Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ilocos Road Trip Tips

Planning for a road trip? Catch some of road trip tips as we conquered the North... :)

1. Set a suitable date of the trip - "suitable" means agreeable(especially when you're traveling in group), strategic and convenient. In our case we headed North 4pm of April 5, Sunday, wherein highways our just "our ways" since travelers already moved Friday and Saturday nights. And we went back to Manila, April 8, Wednesday where travelers are mostly heading North due to lent season. Again highways are not congested in our side which means higher speed and shorter travel time. Wheeww, what a relief :D

2. Prepare an itinerary - Essentially "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Making an itinerary serves as guide so you could max out your trip. We had a 3 day, 3 night trip and here's how we stretched it.

DAY 1: April 5, Sunday -  Depart Manila to Vigan
Call time: 3pm Trinoma
ETA: April 6, 1am

Rest at Tin's ancestral house :D

DAY 2: April 6, Monday - Vigan, Batac Tour
Call Time: 6am

Breakfast
St Paul Cathedral
Burgos Museum
Bantay Church and Bell Tower
Pagburnayan (Pottery Making)
Crisologo Museum
Heritage Village
Syquia Mansion (Entrance fee = 20)
Baluarte Mini Zoo

12:00pm - LUNCH

Badoc Juan Luna Shrine
Marcos Museum
Malacanang of the North
Paoay Church and Lake

Rest at Tin's ancestral house :D

DAY 3: April 7, Tuesday -  Depart Vigan to Pagudpud
Call Time: 5am
8:00am
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Bangui Kang Kang Cafe - Breakfast
Bangui Windmills

12:00pm – LUNCH

PM – Check in to Resort, SWIM, SWIM
Kabigan Falls (Entrance fee = 10)

DAY 4: April 8, Wednesday - Depart Pagudpud to Manila
Call Time: 7am
Patapat Bridge Stop over
Marcia's Delicacies(Bantay, Ilocos Sur) Stop over - Pasalubong

HINT:
Don't forget to consider this one thing which we failed to include in our itinerary - Museums are closed during Mondays and Holidays :D

3. Travel light - Do not panic when packing. Choose appropriate clothes to bring and pack only the important stuff. Wear comfortable slippers, which you could use for the entire trip, so you would not need to bring another footwear.

4. Be Prepared - Bring first aid kit and medicines.

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