Traveling for most Filipinos is a pipe dream. Many are quick to dismiss the idea as a luxury expense reserved for the rich, and so they remain anchored to their daily grind, exploring foreign shores from their desktop.
In an interview on UNTV’s magazine show Good Morning Kuya, financial adviser and certified globe-trotter, Riza Matibag-Muyot said, “If you can buy Starbucks coffee twice a week, then you can travel to an Asian country once a year or three to six times in the Philippines. Likewise, if you can spend 50 pesos a day on cell phone load, then you can also afford one Asian trip or four to six domestic trips.”
Here’s the breakdown: Php 50.00 a day adds up to Php 1,500 a month; in a year you would have Php 18,000. It can afford you a hotel and airfare deals to neighboring Asian countries like Hong Kong or Singapore plus pocket money. The secret is in planning ahead.
Prepping for the great escape
According to Muyot, the first step is conditioning yourself to the right mind set that vacations are necessary and traveling is achievable. Taking a long break away from work is essential to one’s physical and mental health.
Traveling on a shoestring budget entails frequently looking out for promotional fares and booking six months to one year in advance; when ticket prices tend to be lower. Buy tickets on weekdays since prices are highest on weekends.
– Ideally, the best time to visit is during festivals, when the towns’ culture and heritage are in full display. But when budget is a factor, avoid peak seasons; book on ordinary days or off-season.
– Instead of going through a travel agent, do some research and create your own itinerary. Not only is this cheaper, it enables you to learn more about your destination and its celebrated spots prior to your arrival.
– Traveling with a group can also cut down travel expenses since everyone is sharing the cost. You can likewise take advantage of group discounts.
Nothing comes close to learning about culture than experiencing it first hand through traveling. Venturing to new places and experiences broadens your mind and changes your perspective in life.
Start working on turning your dream vacation into a real-life action adventure, and six months from now, you could be sipping your Starbucks coffee by the sea watching the sunrise.