Best Time to Travel? With kids!


With 7,107 islands to choose from in the tropical country of the Philippines, it makes sense to get kids started early with traveling. However, most parents get intimidated with taking their brood to transport transfers, car/plane rides or the thought of serving them whatever local food available. So travel we must, took kids to Caramoan Islands, Polillo Island, Baguio tour and recently, took an Ilocos tour with kids and family. Read on as I pick up on where I left off with learning a thing or two on traveling with kids.

Day 1 Pagudpud Pagod & Pudpud? (Tired & Spent?) Nah! Pagudpud’s a Blast!

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Since Quezon City to Ilocos is around 8 to 9 hours travel time (through NLEX to SCTEX to TPLEX), car ride with kids can make or break the trip. Kids Travel Tip#1 Travel Overnight Since the kids were too sleepy to mind, they just slept their way through the ride and spared ourselves from unnecessary stops and from too many “Are we there yet?” questions. Destination is not a problem for Ilocos because they have tons of things you can do and visit once you’re there.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse guides international ships from the north away from the rocky coast of northwestern Luzon. Note that restorations are currently underway to keep it in top condition. Never let your kids take off with all the scaffoldings around.

Cape Bojeador - Ice cream/popsicles are great enders for kids, cones are sold from Php40 to Php100 (more costly than when you would buy them from Manila).
Cape Bojeador – Ice cream/popsicles are great enders for kids, cones are sold from Php40 to Php100 (more costly than when you would buy them from Manila).

 

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bangui Windmills

Kids Travel Tip#2 wear appropriate shoes. A sturdy pair with appropriate sole that should be okay with rocks, pebbly beach, sand, slippery rock formation.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Bangui Windmills – There’s no way kids will endure afternoon sun so visit in the morning. Caps/visors/bandannas are ideal to give you squint-free pictures. See my squinting David above
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Bangui Windmills – There’s no way kids will endure afternoon sun so visit in the morning. Caps/visors/bandannas are ideal to give you squint-free pictures. See my squinting David above
Agua Grande Resort – rarely visited due to cold water where river meets the sea. Natural pond is kids-friendly, just make sure they stay away from walking or jumping around large boulders of rocks around it.
Agua Grande Resort – rarely visited due to cold water where river meets the sea,designed with an Infinity-pool-style river to sea ponds. Natural pond is kids-friendly, just make sure they stay away from walking or jumping around large boulders of rocks around it.
Pagudpud Beach – Hannah’s Resort had countless animals, movie characters and dinosaur sculptures around the pristine white sand, thus, it is considered the Boracay of the North.
Pagudpud Beach – Hannah’s Resort had countless animals, movie characters and dinosaur sculptures around the pristine white sand, thus, it is considered the Boracay of the North.
Kabigan Falls – 30 minute trek (both uphill and downhill) with several mini-bridges to cross. Kids may opt to skip the bridge and walk across mini-rivers, adds to their nature adventure experience.
Kabigan Falls – 30 minute trek (both uphill and downhill) with several mini-bridges to cross. Kids may opt to skip the bridge and walk across mini-rivers, adds to their nature adventure experience.
Bantay Abot Cave – going up the cave can be tricky. David seen above with a sad face, kids not allowed to climb the highest rock on the cave.
Bantay Abot Cave – going up the cave can be tricky. David seen above with a sad face, kids not allowed to climb the highest rock on the cave.
Patapat Viaduct where adults can get off the car for a pic. Not encouraging kids to pose for a pic as the long and zigzag road is actually a highway and 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, overlooking Pasaleng Bay.
Patapat Viaduct where adults can get off the car for a pic. Not encouraging kids to pose for a pic as the long and zigzag road is actually a highway and 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, overlooking Pasaleng Bay.

Day 2 Laoag Ranked #1 Destination in Region I

Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower & Museum – Keep an eye on the kids as you go close around the tower, the leaning bell tower comes with falling debris once in a while.

Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower and Museum - The flat areas around it provide a big space for play. Just make sure to keep voices down as it sits right next to St. Andrew Parish.
Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower and Museum – The flat areas around it provide a big space for play. Just make sure to keep voices down as it sits right next to St. Andrew Parish.
Caption: Paoay Church – National Cultural Treasure, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Can be a quick historical stop before heading to Paoay Sand Dunes and Herencia Restaurant.
Paoay Church – National Cultural Treasure, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Can be a quick historical stop before heading to Paoay Sand Dunes and Herencia Restaurant.

