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  • How To Enjoy A Safe Day At The Beach With Your Family, According To A Mom

    Careful planning and following safety protocols enabled them to enjoy a quick out-of-town trip.
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
How To Enjoy A Safe Day At The Beach With Your Family, According To A Mom
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nikkievol Chua
  • If there’s one thing we miss these days, it’s taking a family trip to bond, mark special occasions, or simply to destress. With summer fast approaching, our longing to be outdoors is stronger than ever.

    Fortunately, traveling to nearby provinces and vacation spots is possible, provided that you still follow safety protocols and adhere to the rules of the place you’re visiting.

    In her post on our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, mom of three Nikkievol Chua shared how their group of 20 people, who all lived in one house, safely traveled to Calatagan, Batangas for a day trip. Nikkievol shared that it’s their first out-of-town trip as a family since the start of the quarantine period so they made sure the family is complete.

    “Medyo risky po talaga pero kasi it’s been a long time na ‘yung mga kasama namin sa bahay hindi nakakalabas so I think they needed this, too, especially seniors and PWDs ‘yung kasama ko sa bahay bukod sa kids ko,” she shared in an email interview.

    How to have a safe beach trip

    Nikkievol says when choosing a destination, always go for a child-friendly place where your kids can also have fun.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nikkievol Chua

    Taking into consideration their big group and the needed physical distancing, Nikkievol and her family chose to go to the beach. From Cavite where they live, it took only two hours via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu road to reach their destination.

    If you would also like to decompress or reward the family with a quick trip out of town, Nikkievol shares tips below:

    1. Research on the protocols in place at your destination.

    Just recently, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) have loosened the travel protocols in place – with travel authorities and health certificates no longer required for domestic travel.

    Nonetheless, inquire with your barangay if you’re still required to secure a health certificate and if your destination still requires documentation. Nikkievol and her family had to get clearance from their barangay for a fee.

    In addition, they had to forward the details of their trip to their destination so they’ll be cleared at the checkpoint area of Calatagan.

    “The checkpoint in Calatagan is strict. Once we have the health certificate, we messaged Brother Rey (owner of the Floating Cottage) the names of the travelers so they can advise those who are stationed at the checkpoint,” she explains.

    (Editor's note: As of March 10, 2021 the Tourism department of Calatagan no longer allows children under 15 and adults over 65 in establishments unless the place has a certificate of authority to operate as a staycation.)

     2. Pick a destination where everyone’s guaranteed to have a good time.

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    To ensure everyone’s safety, Nikkievol and her family wore their masks inside the van and even while on the raft.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nikkievol Chua

    Nikkievol chose their destination to avoid crowds and to make sure they’ll make it back home early. “Gusto namin ‘yung location na hindi crowded. Factor din syempre ‘yung rates and pinili namin ‘yung hindi kalayuan para masulit ‘yung araw at hindi lang maubos ang oras sa biyahe,” she shares.

    3.Go for a budget-friendly place.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nikkievol Chua

    Kuya Rey Little Boracay Floating Cottage has family-friendly rates at Php350 per person and Php270 for senior citizens and PWDs, while kids aged below 12 years old can avail of the package free of charge. The rates cover the following:

    • Entrance fee
    • Boat rental
    • Life vests
    • Floating cottage
    • Ecological fee
    • Parking for one vehicle
    • Tours: Sandbar, 30ft.-deep beach, Starfish Island, Little Boracay

    According to Nikkevol, guests have the option to stay in one island and you just need to tell the lifeguard on the raft if you want to move to the station.

    4. Bring your own food.

    Nikkievol and her family spent around Php4,200 for their day trip since they brought their own food. Since a griller is available on the raft for free, you can bring food and prepare it there. If you want extra snacks, there are sellers in boats that sell ice cream, softdrinks, and more.

    5. Be responsible in sticking to safety protocols.

    Even on the beach, Nikkievol noted that people are practicing distancing.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nikkievol Chua

    The only time the family removed their masks is when they’re swimming and spending time on the beach.

    Choosing to go on a trip is a decision you and your family need to make. As much as we all want to be out and about, we need to take into consideration everyone’s health and safety at this time.

    A change in scenery can do wonders for our overall health even if it’s just for a day, but before you embark on an adventure with your loved ones, do proper research, review your options, and always follow the protocols in place.

    The government standardizing travel requirements doese not mean disregarding safety measures. If you cannot avoid traveling, click here for important tips from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

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