The top items on Pi­noys’ 2019 bucket list

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With the New Year comes fresh op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore and travel more, try dif­fer­ent things, and gen­er­ally just push your­self to go out of your com­fort zone.

So what are Filipinos look­ing for­ward to do­ing in 2019? Dig­i­tal travel com­pany Agoda com­mis­sioned a study to find out how Pi­noys aim to achieve that #NewYearNewMe goal.

Over­all, self-im­prove­ment ac­tiv­i­ties top the travel agenda this year, with learn­ing a new lan­guage, learn­ing a new cui­sine and self-care re­treats round­ing off the top three.

How­ever, there were dif­fer­ences in pref­er­ence of Pi­noy men and women when it comes to their bucket list items and what dif­fer­ent age groups feel like do­ing in 2019.

Women aged 18 to 29 cited try­ing a new sport as their top bucket list item while males of the same age group put learn­ing a new lan­guage as their top pri­or­ity. For the men, this was closely fol­lowed by be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate or even to just watch an in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event.

Mean­while, for Filipinos in their 40s, go­ing on a dig­i­tal detox was the top an­swer. Con­sid­er­ing how peo­ple to­day are spend­ing more time than ever on their elec­tronic de­vices, this says a lot about the gen­er­a­tion ap­proach­ing their midlife and their de­sire to dis­con­nect dur­ing their travel.

Go out and study a new lan­guage

As trav­el­ing the world has be­come a se­ri­ous pri­or­ity for peo­ple these days, it doesn’t come as a sur­prise that 52% of those sur­veyed said that they want to learn a sec­ond (maybe even third) lan­guage. Whether you are an as­pir­ing poly­glot or look­ing to pick up ba­sic lan­guage skills to be a savvier trav­eler, it pays to be able to speak the na­tive tongue of the coun­try you’re vis­it­ing.

Head to Barcelona to brush up on the world’s sec­ond most spo­ken lan­guage

Con­nect with the lo­cals and prac­tice Span­ish in a more or­ganic set­ting. Stay in an Agoda Home like the Barcelona Apart­ment Val, where you can in­ter­act with neigh­bors and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers on a daily ba­sis. In ad­di­tion, the apart­ment also comes with con­ve­nient ac­cess to the city’s main tourist at­trac­tions.

Dis­cover new dishes to whip up in the kitchen

Cook­ing can be ther­a­peu­tic and learn­ing to cook lo­cal food can be a good way to ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture of a city. 14% of re­spon­dents chose learn­ing to pre­pare a new cui­sine as the num­ber one choice for their 2019 trav­els.

Learn from the best culi­nary schools in Paris

With some of the best culi­nary in­sti­tutes like Le Cor­don Bleu in the City of Lights, you’ll not only be able to learn a new dish, but be ex­posed to cook­ing in a pro­fes­sional kitchen en­vi­ron­ment – like a real chef! Sign up for a cook­ing class at the start of your trip and you’ll be able to bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate the lo­cal gas­tron­omy dur­ing the rest of your stay.

While there, prac­tice the new recipes in your reper­toire at this cozy apart­ment with its bright, open con­cept kitchen that’s sure to make you feel at home.

Treat your­self

Pri­or­i­tize your phys­i­cal and emo­tional well-be­ing. Choos­ing to in­dulge in self-care while on va­ca­tion can be re­ju­ve­nat­ing for both the mind and the body. From med­i­ta­tion re­treats, yoga cour­ses to spa hol­i­days, there is plenty for the global trav­eler to do to re­vi­tal­ize their soul.

Soak in the good­ness at Aus­tralia’s min­eral springs

Hep­burn Springs is a re­sort town in Vic­to­ria with the largest con­cen­tra­tion of min­eral springs in Aus­tralia. Recharge in these nat­u­ral wa­ters at the iconic Hep­burn Bath­house and stay close by at Sal­tus in Spring, where you can also pam­per your­self with a lux­u­ri­ous day spa treat­ment.

About Agoda

Agoda is one of the world’s fastest grow­ing online travel book­ing plat­forms. From its be­gin­nings as an e-com­merce start-up based in Sin­ga­pore in 2005, Agoda has grown to of­fer a global net­work of 2 mil­lion prop­er­ties in more than 200 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries world­wide, of­fer­ing trav­el­ers easy ac­cess to a wide choice of lux­ury and bud­get ho­tels, apart­ments, homes, and vil­las to suit all bud­gets and travel oc­ca­sions.

Head­quar­tered in Sin­ga­pore, Agoda is part of Book­ing Hold­ings (Nas­daq: BKNG) and em­ploys more than 3,700 staff across 53 cities in more than 30 coun­tries. Agoda. com and the Agoda mo­bile app are avail­able in 38 lan­guages.

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