Affordable Staycation in Tagaytay


Your staycation can quickly become an idle activity if you don't plan it. Here's how to make the most of the experience.

Tagaytay: Where Your Best Staycation Should Be

Unhurried and inexpensive, staycations are as good as vacations when it comes to relaxing. Imagine being able to unwind without the hassle of packing, filing up at the airport and flying, and not being with your beloved pet for a long time. But while staycations are good in itself, it could be better.

A lot of people fail to have the fullest, most meaningful staycation experience because they fail to plan well. Yes, even laid-back, carefree staycations need some preparations. Otherwise, you end up just being a couch potato in your hotel room, regretting the day that has passed. That said, it's crucial to plan your staycation to make the most of it.





Tagaytay Staycation with Pool








The Perfect Staycation Destination

Where you will stay affects everything you'll do in this relaxation session. That's why it's important to pick the right place. The "right" place, in this context, is the one that has two important A's: accessibility and availability of amenities.

You have to know how easy it is to reach your staycation destination, taking into account the time it will take for you to get there. Remember, you want to spend more time on relaxation, not on the road. You also won't stay cooped up in your hotel room for the rest of the day, so you want to know the activities you can do with the amenities available for you.

A go-to staycation destination for most Metro Manila residents is Tagaytay. It ticks off the two A's. It's a two-to-three-hour drive from the city. It's away from the hustle and bustle, yet near enough to allow you to go back to the office when you're all recharged overnight. Plus, it's surrounded by commercial establishments, from cafes and restaurants to theme parks and museums.

At the same time, the accommodations in Tagaytay have superb amenities, including rooftop pools, game areas, and KTV lounge. You can read a book while taking in the picturesque view of Taal, or play table soccer with family and friends.

A Meaningful Tagaytay Staycation Experience

With the "where to stay" already set, it's time to focus on the "what to do." Here are some suggestions that can make your experience more enriching and exciting: Disconnect from the online world.

Social media and email notifications remind you of pending work at the office and obligatory selfies to be taken. In the end, it leaves you anxious and distracted. Don't be surprised if you don't feel refreshed at all after your getaway. That said, make it a commitment to get off the online world even for a while. Drop the phone and leave it in your closet. Check it only every three hours for texts. But as much as possible, quit checking your email inbox and social media profile.

Instead, be present in the moment. Indulge in the beautiful Tagaytay scenery around you. Breathe that fresh air, feel those cold winds, and meditate. After, socialize. Talk to your kids about their current favorite song over lunch. Chat with your spouse about your next dinner date. Get an update from your niece on celebrity loveteams. The bottom line, socialize in the real world.

Get a massage.

Take advantage of the fact that a good masseuse will be right at your door minutes after you call at the hotel reception. To prepare for that relaxing massage, take a long, warm shower before the session. This will help relax the muscles and the mind, making you less tense later. A low-intensity workout, say, a jog around Picnic Grove or People's Park, will also help release tension.

Another prep tip is to tell the masseuse right away if you prefer a specific type of massage style or pressure. The last thing you want is spending an hour of lying down and feeling nothing after. Once the therapist starts, pay attention to your breathing. Don't hold your breath, especially when they're working on difficult muscle knots. Breathing helps relax these.

Feast every morning.

Accommodations in Tagaytay often come with free breakfast. Even those hotels considered affordable or cheap come with these perks. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to take this for granted. Waking up late, they miss the buffet feast. The thing is, you can have a mini food crawl at a hotel breakfast. With so many options, you can fill up your tummy with different meals.

If you're going to stay for more than two days at a hotel, give your breakfast some flair by assigning a "theme" every morning. On the First day, you can go for an American breakfast: pancakes, eggs, bacon, and toast. The next day, go with a Filipino theme: fried rice, tuyo or tapa, and eggs. You can also theme it by food type, such as pastries or pasta only, or food color, eating green and orange food items only. The kids are going to love this kind of "food adventure" too.

You can extend this food crawl to dinner at one of the hotel buffet restaurants. After taking a dip at the pool, end the day with a nice food trip.

A staycation is a nice way to rest and relax. But it can quickly become an idle activity if you don't plan. So as early as now, plan the best staycation ever.



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