Ditch the revenge travel hangovers of 2023, for 2024 whispers of deeper connections and soul-searching journeys. Travel experts at Booking.com predict a shift towards experiences that spark self-discovery and establish meaningful bonds.
In other words, it’s time to swap generic tourist traps for destinations that mirror your inner landscapes.
Mario Berta, Country Manager of Igloo Philippines, puts it beautifully: “Traveling is all about personal experiences. Whether you’re with friends or going solo, there’s always something special you discover along the way, giving you unique moments and memories.”
Igloo, as a regional insurtech, prioritizes people-first insurance services. Its Travel Master, developed with GCash and Malayan Insurance, ensures coverage for personal accidents, flight delays, lost luggage, medical emergencies, and COVID-19 protection.
Now buckle up as we journey through film-inspired destinations recommended by Igloo, each promising a chance to rewrite your own travel story. Whether you’re seeking solace in breathtaking vistas or rekindling romance in vibrant streets, let these cinematic escapes inspire your next trip.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – Broken Hearts Trip (2023)
Broken Hearts Trip, an entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), follows five LGBTQ individuals on a healing journey across the Philippines. They explore Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, known as the “Boracay of the North,” featuring stunning beaches like Maira-ira (Blue Lagoon), Saud, and Pansian. Pagudpud’s less crowded beaches offer a tranquil escape, making it ideal for solitude or intimate moments.
Fujiyoshida City, Japan – When I Met You in Tokyo (2023)
When I Met You in Tokyo, another MMFF entry, tells a tale of unexpected love in beautiful places. The story unfolds in Tokyo, with a scenic detour to Fujiyoshida City and the Chureito Pagoda, providing a majestic view of Mount Fuji. A two-hour train ride from Tokyo, Fujiyoshida City offers spectacular views, especially during cherry blossom season or the changing colors of autumn.
Sagada, Mountain Province – Write About Love (2019)
Write About Love features two writers who, while collaborating on a script, embark on a pilgrimage to Sagada. The town’s magnificent sunset and sea of clouds inspire reconciliation and resolution of personal issues. Sagada, nestled in the mountains of Mountain Province, offers breathtaking views, requiring a half-day ride from Manila and trekking to Marlboro Hills for an unobstructed sunrise and sea of clouds.
San Juan, La Union – I’m Drunk I Love You (2017)
I’m Drunk I Love You is a romantic drama about two college best friends on a final road trip to San Juan, La Union. The film captures the town’s laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere, highlighting its reputation as a top surfing spot. Beyond the shoreline, travelers can explore La Union’s natural beauty, including the impressive Tangadan Falls, making it a go-to destination for a comforting retreat.
Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
Barcelona: A Love Untold unfolds in the romantic and vibrant city of Barcelona, portraying two individuals with emotional baggage seeking distraction or a fresh start. Amidst the city’s colorful ambiance, the film explores love and self-discovery. Barcelona’s richness, from Park Güell’s mosaics to the Picasso Museum’s timeless art, offers abundant beauty. The city is not only a haven for art and culture but also an ideal place to discover love or realize personal growth, akin to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.