5 ways to travel to Boracay, Philippines: planes, (no) trains and automobiles:

5 ways to travel to Boracay, Philippines: planes, (no) trains and automobiles:

Do you remember the Tootsie Roll lollipop commercials with Mr. Owl, where the little boy would walk up and ask the wise bird, “Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” And Mr. Owl would reply, “Let’s find out: one, two, three,” and eat it. That’s how I felt about traveling to Boracay, Philippines. Only I asked, “How many modes of transportation does it take to get to a single island in the Philippines?” Fun fact: it was more than three. Boracay is a tiny island among the Visayas, about 200 miles south of the Philippine’s capital city, Manila. It’s home to some of the most captivating beaches and beautiful resorts — not to mention a trove of bars right on the sand. My 10-day vacation in this small slice of paradise was like the Spring Break trip I never had, complete with a reckless number of frozen margaritas and the worst sun burn my skin will probably never recover from. But before I could experience everything this marvelous island has to offer, I had five interesting transportation methods to endure. Standard plane ride. Leaving Hong Kong International Airport at 8:00 a.m. with six guys and one girl — 5 of whom came this close to missing said flight due to a breakfast emergency — was the mere start of this adventure to Boracay, Philippines. One two-hour plane ride to land in Manila, easy-peasy. Propeller plane. A 5-hour layover plus 3-hour delay were the least of my concerns when they walked us out on the tarmac to a cigar-tube plane...