8 Reasons Why You Should Travel Sagada

One of my dreams is to travel around the world but since Philippines is a very beautiful country with lots of spectacular beaches and breathtaking mountains, I will travel Philippines first. I just went out of the country once and I’ve visited Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China but for me other countries can wait for a while.

One of the places in my bucket list is Sagada. I’m glad that I am a FREElancer for I can bring my laptop anywhere I want but I must warn you, signal is poor in Sagada. You can only do basic surfing but if you are a writer then go and pack your things!

Why Sagada?

There are several of reasons why you should visit Sagada and here are some of the reasons.

  1. Only in Sagada you will enjoy a Breezy Atmosphere. Philippines is a tropical country and every one of us is dreaming to live in a much colder place that’s why Baguio and Tagaytay is very popular but if you want a colder place, go higher! Nothing can beat the 10°c of Sagada! Well, the temperature varies but that is the colder so far during my stay. The breezy air is refreshing and relaxing. If you want to forget your problems, this is the right place to go to.

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FREElancers Tip: Don’t forget to bring at least one jacket.

  1. You get to learn More about Sagada’s Culture: Meet the Igorots. When I was young, I thought Igorots are dark skinned, short and just look like Aetas (no offense to anyone) but not until I meet my Igorot friends. They are not dark skinned, well some of them are and some of them are not..just like the rest of us. There are white, there are dark but you will notice that they look almost alike like they just hatched in one egg. They are gorgeous people. You don’t believe me? Well, meet carrot man 😉

FREElancers Tip: Don’t forget your pocket wi-fi so you can update your Facebook friends.

  1. The Picturesque View of Rice Terraces is adorable. I am very eager to see these rice terraces since I saw this in my elementary book. I adore how resourceful the people living in the place can be. Now, I come face to face with once one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
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Excuse the Fog!

FREElancers Tip: Secure yourself a power bank if you are using your phone as a camera. The ride is long and you need a back up.

  1. Exploring Sumaguing Cave is challenging. One of the highlights of Sagada is the Sumaguing Cave. Never go inside without a tour guide, you might not come out alive. Just kidding 😉 But I’m serious. You need a tour guide to come in and out of the cave safely. All you need to spend is 400/pax for the tour guide and you can relax afterwards. The cave is so cold but you will not notice it because the activity inside the cave is strenuous enough to feel the cold. But the cave stones are marvelous. The creation of nature is superb! How the nature creates rock formation for centuries is unbelievable. Some called this cave a porn cave because of the way the rock has formed. I will leave it to your imagination why the image below is called “The Queen”.

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FREElancers Tip: Bring a water-proof camera for it might fell off the water. Dress light so that it is easy to move.

  1. Trekking all the way down to Bomod-Ok Falls is breathtaking. Thank God it’s cold! If not, I am already swimming with my sweat. Trekking all the way to Bomod-Ok Falls is fun and exciting as you have the opportunity to have a close encounter with the people planting and plowing at the rice terraces. The scenic view all the way down is magnificent and very calming.

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Bomod-Ok Falls is all worth it! As you dive into the freezing water, you will feel reborn.

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FREElancers Tip: Water, water, water! Bring a bottle of water.

  1. Riding on the Jeepney Top Load is quite an experience. It is one hell of a ride as your eyes feast on the nature’s beauty while fearing that the jeepney might fall down off the cliff as your hair flows against the cold wind. It is safe though, just hold on tight 🙂

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FREElancers Tip: Just be careful 😉

  1. The History of Hanging Coffin at the Echo Valley is fascinating. Shout your heart out and hear your voice back at the Echo Valley. It is a nice way to exercise your lungs. Learn why the Igorots hang their ancestors to the side of the cliffs. According to our tour guide, it is requested by the people who is about to die. There are many rumours why but nothing is certain. It said that this practice is more than 2000 years old but no evidence to show that it is true. According again to our tour guide, an Igorot who’s name is Bong, they still carry the old tradition but only by request of the people who died or the request of their close family members. There is a hanging coffin that hangs recently about 3 years ago but the majority of the tribe already follows the modern custom and buries their dead on the ground.

