Saturday, January 17, 2015

One of the considerations we take when we travel is the visa restrictions of the countries we plan to visit. It’s annoying when you already made plans and bookings and later on got your visa application denied.


Henley & Partners, a global company specializing in residence and citizenship planning has published the Visa Restrictions Index for 2014. The company ranks 200 countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens can benefit from. It counted the number of destinations that their citizen can visit without having to obtain a visa prior to their travel.

Here’s a list of the top 5 and bottom 5 passports based on the study.

Top 5 PASSPORTS
Finland, Germany, Sweden, USA, United Kingdom
Rank: 1
Score: 174 (Number of destinations citizens can travel visa-free)

Canada, Denmark
Rank: 2
Score: 173

Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
Rank: 3
Score: 172

Austria, Ireland, Norway
Rank: 4
Score: 171

New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland
Rank: 5
Score: 170

BOTTOM 5 PASSPORTS
Nepal
Rank: 90
Score: 37

Palestinian Territory
Rank: 91
Score: 35

Pakistan, Somalia
Rank: 92
Score: 32

Iraq
Rank: 93
Score: 31

So how about the Philippines? Click on the image and see how we rank.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

After a series of judging (three to be exact), the winners of this year's Christmas Symbols Festival in Tangub City has been announced. 


Monday, December 29, 2014

Established five years ago, Gloria's Fantasyland is one of the country's top theme parks and is considered the first amusement park in Mindanao. It is situated inside the Gloria de Dapitan Entertainment Complex right at the heart of Dapitan City. It features amazing rides such as Zimmerman coaster, Go Kart, Beehive, and Bumper Cars as well as a 5D theater and the must-see Horror House.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Year 2014 has been a good year for Escape Manila. I have traveled to a lot of places and met a lot of people which became good friends. The highlight of this year's travel was when I visited Itbayat, the northernmost inhabited island of the Philippines and when I set foot in Saluag, the southernmost Island in the country.

Itbayat - the Northernmost inhabited isalnd in the Philippines

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This festive season, treat yourself with a sumptuous meal at Park Inn by Radisson Davao. Experience Park Inn's delectable culinary treats on Christmas and New Year's Day. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

One of the must-see destinations in the Philippines during Christmas season, Tangub City offers an amazing display of Christmas symbols during the most celebrated holiday in the country.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mindanao is blessed with a lot of natural attractions like beaches, lakes, mountains and of course majestic and enchanting waterfalls. Here's Escape Manila's top picks of the must-see waterfalls in Mindanao that you should visit next year.