Tours on foot, horse-drawn carriage, boat, and jeepney – you will see that a lot in the Philippines. But have you heard of a guided motorcycle tours?
Motorcycle tours sprout at the emergence of biker culture in the country and the natural love of Filipinos for road trips. Not for the faint-hearted, though, but every adventure-starved traveler must take a sojourn on a motorbike once in their life. Here is why:
Rolled-down car windows are a cliché; get a 360-degree view with a motor bike. You can get an unobstructed view of the road, especially if you are crossing highways from the metro to the provinces. The path gets greener if you are crossing farms and mountains, or bluer if you are riding near the coasts. Summertime paints the roads yellow when crossing central Luzon with the rice grains spread on the roadside to dry, and with the stream of sunrays on full, seas turn turquoise to emerald.
It is easy to jump on motorcycle tours because it is the fad these days. On the other hand, you can do it on your own. You can rent a motorcycle and map up your own trail. Motorcycles are more budget friendly than vans and cars. Most of the time, you do not have to pay for parking. The tollgate fees in express highways are also the lowest among vehicle classifications, but you would probably prefer to skirt around towns.
One thing you won’t need riding a motorbike is air conditioning, but you have the sweet breeze to keep you cool. Once you are out of the metro, you will swear motorcycle is the best transportation to immerse with the provincial atmosphere. Try to ride away from the city, though, before the sun goes up so you will not be soaked in sweat before reaching Pampanga, Antipolo or Cavite.
Motorcycles are popular in the provinces because of the alleys that can only fit a person. During traffic, you can wind your way to the head of the queue and speed away as soon as the traffic lights turn green.
Try motorcycling and get the best out of your vacation in the Philippines.