Exciting destinations for your bucket list

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Today’s globetrotters are no longer an exclusive club for the privileged. Thanks to budget airlines, the world has truly become everyone’s oyster.

Batanes is is said to be the Philippines’ version of New Zealand PHOTO FROM GO VISIT PH

Batanes is is said to be the
Philippines’ version of New Zealand
PHOTO FROM GO VISIT PH

With affordable airfares, rewarding one’s self with the perfect holiday has never been easier. Everyone’s dream destination is now within reach even for the budget conscious.

With now being the perfect time to make travel plans, consider the following suggestions courtesy of medical and travel insurance provider Pacific Cross to include in your bucket list.

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.


Maldives boasts of extensive coral reefs and diverse marine life YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

Maldives boasts of extensive coral reefs and diverse marine life YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

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.

Siem Reap boasts of 12th century temples carved with elaborate bas relief detail YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

Siem Reap boasts of 12th century temples carved with elaborate bas relief detail YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

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.

Fire and ice blend to create stunning landscapes that define much of Iceland PHOTO FROM ICELANDAURORA.COM

Fire and ice blend to create stunning landscapes that define much of Iceland PHOTO FROM ICELANDAURORA.COM

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 332,000 people receives over three times as many in tourist visits—all of Iceland is a dreamscape waiting to be discovered.

Pacific Cross’ website is accessible via www.pacificcross.com.ph.

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