Kapamilya actress Jodi Sta. Maria flew to the country of Tanzania in East Africa to celebrate Christmas as well as her son Thirdy’s birthday.
For her latest vlog, Jodi Sta. Maria shared a glimpse of what it’s like to travel in the so-called “new normal” as she went through a step-by-step guide on how to get to one’s travel destination hassle-free.
“As you all know, I really love traveling and since the pandemic happened it took some time for the world to open again for traveling. Last December, Thirdy and I celebrated his birthday and Christmas in Tanzania,” Jodi shared.
“It is our first time to visit this country and as always it feels so good to relax, rest and just pause to enjoy the beauty of the world despite our current situation,” she added.
The Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin star said she hopes people could learn a thing or two from her travel vlog.
“I am also sharing with you the process we had to go through and all the requirements when you plan for a trip outside the country,” she said. “I hope this episode will help you for your future travels,” she stated.
Sharing how to get one of the important documents for those who want to fly outside the country, she said: “Before we left, kinailangan namin kumuha ng certification from Red Cross na wala kaming coronavirus. Pumunta kami sa Philippine Red Cross sa Mandaluyong para kuhanan ng swab test.”
Having missed traveling abroad, Jodi shared: “Siyempre alam ng mga subscribers ko na I’m a wanderlust hindi ‘ba? Because the world went into a lockdown, siyempre nag-quarantine, traveling was not possible. Until such time na ang mundo din naman ay unti-unting nag-open ng kanilang mga doors para sa mga turista.”
Jodi had a series of connecting flights, flying from Manila to Dubai to Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. Upon reaching their destination country, Jodi and Thirdy went on two other domestic flights including Kilimanjaro and Lake Ndutu. Overall, Jodi and Thirdy’s travel time was 37 hours.
Thirdy celebrated his birthday with a dinner inside their lodge. Then, Jodi surprised her son with a tour onboard a hot air balloon before having a champagne breakfast.
The mother-and-son flew back to Zanzibar where they got to experience the culture of the locals.
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Sharing advice for those who want to travel during the pandemic, Jodi said it’s important to comply with travel requirements among others.
“For those who want to travel, i-make sure niyo lang na mag-comply kayo sa travel requirements or protocol ng bansa na pupuntahan ninyo and lagi kayong mag-iingat. Pagbalik namin dito, nagkaroon kami ng 14-day quarantine ni Thirdy and sa awa naman ng Diyos, we’re negative and we’re okay,” Jodi shared.
Jodi also said she hopes to do more domestic travels once she’s done withAng Sa Iyo Ay Akin.
“So, I guess it’s possible even during the time of the pandemic, even in this unique situation, we can still go travel. I mean, domestic travel is now open and I’m really haping to do more domestic vlogs soon after ng Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” she said.