Admit it or not, most of us have an undying passion towards travelling. You book a flight, visit a country, and it’s probably the only time when you don’t need to fret about paying your bills, going to work or any of those troublesome responsibilities. A holiday is all about letting loose and having fun, but that too comes with a price – literally.

On top of flights, accommodation and other expenses, it is the worst when we are required to cough up extra cash for a Visa. Or take care of the extensive paperwork needed to apply for a visa beforehand.

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So to help you get that off your plate, we have listed down some of the best places you can visit visa-free (or with visa on arrival) this coming year!

Top Places to Visit in 2019 That Are Visa Free & Visa on Arrival For Filipinos

1. Fiji

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Fiji is a part of Oceania located in the South Pacific Ocean, meaning this gem of a country has got the prettiest range of beaches ever. Imagine yourself on one of their pristine white sand beaches, basking in the warm sun, occasionally taking a dip in the cool crystal clear waters. On the contrary, if you’re looking to get down and dirty, then head on over to their natural mud pools. But that’s not all there is to this place; Fiji has the perfect balance of fun and culture with the largest Hindu temple -in the entire Southern Hemisphere- located right here in Nadi.

2. Brazil  

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Thanks to the Olympic Games in 2016, that people got to see the absolute beauty this country has. What with it being home to over 2000 beaches, and lush rainforests that’ll keep you in awe, Brazil is truly a paradise for all nature lovers! The Brazilians are of multiple ethnic groups, with different cultural heritages, and welcome foreign tourists with open hearts! We would highly recommend that you travel during cooler seasons, i.e. Fall & Winter to enjoy a great outdoor time without sweating buckets.          

3. Maldives 

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If you’re looking to take a break from your bustling/stressful life and just enjoy utter tranquillity, sunbathing on white sand beaches, overlooking clear turquoise waters, then you should probably book your next flight to the Maldives. Apart from relaxing on beautiful beaches, awake your inner adventurer and go scuba diving, snorkelling or even swim alongside manta rays! Sadly, no thanks to climate changes, this little country is expected to eventually disappear into the sea, so better visit while you still can!

4. Costa Rica

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Being voted several times as the country with the happiest people, you’ll certainly find yourself at peace and filled with positive vibes when visiting Costa Rica. Rich with natural wonders and cultural heritage, this beautiful country should certainly be on the top of your travel bucket list. One of our favourite things about this underrated country are how friendly and generous the Costa Ricans are; they’ll make you feel right at home.

5. Sri Lanka

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You should certainly take advantage of the fact that Filipinos are one of the few people that needn’t apply for a visa when visiting Sri Lanka. Not only is it the perfect yoga retreat to rejuvenate your body and mind, but Sri Lanka is also home to some of the prettiest cultural heritage sites. In addition to that, the biodiversity in Sri Lanka is simply the best! From leopards to elephants, bears and wild boars –among others, be sure to visit one of the many national parks here so you can catch a glimpse of these wild animals too! The main languages here are Sinhalese and Tamil, however, most people –especially in the tourist spots- do speak basic English.

6. Thailand

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Thailand is a famous destination for tourists and honestly, we can’t blame them. This ASEAN country is home to some of the most gorgeous pristine white sand beaches, extremely friendly locals, and sweet and savoury cuisine with rich flavours! But that’s not all, for Thailand also has one of the most happening nightlife, with booze and loud music that’ll keep you dancing the entire night. Of course, if you’re looking to please your inner adventurer, then you could definitely check out the trekking trails, surf the clear waters, go white water rafting or even island hopping!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend, plan your trip, and book your tickets right away! Check out Expedia’s crazy promos and remember to go through ShopBack so you can score up to 8.0% cashback!

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