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FREElancers Tip: Catch your breath. You might be very exhausted this time but this something you can’t miss. Take a deep breath and say cheese 🙂

  1. Kiltepan Viewpoint will bring you to the clouds. One thing that gets me so excited to visit Sagada is the sea of clouds. I really want to see it in person. We are lucky enough to see some of it because according to our event coordinator it depends on the weather and sometimes it doesn’t show.

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FREElancers Tip: Waiting for the clouds to show and for the sunrise to peak is a very chilling experience. It is very cold. Wear your full gear (jacket, bonnet, mittens, scarf, socks)

You only need two nights and three days to enjoy all these and you still have extra hours to enjoy Baguio as you go down to Manila. If your schedule is hectic like this and you can’t afford to stay for a week in Sagada, I suggest you take a package tour so there isn’t any wasted time. If you have been to Sagada and what to add something, feel free to comment, if you have questions also feel free to comment.

Goodnight!

Time check: 11:43pm

 

 

aCliff Hazel Santos is a Top Rated Upwork Freelancer, 
with 100% job success rate. She is also an entrepreneur, 
she owns Dive-In Travel Agency and she is an aspiring blogger.

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5 Things to Consider When You Are Traveling with Your Work

One of the perks of being a freelancer is that you can travel anytime you wanted because your work is with you. As long as you have your laptop and there is an internet connection, you are good to go. But wait! Can you really enjoy traveling while you have loads of work to do or you are just wasting your money? Sure, you can bring your laptop with you anywhere but once you have settled in the place, can you go out and breathe some air?

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I have traveled with my laptop with me and I know how it is. Yes, you can work and you can have fun but you have to prepare, especially if it took days, weeks or months. Preparation is the key to enjoy the place and to appreciate being a freelancer more than ever. If it is a day or two, you don’t need to consider many things. You are free as a bird! If not, here are the things you should take note.

  1. Travel when your loads are light

As a freelancer, I’ve experience high time and low time. There are times when project keeps pour in and you can’t resist them all. More projects, more dollars. There are also times when you’ve got a few and some projects ended. When we got more, we get tired and wish to go out but when we got few we get sad and blue. My advice is take advantage of the high time to prepare for your vacation. Save money and search for the best place. When low season comes, it is time to go out and have some fun! You have the money and you have more time to enjoy!

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  1. Tell your clients in advance about your plans.

Some of us stick with a long-term clients, thus there is no low season for us. If this is the case, plan still. Your client’s business has its season too. Years of working with the same client gives you an idea of the time you have lighter loads. Plan on that date, most likely your client will give you his blessing since there is nothing much you need to do for him. Should unexpected things happen in your vacation and you become unreachable, your client knows where you are. If you are lucky, your client will let you enjoy your travel without workloads and even give you bonus.

  1. Prepare your belongings.

It is not all about clothes for us freelancers. We need to secure our gadgets are on our traveling bag. Create a checklist and check it one by one before you go. You don’t want to bring your laptop but forgot your charger or else you will pull hair off. Make sure you have everything you need to have a stress-free travel time.

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  1. Plan your itinerary and your working time.

Let say, wake up as early as 5am to work for 2 hours so that is until 7 am. Then you are off to enjoy the place and go back at your hotel at lunchtime and work for another 2 hours so that is 12-2pm then you can go out again for some of your activities, go back at 6pm, work a little while resting your feet, have dinner and hit the bed. It depends on you and depends on the place. As I’ve said preparation makes you not neglect your responsibilities and not to forget to enjoy. We are freelancers, you can re-arrange your schedule the way you want it.

  1. Work in advance and don’t schedule a lot of activities on your vacation.

We travel to relax our mind and body, if you are too tired with all the activities, though it is a lot of fun, you’ll regret it. Why not just enjoy the food, enjoy the view and have a chat with the locals?

Work in advance. Do all the hard part of the job so when the you are traveling you’ve got nothing much to do but to enjoy.

Come and let’s find a beautiful place to get lost 😉

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