Where to travel in 2023: Airbnb reveals the hottest destinations for Filipinos this year

This 2023, there’s definitely no slowing down Filipinos’ revived wanderlust. Whether it’s a well-deserved retreat to your favourite city,  exploring a hidden gem you’re visiting for the first time, or rediscovering one of the Philippines’ many beautiful islands — travel is definitely a treat that everyone is looking forward to this year.

As more countries reopen their borders and airlines add more flights to international hotspots, latest data from Airbnb reveals that domestic destinations remain top of mind for Filipinos. If you’re wondering where to travel next, read on for the top trending destinations in the Philippines, paired with the most extraordinary Airbnb Stays hosted by locals ready to provide you with their best tips (and well-kept secrets!) to make the most of your destination. 

Immerse in history and natural wonders in the country’s oldest city

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

#1 on the list is Cebu City, which has undeniably captured the attention of tourists from all over the world. The city has much to offer any type of traveler — from colorful festivals to unique delicacies and vibrant urban landscapes to nature-based adventures. For large families and barkadas planning to visit the south’s Queen city, check out these spacious homes with outdoor pools and amenities such as this mansion aptly titled ‘The Helix’ for its impressive spiral staircase and this modern 7-bedroom luxury villa with an infinity pool, both providing spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Soak up Cebuano culture and offerings in Lapu-Lapu City

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Lapu-Lapu City is steeped both in rich cultural heritage, and its pristine white-sand beaches. For an unforgettable trip to the city, why not book Airbnb Stays that are currently trending? Check out this luxurious two-story Ouano Beach House nestled along the coast of Mactan Island with exclusive access to the beach. Another option is this rustic modern villa perfectly located near beaches and nearby islands, which also features an indoor waterfall pool and billiards table.

Live out your island dreams in El Nido, Palawan

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Over the years, El Nido has been gradually gathering word of mouth as one of the best beach destinations in the world — thanks to its breathtakingly clear waters teeming with marine life. To fully enjoy this beach lover’s paradise, this newly-built tropical-themed villa offers direct access to Las Cabañas Beach & Maremegmeg Beach and lies a stone’s throw away from the island’s nightlife and restaurants. Another option is this dreamy and romantic designer villa perfect for couples, located just a few minutes from Nacpan Beach and with a private pool to boot.

Go on a digital detox and recharge in Coron, Palawan

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Another popular island destination south of Luzon is Coron – home to many of the Philippines’ most unique wreck diving spots. Often considered the quieter and more laidback sibling of El Nido, Coron is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. The island offers multiple stays with amazing views — such as this lovely beachfront room which comes with stunning sunsets and island tours for a hassle-free trip. You can also rent a private bed and breakfast in this island home tucked away in a quiet cove, where you can catch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast by the veranda. 

Drive up north and cool off in Baguio’s chilly weather

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

If you want to take a break from the tropical heat in the metro, drive up north and stay for a week or more in the country’s Summer Capital. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Baguio — from its abundant flora and parks brimming with exciting activities, to local neighborhoods where you can soak up Cordilleran art and enjoy delicious delicacies. For those who can’t bear to leave their furry ones at home, this pet-friendly Muji-style home just a few minutes away from Burnham Park makes for the perfect stay. Those seeking some fresh mountain air can check out this chic, industrial-themed home with large glass walls showing off the lush pine trees aplenty and morning mountain fog.

All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Airbnb’s top 3 magical destinations and Airbnb Stays to book this Christmas

The holiday spirit in the Philippines is definitely in full swing now that December has come around. From malls blasting Christmas carols to streets lined up with colorful lights and parols, it definitely feels like Christmas wherever one goes!  

For Filipinos looking for festive spots to visit during this season, several destinations around the country have gone the extra mile to spread the holiday joy. From the wintery mountaintops of Baguio down to the sparkling lights displays in Makati, here are some of the must-visit Christmas getaways in the Philippines this year — plus amazing Airbnb Stays for those planning to spend a night or more exploring these destinations.

Witness the giant lanterns of San Fernando, Pampanga

Pampanga not only dishes up the most delicious sisig, but it is also home to giant lanterns adorned with colorful motifs and dazzling lights. Every year, the province holds its Ligligan Parul where they display the excellent craftsmanship of Kapampangans and award the “brightest star” among the year’s lanterns. People flock to the province not only to witness these “stars” in action but also to bring home gorgeous lanterns to be displayed in their own homes.

Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations

For large families or barkadas planning to visit Pampanga, the province boasts spacious villas with pools and amenities such as this modern tropical villa specifically built for staycations. This three-bedroom guesthouse is another option, and previous guests have raved about how every nook and corner is aesthetically curated — serving as the perfect backdrop for those holiday photos.

Experience Baguio’s cozy Christmas vibes

The City of Pines is a popular go-to for the holidays for incredible Christmas vibes. Besides its cool temperature and breathtaking scenery, travelers can enjoy holiday favourites including the famous tsokolate de batirol, and explore fun destinations like the Christmas Village known for its gigantic lanterns, lights, and even artificial snow!

Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations

Complete your Baguio experience by booking a cosy cabin getaway, like this mid-century A-frame cabin that can comfortably sleep 8 guests and is located near favorite spots like Wright Park. For an additional Christmas spirit, what about this rustic cabin that comes adorned with Christmas decorations plus  a  working brick fireplace? Both cabins are also pet-friendly so your fur babies won’t feel left out!

Watch the spectacular lights show in Ayala Triangle Gardens

The Festival of Lights has been widely considered to be a contemporary Christmas tradition in Makati. Trees bedecked with lights twinkling in unison to holiday music — it’s sure a magical sight. Now in its 14th year, the lights and sound display promises Filipinos a more thrilling and whimsical experience this year. 

Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations
Airbnb Christmas Destinations

Skip the traffic and book these well-designed homes within the metro that are sure to be family favorites. This cozy three-bedroom family home in Taguig makes a perfect home away from home with its well-equipped living, dining, and kitchen areas. Another option is this luxury home in Makati complete with a fully furnished master suite, ensuite jacuzzi, and a cozy recliner to boot!

Discover more incredible homes for the holidays by downloading the Airbnb app or visiting https://www.airbnb.com/.

All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Hosting on Airbnb gains momentum in the Philippines amidst growing appetite for travel

As the holiday season awaits and the travel rebound continues to unfold, more Filipino travelers are embracing flexible travel while more homeowners turn to hosting on Airbnb for additional income. A new survey commissioned by Airbnb* reveals that over half of Filipinos polled expressed interest in becoming Airbnb Hosts to take advantage of the new appetite for travel. 

Around the world, Airbnb has seen strong growth rates of  new Hosts, especially in countries with high inflation rates. Notably, 77 percent of Filipinos polled said they were looking for ways to offset rising costs of living. The survey also shows that desire for travel remains high, with over a quarter of respondents saying that they will continue to find ways to travel even if general costs of living rise. 

In a trend that started since the pandemic, millions are now enjoying their newfound freedom to live and work anywhere. Notably, 65 percent of Filipinos polled said that they are now more flexible in terms of their type of holidays and time of travel. Notably, of those who plan to travel within the next year, 1 in 4 Filipinos said they plan to travel without set dates.

This new approach to travel and living continues to shape the choice of accommodation among Filipino travellers. When asked about factors that influence when and how they travel:

  • Almost half indicated they are likely to travel if they can find accommodation that makes longer stays easy and comfortable
  • 35% pointed to destinations offering unique styles of accommodations
  • 25% prioritised access to amenities that make it easy to combine remote work with travel, such as a dedicated workspace and a fast, reliable internet connection

This growing appetite for travel among Filipinos puts homeowners in a unique position to take advantage of the Airbnb Setup, the all-new easy way to Airbnb one’s home which was announced early this month. In Q3, Pasay ranked as the #1 trending domestic destination for Filipino guests on Airbnb, followed by El Nido, Cebu City, Paranaque, and Iloilo City.**

Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said the fundamental shifts towards long-term stays and flexible travel point to the increasingly important role that short-term accommodations (STRA) like Airbnb play in the new era of travel. 

“This growing appetite for travel is a positive sign as tourism recovery gathers pace. More keenly, this is an opportune moment for aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs to Airbnb their homes and earn additional income to mitigate rising living costs or support their travels,” he added. 

* Online survey of 1063 respondents in the Philippines commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by YouGov between 6-12 October 2022

** Based on increase in searches of destinations (minimum 1,000) in Q3 2021

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