Hi everyone! I just want to share with you my longest road trip as of now. I went to Davao City with my relatives and it was an awesome experience. We were able to visit some of the provinces and cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Why is it that we preferred going on a road trip instead of riding a plane going to Davao City?
- We can control our travel like our departure time and stops along the way.
- It is more adventurous. My uncle told us, why will we ride an airplane if we could only have a view of clouds unlike during a road trip, we get to experience new places and see actual communities and natural wonders while on the way.
- EXCITING! Because of the situations and dilemmas during the travel and that’s the best part for me. A journey is not fun without drama.
- Perfect for family/ friends bonding.
“JOURNEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE DESTINATION.”
How were we able to travel Davao from Laguna via road trip?
(GPS and Google Maps are a great help)
February 19, 2018
4:30 AM– Departure (Laguna)
Los Banos- Bay- Calauan- San Pablo- Quezon
1:00 PM– We arrived in Bicol Region
Albay- Camarines Norte- Camarines Sur- Sorsogon
Ofcourse we stopped in Legazpi to have a sight of the Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano, in addition to that, we also had a taste of the chili ice cream.
5:00 PM- Arrived at Matnog Port located in Sorsogon to ride a ferry going to Visayas
It took us two hours and thirty minutes to arrive on the next port.
7:30 PM– Arrival at Looc, Allen Port, Northern Samar
This time we landed the island of Visayas and decided to stay overnight in a hotel to refresh ourselves from a long day of travel.
February 20, 2018
7:00 AM– We left Allen Port and started traveling again
Catarman- Calbayog- Catbalogan- Tacloban- Leyte
We had a stop over at the San Juanico strait, the longest bridge in the Philippines connecting Samar and Leyte.
When we made it in Leyte we also had a stop over at MacArthur Landing Memorial Park which was built to commemorate the historic return of Gen. Douglas MacArthur to Philippine shores.
8:00 PM– Arrival at Liloan Ferry Terminal in Southern Leyte
Another ferry ride for us but this time we were bound to the third major island of the country, Mindanao. The supposed to be two- hour ride became three hours, probably because it was night time.
11:00 PM– Lipata Ferry Terminal in Surigao
Our original plan was to book a hotel in Surigao to sleep, however, we saw a bus bound to Davao and followed it. The bus driver was kind enough to guide us on our way. In short, we traveled overnight for 8 hours from Surigao to Tagum City.
February 21, 2018
7:30 AM– We arrived in Tagum City
I was mesmerized during our ride in Tagum, the place was so clean especially the Palm Tree Highway, it reminded me of Beverly Hills, California.
8:30AM– WELCOME TO DAVAO CITY!
Finally, we arrived at the safest city in the Philippines, Davao City.
Tips for long drives:
- Check your car before the trip, the coolant, brake fluid, air pressure, etc., and don’t forget to get our oil changed.
- Make sure you have a GPS or Google maps on your cellphone.
- Carry cash because toll roads can pop up. Designate amount of money needed for gas refills during your travel.
- Don’t forget to subscribe your mobile phone on an internet service for entertainment purposes, it’s helpful for streaming tunes via Spotify or any of your favorite podcasts.
- Bring a car charger port so you’ll never be drained of cellphone battery during the trip.
- Bring with you snacks because you don’t know if there will be nearby restaurants or eatery along the areas.
- Fuel up – carry along vitamins during your trip to avoid hassle on getting sick.
- Search on the available hotels just in case you need to stop by for an overnight stay.