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Cebu Road Trip With Young Children

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June 14, 2019

A Cebu road trip with young children can be fun and exciting, especially because Cebu is the home to many beaches, mountains, and many more child-friendly activities. It has a lot to offer families who visit the Province. One of the best things to do in Cebu is to have a road trip going South or North. You can also choose to stay around Mactan as there are lots of man-made beaches in the area.

I bet you all know about Cebu already as I have mentioned it in my previous articles that I’ve written. But in case you missed it, here is a little introduction to my home city. Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines and the Queen City Of The South.

Below Are The Links To My Previous Articles That Talked About Cebu To Give You More Knowledge About Cebu Province.

 

Road trip

Contacted an Uber driver for us to ride.

Things To Know In Road Tripping Cebu With Young Foreign Children
  • Keep in mind the likes and dislikes your children have before heading on a road trip as it can change the journey.
  • Can your kid handle smelling cigarettes or dust? Because some of the areas are not great.
  • If you ride public transportation, it is hard to have a quick stop just for you to go to the bathroom. You have to hold your pee for hours along the journey before you can use the bathroom.
  • Remember, the bus stops in a particular restaurant of their liking, and that’s where you have the chance to use the bathroom and buy some snacks. They did some specific stops when people wanted to stop, but some foreign children are not used to pee in offside or with many trees or leaves around them.
  • When you go on a road trip, make sure to bring some coins with you because using the bathrooms usually isn’t free, you have to pay at least 5 or 10 pesos per person.
  • If your kids are used to the cold, it will be hard for them to handle the heat. Cebu isn’t that bad compared to Manila, but it can still be scorching hot.
  • Kids will have a hard time understanding not to use your cellphone in public when you’re riding in public transportation and or walking around the street. There are lots of snatchers around you’ll never know what kind of people are beside you. The saying, “Do Not Judge A Book By Its Cover” applies here. The wrong people can look elegant and make you think you’re safe to use your belongings.
  • Don’t wear pieces of jewelry when you’re wandering around Cebu to avoid being a victim. In this way, you can walk around the area and not worry so much about this matter.
Riding a tricycle

Riding a Tricycle

What To Do If You’re Traveling With Young Foreign Children
  • As a mom of Filipino-American kids, you should prepare to ride a Taxi, Grab, Uber, and rent a vehicle for your own sanity’s sake. My son can’t handle riding a Jeepney as they are too many people sitting beside each other. My kids enjoy having their seat, but they’ll end up frustrated because people can just easily squeeze them and nowhere for them to breathe. They don’t like the idea of smelling someone’s sweat nearby. I’m lucky as my daughter won’t complain in front of others, but of course, she will surely let me know once we arrive home.
  • Bring a lot of water. Because of the hot weather, you need to drink a lot more than you may be used to. We carried one bottle of water for each person, but it’s not enough. Remember there is no water fountain around even in the big malls. I don’t recommend drinking anywhere though to be safe and to avoid stomach bug, especially if your tummy is sensitive.
  • Always bring a roll of toilet paper with you wherever you go in case your children have to use the bathroom for poop. They don’t provide toilet paper even in a high-end mall. I forgot this rule myself once, but glad I had my facial tissue to use as a replacement.
  • I recommend if you’re traveling with younger kids staying in an accommodation with pool helps them not to complain so much of being hot. When my kids can’t handle the heat, they always swim in the pool. They go many times in one day, more than 3-5 times a day. That led to my son got to be as dark as other Filipino children! Lol
road trip

The Rode kids

Reminder:
  • Take note in riding public vehicles as sometimes they don’t entirely stop when you get down, and the moment you hop on. We sometimes have to fight with other passengers to get in the jeepney or ride the bus. It can be hard and tricky, and it’s dangerous to do it if you’re traveling with young children. I experienced a couple of times with my daughter when she was younger, and I’m lucky that she is a comfortable child. She’s my mini-me in this matter you can put her anywhere, and it makes it easy for me to roam around with her and ride public transportation. But this doesn’t apply last year, as my son is with us and already five years old of course you can’t have fun while leaving someone in the house.
  • Can you drive and will be able to drive a busy road like the Philippines? If you can, I suggest renting a vehicle. Or hire a driver to drive you around during your visit to maximize your time in visiting the area. It will help you save time too as the driver knows where are the other roads to reach your destination. Remember Cebu has busy traffic, a 25-30 minute trip here in the US might take 1- 3 hours in Cebu. It depends on how busy the street is.
  • If one of the family members is sensitive to something, make sure to always bring their medicine with you as some of the towns in the urban areas don’t have access to great pharmacy. You have to travel at least an hour to get it. In the urban areas which are farther from Cebu City don’t have the same standard and might put you in a risky situation if it happens.
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  1. Reply

    Stephanie

    June 15, 2019

    Great tips. Thank you!

    • Reply

      April

      June 16, 2019

      You’re welcome, Stephanie!

  2. Reply

    Britt

    June 15, 2019

    You’ve got some KEY advice here! I can only imagine the stress of finding yourself stuck on a bus with a kid that needs to use the bathroom way longer than they think they can hold it only to find the bathroom will cost money and you don’t have any coins on you!

    • Reply

      April

      June 16, 2019

      Yes, thanks for reading Britt!

  3. Reply

    Natasha

    July 1, 2019

    This looks like a wonderful trip! I hope you and the kids has fun!

    • Reply

      April

      July 3, 2019

      Yes, my son told me this is the best trip ever Mom! Thanks for bringing us here!

  4. Reply

    Carol Colborn

    July 1, 2019

    Made me feel a little homesick for my homeland. Brought back fond memories of Cebu, too!

  5. Reply

    Jeremy

    July 2, 2019

    You gave some really practical advices ! I’m fairly familiar with Asian countries to tell that they are almost accurate, especially the hygience part. Good to be prepared ! =)

  6. Reply

    April

    July 2, 2019

    True it will make us missed our home land 🙂

  7. Reply

    April

    July 2, 2019

    True it will make us missed our homeland 🙂

  8. Reply

    April

    July 2, 2019

    Thanks, Jeremy, I’m glad you find this accurate and helpful for first timers!

  9. Reply

    The Holidaymaker

    July 2, 2019

    Those are some great tips for those traveling to Cebu with or without children. A lot of those tips could apply to people of all ages, especially when you don’t know a lot about the culture and what to expect. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply

      April

      July 3, 2019

      You’re very welcome and I’m glad that you find it helpful even if you’re traveling with or without children as I foresee it.

  10. Reply

    Josy

    July 2, 2019

    Some of these are really funny. I can totally imagine your daughter letting you know she disproves of being close to someone stinky on public transport! Still, it can be good for them to see how most people travel, rather than always going the most luxurious way. 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      July 3, 2019

      It’s true Josy! She always responds to me that I did great in training her how to adjust to living in a different situation!

  11. Reply

    Elizabeth

    July 2, 2019

    I love the advice about the pool! Although I am not a kiddo, I am the same way. A pool on a hot day is always a mood booster!

    • Reply

      April

      July 3, 2019

      So true! Thanks to that you agreed with this one Elizabeth!

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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