Philippines: At a Glance. I had the amazing opportunity to go back to the place where I was born, the Philippines for 10 days. It was definitely an adventurous and memorable experience. The last time I had a chance ti visit was about 9 years ago! I was a different person then, one who did not appreciate travel the way I do now. Over the next 2 weeks or so, I will focus on various parts of my Philippines expedition. I traveled through a good portion of the western side of Luzon island.

Snapshot of where I visited.

Snapshot of where I visited.

So you know what I will be writing about in the upcoming weeks, let me give you a quick breakdown of where I spent my time during the 10 days I was in the Philippines.

Day 1: After the layover in Korea, arrived in Manila at about 12:30pm. Spent the day and night in Manila.

Day 2: Visited Villa Escudero Plantation & Resort. It’s about an hour and a half south of Manila. Decided to do the overnight package.

Day 3: Returned to Manila to pack and get ready for the night bus to Baguio.

Day 4: Arrived in Baguio by 6:30am. Enjoyed the afternoon exploring the city for a bit and stayed the night.

Day 5: Waking up with the sun for a seaside roadtrip of Illocos Norte. Had the chance to visit some gorgeous landmarks. Lighthouses, windmills and beaches OH MY!

Day 6: Up bright and early the next day for another bus ride to Vintar, Illocos Norte. 8 hours later and finally in my home town. Once situated in my room, I went straight to a beach!

Day 7: Another early day in Illocos. The destination was Monte Brillante. A family owned land where we did some glamping! (Glamorou camping)

Day 8: After waking up on the mountain, headed back down into the town. Later in the afternoon, headed to another beach for some ATVs, 4x4s and sandboarding.

Day 9: Time to say goodbye to Vintar and hop on another bus for a very long 13 hour ride back to Manila for my last night in the Philippine.

Day 10: One more breakfast with the family and it was back to airport. One last layover in Korea and 20 hours later, I was home.

I am very eager to write about my time in more detail! I considered putting it in about 2 or 3 giant posts, but I didn’t think it would do this trip justice. I hope you bear with me and are as excited to read about everything to say as I am to share it with all of you! In the mean time, don’t forget to see some pictures on my Facebook and Instagram! This was the Philippines: At a glance.