Baguio-Vigan-Laoag-Paoay: What itinerary?
It was the last stretch of 2011, when year-end parties and homecoming reunions crowd every corner of the metro. I wanted to experience the real holiday away from the bustling city. So together with my dear friend Judith, we embarked on a northern trip after Christmas.
We decided to meet in Victory Liner Baguio Terminal. No itinerary or hotel accommodation, just a rough draft of what we want to do or eat on our escapade. It was a brave move specially because it was peak season, something I haven’t tried yet. I thought of it as a dry run of my solo trip to Malaysia and Indonesia.
Here’s what happened on our no-itinerary trip:
December 26, 2011 – Monday
- 11pm departure from Victory Liner Caloocan
December 27, 2012 – Tuesday
- 6am arrival at Victory Liner Baguio
- Heavy breakfast at Cafe by The Ruins
- Public market
- Check in at Tuvera Pension House
- Baguio Cathedral (Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral)
- Early dinner at Solibao, Session Road
December 28, 2012 – Wednesday
- 11am departure to Vigan, Ilocos Sur
- 5pm arrival at Vigan Public Market
- Check in at My Vigan Home Hotel
- Calle Crisologo
- Dinner at Kusina Felicitas
- Coffee at Cafe Uno
- Plaza Burgos, Vigan Cathedral (St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral)
December 29, 2012 – Thursday
- 10am stroll at Calle Crisologo
- Early lunch at Plaza Salcedo
- 12pm departure to Laoag, Ilocos Norte
- 2pm arrival at Laoag City
- 3:30pm start of tricycle tour – Malacañang of the North, Paoay Lake, Church of Paoay, Fort Ilocandia Resort, Sinking Bell Tower, Church of Laoag
- 9pm departure to Manila
December 30, 2012 – Friday
- 7am arrival in Cubao, Metro Manila
We wanted to see the Bangui windmills and the Kapurpurawan rock formations but we don’t want to celebrate New Year on the bus ride home.
This is the beauty of not having an itinerary and/or traveling with an adventurous buddy – you get to do, see and eat whatever and whenever you want without feeling compromised. We may have missed some prime travel spots but who cares?