Traveling with your barkada is probably one of the #squadgoals we all want to achieve. Vacay in a beautiful travel destination with the gal pals plus unforgettable bonding moments accompanied by a sick playlist on the road? Definitely sounds like a dream to me! Unfortunately, the ugly truth behind travelling are the many zeros that come with it. Luckily for us here in the Philippines, we can reach the country's best tourist spots just by going on a road trip. Not only does that immediately cut the costs, a road trip also makes vacations more fun and exciting. And yes, you can reduce the expenses further if you do your research well. You'd be surprised paradise is just a few hours away from Manila. Here are budget-friendly road trip destinations for your barkada!
- Tinipak River
The breathtaking white rock formation and the clear waters makes Tinipak River a picture-perfect spot. Would you believe that some fashion magazines shoot their editorials here? That is how beautiful this place is! The picturesque view is a jaw-dropping beauty. Best part is, it's only located in the boundary of Rizal and Quezon which is only a few hours away from Manila. A day tour in this hidden gem will only cost you P500! Plus, you and your barkada are surely loaded with activities. Other than swimming in the river, you can also hike, camp,or go caving. If that doesn't sound sulit then I don't know what is.
Feel like going surfing with the gang? Baler is probably the nearest surfing spot you can go to if you're coming from Manila. Enchantedly located in Aurora, Quezon, approximately 5-6 hours away from the city, Baler has become a popular tourist destination for its unspoiled beaches, caves and waterfalls. If you want to rent a surfboard, it will only cost you P200 per hour. Not bad, right? But if the squad is feeling a bit adventurous, then you can rent a buggy for P1000 which you can drive around the island for up to 6 hours. You and your buddies can split the cost and it won't hurt your pocket. You can also visit historical spots, go glamping, or go waterfalls-hopping. So much adventure awaits!
- Fortune Island
Considered as the "Santorini of Batangas, Fortune Island is currently famous for its Greek-inspired structures scattered around the island. It was once a famous luxury private resort in the '90s but fast-forward to 2016, it is now a newly discovered tourist destination. The most ideal activities in the island are camping, cliff-diving, snorkeling, hiking, and of course loads of photo op with the Acropolis-inspired statue. There are a couple of travel agencies that now offer affordable trips to Fortune Island. Group tours are usually cheaper which means this is perfect for your next barkada trip.
Remember the Kathniel romantic movie Crazy Beautiful You? If you clearly remember how magnificent the location of the movie is, then you're no longer a stranger to the beauty of Mt. Pinatubo. Tourists now trail to view the picturesque mountain and the volcanic crater lake. A day tour can cost up to P2000 but this already includes transportation fees plus a 4x4 jeep rental. And again, you and your friends can split the costs. This trip is ideal for the barkada who's extremely adventurous and up for a crazy, long trek. Or you have the option to just ride the 4x4 jeep and drive around the vast lands. Most importantly, capture the majestic rock formation of the mountain that makes the physically enduring trek worth it.
- Masungi Georeserve
Ever wanted to feel like Spider-Man? Well a quick trip to Baras, Rizal might give you the fix. Although, this might not be advisable for those of you who are afraid of heights. Masungi Georeserve is an ecotourist spot famous for 'Sapot' or the web-like durable steel structure that offers you a 360-degree view of other mountains and terrains surrounding Rizal. You and the squad will definitely enjoy this larger than life virtual tour because of the unimaginable structures atop and the incredible walk with nature. The tour costs 1,000 php per person but the experience will most definitely compensate for the cost.