Do you want to go somewhere to escape Manila’s heat and fast-paced lifestyle? If so, why not plan your next vacation in the country’s summer capital, Baguio? And if you’re working with Remote Staff, you won’t even have to worry about your work, as you can take it with you.
One advantage of working via online jobs is flexibility. This means you can adjust your work to a schedule that best suits your needs.
With that in mind, with so many things to do in Baguio, where should you start? Not to worry, as here are 7 of the most popular tourist spots in Baguio you shouldn’t miss while remote working there.
Visit the Baguio Botanical Garden.
Tired of working in an enclosed space all the time? Then the Baguio Botanical Garden is the place to go. Located on Leonard Wood Road, the botanical garden is one of Baguio’s must-see tourist spots. It is home to Pine Trees and various plants and flowers of all shapes and sizes.
Aside from being a beautiful sight, taking a trip to Baguio Botanical Garden is also good for your health. According to doctors, taking a walk in nature parks and breathing fresh air improves one’s mental health, blood pressure, and mood. Perfect for relieving your stress from work.
So if you want to enjoy nature while working remotely, this tourist spot is one you shouldn’t miss. And the best part? There’s no admission fee to the Baguio Botanical Garden.
Tour Burnham Park.
No trip to Baguio would be complete without visiting Burnham Park at least once. Also called the city’s “mother of all parks,” it is located along Harrison Road and close to Session Road, Baguio’s thoroughfare.
If you’re concerned you won’t be able to work while having fun here, don’t worry. Burnham Park has free public wifi that you can use for work and communicating with your co-workers.
Other features of the park include a children’s playground, rose garden, Igorot garden, and orchidarium. If you’re looking for souvenirs, there are plenty of stalls that sell them and other items you may like within the park.
Shop at the Baguio Night Market.
Are you an avid shopaholic but don’t have that much cash? Then you’re going to love the ukay-ukay of Baguio’s Night Market. As its name suggests, the market lasts from 9 pm to 2 am and offers various merchandise at affordable prices.
In the Night Market, you will find locally produced goods, quality secondhand clothing, bags, and shoes. If you’re lucky, you can even find vintage items you wouldn’t find elsewhere. Not only will you find great bargains, but you’ll also be supporting the city’s small-time businesses.
So if you want to get the most out of your salary and even score some rare finds, the Baguio Night Market’s perfect for you.
Stop by at The Mansion.
Once the summer home of the American Governor-General, The Mansion now serves as the summer home of the Philippine President. Because of this, access to its interior is limited.
That said, this famous landmark isn’t entirely restricted from the public. You can still take photos on The Mansion’s ornate iron gate and lawn. There is also The Mansion House Museum, where you can see some of the items used by the presidents while staying there.
How does this connect to remote working, you may ask? Well, we all need a change in scenery every now and then. Visiting different places can help clear your mind from work worries and enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Go Strawberry Picking.
Aside from being the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio is also known as the Philippines’ strawberry capital. Baguio’s climate is perfect for raising strawberries, which explains why there are many strawberry products in cafes and restaurants.
So if you’re craving strawberries while remote working, head to the nearby Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. Besides offering tours to tourists, the farm also allows tourists to pick and eat fresh strawberries and various strawberry-flavored food.
Embark on an Adventure at Camp John Hay.
Another holdover from the American colonial period that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Baguio is Camp John Hay. Once a rest and recreation facility for American soldiers on leave, it is now a great place to experience nature while remaining close to Manila.
There are plenty of outdoor activities that you can do at Camp John Hay, ranging from hiking to visiting a butterfly sanctuary. One activity worthy of note is the treetop adventure: a series of exciting rides, including the superman ride (zipline), tree drop (harnessed free fall), and canopy ride.
Again, you may ask, “how does this relate to remote work?” Sitting all day remote working can have detrimental effects on your body, especially if you’re not exercising. So an opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe fresh air shouldn’t be missed.
See the Easter Weaving Room.
If you’re interested in seeing Cordillera’s culture in person, you shouldn’t miss going to the Easter Weaving Room. Established in 1908 by missionaries to preserve traditional Cordilleran weaving, it grew from a small room to a 3-story building today.
The Easter Weaving Room houses an extensive collection of Cordilleran handicrafts, mostly woven materials, such as table cloths, clothing accessories, and wall hangings. And, of course, you can also watch the weavers at work in one of the sections of the facility.
In terms of souvenirs, you can also purchase some of the finished products yourself. These are often better quality than those sold outside and far cheaper, perfect for decorating your workstation or carrying other remote work-related items.
Why Wait for Summer to Go to Baguio?
Thanks to the popularity of remote work, your location is no longer an issue when it comes to working. You can take the vacation of your dreams and still accomplish your tasks simultaneously, as long as you have a laptop and internet connection.
And if you don’t want to go far from Manila, Baguio’s the perfect destination. And with this guide, you don’t need to worry about where or what to do during your trip.