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Why 2018 Should Be the Year of Local Travel

by Maia Marquez

There are many reasons why we travel.

To satisfy an itching curiosity, to discover what's out there, to bond with loved ones, to get away from it all, or even just to find themselves.

While to go far and wide has always been an aspiration of many, one may overlook the vast travel experiences the Philippines has to offer. The stunning beaches, gorgeous mountains and landscapes, heartwarming delicacies, the vibrant city life, and the genuine Filipino hospitality are just some of the country's unique highlights.

The famous saying may be true: You take for granted what’s right in front of you. We tend to put aside visiting these local gems because we feel that they’ll always be within reach.

As we start the new year with a blank slate, let 2018 be the year of local travel. The choices in an archipelago of 7,641 islands may seem overwhelming at first, but here’s a start with four dream destinations to inspire your local bucket list.

With Skyjet’s Travel Priority Pass, you can fly to Siargao, Batanes, Coron, and Boracay anytime you want this year!

Planning your local travels doesn't have to be a hassle. Luckily, this travel pass allows you to enjoy exclusive perks such as priority seating, 15-kilogram baggage allowance, and more! Best of all, there are no blackout dates—declared holidays and peak seasons included.

Here's what to expect in these 4 beautiful island destinations:


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Sand, sea, sky, and surf. Take a break from it all and make your way to the laidback Siargao for the perfect blend of a thrilling yet laidback vacation. Spend your days lazing on the beach as you soak up the sun and catch some waves.

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Don’t miss out on befriending the locals—they’re some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Plus, great memories and amazing friendships are what will make you keep coming back.

Check out our Siargao travel guide!


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Take your family on an excursion like no other in the underrated Batanes. Marvel at breathtaking views of stone houses, cliffs, hills, and beaches. A hidden gem in itself way up north, Batanes and everything in it gives you postcard-worthy photos of memories that will last a lifetime!

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Relish the cool weather as you take in the wonders the world has to offer. We’re almost sure that you’d never want to leave.

Check out our Batanes travel guide!


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Celebrate a special milestone with a special someone in no less than the mesmerizing Coron. Explore the island and surround yourselves with spectacular limestone views, turquoise waters, and clear skies.

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Sit back, feel the warmth of the sun, and listen to the waves as they crash against the shore. Pure bliss guaranteed!

Check out our Coron travel guide!


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Relive your favorite moments with your friends with a trip to the country’s Party Island. Whether you’re looking for a foodie adventure, water sports, thrilling activities, or a bustling nightlife, Boracay is the place to be!

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Head to one of Condé Nast’s Best Islands in the World for 2017 and have almost everything you can imagine at the tip of your fingers.

Check out our Boracay travel guide!

Our country is full of amazing places to discover and revisit. This year, choose the Philippines. Let this pass be your first step towards a lifelong commitment to local travel!

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 17 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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