May 2nd, 2018
When we say traveling, it means expenses. That is why more people save money for their dream travel destinations or just a weekend getaway. For some, traveling is a leisure. But for modern travelers, a splurge of money is not their thing. Nowadays, people tend to find for budget travel in order for them to visit a tourist destination without breaking the bank.
PH visit? Expensive? Hmm. Depends on the province or city. So, here are my tips if you want to explore the Philippines:
Philippine Airlines: PH Flag Carrier.
1. Seat Sale!
To be a thrifty traveler in PH, you must avail flight tickets in its cheapest price. Subscribe to the websites of airlines here in PH (Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, Skyjet, AirSwift) for the announcement of seat sales. Downloading their app is also a big help in flight booking. Here's a trick: most of the airlines conduct their seat sales on or before a PH holiday, so search for the sched of declared holidays every year.
A cheap homestay in Sagada, Mountain Province.
2. Budget Accomodation
Yes, at times, we need to pamper ourselves by staying for a very comfy room or hotel, but FYI, here in the Philippines, we have a variety of accomodations depends on your type and on your budget. Most of the provinces and cities offer homestays for a price of less than Php1000 (USD 19) per night. With this price, some offers free breakfast. How cool is that? You may also avail discounted rates at Agoda or Airbnb.
Dumaguete's Local Delicacy, Bodbod Kabog, for only Php50/set.
3. Focus on the Local Food
Speaking of the food, Philippines is also known for its unique cuisine. From the turon, balut, kakanin, name it. Each province has its own delicacies. Every time I visit a province, I made sure that I eat their local delicacy. It is waaaay cheaper than other foods from the restaurants. Just look for the local market, and you can taste cheap but really delicious foods.
The Bankeros of Coron, Palawan.
4. Cheap Tours
For a solo traveler, or with a buddy, tours maybe expensive if they travel on their own. But if you avail joiners tours or shared tours, expenses will be at a minimum cost. Just wait for some tourists to avail the same tour and negotiate. Filipinos are really accomodating with this. Promise.
"Walis kayo dyan!" A store which offers cheap brooms at Baguio City, Benguet.
Search the internet for the most trusted souvenir stores. Some may offer a high price, but if you research beforehand, you can assess the price and choose for the most loved souvenirs from your wonderful vacation. Tip: most of the cheap souvenirs can be bought in the local market.
With the natives of Banaue Rice Terraces. The "lolas" are also good in speaking in English.
6. Ask the Locals
Well, honestly, they are the experts. At times, Google can't answer all your questions. But with the locals' recommendations, you'll discover that there are lot of choices in order for you to plan your daily itinerary. You can rent a motor instead of a car. You can DIY your tour instead of paying a tourist guide. You can avail a tour with lunch, just ask for it.
Hope these may help you to be a matipid in roaming around PH. See you!
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