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Best Road Trip Destinations Near Manila

Even the most hardworking and career-oriented people will feel the symptoms of burnout. It can happen sooner or later. When it does, what better way to combat the symptoms than to pack your bags and hit the road for some well-deserved rest and relaxation? Let your friends tag along, cue that awesome road trip playlist, and head for these fantastic road trip destinations that are just a few hours away from Manila!

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Subic

Just a 3-hour drive will take you to a favorite road trip destination: Subic, Zambales. There are plenty of activities that you can do in Subic with your friends or your family. Animal lovers will have a field day at the Zoobic Safari or at the Ocean Adventure. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s the Subic Treetop Adventure or the JEST Camp. There are also beaches, riding stables, forest trails, and hotels that you can go to if you’re looking for something relaxing and less action-oriented. 

Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a change of environment, with fresh mountain breezes and beautiful views, you don’t have to go far. Just an hour and a half drive from Manila will get you to Tagaytay City. Aside from having a picnic at the People’s Park or at the Picnic Grove, those who wish to unwind can also spend a day at the Nurture Wellness Village to experience a luxurious day of relaxation and pampering. You can avail of different kinds of pampering treatments here. Their restaurant also serves delicious food, and you can book a room if you want to stay longer.

Tagaytay is also a food-lover’s paradise. There are plenty of dining options for every kind of craving. There’s the Silver Bucket for your seafood craving, Buon Giorno Cafe and Bistro for something Italian, or Bagoong Club for something local. If you like bulalo, you can visit Mahogany Market which bulalo fans are raving about. For the best dessert places, Marcia Adams, Rowena’s, Café Carmencita, Bag of Beans, and La Creperie are a must-visit.

You can also make a day of it at the Sky Ranch Theme Park. You can visit the Puzzle Mansion, or hit the golf driving range, or play bowling, or take a zip line ride! The possibilities are endless.

Anilao

Approximately two and a half hours away from Manila is the water lover’s paradise called Anilao. If you want to get close to nature and be one with the water, this should be your top destination. What to do in Anilao? Scuba dive, of course! Beginner and expert divers alike should check out the Cathedral Rock, the Koala, and the Binukbok dive spots.

You can also go island hopping, or go windsurfing. If you’ve had your fill of water activities, you can always head on to Mount Gulugud Baboy and hike up to the peak where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Mabini, Batangas. There are plenty of hotels and backpacker inns that will suit any budget, so there’s no reason for you not to make a visit to Anilao!

Sometimes, all you need is a change in environment and some time off to leave the stress of work behind, even for a little while. You will not believe just how therapeutic doing something new and exciting can be to your mind and body. The next time you feel the need to escape, don’t hesitate to drive to any of these beautiful destinations!

There will be plenty of miles ahead of you, so make sure that your vehicles are checked and well-maintained. While you’re at it, make sure that you have comprehensive car insurance coverage in case any untoward incidents happen (knock on wood!). Your road trip will be better enjoyed if you know that you and your passengers are safe, and you have the important stuff taken care of.

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