Places to Go When You're Broken-HeartedMonday, February 11, 2013Ryan Mach
Okay. So it's the month of love and your heart is broken. The timing couldn't have been more dramatic. I mean it's fine to have your heart broken on some random days of the year but certainly not this month, right? Just the thought of spending Valentine's Day all alone is downright sad and simply depressing. Ah... what are you going to do on the 14th, eh?
So where should you go when you're broken-hearted?
bus ride down south is long, but you can make yourself busy by reading a book. It helps that you carry a leisurely attitude too. When you've hurdled the seemingly arduous trip, you'll be rewarded by stunning beaches and limestone formations. If you're lucky you can mingle with the Survivor production people who frequent at a bar near Gota Beach. On your way back, drop by at CWC and try wakeboarding.
Carabao Island for instance isn't a famous destination for honeymooners or holidaymakers so you can be sure that you're not to be reminded by your recent love affair. The long stretch of white-sand beaches can be virtually devoid of couples; they are instead dotted by friendly locals who are either making a living by fishing or merely having fun by taking a swim. Never miss out the stunning sunset in Lanas Beach that can make your heart soar.
If you're looking for a place to just be away from it all, Camiguin can very well fit that bill. It's an enchanting island that's not totally off the radar but it will make you feel like you're miles away from the civilization. The island has hotels, inns and homestays near the beach with sound of waves that can lull you to sleep at night.
If spending too much time alone can easily leave you feel lonely or too focused on your own sadness, how about meeting people? Boracay can be a great place to mingle and be single. It's not billed as a top tourist destination for nothing.
It's a good idea to stay in a hostel when you travel alone because it gives you the opportunity to meet fellow travelers from around the world. Harold's Mansion in Dumaguete offers just that - a chance to meet with people who share the same passion and many of them are traveling alone. You can make some great friends that way and learn a thing or two from them.
For dinner, head over to Hayahay where there's great food and music, and for dessert, don't miss out Sans Rival on San Jose Street where you can have a bite or two of their silvanas. The promenade along the beach is also a good place to hang out if you want to think or reflect.
Not an island person? Fine, you can go for a cosmopolitan buzzing city like Cebu, which can be a great place to get your head on straight! It's a big city so there are a lot of things to do and several places to see. You can visit the Magellan Cross and Sto. Nino Church for instance, eat an authentic Cebu lechon at your heart's content or simply let your hair down by talking to the locals. If you're in the mood for some partying, you can go to many different clubs or bars around the metro. But try not to get drunk.
Here's also a thought - if you're nursing a broken heart, it is probably best to face the pain by surrounding yourself with individuals who love you unconditionally. I hope your heart heals soon.
P.S. It is not only time that heals all wounds, travel can do so too.