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VISA-FREE Countries for Filipinos holding Philippine Passports

Following the ASEAN summit held in Laos PDR, I am feeling excited to explore Southeast Asian countries. Aren’t you? Anybody here feeling the same with me? Then, let’s get our seat belts buckled!

Here are the lists of countries which are VISA-FREE for every Filipino Philippine passport holders.

VISA-FREE Countries for Filipinos holding Philippine Passports

ASEAN COUNTRIES

  • Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
  • Cambodia – 21 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Laos – 30 days
  • Malaysia – 30 days
  • Singapore – 30 days
  • Thailand – 30 days
  • Vietnam – 21 days

NON-ASEAN Members but ASIAN COUNTRIES

  • Armenia – 120 days, visa will be issued upon arrival
  • China, Shenzhen – 7 days, if crossing from Hong Kong, and is valid in Shenzhen area only
  • Hong Kong – 14 days validity
  • India – 30 days, eTourist visa online
  • Iran – 15 days, must obtain an e-visa pre-approval code from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Israel – 90 days
  • Kyrgyzstan – 30 days, visa on arrival
  • Laos – 21 days, visa on arrival
  • Macau – 30 days
  • Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Myanmar – 21 days
  • Mongolia – 21 days
  • Nepal – 21 days visa issued upon arrival
  • South Korea – 30 days, if arriving at Jeju Island or after visiting Korea 4 times with visa
  • Sri Lanka – 30 days, but must get an Electronic Visa Authorization prior to departure
  • Taiwan – 30 days, if holding a permanent residence certificate or an unexpired visa from: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States. And must register online at https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase/ prior to arrival
  • Tajikistan – 45 days, visa on arrival
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor) – 30-day visa issued at the Dili airport and seaport

COUNTRIES IN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

  • Cape Verde Islands – 21 days
  • Comoros – 21 days
  • Djibouti – 30 day visa issued on arrival
  • Gambia – visa issued upon arrival, but must get prior clearance from immigration.
  • Guinea-Bissau – 90 days visa issued on arrival
  • Kenya – 90 days visa issued on arrival
    Madagascar – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Mauritania – visa issued on arrival
  • Morocco – 90 days
  • Mozambique – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Rwanda – 90 days
  • Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
  • Senegal – 30 days issued on arrival, invitation letter required. Visa available online
  • Seychelles – 30 days permit, must show sufficient funds & proof of accommodation
  • Somalia – 30 days on arrival, invitation letter by sponsor submitted 2 days before arrival
  • Tanzania – visa issued on arrival
  • Togo (Togolese Republic) – 7 days, visa issued on arrival. Requires yellow fever vaccination
  • Uganda – 90 day visa issued on arrival at Entebbe Airport
  • Zambia – 90 days visa issued on arrival

CENTRAL AMERICA

  • Costa Rica – 30 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua – 90 days visa issued on arrival

CARIBBEAN

  • Anguilla – 21 days
  • Dominica – 21 days
  • Haiti – 21 days
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – 21 days

EUROPE

  • Georgia – Visa issued on arrival. Preferably with invitation.
  • Kosovo – 90 days

OCEANA or PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS

  • Cook Islands – 31 days
  • Fiji – 120 days, Visitor’s Permit issued on arrival
  • Marshall Islands – 90 days visa issued on arrival
  • Micronesia – 30 days, entry permit required for stays over 30 days
  • Nauru – 30 days
  • Niue – 30 days
  • Northern Marianas – visa issued on arrival
  • Palau – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Papua New Guinea – 60 days, visa given on arrival
  • Pitcairn Islands – 14 days, entry permit given on arrival
  • Samoa – 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Tuvalu – 30 day visitor permit for tourist is issued upon arrival
  • Vanuatu – 30 days

SOUTH AMERICA

  • Bolivia – 90 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Colombia – 90 days
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • Peru – 183 days
  • Suriname – 90 days

 

***Data from Visa-Free Countries

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Sights of the Australian Outback

Whilst Australia is a country well known for its clean beaches and quality surf, there’s more to the island than its much-loved coastline. For a real Oz adventure, it’s the Australian outback that holds the key.

In fact, the Australian outback, known as The Red Centre of Australia, has many a treasure to uncover and many special and spiritual spaces to experience. Here are five top spots for those looking to explore what this vast landscape and red sands have to offer:

1. Uluru

A natural and spectacular landmark, Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, is located in the southern extreme of the Northern Territory. A singular and breathtaking sandstone formation, it stands 3.6km long and an amazing 348m from land. A must-see site, especially in the glorious light of a sunset or sunrise, Ayers Rock will provide excellent photo opportunities and the chance to spot some of Australia’s unique wildlife.

 

2. Katherine Gorge

This area provides further evidence of Australia’s stunning landscape, with 13 sandstone gorges carved deep into the land by the snaking Katherine River. A popular tourist site, but yet one of the most breathtaking, the gorges provide a great day out, with the option to canoe or cruise the river when the waters and currents are right.

 

3. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield is the ideal place for bush walking and swimming with many an opportunity for camping. The waterfalls in the park are world-renowned and provide crystal clear water cascades that form a series of plunge pools. With 1,500 square km of parkland, including the wide sandstone plateau known as the Tabletop Range, this is the place to come for a safe and exciting adventure in the great outdoors.

4. The Olgas

The Olgas are situated to the west of Ayers Rock. A group of 36 domed formations nestled next to each other, weathered and etched into shape over millions of years, these rocks make a big visual statement. With Mount Olga boasting a height of 546m, climbing the rocks is not recommended. However, visitors can enjoy hiking through the grooves between the rocks or attempting the easier route on The Walpa Gorge walk.

