Would you love to travel more, but think you just don't have the funds? Don't let a tight budget get in the way of your wanderlust. With some smart planning, you can explore new places as often as you want. Read on for ten creative ways to keep your costs down on the road.
Go domestic: Local travel is cheaper, patriotic, and yes, more fun
When your feet feel that familiar itch, go ahead and scratch-but do it locally. Domestic travel is not only much more affordable than traveling abroad, it also supports local economies and lets you learn more about your own country. You don't have to worry about getting the best exchange rates, talking to the locals, or bargaining for the best deals—in general, you'll find it easier to communicate (even across different dialects) and come to an agreement regarding costs when you're dealing with your kababayans.
Book early: Airfare and rooms are cheaper you book in advance
Here's a strong incentive to plan ahead: transportation and accommodation costs are cheaper the earlier you make your booking. Companies like Cebu Pacific and Go Hotels have pioneered seat and room sales that give deeply discounted rates for specific travel periods. If you plan your trip around six months in advance, you can wait for piso fares or under-five-hundred room rates.
Go lean: Schedule your trips during the off season
Rates drop by as much as half during the lean season. However, in the Philippines, this usually means you'll be traveling in the rain, so prepare to be flexible—you may not be able to enjoy the beach if it's pouring. Choose destinations like Baguio and Tagaytay, and plan alternative activities indoors, like spa services or museum trips, to fall back on if the weather doesn't cooperate. Rainy days are also perfect for staycations—hotels give special discounts and really great deals around this time.
Travel light: Avoid additional fees and move around quickly with less luggage
Airlines may charge extra for check-in luggage, so you can shave off a few hundred pesos by packing a singlecarry-on backpack. Less luggage also means you're more mobile, with more options-you can fit inside a crowded jeep or hop on the back of a tricycle, much cheaper alternatives than hiring a cab. Better yet, with a light load, you can walk.
Go with a friend (or two, or three): Quad sharing drives individual accommodation expenses down
Many resorts offer quad sharing packages, which are pegged at a given price per person. The rates are cheaper than getting two separate rooms, and you get to bond more with your friends. Getting an extra bed is another inexpensive alternative. If you're traveling solo, rather than shoulder the cost of an entire room, look for hostels that offer single beds in dorm type rooms instead. Or book an inexpensive room at a value hotel like Go Hotels, which has a number of branches in different locations around the country.
Read the full article, 10 Tips for Traveling on a Budget, on TravelBook.ph.