The Cheap Guide to Travel

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It can be hard to stick to a budget while travelling, but once you know the basic tips to keeping your money under wraps, you’ll be wondering what to spend your spare cash on.

Don’t Go to Popular Places

You may have already guessed this, but the more popular a destination is, the more expensive it is to travel around there. If money can be made out of more people, why wouldn’t the prices be hiked up?

It’s like going to a theme park in peak season. There are cities all over the world that haven’t been discovered as much as their more popular cousins, so try these out before heading off to do exactly the same stuff in just a different, more expensive place. Take a look online for countries that you haven’t heard of or haven’t considered taking a trip to. These can often be the hidden gems that you never knew you were looking for. Continue reading “The Cheap Guide to Travel”

Taiwan: Sample 3D2N Itinerary and Budget

Taiwan seems to be high on the list of most Filipino travelers right now, and for good reason.

It’s only a couple of hours away, and with low cost carriers flying the ManilaTaipei route daily and visa-free entry* (please check first if you’re eligible), it’s the perfect weekend getaway.

And did I mention it’s pretty affordable too? We spent a little over Php10,000.00 (USD200.00) each (exclusive of shopping/souvenirs), and this wasn’t even a budget trip. I traveled with senior citizens so comfort and convenience were priority.

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Our AirAsia flight arrived past 1:00am at Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1, and good thing I pre-arranged airport pickup with the hotel because there was a long queue at the taxi stand when we left. Continue reading “Taiwan: Sample 3D2N Itinerary and Budget”

6 Backpacking Tips for Fun-Packed Trips

If you are looking to travel far and discover different countries and cultures on a budget, backpacking is the best way to make your dream come true. Indeed, this way of traveling embraces practicality and a certain sense of adventure that is part of the fun in travel! If you are new to backpacking, this could be a risky trip, so do make sure that you keep some precious advice in mind and that you know how to best look after yourself and your belongings in a foreign country.

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1. Look After Your Budget


The key in backpacking is to know how and where to save money. You will need to start saving in advance. Otherwise, you may not be able to enjoy much of your travel trip! Indeed, it is important to know exactly how much money you have available and how much you are spending every day so that you don’t encounter any payment issue. For this, you need to constantly manage your daily budget with a notebook or with an app such as Trabee for example.

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Europe on a Budget: 4 Countries in 21 days for Less Than Php85k

Aside from how I got a Schengen visa, another question I often get is how much I spent in Europe. While I wouldn’t exactly say Europe is affordable, going to Europe on a budget is definitely not impossible. You just have to know where and when to go.

So, how much do you need?

Here’s an infographic that’ll give you an idea how much you need per day depending on where you want to go. It ranks European cities from 1-56 (cheapest to most expensive) for your convenience.

Infographic by reposted in Matador Network and Daily Mail UK
*This is not a sponsored post*
As you can see, Western European cities are twice to thrice more expensive than the Eastern European ones.

Personally, I chose to just concentrate in Central Europe and Italy. I allocated at least €90 per day during the planning stage, but actually spent only about €75 per day on average.

It’s also important to note that I went in October-November, autumn, which is the shoulder season so accommodation prices were lower than if I went in summer.

As for my actual expenses, I religiously logged them using the app, TrabeePocket. No expense was spared – not even the €0.20 I paid for printing.

If you’re not traveling solo then you might want to consider the app, Splittr. It’s perfect for tracking those “Ikaw na muna magbayad.”/abono moments. :p

Again, this is not a sponsored post. I just find the app really useful.

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Calaguas: DIY Style

If you still want to go to Boracay Calaguas even after reading my post here, okay, fine. Here’s my take on going there DIY style. 

When’s the best time to go
Unless you’re on a suicide mission, obviously, not during the rainy season. The waves this side of Luzon is notoriously choppy even on dry months.
If you want to experience peace and quiet, better head there during weekdays.
How to go there
If you want to save yourself about 6 hours of land travel, you can fly to Naga which has the closest airport to Daet. Take note, though, that Daet is still 2 hours away.
By land, you can take Philtranco, DLTB or Superlines from either Cubao or Pasay. We took Philtranco’s 9:30 PM trip from Pasay and arrived at Talobatib Junction at around 5:00 am. Based from our research, Philtranco’s air conditioned bus trips from Pasay are 8:00 am, 8:00 pm, and 9:30 pm.
Depending on the driver, travel time can take anywhere between 7-8 hours.
There are actually two jumpoff points to get to Mahabang Buhangin: Vinzons and Paracale. Our jumpoff point was the latter since we already have a boatman.
As I mentioned, we got off Talobatib Junction and tricycle drivers quickly approached us. I don’t know whether we had a miscommunication or we got totally ripped off when we paid Php500.00 for two tricycles to take us to the market. I thought they said Php250.00 for two tricycles. Anyway, I’ll just charge it to experience.
NOTE: We took the 5:00 pm trip of Superlines from Daet to Cubao and we arrived at 2:45 am. While it was cheaper, the trip was an hour or more longer since there were lots of stopovers. 

What to bring

  • Buy your food, freshwater for drinking and cooking, ice, charcoal and other supplies from the market before heading to Mahabang Buhangin. There are small stores on the island, but they might not have what you need or items cost significantly higher.
  • There are no accommodations on the island so bring your own tent to save on the cost of renting a cottage or tent there. You can actually sleep on the beach, like we did, but just to be safe in case it rains, we rented a tent for Php350.00 which can fit 4 pax.
  • Rain poncho
  • Bring your own cooking utensils and mess kits. Although our boatman was kind enough to lend us a grill, pot and even an ice container, we found that we should have brought our own chopping board, bigger knife/cleaver, food keeper (for the cooked food/leftover) and what have you.
  • Garbage bags – not only for your trash, but also to waterproof your things. And remember, practice the Leave No Trace principle.
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Loose change to buy a bucket of pump water (Php10.00/bucket).
  • Goggles or snorkeling gear
  • You can have your meals cooked by one of the locals, but it can be expensive. e.g. Php100.00 for cooking rice.
  • There are different rates for ‘entrance’ and environmental fees depending on where you plan to stay. At the far left of Mahabang Buhangin (if you’re on the boat approaching the island) which they refer to as Giovanni’s, the fee is Php170.00 per head with unlimited use of pump water. On the far right where we camped, we only paid Php75.00 per head.

Who to contact

We highly recommend Mang Boy Camano: 0908-546-0683. He even lets his guests shower in their bathroom. You can also buy a 5 gallon freshwater and ice from their store at Php100.00 and Php3.00 per piece, respectively.

Photo credit: Endette Mendoza with our boatman, Mang Boy


Breakdown of expenses

Breakdown is based on an overnight stay with 7 pax splitting the expenses for the groceries, paluto and tent rental.