My bro and I thought about going on vacation this Holy Week for the first time last year (we avoid going on vacay around this week), and our initial plans were to go to back to Pagudpud and avail of a tour package so there’ll be less hassle on our end. However, because of budget issues, we had to change plans. He was desperate to go to the beach, so he picked Potipot Island in Zambales.
We knew there’ll be tons of other tourists or travelers who’ll be taking their own vacation there, so we booked our hotel months in advance. Sadly, Potipot Gateway was fully booked (despite them telling us there’s still one room for us, and we found out they didn’t actually reserve one the next day when we were about to pay), so Ken picked Isla Vista resort. It’s not the kind of resort I would’ve picked for our vacation, but we had no choice since most of them were already fully booked.
We were supposed to buy our bus tickets in advance, but after lining up for about 40 minutes 2 weeks before our scheduled vacation, we learned Victory Liner doesn’t offer advance tickets for Holy Week, except for trips going to Baguio or Cagayan Valley. *sigh* Anyway, I knew we’ll be in for a longgggg day of waiting.
So, fast forward to this afternoon, we finally got our bus tickets going to Iba, Sta. Cruz in Zambales after 8+ hours of waiting in line. We waited for about 2 hours for our bus to arrive, and we traveled for another 7 hours to Candelaria, Zambales. GOSH! I’ll talk more about this on our travel blog, Travelsilog.
This would be the last time though that we’ll be traveling by bus anywhere during the Holy Week. 😀