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2020 Long Weekend Destination Guide: Make the Most of the Holidays

Good news folks, 2020 is looking bright! We’re almost at the end of 2019 and though it was a great year, it’s time to open a new chapter.

Starting the new year can be quite daunting but we have something that will definitely lift your spirits and give you something to look forward to in the coming months.

Check our 2020 long weekend destination guide and when you should file those vacation leaves, plus places you can explore and discover this new year:

2020 Long Weekends Cheat Sheet

 

 

January – Go on a road trip

Burnham Park

  • Public Holiday: January 25 (Saturday) – Chinese New Year
  • Apply for leave: January 24 (Friday)

Start the year right by going out of town for a quick getaway. A great way to fight off the post-Christmas blues is to ease yourself out of the holidays by simply… going on another holiday. 

A long weekend is the perfect opportunity for a road trip. Head to Cavite and enjoy the fresh, cool breeze at one of the hillside parks or drive north to Baguio for a well-deserved post-holiday relaxation. 
 

February – Go beach bumming

Palawan

  • Public Holiday: February 25 (Tuesday) – EDSA Revolution Day
  • Apply for leave: February 24 (Monday)

It’s never too early to go beach bumming in the Philippines as we have the perfect tropical weather all year round—minus the typhoon season, of course.

On this four-day vacation, we recommend a visit to San Vicente, Palawan as February is one of the best months to visit. Immerse yourself in this gorgeous island city where Long Beach stretches as far as your eyes can see. Island-hopping in Port Barton is also a fabulous adventure you wouldn’t want to miss.
 

April – Discover new sights in Asia

Tokyo Springtime

  • Public Holiday: April 9 to 12 (Thursday to Sunday) – Holy Week
  • Apply for leave: If four days aren’t enough, extend the holiday to the following week or start your vacation on Monday, April 6.

Holy Week is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year simply because it gives everyone four whole days—and sometimes more—of travel, bonding, and other endless possibilities! It’s the closest thing you can get to a Christmas and New Year holiday in the summer.

If you’re looking to escape the hot summer weather, fly north to Japan, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, making for a picturesque springtime experience.

April is also a good time to visit Singapore as there are no public holidays in the city during this month and it doesn’t fall on monsoon season. From exploring Marina Bay Sands, daring to try all the rides at Universal Studios Singapore™, to shopping in the famed Orchard Road, you won’t run out of things to do in the Garden City.

Read 10 Places You Can Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Read 11 Singapore Travel Tips for First-Timers
Read Explore Singapore: Maximize Your Stay with a Guide to the City’s Hotspots
 

May to July – Explore local destinations with fresh eyes

Fortune Island

Public Holidays

  • May 1 (Friday) – Labor Day
  • June 12 (Friday) – Independence Day
  • July 31 (Friday) – Feast of the Sacrifice

Long weekends are great opportunities to explore the local scene and to try new things. You don’t have to fly out of the country to see world-class sights. Some are just a short drive away from the city. 

In Batangas, you can enjoy more than just beaches from a two-hour drive. Discover and take IG-worthy snapshots of the “ruins” of Fortune Island that look similar to the Athenian ruins of Greece, or book a stay at a literal treehouse with a great view of Taal lake. Batangas holds something brand new for those who know where to look.

La Union also has something for the adrenaline junkies including surfing and trekking Tangadan Falls, while Tagaytay is a prime weekend destination with a variety of activities from horseback-riding to leisure picnics that can easily fill up your weekend.

Read 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Off the Beaten Path
 

August – Explore Siargao and Boracay

Cloud 9 Siargao

Public Holidays

  • August 21 (Friday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • August 31 (Monday) – National Heroes Day

August has two consecutive long weekends and that’s worth celebrating! Why not head to two of the most beautiful, award-winning beaches in the world? And yes, they’re both right here in the Philippines!

Shred the waves in Siargao and enjoy a peaceful stargazing evening along Cloud 9 Boardwalk. Visit the famed white sands of Boracay for a couple of nights and enjoy a stunning sunset against a picturesque view and party the night away along Station 2’s nightlife strip.
 

November – Visit Iloilo or Zambales

Zambales

Public Holidays

  • November 1 and 2 (Sunday and Monday) – All Saints Day and All Souls Day
  • November 30 (Monday) – Bonifacio Day

The holiday season is nearing and long weekends are nowhere near dwindling at this time of the year. November has a couple of long weekends perfect for a quick pre-Christmas getaway.

Experience the Banaag festival in Anilao, Iloilo, which happens every first week of November and kickstart the month with a spectacle of dancing lights. You can also head to Zambales where there’s a myriad of activities to do: biking along trails, beach bumming, and getting acquainted with wildlife.

Read 11 Awesome Things to Do in Zambales
 

December – Go big for Christmas and New Year

Taipei Fireworks

Public Holidays

  • December 8 (Tuesday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (File a leave for December 7)
  • December 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday) – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • December 30 and January 1 (Wednesday to Friday) – Rizal Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day

You can either go big or (literally) go home for Christmas. Start new traditions with the whole family by spending a white Christmas abroad or a white sand Christmas in one of the gorgeous beaches in the Philippines!

Visit Christmasland in Taiwan for a festive winter wonderland celebration. Taipei also has a spectacular New Year’s Eve Party where Taipei 101 skyscraper lights up floor by floor, making it the biggest New Year’s Countdown clock in the world!

 

Gloriday - Taiwan

You can also head over to Hong Kong for the famed New Year’s Countdown celebration and watch the fireworks being launched from the middle of Victoria Harbour.

If you prefer to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s close to home, choose from the many staycation options in Makati or Manila and have a simple yet fun party with your loved ones.

 

Make 2020 the best year yet! Now that you know the holiday dates, it’s time to book those stays! Book hotels on Traveloka and score great deals all year-round!

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