All signs point to a bigger and better year for travel this year, with more budget flights and promos calling your name
It’s time to update your bucket list with these exciting activities, from Cebu Pacific’s network of 37 domestic and 26 international destinations around the Asia-Pacific region.
1. Let the games begin
It’s that time of year again for some Single Fin Lovin'! Here are clips from the past years of Single and Unattached. Be sure to head over to the Surfing Capital of the North, San Juan, La Union this February 14-18 for this classic surf contest and a string of Valentine Beach Parties! Video edit by Jerick Robleza. Footages by @indoinc @asiansurfco. @VansPhilippines. #SingleAndUnattached2018 #OneFinNoLeash
Posted by Single and Unattached on Friday, January 19, 2018
Single and Unattached. An invitational surf competition showcasing single-fin longboard surfing without a leash — just in time for Valentine’s week from February 9 to 17. The event also includes an indoor party, beach cleanup and talks on environmental awareness at Clean Beach. fb.com/singleandunattached
Ironman. Calling all triathlon travelistas: you still have time to train and sign up for Ironman around Asia, including Dubai on February 1, Taiwan on March 24, Subic Bay on June 2, and Cebu on August 11. asia.ironman.com
Rugby World Cup. Japan is hosting the next Rugby World Cup from September 20 to November 2, 2019. Book Japan travel itineraries so you can see what the hosting cities have to offer. rugbyworldcup.com
- When in Japan, try Peanuts Hotel in Kobe. It’s dedicated to Charles M. Schulz’ famous comic strip gang, from the food and dinnerware to the wall art and room decors. Peanuts Hotel is the latest to join the character-themed accommodations craze, alongside Hello Kitty room in Keio Plaza Hotel and Mickey Mouse room in Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. peanutshotel.jp
SEA Games. The Philippines is hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games from November 30 to December 10. Over 500 events covering 56 sports will be held in four main venues—New Clark City Sports Complex, Subic, Manila, and Tagaytay—making it the biggest SEA Games to date. fb.com/2019seagamesofficial
2. Beach responsibly
There are dozens of pristine islands that don’t get as much publicity as Siargao, El Nido and Boracay. And those who have been to these less popular beaches are praying it will stay that way for as long as possible. We don’t blame them. The moment you step foot on the white sands of Tablas Island and Cresta de Gallo in Romblon, the hidden islands of Calaguas in Camariñes Norte and Bantayan in Cebu, or the sandbars of Kalanggaman Island in Leyte and Punta Sebaring in Palawan, then you’ll understand why. It seems like the harder and longer the commute to these secret islands, the more jaw-dropping the view. When you make it there, see if you can volunteer for a beach cleanup to help contribute to a plastic-free Philippines.
3. Let your rainbow flag fly
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual LGBT pride parade and festival held in Australia. This 2019, multiple parties, shows, and events will be held on February 15 to March 3, and they are expected to draw supporters and tourists from around the globe. Let all your inhibitions go because the 2019 theme is “Fearless.” mardigras.org.au
- When in Australia … If you’ve heard about Melbourne’s coffee shop culture, make room for the city’s chocolate cafés. They’re dedicated to—you guessed it—all things chocolate, from pralines and plated desserts to classic cups of hot choco. There are dozens to explore, but if you’re stumped on where to start, try popular chocolatiers like Mörk Chocolate Brew House and Xocolatl, and chocolate chains like Lindt and Guylian. morkchocolate.com.au; xocolatl.com.au; guyliancafe.com.au; lindt.com.au
4. Ignite your inner culture vulture
Broadway. Good news, theater fans! Disney’s Aladdin: The Musical is flying to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands from July 21-August 11. The Lion King will continue its Asian tour this 2019 in Seoul (January), Busan (April), and Taiwan (TBA). In the Philippines, choose from The Phantom of the Opera (opens February 20, The Theater at Solaire), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (opens June, Meralco Theater), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (opens October, The Theater at Solaire). sistic.com/events/aladdin0919; lionkinginternationa.com; fb.com/ategasia
Art fairs. Singapore kicked off Asia’s annual tribute to all things art with Singapore Art Week, and is ongoing until January 27. Save the date: Manila’s Art Fair Philippines for contemporary art is slated for February 22-24 at The Link in Makati city. Hong Kong Arts Month in March will attract the biggest names in local and international art scene. Wan Chai district will host this year’s HKwalls, while two of the biggest art fairs are happening at the end of March. You can visit both in a day: start with Art Central (open until 9pm) at the Central Harbourfront, then take a free shuttle bus to the Convention Center for Art Basel Hong Kong (open until 8pm) for your contemporary art fix. artbasel.com/hong-kong
5. Travel for a cause
If you’re looking for an organized tour with a heart in the Philippines, try Tribes and Treks by MAD (Make A Difference) Travels. They let you spend a day with the Aetas of Yangil in Zambales, help them plant trees, break bread with the tribe, and learn about their ancestry and culture. madtravel.org
Also try: Tribes and Treks in San Luis, Aurora Province, one of the last few remaining rainforests in the Philippines; the Hope and Sustainability Tour at GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan; or a homestay program in Metro Manila.
6. Shop on a jet ski or sailboat
Supermarket chain Carrefour recently launched the world’s first sail-through supermarket in Dubai. Carrefour Bites and More By the Shore is a new concept store where customers who happen to be on a jet ski or yacht nearby can order from the window of the special Aqua Pod. There are 300 items to choose from, including hot and cold drinks, ice cream, snacks, fresh produce, and even toiletries like sunscreen. It’s available to customers on Jumeirah Public Beach, Kite Beach, and Al Sufouh Beach. For those who are lounging on the shore and too lazy to move, just dial their hotline or use the Aqua Pod app to have the items personally delivered to you. Eco warriors, don’t worry! They follow eco-friendly protocol, including proper waste disposal. carrefouruae.com
7. Selfie at the park
It’s not just any park: it’s an ~Instagram park~ which are becoming popular in Bali, Indonesia. For a small entrance fee, these parks allow you to take as many photos as you like in setups such as a giant bird’s nest or native huts with rice terraces and the jungles of Bali as the backdrop. Some locations even offer a ride on a jungle swing and pushed as high as 255 feet in the jungle. Can you stomach it? When you arrive in Ubud, ask your taxi or motorbike driver to take you to Bali Swing in Bandung, Zen Hideaway, Alas Harum Agro Tourism, Wanagiri Hidden Hill, or Wisata Selfie Park.
8. Get your groove on
There’s a noticeable surge in music festivals around Asia, where you can catch your favorite local and international acts in one go. In Indonesia, there’s the locally founded Ubud Jazz Festival, which will be held on August 16-17. In Singapore, you can’t go wrong with Zouk Out, one of the biggest outdoor beach parties and festivals in Asia in December. At Thailand’s Pattaya Island, organizers of the annual Wonderfruit—an arts, music, and lifestyle festival—are already selling early-bird tickets for December 12 to 16. ubudvillagejazzfestival.com; zoukout.com; wonderfruit.co