Sometimes, all you need is a long drive on your own to cool you down or clear your mind from all the stress of daily life. According to experts, sightseeing and exploring a new destination has a calming effect as it helps lower your body’s levels of cortisol, the flight-or-fight hormone.
Going on a road trip alone also gives you some quiet time to ponder your thoughts, which is very helpful if you really need some time to reconnect with yourself. And what better way to do this than cruise down roads and bridges with scenic views to help you relax and remind you of the beautiful things in life? While driving on these roads, we say blast your favorite song on your car stereo, roll down your windows and enjoy the cool sea breeze wafting by.
Baler-Casiguran Road, Aurora
As one of the country’s top surfing hotspots, Baler easily comes to mind when thinking of destinations that involve water. That includes routes with a picturesque coastal view, like the Baler-Casiguran Road that sits literally by the seaside. Among the places it leads to is the Casapsapan Beach in Casiguran, which is known for its white sand and crystal clear waters. Make sure you take a snapshot of the scenery you pass by with a trusty camera, like the Instax mini LiPlay from Photoline.
Patapat Viaduct, Ilocos Norte
One of the roads that lead to Pagudpud is the Patapat Viaduct, which offers a view of north Luzon’s waters that’s as beautiful as the popular Ilocos summer destination itself. The viaduct, which is between the sea and the mountainside, spans some 1.3 kilometers, making it the country’s fifth longest bridge. Make yourself comfortable while coursing through this zigzag bridge by placing a lumbar support pillow from Concorde on your seat
Lobo-Malabrigo-Laiya Road, Batangas
Batangas is known for its pristine beaches, but en route to these destinations, you’d encounter scenery that will take your breath away. Take the road that connects Lobo, Malabrigo and Laiya (which houses numerous resorts) as example. Part of it sits right by the rocky coast of Batangas, but there are also elevated parts that give you views overlooking the province’s clear waters. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy this challenging trail since some portions of the Lobo-Malabrigo-Laiya Road have remained unpaved dirt roads.
Sorsogon Coastal Road, Sorsogon
Water, water and even more water will greet you on both sides of the newly-opened Sorsogon Coastal Road. This 5.52 kilometer-long thoroughfare traverses numerous barangays across the city and gives an unobstructed view of the Bicol coastline. Aside from making traveling from point-to-point even easier for those in Sorsogon, the bridge was also built to protect the area from storm surges. To enjoy the scenery more, relax and lean on a headrest memory pillow from Concorde for the long drive.
Torrijos-Buenavista Road, Marinduque
Marinduque is an island that sits in the heart of MIMAROPA, so it’s not surprising that it has roads that offer a spectacular view of the sea. The road that connects the municipalities of Torrijos and Buenavista is one of them, and is known as a good spot for bikers who want to immerse themselves in nature. Action cameras like the DJI Osmo Action from Photoline might come in handy for solo adventurers who want to capture the beauty of the scenery.
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