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Planning A Trip to the Philippines

We strongly recommend to our members from outside the Philippines to visit the country, if possible several times.  It is a great chance to meet people, and it is a great country to visit.

Overall, most of the Philippines is safe, and the Filipino people are friendly to visitors.

You can find many resources on visiting, from a US government guide, to Wikitravel Philippines, and dozens of guidebooks and websites. You can also review forums such as Philippines Living or the many other forums for visitors to and residents of the Philippines.

Some of our members ask about the best time of year to visit.  But our opinion is that anytime can be fine.  The rainy and dry seasons in the Philippines are not as distinct as in some tropical countries, so even the rainy season is not always rainy and the dry season also is not completely without rain.  During summer and fall months, there is increased risks of typhoons which can be an inconvenience.  But our opinion is that for most people the experience is worth the inconvenience.

There are many old and new things to see first-hand in the Philippines

The two typical entry points into the Philippines are either Manila or Cebu, but these are not the only two cities you can fly to.  There are direct flights into other airports as well, and you can also get an international ticket which includes a domestic segment to connect you to another city, whether that is Dumaguete (where we met), or any of dozens of other cities in any other province.

If you have enough time, you might try to visit a few places.  And do try to experience both the city and the countryside.  Don’t try to find the cheapest hotels; something mid-range will still be quite cheap per night by most visitor’s standards and yet feel more comfortable for a visit.

The most important thing is to “just do it” and buy your tickets  - whether it is a week or a few weeks or even a month or more – go ahead, buy your tickets and go.  Then you can let any other members on our site know that you have a trip planned, and tell them you would like to meet casually in person.

When you are going to meet someone else from our site, remember to ask them to bring one or at most two people (depending on your comfort level) along to meet you in a public place for an inexpensive meal.  Don’t try to impress anyone by paying for an expensive meal; just stick to something simple to get started on the right foot in person indicating that personal values are more important to you than material ones.

One final point, you will need a passport to travel to the Philippines, but from most countries including the USA you do not need a visa to go there.  You will get 3 weeks automatically when you arrive at the airport, and then you can extend that time if you wish at any local immigration office in two month increments.

If you have any other questions, feel free to add them to the comments, and we will do our best to answer your questions.

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  1. I agree with your latest post. I first visited the philippines last year Jan 2011. Before I visited i was very worried about safety and what to expect. However after my first visit, i fell in love with the country and since then I have visited 5 times within one year. The people are loving and the country is very safe for the most part. If you visit just use common sense and safety precautions as you would use visiting any other country. The country is a great vacation spot also many beautiful beach resorts. I have also visited some of the ladies from CF that I meet online. This is very important so that you see the person face to face and see what you are getting. I am still in the process and still meeting people. I have not decided on a lady yet but hopefully soon. Overall I encourage people from outside the country to go visit. You will not regret it in fact you will wish you had visited sooner


    Comment by rueben A — January 29, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  2. I have been an expat in the Philippines for 12 years. I’ve never had any problems anywhere in the country. As Rueben says, use common sense, and don’t go to remote areas of Mindanao.

    Comment by Patrick in Cebu — February 7, 2012 @ 5:30 am

  3. I have met someone, and will be getting married soon,how long a wait,cost of marriage license, blood test,and fees? also how long after she applies for visa will she be able to leave she is 31 yrs, and I am 68,

    Comment by clyde patrick — May 26, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  4. Hi Clyde, Congratulations. It all depends on where you are from, where she is from, where you will be getting married, etc. Typically if you want to get married in the Philippines it will take about one month of preparation to jump through all the hoops. The fees are quite minimal; it is the legal details that are more complicated. For this reason many countries offer a “fiance visa” where you actually do not get married in the Philippines, but instead apply for her to join you in your country and then get married in your country.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — May 26, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  5. I am from Ohio, born is ohio, she is from manila, born there is there a big wait for visa for her to leave after we marry? She is THE ONE for me. We are very happy, and I have a good income.

    Comment by clyde patrick — May 27, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  6. Hi Clyde, You can call Deron at (877) 899-1857 for the most up-to-date visa processing times. Tell him that we sent you there and ask for the Christian Filipina package as you are a member of our site. I think your fastest option is the fiance visa which takes between 6 months and 1 year to process, but he is the expert on it. I’m sure that the correct next step is for you to meet in person. Don’t put legal details before personal ones is our advice: spend some time together as soon as possible.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — May 27, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

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