7 Things to Learn with Your Barkada During a Trip

Take barkada bonding to the next level and learn something new together on your next group trip.

By TravelBook
September 23, 2011

There are so many things you can do with your friends during your trips together, but you might be wondering what else you can do together, apart from the usual island hopping or heritage tours. Try to learn something new with each other on your vacation and it will open up a whole new list of possibilities for future trips. Here are some of the things you can try to learn with your barkada during your next outing together:

Learn Outdoor Survival

Camping at Anawangin Cove
Photo by Abet Lagula

A camping trip can teach you many things about each other and about the environment. You'll be helping each other survive somewhere outside of your comfort zone, and you'll be sure to gain some new skills along the way.

Learn About the Local Cuisine

Go on a food tour with each other, but don't just pig out. Ask your guides and hosts about the food that you're eating, and try to figure out the elements that distinguish the local cuisine from the food in other places. You might just find your barkada's new favorite dish.

Learn About the Local History & Culture

One way to learn about the local history and culture is by visiting museums and historical landmarks, or taking a guided tour. Some establishments have demonstrations to showcase the local practices and indigenous crafts, which you may be able to try your hand at, if the tour allows. You'll all have something new to talk about, and these activities will give you many opportunities to take photos with each other.

Learn to Speak the Local Dialect

Part of experiencing a place is hearing the local language spoken. Learning to speak it will help you immerse yourselves, as well as give you something interesting and new to do. Try learning a few phrases in the Ilokano during your beach trip to Pagudpud, or make an effort to greet the people you meet in Cebuano while vacationing in Cebu. You and your friends can really enjoy learning a dialect together, and you'll still be able to use this skill when you go back home.

Learn to Dive

Diving lessons are usually held as one-on-one sessions, but in some cases, the lessons can be done in small groups. Many resorts around the Philippines now have diving facilities, and you and your friends may opt to stay in one of them. If your barkada is relatively small, you may request to take the beginner courses as a group. If there are many people in your barkada, you can break up into smaller groups for the diving lessons. Either way, you'll all learn to dive and will eventually be able to go on dive trips together.

Learn to Surf

Three Surfers
Photo by BeverlyLR from sxc.hu

Some surf schools, like the Billabong Surf School at the San Juan Surf Resort in La Union, offer group packages that allow groups of 2 to 6 persons to learn to ride a wave together. Instructors may be assigned to teach you one-on-one at some point, but if you can schedule the lessons at the same time, you will still be learning to surf together. Who knows? Surfing might turn out to be your barkada's thing.

Learn a Watersport

Many hotels and resorts offer watersports as part of their activities. You can rent several kayaks and race with each other, or take turns having a go on the jetskis. You can also try wakeboarding, kneeboarding, or if you're looking for something a little more relaxing, you can all take ride on the hobie cat.