Thursday, November 3, 2016

Four before forty: Exciting destinations to tick off your go-to list

Thanks to budget airlines, the world has truly become everyone’s oyster. Today’s globetrotters are no longer an exclusive club of the privileged—with record-low airfares, rewarding one’s self with the perfect holiday has never been easier. Everyone’s dream destination is now within reach, with more choices available even to the budget-conscious. Here are some of the most exciting destinations to check off your list before you hit the big 4-0.

1.         Batanes
The Philippines’ northernmost province is its own little version of New Zealand. Batanes’ windswept hills and dramatic cliffs have captured the imagination of many, and its relative seclusion (on some days of the week, there’s only one flight to its capital Basco) has added to its charm. Some also come to seek the Ivatan people’s unique yet simple way of living, making it a perfect place to unwind.

2.         Maldives
The Maldives are like pieces of gems strewn in the Indian Ocean—each with sparkling blue waters and fine, powdery white sand. Even the most discerning beachgoers will be delighted to discover that it’s sunny in Maldives all-year round, ensuring perfect weather anytime one decides to visit.  Maldives also boasts of extensive coral reefs and diverse marine life, making it a great destination for diving.

3.         Siem Reap, Cambodia
Deep in the jungles of sleepy Siem Reap lies Cambodia’s fabled jewel—the ancient Angkor Wat Complex. Spanning over 160 hectares, this UNESCO Heritage Site is the world’s largest religious monument, and boasts of 12th-century temples carved with elaborate bas relief detailing Cambodia’s glorious past. At the crossroads of mainland Indochina, Cambodia is also very accessible from neighboring countries like Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

4.         Iceland
Under the midnight sun, fire and ice blend to create stunning landscapes that define much of Iceland. Snow-covered hills roll into dark lava fields, while mist-covered fjords dot the coast. In the summer months, the sun almost never sets, while in winter, the sun shines for only a few hours. No wonder this nation of only 300,000 people receives over three times as many in tourist visits—all of Iceland is a dreamscape waiting to be discovered.

Before setting off to these destinations, however, one must remember to cover all bases and make necessary preparations, such as checking passport validity and relevant travel advisories. And while travelling is fun, it also presents risks to the unprepared. Good travel insurance, therefore, becomes essential when exploring new places here and abroad.

True to its commitment of providing excellent value for its clients, leading insurance specialist Pacific Cross Philippines offers the Travelsafe line of insurance products designed to cater to travelers’ diverse needs. Customers can select from the wide range of Travelsafe plans and coverage options – whether one is traveling for business or pleasure, within the Philippines or outside the country, or whether one is traveling for short or long trips. Travelsafe insurance is offered on a per trip basis, or as an Annual Travel Insurance plan for frequent travelers.

Pacific Cross Philippines’ Travelsafe products also help customers prepare for the unexpected when traveling. Aside from medical emergencies, Travelsafe products include coverage for baggage delays and losses, loss of travel documents, flight cancellations, and many others. Clients can also rely on Pacific Cross to provide 24/7 emergency assistance, wherever they are in the world. 

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