Summer Daytrip Destinations For Your Barkada
Because it’s difficult to plan a four-day getaway with your conflicting schedules
What time is it? Summertime! It’s our vacation. What time is it?—As much as we’d love to shout ‘Party time!’ that isn’t always the case. School may be letting out soon, but those of us that belong to the working generation still have responsibilities to fulfil. To compensate, a vacation is usually planned with friends, ideally one that lasts four or five days. But, unfortunately, schedules don’t always mix and leaves are not always approved.
And this is where the beauty of daytrips come in. All you and your friends need is one common day, which is definitely easier than having to block out four. And the thing is, you won’t have to sacrifice content and experiences. Whatever you’re looking for—sand, sun, art, culture, adventure—they’re not that far away.
Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna
Travel time from Manila: 3 hours
Photo via Jun Villegas
For an adventure in the wild, head over to Majayjay, Laguna and pitch a tent by Taytay Falls. Take a courageous dip in the freezing water or simply enjoy the greenery surrounding it. If you head over early, you can opt to make your own lunch near the falls. Equipment will be provided for free as long as you pay the entrance fee of P20. But we do beg that you clean up after yourselves.
Villa Escudero, Quezon
Travel time from Manila: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Photo via Villa Escudero
For a more holistic experience, there’s Villa Escudero to check out. The entire space is actually a resort, but it also offers day tour packages. Visitors can visit the museum, go bamboo rafting, enjoy a carabao cart ride and watch a cultural show. Take off your shoes and enjoy your lunch by the foot of a waterfall—or, you know, wear slippers.
Crystal Beach, Pangasinan
Travel time from Manila: 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Photo via Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach is one of the closest surf spots to Manila. The waves can range from small to overhead, so you’ll have to expect everything from one extreme to the other. And if the waves are not really your thing, then the sand offers a great space for relaxing, too.
Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
Travel time from Manila: 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Photo via Facebook/Pinto Art Museum
If you and your friends prefer some concrete and some proper indoor plumbing, head over to Antipolo and visit the Pinto Art Museum. And while the space offers the perfect backdrop for a killer barkada photo, there is definitely more to do there. Take in the vast amounts of art that even the least art-literate can appreciate.