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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Sage
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    Hi there Jo,

    I stumbled upon this post while doing some research on the Philippines. I’m trying to determine how physically grading Banaue is. It seems like I could get around without doing any intense walking or trekking, especially if I opt for tricycles. I had foot surgery in December, and I don’t plan on traveling to Banaue until mid-February. My foot will be healed by then, but I still need to be cautious. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  3. chinyi
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    Hi Jo,

    Did you find Banaue and Batad safe to travel for a solo female?


  4. yanna
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    Hi Jo. Do you have Abner’s contact info?

  5. Lorna Doctor
    Lorna Doctor at | | Reply

    Thanks a lot for this informative post! Shall be following these directions next month :)

  6. hasan
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    Wow, really great explaining and describe. Thanks a lot for sharing this great experince.

  7. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
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    I will :) Happy travels.

  8. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam at | | Reply

    Great post, Jo! It’s very informative and gave me the advice I needed. Thanks :)

  9. junisia
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    i live in Batad…just contact me if you need some accomodation and tour guides..

    1. Rose
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      Hi Jo, this is a helpful blog for me.. We are planning to go to rice terraces.
      If I can contact Junisia we want her service ..thank you

  10. Graes
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    Hi Jo. Thank you for this travelogue. It’s exactly what I am looking for – right details and inside info. :-) Planning to go visit but only have 2 days max. I guess I would have to plan it another time to truly get the feel without being rushed?

    Once again, thank you!

  11. JBVTours
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    Jo, you got all right for Banaue . For me the Las Vegas is the best place to eat and enjoy at least a short evening. They do some jamming there to and it can be some fun.
    I would say too, anyone going to Banaue on a short trip, do the Batad Tour, its hard but really the better.

  12. James
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    Wow!! What an informative blog! It’s sorted me right out! I’m planning on doing the exact same itinerary in March! I have two queries though and am hopeful you can help me :))
    1) You did 2 days 1 night right? (It’s what i gathered from the article) Day 1 Banuae and stayed there, Day 2 daytrip to banad!?
    2) You got the 6pm bus back to Manila with Ohyami!? It wasn’t rushed and you had enough time to get back to the bus!?

    I hope you enjoyed Kuala Lumpur! It’s a wonderful city!

  13. Benjamin Asis
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    Thank you very much for an interesting, insightful and informative account of your experience. We are planning of going to Banaue also and this is a good help.

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