Philippines Travel: Long weekends in 2018
The start of 2018 marks a whole new year for you to travel to new places and collect new memories, whether you prefer to fly local or international destinations. Luckily in the Philippines, 2018 is dotted with quite a number of long weekends – perfect to start or continue checking off places on your travel bucket list! Plan your Philippines travel adventures ahead as we list down 2018’s long weekends for your reference!
February 16 (Friday) – Chinese New Year
In celebration of the Chinese New Year which falls on a Friday, you and your squad can enjoy a 3-day vacation in the second week of February. How about driving up north to Sagada and witness the beautiful sunrise at Mt. Kiltepan?
March 29 to 31 – Holy Week
It’s summer season once again and time to flaunt the summer body you’ve been working hard for! The Philippines is among the world’s best tropical destinations so it won’t be difficult to decide where to go with your friends! But since there are so many, why not start with El Nido in Palawan, one of the places to visit in the Philippines thanks to its paradise-like surroundings!
April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan
If the beach isn’t your type of destination, you can travel north and visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ilocos Norte – the Church of St. Augustine in Paoay. While you’re there, go further to Ilocos Sur and ravel in the historical beauty of Calle Crisologo in Vigan – featured so many times in many Philippines travel guides. Make sure to try the famous Vigan longganisa, too!
May 1 – Labor Day
May 1 falls on a Tuesday, which is why it is best to file for leave on April 30 so you can have a 4-day long weekend!
Laboracay – which is Labor Day and Boracay put together – is a famous happening in the country every May 1st. One of the things to do in the Philippines when you’re in one of the country’s top beaches, is to eat, drink and party! Local and foreign tourists fly to the island for a night of drinking, dancing and partying. It’s that time of the year where the tourists of Boracay doubles and sometimes triples so if you’re looking for a serene time by the beach, this is not the best time to go.
June 12 – Independence Day
Just like Labor Day, Independence Day this year falls on a Tuesday so file a leave for Monday so you can go all out on your vacation! June officially starts the monsoon season in the Philippines so expect some rain during this month. For your mid-year Philippines travel experience, Baguio sounds like a good idea! Enjoy a cooler climate in Baguio which calls for the perfect time for some hot cup of cocoa!
June 14 – Eid al-Fitr (date may vary)
The date of Eid al-Fitr may vary but it should be around the June 14-16. If you’re travelling to Muslim places in Mindanao during this holiday, do note that some Muslim-owned establishments may be closed. Also, make sure to book your accommodations in advanced as to not encounter any trouble on your Philippines travel vacation.
Philippines Travel Tips: Make sure to do your research and read about some dos and don’ts if travelling during the Eid al-Fitr especially in Muslim areas.
August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day
August 27 – National Heroes’ Day
August will probably be a favourite travel month for 2018 because it has a 3-day and 4-day long weekend (take a leave on Monday, August 20)!
Because there are 2 long weekends this month, you can choose to spend it either in Tagaytay for some fun and quality time with family or drive south to Zambales for some swimming and trekking adventure!
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
November 2 – All Souls’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)
November 30 – Bonifacio Day
Here’s another 4-day long weekend to start off November! Maybe this 4-day holiday vacation calls for a trip to the paradise island of Siargao! Surf, swim, dine and meet new people. Do all these when in Siargao as you take in the endless beauty of the island. Learn more about Siargao by reading our travel guide!
December 24: Special non-working day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 31: Special non-working day
The Philippines celebrate Christmas when the ber months start and spending these months here is probably one of the best experiences you can have for your travel adventure! Although it’s not summertime, it can be the best time to hit the beach if you want to avoid the crowds during peak season. Cebu and Bohol are a great option and since they aren’t far apart, you can choose to visit one before the other for a complete travel experience!
If you want to see more places to visit in the Philippines, feel free to check out our Philippines travel guide for more options inside and outside of Manila!
- Things to do in the Philippines: Ride some waves at these surfing spots
- Siargao Travel Guide: A look at another breath-taking island in the Philippines
- Manila Travel: Your guide to Bonifacio Global City
- Sagada Travel Guide: More than the hanging coffins
- Tagaytay Travel Guide: Your escape from Manila’s heat and traffic