The Philippines is my favorite country on earth, and in my opinion, the most overlooked country in Asia.  Let’s start with a video that explains why I love the Philippines so much.

This is Why The Philippines is My Favorite Country on Earth

For everyone who asks me “What’s your favorite country?”… My answer is THE PHILIPPINES!

I’ve been here 12 times since 2014, and I just moved to Manila for summer because I just can’t get enough of the friendly people, beautiful nature, relaxing lifestyle and mouth-watering food (hello sinigang)!!

Have you ever been to the Philippines? What are your top 3 favorite islands? (mine are Siquijor, Palawan & Bohol). Feel free to ask me any questions about the Philippines in the comments below, and I’ll answer you.

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Music: Ben Sound

Posted by Drew Binsky on Monday, June 19, 2017


I always hear travelers talking about visiting Thailand, Bali and Vietnam in South East Asia before considering the Philippines… That needs to change!

I have been to Paradise (A.K.A. The Philippines) more than 12 times, and each time I go back, I love it more. I am currently living in Manila for summer because I can’t get enough!

The smiling faces, picture-perfect beaches, natural landscapes and relaxing lifestyle is hard to beat anywhere in the world.

I’ve explored about 15 Filipino islands (which is only 0.2% of the total islands in this country), as well as spent time in both major cities of Manila and Cebu.  I’m absolutely in love with everything about this tropical wonderland called the Philippines, and I urge you to add this country to your bucket list.

I mean, the country’s slogan is, “It’s more fun in the Philippines” — so isn’t that proof that the opportunities are endless in this country?!

Here are 20 Reasons Why You Need to Visit The Philippines

1. There are 7,107 islands to explore
2. It’s tropical with crystal clear ocean water & a warm climate
3. The people are the friendliest I’ve ever met
4. It’s extremely affordable (about 1/5th as cheap as NYC)
5. You can drink fresh coconut juice anywhere

6. You can enjoy some of the best scuba diving in the world
7. You can hike volcanoes like the Mayon Volcano
8. You can ride in a Jeepney for $0.07 (decorated public buses)
9. You can get a one-hour body massage for $5USD or less
10. You can visit the chocolate hills of Bohol

11. You don’t have to worry about a language barrier, because everyone speaks fluent English
12. You can enjoy year-round sunshine
13. You can eat “lechon” – or suckling roasted pig (the national dish)
14. You will always be greeted with a “Hello Sir” or “Hello Ma’am“
15. You can go island hopping in a bamboo boat (which are used everywhere)

16. You can rent a motorbike and explore for less than $4USD per day
17. You can try exotic foods like balut – boiled duck embryo or Soup #5 – bull’s testicles
18. You can swim with whale sharks in Oslob
19. You can visit incredible waterfalls like this one called Tumalog Falls in Cebu

20. You can stay there forever because it’s just that incredible!

I hope you get the chance to visit this amazing country.  I promise you that it will go above and beyond your expectations!

Drew Binsky

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drew Binsky has visited 190+ Countries since 2012.He first caught the travel bug while studying abroad in Prague, then taught English in Korea, and now he's on a mission to visit every country on earth.Follow his journey on YouTube & Instagram @drewbinsky 🙂

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12 thoughts on “20 Reasons Why You Need to Visit The Philippines

  1. I’d like to see them take whatever action they need to and make the fish safe… That industry isn’t going anywhere and there are things they can do …

  2. Don’t go to Oslob, please!!!! Animals are fed and therefore they get injured everytime they see the boats. Plus, feeding them is also interfering their migration cycles. You can go to Puerto Princesa and see wild and not fed whale sharks (90% probability to see them).

  3. I really appreciate your views about our country and I’m glad that you always had a great time when visiting us. People are hospitable and friendly.

  4. I’m actually moving to the Philippines in a couple of months. I’ve been several times and usually live in QC with family when I go, but I think I want a change this time! As an American, what areas around Manila do you prefer to live in?

  5. Do you think its better location to retire than Thailand ?

    Can you recommend good Expat location in Manilia with access to an International School ?

    What do you realistically need for Husband , Wife and school going child to live per month …… rent , food , school fees etc etc

    1. Do you think its better location to retire than Thailand ?

      Can you recommend good Expat location in Manilia with access to an International School ?

      What do you realistically need for Husband , Wife and school going child to live per month …… rent , food , school fees etc etc

    2. Thailand is far better and cheaper.
      In Manila you can live in Makati or il Global City only – where you have different International schools available.
      For a living you need 1.500 USD renting – 300\400 USD bills – 800 food (for 3 and not incuded restaurants) – International school is around 10.000 USD year
      you need transportation, maid, etc….

      I spend an average of 3.200 USD month plus the school, plus transportation, and plus restaurants and travels. Close to 4.000 USD month. Not a very cheap place.

  6. HAve you been to Batanes? For me, it is the most beautiful place in my beloved Philippines. PLease make it a point to visit. THank you so much for appreciating our coutry and the Filipinos God bless.

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