Off the Beaten Path:
on Your Usual Travel Spots
Whenever we travel, we always make room in our itineraries to visit the main attractions of our destination — like the Eiffel Tower of Paris, Times Square of New York, and Mount Fuji of Japan. But oftentimes, there are other, more beautiful spots beyond what we know from tourist guidebooks and travel sites that are worth seeking out.
Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards program GetGo makes it easier for us to discover these hidden gems especially when every trip you book lets you earn points for free flights in the future!
Start your journey to roads less traveled at these following places!
GetGo Points Needed : 20,000+
Sadly, “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” doesn’t exist but there are a lot more other gems to be found around Australia’s capital!
Out of all of Sydney’s beaches, Lady Martins Harbor Beach, hidden within Point Piper, is where you’ll find yourself alone most of the time because of its restrictive access. McCallum Seawater Pool is where you should take a dip in to admire a picturesque view of the city in the distance. Get lost within the peaceful nature labyrinth that is Wendy’s Secret Garden, tucked away in Lavender Bay. For self-confessed DIY makers, head to Reverse Garbage for a treasure trove of scraps and clutter that you can purchase and repurpose.
When to Go: September to October, when you get the best balance of fair weather, good prices and small crowds
What to Know: Keep in mind that summertime in the Philippines is actually winter time in the Land Down Under, so plan accordingly! Tipping is also unnecessary. If you’re a certified foodie, you should visit during October for the annual Good Food Month celebration.
GetGo Points Needed : 11,000+
In a city that’s great to visit all-year round for off-beat travelers, there are plenty of secret food, culture and historical experiences that you should make the time for — other than the infamous phallic shrine that is! (No, we’re not telling you about it.)
Wander along Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok’s biggest flower market located within the Old City, for an aromatic stroll. Stop by the Artist House (Baan Silapin), hidden along a canal in Thonburi, to purchase different art pieces and to catch the traditional Thai puppet show. If you want to escape the bustle of central district, head to Bang Nam Pheung floating market just a few kilometers east of Bangkok—a trip to Thailand isn’t complete without floating along a river to shop, after all!
When to Go: December to February is the cool season, and the best time to go if you plan on exploring all day long; March to May are very warm months, but it’s when you get to experience the festive hustle and bustle of Bangkok; May to October experiences mostly rainy days so you’re sure to get better deals on accommodations and not be overwhelmed with crowds of tourists.
What to Know: The best way to get around is via BTS (skytrain) or MRT (subway), but taxis are also quite cheap — just make sure the driver uses the meter. The last thing you’d want is for locals to take advantage of you. That being said, a lot of tourists advise against riding a tuk-tuk in the evening. Better be safe than sorry!
GetGo Points Needed : 8,000+
Following the news that Taiwan would be lifting the visa requirement for Filipinos for a trial period this September, a lot more people are screaming “Taiwan-a go there now!” these days.
Not to say that you should be discouraged to join the bandwagon, but it would help to avoid the crowds by heading to these places: Fu Jin Street, where hipsters and photographers go for a visual experience much like Singapore’s Haji Lane; Flora Expo Park, to unwind; Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, to indulge in Taiwan’s art scene; and the less-frequently visited heritage cities of Taiwan: Kaohsiung and Tainan.
When to Go: October to February is the best time to go because while the temperatures are warm, the heat is not as unbearable as in the summer. Plus, the fall season is a sight to see!
What to Know: Opt to eat at the food stalls you find rather than in restaurants to save on money. Always waterproof yourself and your belongings too! You’ll never know when it’s going to start raining while you’re there.
GetGo Points Needed : 9,000+
There’s a lot more to see than just the Petronas Towers because, admit it, that’s probably the only thing about Malaysia that you know of.
Jalan Alor is foodie paradise where you can get simple but delicious eats from the food stalls the line the streets. Marvel at the street art along the Klang River Bank near Pasar Seni Station. Be transported to India at KL’s Brickfields, or to China at Thean Hou Temple by Robson Heights. If you’re going for the more historical and cultural route, visit the oldest surviving traditional Malaysian houses of Rumah Penghulu at Badan Warisan.
When to Go: Being a tropical country, the temperatures are high throughout the year, making it a great vacation destination all year round.
What to Know: Opt for street food instead of expensive restaurant meals. It’s also worth noting that Singapore is just a train ride away! You can hit two birds with one stone in one trip away from home.