Manila, Philippines — World Bicycle Day rolls around again on June 3rd, and with GCQ restrictions finally allowing biking around Metro Manila as an outdoor recreational activity, why not indulge yourself a bit? Just don’t forget to observe physical distancing and personal protective equipment protocols and you should be good to go.
Digital travel platform Agoda shares four reasons you should hop on your bike, as well as great cycling routes you can bookmark for later travel.
Get on your bike and get closer to nature
According to Agoda’s Usage & Attitude Study 2019, Nature/Countryside is the top motivation for people to travel. Cycling gets you close to that with many cycle routes boasting and connecting scenic sights, nature parks and the countryside. Take in the sights at your own pace, hop on or off where you like, and quite literally stop to smell the roses.
Get on your bike for unique experiences
Experience your own city or town from a different perspective. Traveling on two wheels allows you to easily navigate less congested routes, discover new food spots or small businesses to support, and explore places where public transport might not usually take you.
Get on your bike for a rewarding workout
With health being a key topic in 2020, who would mind some exercise and have fun while at it? So long as you follow proper protective measures, you’re finally able to go out again to burn calories and keep fit while taking in some scenery. It’s a truly rewarding workout you probably took for granted before.
Get on your bike for an eco-friendly means of transport
Keen to reduce your carbon footprint? More than 25% of travelers want to make more eco-friendly travel choices in the next decade, according to Agoda’s recent Next Decade Travel Trends research. Cycling is definitely an affordable and eco-friendly way to get around.
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has no shortage of fun destinations and routes to explore for those traveling on two wheels. Once it’s safe to travel again, consider these cycling-friendly holiday ideas:
For families: Plan a weekend trip for the family touring the historic Corregidor Island on bikes. Visit landmarks like the Malinta Tunnel and the ruins of the Middleside Barracks, which used to be home to World War II soldiers.
For cycling enthusiasts: Mountain bikers looking for an outdoor adventure can traverse the Cordillera Mountains in Sagada and greet the sun as it rises over the iconic sea of clouds at Kiltepan or Marlboro Hills. Complete the fun by paying a visit to the Hanging Coffins on the limestone cliffs at Echo Valley and taking a dip at Bomod-Ok Falls.
For nature lovers: Enjoy a different kind of cycling experience while taking in the magnificent Chocolate Hills—the pride of Bohol—by going on an adrenaline-pumping bike zipline. It’s a first of its kind attraction where you get to pedal your way above the famed chocolate-colored natural domes. Think biking, but in the sky.
When you plan for these adventures, book your stay at any of Agoda’s 25,000 beachside, city or rural properties around the Philippines for affordable accommodations and a hassle-free experience.