Kids Travel Tip#3 Happy Kids with Happy Tummies

Saramsam Restaurant – bagnet, pinakbet and pansit. Kids enjoyed these with rice. Iced tea flavor may be too strong for kids, though. Serve them chilled fruit juice or serve them water/soda (like we did)
Saramsam Restaurant – bagnet, pinakbet and pansit. Kids enjoyed these with rice. Iced tea flavor may be too strong for kids, though. Serve them chilled fruit juice or serve them water/soda (like we did)
Herencia serves specialty pizza. Dinuguan pizza surprisingly was a favorite of the kids, they also tried Pinakbet pizza, Bagnet Pizza and Gamet (Seaweed) Pizza.
Herencia serves specialty pizza. Dinuguan pizza surprisingly was a favorite of the kids, they also tried Pinakbet pizza, Bagnet Pizza and Gamet (Seaweed) Pizza.
Craving for Halo-Halo, tried the one right outside Herencia.
Craving for Halo-Halo, tried the one right outside Herencia.

Day3 Vigan Newest Among 7 Wonder Cities of the World

Kids Travel Tip#4 Take the Calesa Ride Vigan Tour made easy. Rented calesas and went on a convoy of horses while singing Pentatonix tunes with kids. They forgot to mind the heat and a long list of city destinations. Calesa drivers charge per hour but they never remind you about the time. Ride with a mental note to track time. One would think that drivers will remind you and take you back to Calle Crisologo after the agreed hour, but our drivers ended up taking us to all Vigan destinations for almost three hours, instead of the agreed one hour ride, thus, getting charged per hour.

Bantay Bell Tower – have extra set of clothes waiting at the foot of the stairs. Be ready with Spanish war trivia around Diego Silang to discuss with kids. Not up for a climb up the tower? Stay under any of the big trees, enjoy the breeze and let the kids do the climbing and exploring.
Bantay Bell Tower – have extra set of clothes waiting at the foot of the stairs. Be ready with Spanish war trivia around Diego Silang to discuss with kids. Not up for a climb up the tower? Stay under any of the big trees, enjoy the breeze and let the kids do the climbing and exploring.
Pagburnayan Pottery – make sure you don’t go in with another tour group so you can watch the potter’s demonstration minus distraction. The kids can also be picked to try pottery with their own hands.
Pagburnayan Pottery – make sure you don’t go in with another tour group so you can watch and listen to the potter’s demonstration minus distraction. The kids can also be picked to try pottery with their own hands.
Hidden Garden – photo ops galore with kids. Don’t make them try the ginger drinks. Most if not all are too strong for kids to take.
Hidden Garden – photo ops galore with kids. Don’t make them try the ginger drinks. Most if not all are too strong for kids to take.
Irene’s Vigan Empanada – kids fave foodie: Tinubong – it’s like tupig in a foot-long bamboo trunk, empanada – put Calle Crisologo on the map for its original and rich ingredients/taste, Carioca – my kids ate sticks and sticks of carioca. Can pass for butsi or sweet, sticky munchkins on a stick.
Irene’s Vigan Empanada – kids fave foodie: Tinubong – it’s like tupig in a foot-long bamboo trunk, empanada – put Calle Crisologo on the map for its original and rich ingredients/taste, Carioca – my kids ate sticks and sticks of carioca. Can pass for butsi or sweet, sticky munchkins on a stick.
Baluarte – look up the bird show schedule before heading to Baluarte so you won’t miss it (only 2 shows a day). Take the option to sit and pet a Bengal tiger (not taking it for kids) or go into the butterfly farm.
Baluarte – look up the bird show schedule before heading to Baluarte so you won’t miss it (only 2 shows a day). Take the option to sit and pet a Bengal tiger (not taking it for my kids) or go into the butterfly farm.

Kids-friendly Ilocos tour, indeed. Travel bottom line: spend travel time while talking and interacting with the kids. It is so easy to lose the main goal of travel: to create lasting, memorable moments with family, while enjoying God’s gift of nature and creation.

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5 thoughts on “Best Time to Travel? With kids!

  1. Hi Lorly! Welcome to the world of blogging. 🙂

    I’m so envious reading this. My husband and I are late-bloomers in traveling. It’s only been just a few years since we realised how much we want to travel. And with 3 kids, most of the time, it’s just been him who gets to travel. But what you’re doing- touring our islands with the kids, is one of our goals. Thanks for the tip. Will definitely consider traveling overnight.

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