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Staycations in Manila

Staycations are basically vacations that are spent close to home. My family has always been a big fan of staycations. Although I love the whole process of travelling, the rest of my family members hate it. They find that the stress of biyahilo, traffic, getting lost, over packing, and under packing ruins the whole point of vacation which is relaxing and unwinding. I learned to love staycations because of convenience. It doesn’t make sense to spend so much on airline tickets and bus fares and then end up staying in a one star roach hotel because of budget limitations. Considering that we don’t spend a fortune on airline seats or bus fares, we can reallocate those expenses on other things.


Hotel H2o Aqua Room (photo:


The trick to staycations is, of course, finding a great but nearby hotel. My favorite is Hotel H2O on Roxas Boulevard. I like it for the novelty. What it lacks in amenities, it makes up for the views. I especially love their Aqua rooms where they have aquarium walls. It also helps that they are within walking distance of Manila Ocean Park. Another good option is The Bayleaf in Intramuros. We like this one because Intramuros itself is a historical city. Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, and Manila Cathedral are all walking distance if you like walking. We especially love that Intramuros is home to great food. Our favorite is Ilustrado Restaurant on General Luna Street with their signature nilagang mani ice cream and sampaguita ice cream.

These places may seem a bit pricey at first glance, but if we have to take into account the savings we had on airfare, bus fare or just gas plus the amount of time we saved on travelling. Staycations always get us more bang for our buck.

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