• April 19, 2024

With domestic tourism on the rebound, the country reopening its borders to both international visitors and balikbayans, and Filipinos making big plans of revenge travel, global hospitality company Airbnb found it timely to launch its first-ever Airbnb Travel Guide 2022: The Philippines.

“The Philippines has officially reopened to the world and we are seeing a promising rebound in both domestic and international travel, buoyed by the surge in overseas travelers keen to visit their loved ones and enjoy the wonders of the country,” said Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s general manager for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, shared.

“Our inaugural Airbnb Travel Guide 2022: Philippines aims to provide a source of travel inspiration and stir in people a desire to travel to and around the Philippines, and to explore new destinations safely and responsibly.”

Check out the hottest and most underrated destinations to visit, thrilling activities, unique delicacies, and the most extraordinary Airbnb stays across the country below:

Top 5 hottest, most underrated destinations

Zamboanga Peninsula is famous for its pink beaches, wonderfully diverse cuisine, and Once Islas (Eleven Islands).
The island of Catanduanes is lined with gorgeous white beaches and hidden coves, with stunning waterfall just further inland.

Thinking of exploring more provinces this year? Airbnb reveals its five favorite lesser-known destinations: beautiful Sorsogon where nature is always around the corner,  the rugged and magnificent  island of Catanduanes, mystical enchanting Siquijor, untouched waterfall paradise Biliran, and Zamboanga Peninsula with its cherry-hued beaches.

Top must-try travel activities

Live on the edge of Kiokong White Rock Wall in Bukidnon.
Have fun riding downhill on a ligiron, a four-wheeled wooden cart, in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

For those who never leave a place without a thrilling experience for the books, Airbnb recommends some of the most unique and adrenaline-pumping activities across the country, including a zipline over seven waterfalls in North Cotabato and a Pinoy-style go-kart one can ride down the hills of Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Top 5 extraordinary Airbnb stays

This 25-foot remodeled vehicle comes with modern furnishings and even has an outdoor grill.
Live the tabing-ilog lifestyle in this rustic treehouse.

Wherever you are in the country, there will always be a unique Airbnb Stay waiting for you—hosted by Superhosts ready to provide you with their best tips and tricks to live like a local.

Those wondering what a rural tabing-ilog lifestyle feels like can explore this rustic treehouse by the riverside in Balamban, Cebu, while camping enthusiasts can book themselves a vintage airstream suite on top of a hill in Calaca, Batangas. Read the full travel guide to discover more amazing Stays including a private island paradise in Palawan and magical glass treehouse amidst pinewood forests.

Top 5 fantastical treats for your tastebuds

Dulce prenda is a traditional cookie filled with sweetened kundol. Each piece is painstakingly made by hand.

Tiyula item, which literally means “black soup,” is a Tausug dish. Spices like ginger, turmeric, and chilis lend warmth while tangled and burnt coconut add delicious depth.

Capping off a trip with a good meal is a definite must, and Airbnb unveils its top 5 most interesting delicacies in the Philippines for locals and tourists alike. Challenge your tastebuds and tummy with dishes including betute tugak (deep fried stuffed frog) and tuslob-buwa (mix of pig’s brain and liver simmered in a series of aromatics and spices).

Airbnb travel tips

Ready to scratch your travel itch? Keep in mind these travel tips:

  • Make health and safety your top priority, and go local so the community can benefit from your travels.
  • Bring small bills along and check out smaller neighborhood shops run by local artisans.
  • Follow the Philippines Department of Health’s public health standards: wear your masks properly, ensure a physical distance of at least 1 meter, and wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers regularly.

Click here to check the full travel guide. 

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