By Nadj Villaver | VigorBuddy.com
Heading up North to the country’s summer capital with the whole family? Traveling with your kids entails a whole lot approach when it comes to preparation and itinerary as compared to when you travel solo. Here are a few tips to ace your Baguio family vacation:
- Plan in advance
Keep in mind that you will not be traveling alone and backpacking is really not recommended for your family vacation. Sit down with the family members and decide when will be the best schedule. It’s highly recommended to stay at least 3-4 days so you can visit various Baguio tourist spots. Make a research on the must-visit places and prepare your itinerary ahead of time for a hassle-free vacation.
- Pack smart
Check the recurring temperature in the City of Pines to guide you on what to pack. This will allow you to choose the best cold weather clothes from your apparel. Make sure the kids have ample clothes especially when the temperature gets cooler. Summer wear such as tank tops will not be essential to bring. You may bring with you a jacket, coat or sweater, scarf, shawl or any suitable wrap. But if you’ll be visiting the city during summer, temperature may vary.
Since you have already planned in advance, you can ask the kids to bring specific outfits & gear to match the recreational activity you’ve planned like horseback riding. Visualize also the change of clothes for dinner, pajamas, or what is needed during the day including a change of clothes, especially with kids if something gets dirty or in case of accidents.
Tip: There’s a Baguio Night Market where you can buy used branded items including clothes, shoes, bags and toys at very affordable prices.
- Travel during weekdays
Baguio tourist spots like Burnham Park, Wright Park and Mines View Park are always jam-packed during peak season and even weekends. It will be a good alternative to you itinerary to have your family vacation on weekdays because it would mean lesser tourists and more opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the recreational activities and take that perfect groupie. Moreover, traveling on a weekday also give you better deals in terms of accommodation and tour packages.
Tip: One of the hotels in Baguio that offers weekday promo is Azalea Hotels and Residences. For example, during Tuesday they offer “It’s Choose-day!” promo wherein guests who booked on a weekday can choose between a free room upgrade or free 2 guests. During Wednesdays, they have “What’s Hot Wednesday” wherein guests can enjoy a discount that corresponds to the temperature in the Metro. Say, the temperature in Metro Manila is 39⁰ C, Azalea Baguio will offer 39% discount on their rooms when they booked that day.
- Choose a family-friendly hotel
The hotel where you will stay is an essential part of your family vacation. It will be your home away from home so make it’s a family-friendly hotel. Rooms should be larger so the entire family can have their own space, especially for small kids who like to wander around. There must also be spaces to explore for kids like spacious hotel grounds and kid’s playground. Likewise, a vital facility that you need to consider in choosing your accommodation is the availability of a kitchenette. This will be helpful especially if you have toddlers with you and you need to prepare for their milk or food.
Tip: Check also Family Deals. Azalea Baguio, the only 4-star serviced apartment hotel with full kitchen facilities, offers a free room upgrade to a 2-bedroom suite for families who book a 1-bedroom suite with their Family Fun Summer Weekday Holiday Treat.
- Visit new Baguio Tourist Spots
If you’ve been to Baguio several times, you might have already crossed out everything in the traditional “Where to Go in Baguio” list. For your next family vacation, why not try to visit new destinations like Ili Likha Artists Village along Assumption Road, Tam-awan Village at Mt. Jumbo.
Tip: Ask for tour packages from the hotel where you’ll be staying. Some hotels like Azalea Baguio offers tours for their guests. What’s good is they offer special tour packages like Family Fun which includes the fresh destinations like the ones mentioned above.
Whether it’s your first time to visit Baguio or a regular visitor already, these are some of the tips to make the most out of your family vacation.
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