’s only about two hours away from Metro Manila (and sometimes, we just really need a breather from the capital. Plus, with the opening of the relatively new Twin Lakes Hotel, which boasts a gorgeous view of Taal Lake as well as luxurious amenities (there’s a heated infinity pool)—we can only expect more people to flock there when in need of a staycation.
North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Glamping has become one of our newest favorite things to do on a long weekend with family and friends, so it comes as no surprise that people have been on the lookout for the newest and coolest glamping spots in the country. Case in point: North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The whole site is solar-powered, and you get a gorgeous view of the water from their beach houses.
MUJI Hotel in Ginza
Remember how we said there were only two international destinations that topped our travel bucket lists this year according to Agoda? Well, Tokyo is the second—and this new MUJI Hotel branch in Ginza is right in the heart of Tokyo’s dining, shopping, and entertainment district. If you're a huge fan of the minimalist Japanese brand, it just makes sense that you’d want to pay a visit to a hotel that's all about that aesthetic. Don't miss their global flagship store spanning six floors in the same building, as well as their library located in the lobby, where you can check out over 500 books.
Baguio City, Benguet
Baguio remains one of most Filipinos’ favorite go-to spots, sought out for its perfect chilly weather. The place offers a break from our usual beach-ready climate, fresh strawberries, and local restaurants that make it perfect for sharing hot meals and beverages with friends and family. And with a new P2P route that directly takes you to the chilly city from Manila, we can only expect more people to flock there during long weekends or, really, anytime in between.
Kwentong Dagat in San Felipe, Zambales
Zambales won our hearts with beautiful views of the Philippine coast, and the gorgeous little resort that is Kwentong Dagat has put the beautiful province back on our radars. With its vegan-friendly options and charming little cottages that make you feel like you were one with the fishing village of San Felipe, we wouldn't be surprised if this recently opened resort is going to be on everyone’s must-visit lists in the next few years.
We have our love for all things IG-worthy to thank for Siquijor’s rise to fame. You might have first heard of the island province through legends that have to do with magic and witchcraft, but when the Internet is out here talking about the gorgeous beaches and luxurious glamping sites, it’s easy to dispel our doubts and start packing our bags.