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Stress and difficult times are an inevitable part of life, and a day comes when you just have to get away from it all. No plans, no itineraries involved, just a random decision to hop on a bus to take you where you want to go.

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While we would never trade Baguio’s cold mountain air for anything, we believe that the sun and the sea are part of life’s necessities for peace of mind, so it’s really fortunate that San Juan, La Union is just a couple of hours away.

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We took a Partas Bus as San Juan is within its route to Laoag. Bags packed with just the essentials for a one day trip to the beach, we left at 12:30pm. We arrived at the San Juan town proper before 3pm and took a tricycle to Urbiztondo (though we actually passed it on the way to the town proper).



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Urbiztondo has a great lineup of resorts that work for all budget types. There are cottages available, and some resorts provide access to shower rooms, for a small fee, of course.

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It’s probably common knowledge that San Juan is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, but even if we didn’t go surfing, wading in the shore (albeit violent) was more than enough to keep us satisfied.

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Plus the beach had this gorgeous rock formation that looked like a surface from another planet.

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Our Beach Rule: Stop and enjoy the sunset. Never, ever, ever go to the beach without enjoying the sunset. A cup of coffee by your side would be even better.

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Dusk was our cue to go home. Even though we could have stayed the night, we were content with our afternoon, minds refreshed and hearts cleansed, ready to get back to the real world.

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To be honest, we spent less than P1000 each on this trip, but that’s just because we’re maarte like that. For anyone else planning to one day go on a roadtrip like this, you could probably do better than we did with budgeting.

 

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