I heart Boracay
I’m writing this in a shitty van, driving through the Philippine countryside from Caticlan to Kalibo. This 2 hour ride feels like it’s taking forever, with all the winding, bumps and my mild hangover. I finally pried myself away from Boracay and I’m moving on to El Nido. I have a long travel day ahead of myself. Jeepney, water taxi, 2 hour van ride, two flights, a 4 hour layover and a then a 9 hour van ride. After 10 days of doing nothing but relaxing on the beach, chilling in a hostel, jumping off cliffs and partying, this is about the last thing I want to be doing today. I considered changing my flight just once more time but I needed to leave or I never would’ve gone.
I don’t think there was a more perfect place to start my trip. After a year of working in Korea, Boracay was my vacation. I didn’t know it before coming but Boracay is crazy. Chill all day at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and party all night. The only problem? Boracay and budget don’t belong in the same sentence. I was planning on a $30 a day budget, but my stay in Boracay had me spending roughly $46 a day. Not the best way to start out my journey but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it up a bit later on.
Boracay will forever have a piece of my heart. I met some incredible people on the island. My hostel, Frendz Hostel, was amazing. There was always someone in the common area to chat with, the food was delicious, the happy hours were bonding moments and the staff was phenomenal. Every single member of the staff would call you by your first name and would go out of their way to make sure everything about your stay was great. They have a great thing going there. It’s no frills; cold showers and flimsy mattresses, but the atmosphere makes you feel like you should be paying way more than $15 a night. If I ever make it back I will 100% be staying there again.
I have mixed feelings about moving on. I’m excited for a more relaxing spot. Ten days in Boracay definitely takes a toll on you. My body isn’t happy with me, so I am looking forward to a quite 8 days in El Nido. Yesterday I went to Ariel’s Point for a third time, to do more cliff jumping. It was a crazy trip with great people. I was even a brave soul and jumped off the 8 meter board. I’m proud that I did it even though I was scared out of my mind. All I can say about the last 10 days is that I love Boracay. I’m already thinking about postponing my flight back to America so I can com back one last time. The town, people, laid back lifestyle and crazy partying stole my heart. When they say “it’s more fun in Boracay” they really mean it.