The sound of water from the beaches, the smell of fresh air, the taste of delicious fresh fruits, you can almost feel all these things when you think about the Philippines. 

This Southeast Asian country is an attractive travel destination for Americans. It’s no wonder more than 220,000 Americans are living in the Philippines. 

If you’re planning to travel there anytime soon, here are 10 things you should know before moving to the Philippines.

 

  • Beaches, beaches, beaches.

Ask anybody traveling to the Philippines about their plans and more often than not, you’d hear something like “I can’t wait to visit the beaches.”

The Philippines is known for its large number of beaches. With more than 7,000 islands across the country, there are lots and lots of beaches.

One of the best beaches you’ll find is the White beach on the island of Boracay. The nearest airport to get there is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan which is just a ten-minute boat ride away.

  • Filipinos are polite.

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Filipinos are generally friendly and welcoming. From kids to older people, everyone seems to be polite.

Almost everyone speaks English so it’s easy to make new friends among the locals.

 

  • The cost of living is reduced.

The cost of living is significantly lower in the Philippines compared to the United States. Everything seems to be less expensive. For example, you can have a decent meal at a restaurant for P300-P500; Philippine pesos .That’s about 6-10 US dollars!

So it’s a great opportunity to give yourself and your family a better life.

  • The weather is different.

The Philippines is a tropical country so the weather is either sunny or rainy. It’s important to consider this when picking up clothes for your travel. 

The dry season (late October – May) is the best time of the year to visit the Philippines. It’s going to be sunny so you’ll be better off with clothes that are light and comfortable.

But if you decide to go during the rainy season (June – early October), you should get a raincoat and cardigan to keep you warm when it gets cold.  

However, whatever time of the year you go, keep an umbrella handy because it can rain anytime in the Philippines.

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  • Sorry ladies, you won’t find tampons here.

This may be a bit disappointing but you need to know this before you travel so you can go prepared. Filipinos don’t use tampons so it may be a bit difficult (or almost impossible) to get them in supermarkets, especially in the smaller cities.

You’ll have to pack enough tampons to last your stay or settle for sanitary pads.

  • You can’t own land.

In the Philippines, foreigners are not allowed to buy and own land. Only Filipino’s are allowed to do that. However, if you’re keen on getting a piece of land for whatever reason, you can consider a long-term lease agreement with a Filipino landowner. 

This applies to land alone, though. It’s possible to buy and own a condo in the Philippines.

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  1. You can’t have a bad night out.

Besides the beaches and delicious fruits, one thing the Philippines is known for is the amazing nightlife. Filipinos sure know how to party the right way.

If you happen to stay in Manila, you can’t go wrong with places like the Distillery and the City of Dreams. You’re sure to get the best experience of Filipino nightlife.

 

  • Few job opportunities.

There’s bad news and good news. The bad news is there are few job opportunities in the Philippines. The good news is you can start up your own business, be your boss and work from anywhere. Check out the Start A Business page where we teach you all the different ways you can make money.

One of the perks of owning a business you can operate from anywhere is being able to live anywhere in the world; including the Philippines.

 

  • Filipinos love Basketball.

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Filipinos love basketball and that’s a bit odd considering most Asian countries prefer soccer. Filipinos are different. They’re huge fans of the NBA so you can expect to see makeshift courts in all parts of the country. Also, you don’t have to bother about missing the games because you can watch the NBA games there, probably with a bunch of your new Filipino friends.

 

  • There’s room for more adventure. 

The Philippines has so many tourist attractions but it doesn’t end there. It is located close to other Asian countries like Japan, China, and Korea so it provides a great opportunity to tour other Asian countries. To make things easier, there are lots of airports in the Philippines, you’ve got 70 airports from which you can tour other parts of Asia.

Even if you decide to go beyond Asia, the Philippines is close to Australia and New Zealand. The adventure just never ends!

Are you considering moving to the Philippines? 

Which of these facts surprised you?

Let me know in the comments section below.

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