5. Kings Canyon

One of the most visited sites of the Australian outback is the famed Kings Canyon. Part of the Watarrka National Park, the walls of this well known canyon sit at around 100 metres high. For those keen to take a hike, the Trail Walk and Rim Walk along the creek provide many breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. In addition to the picturesque walks, visitors can also enjoy the Garden of Eden, which greets them with a natural spring waterhole and a range of exotic plants and wildlife.

With its bare, yet unique beauty the sights of the Australian outback are some of the most visually stunning in the world. It’s hardly surprising then that more and more visitors are going off road to explore the long developed and spiritual landscapes of this great country.

Post written by Cheapflights, where you can find the lowest prices on flights to Australia.

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World’s Happiest Countries

Being happy, for me and as of this very moment, is simply to travel to places I never been to. And since I am feeling blue today, I tried looking for the World’s Happiest Countries where I can spend some time with family and friends — experiencing all the things that could make us happy. Here’s what I found from Travel.Yahoo.com earlier today, The World’s Happiest Countries.

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Sweden
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. The Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. Ireland

Some of the things I want to do on these countries above that could make me happy are to shop, to eat, to relax, road trips, having with me and my travel-mates the ultrasone headphones at musicians friend which is very good for road-tripping, and of course, to party all night. Isn’t that great experience? It is!

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Most Popular Australian Dishes to Try

Australians love to cook and with the country’s excellent climate, much of this cooking can be done out of doors on the barbeque. From meat pies to pumpkin dishes, Australia has an excellent global cuisine, much of it adopted from the various peoples that have inhabited its shores over the last couple of hundred years. Most of the dishes are easy to cook and delicious to eat. In recent decades an influx of immigrants from many parts of the world has brought their own cultures and recipes. In Australia’s main cities you can find dishes with flavors from all over the world. However, there are some dishes that the country is proud to claim as part of its heritage.

A popular dish is pumpkin and most restaurants will serve it as a vegetable to accompany meat or pies. Cooking pumpkin is really easy. You can steam it or bake it. Either way, once it’s cooked after about 10 minutes, you just mash it with butter and pepper. It’s so delicious and can be used with or instead of potatoes.

Traditional Aussie Bread

Often prepared by drovers and swag-men in days of old, damper is traditional bread with a wheat flour base, which would have been baked in campfire coals in the Outback. The basic ingredients are water, milk and flour with some baking soda. When the damper sounds hollow, it is done. It can be eaten with cooked meat or with golden syrup as a sweet dish. It is still popular today and is a very easy recipe, particularly suitable for a barbeque.

Aussies seem to really love savory pies. In fact the humble meat pie is known as Australia’s national dish. They can be bought almost everywhere and it is easy to make yourself if you fancy having a go. You can use minced beef, steak or lamb tucked inside a pastry outer. Another popular pie is one filled with good old eggs and bacon. Served hot with some red or brown sauce, you’ll see Australians everywhere tucking in.

How about trying a Lamington.This truly Aussie culinary experience consists of two big slices of chocolate sponge cake filled with whipped cream and maybe jam too. The whole lot is then topped with a topping of chocolate together with some sprinkled coconut. To Australians, Lamington is their equivalent of America’s apple pie. Most cafes sell Lamingtons and you can get a commercial version in supermarkets, but it’s best home made.

The Wild and Exotic

If you fancy a taste of something you probably haven’t experienced before, then Australia offers you emu or crocodile, although kangaroo meat is definitely the most popular. The meat of these animals can be made into bangas (sausages), minced up into burgers or sprinkled on pizza. Kangaroo tastes somewhat like game and is really lean healthy protein. You should not feel too guilty about eating kangaroo meat as these animals do multiply rapidly, so you’re helping to keep the population in check.

This article was written by Lloyd, a freelance writer, on behalf of Cheapflights.

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When traveling solo, Where to go? Travel Ideas: 4 Top Cities To Travel Solo

Sometimes, we prefer to travel solo. Isn’t it? With the stresses we inevitably experience every day, it is not unusual we see people traveling solo. This, most often than not, is not because they don’t have someone to accompany them but because being solo is gives them a time to think, decide for something, plan for anything of their own. For some, it’s something like a “me-time” especially wif things seemed flowing out of what it is expected.

Here are the top 4 cities ideal for a solo travel according to Forbes Travel Guide.

  1. Berlin, Germany. From my knowledge in history way back high school years, Berlin in Germany is a very historical place wherein big universities, museums and research institutes are homing. And when talking about Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is what always popped out in my mind. It is one of the landmarks in Berlin and a highly-visited tourist spot as well. Why ideal for solo travel? For me, Berlin is a safe place and as what some friends who visited the place shared, people are also friendly.
  2. Sydney, Australia. Aside from the fact that some of my relatives are living in Australia, though not really in Sydney, what I wanted to experience in Sydney myself are the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi Beach. Why ideal for solo travel?  Aussies, the people in Australia, are tourists friendly.
  3. Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica is abundant in natural beaches and a lesser polluted environment than the urban area. Why ideal for solo travel?  Guanacaste is located at the border of Costa Rica along the coast of Pacific Ocean. Hence, its scenic and breath-taking picturesque of the calm ocean provides serendipity to the soul and mind of the solo traveler.
  4. Singapore.  Singapore is located in Asia and having a tropical climate. It is also known for its Singapore Botanic Gardens which showcases the country’s natural resources.  Why ideal for solo travel? Aside from the fact that Singapore is the nearest city mentioned in this post from the country, Philippines, a solo traveler who wants to learn different languages and culture, Singapore is the best to explore.
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