March 26, 2018

5 Tips to Remember for Your Holy Week Travel

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  • Planning to go on a getaway this long weekend? While it’s nice to stay at home for a weekend rest, some people choose to utilize this break to unwind and go on an adventure. In the Philippines, most locals spend the holidays on the road traveling to provinces, going on church-hopping, and traveling from one place to another. With almost everyone out of the house, it is important to be extra cautious and more alert in your surroundings.

    To help you know the things to keep in mind when on the go, here are some travel tips you might need when planning to go out this Holy Week:

    Secure your home before traveling.

    Nothing can be more tempting for burglars than unattended homes. Before you leave, double check your windows and doors if they’re locked. Unplug electronics and appliances, turn off the gas stove, and make sure to keep your valuables secured. If leaving for a longer period of time, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to look after your house from time to time. If you have security cameras installed, make you sure you can monitor the cameras as you leave.

    Plan your schedules accordingly.

    Although spontaneous trips can be fun, most of the time, it’s always better to plan ahead. In long weekends like this, it is safer to have an itinerary than end up with nothing. If flying out of the country, book a trip in advance. If planning to go on a road trip, make sure that where you plan to go to is open at the time of your visit. Placing reservations on hotels or restaurants in advance is always a good idea.

    Don’t forget to bring the essentials.

    Aside from the usual travel essentials, make sure you have something to keep you entertained. This is especially important if you are traveling with kids. Kids tend to get cranky during long travels, so make sure you have enough snacks, books, or toys to keep them from throwing a tantrum. Making a checklist of things to bring prior to your travel helps a lot.

    Drive Safely.

    With more cars on the road this Holy Week vacation, it is crucial to take extra caution. Keep your eyes on the road be alert especially when driving at night. Make sure to check your brakes, fill up the gas tank, check your car’s fluids, and wear your seat belt. If you have an alternate driver with you, make sure he/she stays alert as well.

    Take note of emergency hotlines.

    Normally, there are Motorist Assistance Programs disseminated within major roads and thoroughfares in the Philippines. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to ask for help. There are also First-Aid stations available along the way. Take note of these hotlines you can ask for help when on the road:

    NLEX Hotline: (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910
    SLEX Hotline: (049) 508-7509, (02) 584-4389
    SCTEX Hotline: (092096- 72839)

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