When the Philippine government started allowing local beach resorts to reopen to domestic tourists late last year, Evanika Makabali, a full-time graphic designer, was one of the first to book an extended stay.

“Being a travel junkie during a pandemic is really hard,” Makabali said. “I needed a breather.”

So to celebrate her 30th birthday in January, Makabali spent two weeks at a resort in Zambales, a coastal town north of Manila. While she spent most of her mornings working and attending Zoom…


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