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Most Filipino families flock home for New Year’s Eve. It is a celebration of the year that has passed and because of the long holiday, people choose to come home and spend time with family. In our case, we no longer stay at our house but we travel for New Year’s Eve as a family. Here are the reasons why and how it started.

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A partial view of the Northern Negros National Park in Don Salvador Benedicto as seen from the viewing deck at Jilla’s at the Peak.

Travel for New Year’s Eve

When I was single, we always went home for the New Year Eve’s and wait for the old year to pass. There were only two times in my entire unmarried life that I didn’t go home – one was when I had to travel to Singapore and then to the United States.

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Family lunch at Jilla’s at the Peak in Don Salvador Benedicto — New Year’s Eve 2019.

Now that I am married and living with my husband, we just make sure that the entire family is together here in Bacolod City. After all, home is where the heart is. And where our family is, it’s all love.

We could be at our own home, at an aunt’s house, my parents’ house, or wherever. As long as we are with family, we are home. That’s one New Year tradition that we can’t shake off.

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2019 we went to Don Salvador Benedicto. Here, the men in our family are surveying land that is not theirs. hahaha We don’t see scenery like this everyday.

The Advent of Our NYE Family Travel

Six years ago, my husband’s clan was having our joint Christmas party and year-end gathering on December 30 at an aunt’s house. We had finished our dinner and were planning to open the bottles of wine to share.

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While we were having our family gathering on December 30, 2012, we suddenly decided to go on a road trip for New Year’s Eve.

Suddenly, someone suggested that we all go out of town the following day. Everyone just kind of agreed. The wine bottles remained unopened and we all went back to our houses early to pack our bags for our spur of the moment family trip.

Indeed, no plans are the best plans to travel.

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We usually go as a convoy of SUVs. So we start out together and make pit stops together.

Our First NYE Trip

After that sudden decision, we were in panic mode. Somebody called the different hotels around the province of Negros Occidental to check on what can accommodate us. All in all, there were about 30 of us, with ages ranging from 3 years to 70+ years old.

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Casa Florentina in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Eventually, we landed on Casa Florentina in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. We spent a total of four days there and all the while, I was feeling woozy.

When we came back to Bacolod, I still didn’t realize that I might be infanticipating. Having PCOS means that I have irregular menstruation so I could not plot out my fertility calendar. Days into the new year, I took a pregnancy test and learned that I was with child — our second who would eventually become Shane. hehe

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At the Dumaguete City Boulevard for New Year’s Eve. Shane was already in my tummy at that time and we didn’t know. Glad I skipped on the wine that time.

Why We Don’t Stay Home on New Year’s Eve

Actually, we are all HOME when we travel. We are with everyone who is important to us, which are our families. So we are home. We just did not stay at our houses to celebrate.

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Shane’s first New Year’s Eve was spent at the Raymen Resort in Guimaras. She was four months old in this picture.

So what made us decide to travel for New Year’s Eve as a family?

  • We wanted to try something new.
  • Some of us wanted a change of scenery.
  • Most of all, apart from the Holy Week, that’s our only long holiday.
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New Year’s Eve 2018 also became the Lo Kong Ka family reunion. My husband’s relatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao converged in Cana Retreat, Amlan, Negros Oriental.

Most of those on my husband’s side of the family own small businesses. Being Filipino-Chinese, they are hands-on in managing their own stores or offices. It is usually hard for all of us to get away at the same time when no one else will be left manning the business.

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We had games and prizes, too.

Since all of us are cooped up in our place of business, the New Year is the most practical time for us to get away and get a change of scenery.

NYE Family Travel Destinations

So far, we have not gone out of the country. It’s kind of hard to organize everyone to go for international travel, especially during the holidays.

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New Year’s Eve 2016 was at Villa Iska Beach Resort, Pta. Tay Tay, Bacolod City.

So far, here are the places we have ventured to as we travel for New Year’s Eve:

  • 2012 – Casa Florentina, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
  • 2013 – Guimaras Island
  • 2014 – Circle Inn, Bacolod City
  • 2015 – Nataasan Beach Resort, Sipalay, Negros Occidental
  • 2016 – Villa Iska Beach Resort, Pta. Taytay, Bacolod City
  • 2017 – Bantug Lake Ranch, Bacolod City
  • 2018 – Cana Retreat, Amlan, Negros Oriental
  • 2019 – La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
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New Year’s Eve at Circle Inn Bacolod City, 2014.

Traveling for New Year’s Eve may not be for everybody. There are so many concerns, especially logistics and family budget. But it’s an option.

As long as our health and pockets will allow it, we may continue traveling as a family every New Year’s Eve. 🙂 It’s not only fun but the kids also learn and we create lots of memories.

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We have discovered the fun of traveling as a family for New Year’s Eve.

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Villa Iska Beach Resort, Punta Tay Tay, Bacolod City.

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1 thought on “Why We Travel for New Year’s Eve | Family Travel

  1. I can totally relate. Travelling with family during the Holidays can be a pain with all the logistics and bookings. But since daw once a year lang magkita ang everyone, why not travel nalang diba? Excited to see where your next destination will be, Ms. Happy New Year to you and your family! ❤️

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