Pearl of the orient seas: Tips to remember when traveling to the Philippines

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The Philippines is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. Composed of more than 7,000 islands, this tropical paradise has been the ideal destination for many travelers. It is not only the sandy beaches and clear blue waters that call to adventurers but also the general atmosphere of the place. Many visitors hail the Philippines for its laidback feel and consider the locals to be very friendly and accommodating. That being said, there are many things to remember when planning a trip to the country.

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What separates the Philippines from other tropical paradises is that much of the land is uncultivated. Many islands still contain much of the same forests and geographical wonders they did hundreds of years ago. Another defining characteristic is the people. Filipinos are very down-to-earth, respectful, and thoughtful. They always seem to be smiling and joking, even despite the many natural disasters that hit the islands.

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But with every advantage is a challenge. Because the land is untouched, exploring the country can be rather difficult. Transportation systems are not yet fully developed and the existing road lines are not spectacular. New travelers will have to get used to alternate modes of transportation, which include the jeepney (a memento from World War I) and tricycle. These transportation options typically go through tighter areas and can access more streets than taxis.

As with most cases, traveling to a foreign land may be difficult in the beginning, but one can always ask for help. Most locals have a basic knowledge of English and are more than willing to help travelers in need.

I am Riyesh Menon, and I love to explore new destinations. Follow me on Twitter for more travel tips.