As the pandemic restrictions ease , more and more countries reopen to eager tourists, and a trendy new phrase has emerged on social media: revenge travel.
According to Erika Richter, vice president of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) “Revenge travel is a media buzzword that originated in 2021 when the world began to reopen, and people decided to make up for lost time”. The term has been used to describe trips as varied as family reunions, big splurge vacations and re-visits to favorite places
Family and friends are making up for lost time. A brother who is based in the US as well as former high school classmates also based in the US came for a visit. A former officemate now based in Australia is here. On the other hand, some friends went abroad to visit family members or just to travel and enjoy seeing other parts of the world
My friends and I had some sort of revenge travel. We usually just visit our town, see some friends, pay our respect to our departed loved ones and eat our favorite food. This visit, we also went to a nearby town – Guinyangan, Quezon. It’s funny that in all those years that I was residing in Quezon I never visited the place,
Our first stop was the Mangrove Board Walk. I really like how they preserved their mangrove area and made it into a tourist spot.
Then we went to the Arboretum of Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape. This is a project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It is a protected landscape area of forested hills and several rivers and streams in Quezon in Southern Luzon island in the Philippines. Wikipedia
We saw a few birds but the write-up in Wikipedia says: It is home to a diverse bird species, such as the Philippine dwarf kingfisher, rufous hornbill, northern sooty woodpecker, black-naped oriole, Philippine coucal, jungle crow, coleto, black-winged kite and Philippine collared dove. It also supports some large mammals, including the crab-eating macaque, Philippine deer, Philippine warty pig, Asian palm civet, as well several bats and snakes.
We just reached the first fall because it had just rained and the way was slippery.
Then we had our late lunch at a coconut farm where three restaurants have specialized offerings – halu-halo in buko, dishes (paresan) and pansit chami. There were other food in their menu but they are known for their respective specialties .
What’s commendable about these sites in Guinyangan is that they all preserved nature.