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Here's How You Plan the Perfect Barkada Trip

Your guide to making the most out of your vacation with your friends.
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With summer just around the corner, planning your outing with your barkada is a must. But organizing can be hard when you've got multiple schedules and preferences to think about. Should you go swimming in Boracay, white-water rafting in Cagayan de Oro, or food tripping in Cebu? How long should you stay, and what should you do? Read on for some handy tips to make sure your trip is well-organized ahead of time.

1. Pick the right destination.
In order for your trip to push through, you need to know each other's preferences and decide on which destination you'd like to have your summer getaway at. Drivable destinations such as Batangas and La Union are ideal places to visit if you plan to travel by car. If you're willing to go farther and have the time and resources to do so, you might want to consider places like Boracay orPalawan that you can reach by plane or by ship.

2. Set a date.
Before you can even start planning your vacation, it's important to have a date when everyone in your barkadais free. Check your friends' schedules and find out when you're all available. The earlier you do this, the more chances you have of having common time. You might want to consider traveling on weekends or holidays to avoid missing work. Also take into consideration Metro Manila's color coding scheme if you will be traveling by car.

3. Determine your budget.
One of the great things about traveling with your barkada is that your expenses become smaller compared to going solo or as a couple. Agree on how much you and your friends are willing to spend on food, accommodations, and other expenses (such as island hopping tours, entrances to attractions, and other activities). Take advantage of early bird promos and discounts when it comes to securing airfare, hotel rooms, and more. To get great discounts on your hotel, for example, visit TravelBook.ph’s promos page frequently.

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