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When in mainland Luzon and itching to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life or the workplace, you can only daydream of backpacking and finding a secluded beach that no one has heard of. You are most probably a professional with limited vacation leave credits and can't possible miss a day or two of work because of mounting bills waiting to be paid. In this day and age, you are called the middle class.

A middle class person's standard getaway is usually still part of one's work. It's either an out-of-town assignment or a company excursion for team building. It's always never your choice of destination and certainly is never truly fun.

Camerasia and Turista Trails have compiled the following summer spots in mainland Luzon which you can consider saving up enough money for by the time you're ready for an overnight getaway and have to rush back to the city for work:

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El Puerto Marina Resort & Spa

Good Value: Numerous activities to do -- pool and beach swimming, fishing, etc.
Location: Lingayen, Pangasinan
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: 5 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P2,800
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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Punta De Fabian Resort

Good Value: Hilltop infinity pool by the resort cliff overlooking Laguna Lake
Location: Baras, Rizal
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P3,000 as of 2012
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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The Oriental-Legazpi

Good Value: Splendid view of the majestic Mount Mayon from the roof top deck's infinity pool
Location: Legazpi City, Albay
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: 9 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P3,000+
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Good Value: Heritage architecture museum and a batis-inspired swimming pool overlooking the beach
Location: Bagac, Bataan
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: roughly 3 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P3,500 as of 2012
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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Playa Tropical

Good Value: Bali-inspired environment
Location: Currimao, Ilocos Norte
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: 7-8 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P3,000+ as of 2012
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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Acuatico Beach Resort

Good Value: Lukewarm and well-designed infinity pool overlooking Laiya beach
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: roughly 3 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P6.000 as of 2012
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

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Thunderbird Poro Point

Good Value: 5-star hotel-resort quality service and amenities
Location: Poro Point, La Union
Commute Distance from Metro Manila: 6 hours
Overnight Budget Estimate:  P6.000+ as of 2012
See more photos and read more insights on Turista Trails.

Qs  To Ask Yourself When Booking for a Hotel or Resort Accommodation:

• Does it come with free breakfast for two (2) people?

• Is there a bus or van commute from the city to the hotel/resort and back?

• What are the activities that I can experience aside from pool or beach swimming?

• Is mobile signal and internet wifi access possible at the hotel/resort?

• Is the food serving at the hotel/resort good for 1 or 2 or more people?

• (reservation over the phone) Can I request for a discount. How much then can you give me?

 


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    Karl Ace is a University of Santo Tomas (UST) graduate of Fine Arts and a certified Odesk Online Article and Blog Writer. He's a work-from-home consultant on weekdays and a local tourist on weekends. As an advocate of point-and-shoot photography, he always ascertains that the less intrusion on the subject, the better.  See his snap shots.


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