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5 Budget-Friendly Road Trip Destinations for Your Barkada

Hitting the road and making memories doesn't have to be super expensive.
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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!

  1. Tinipak River

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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.

  1. Baler

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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!

  1. Fortune Island

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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.

  1. Pinatubo

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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. 

  1. Masungi Georeserve

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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.

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This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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