Traveling cheap is definitely possible, but a few sacrifices have to be met. Though a small budget might mean less comfort and luxury, the whole trip doesn’t need to be less fun, especially if you’re with the right company.
Bohol on a tight budget? Why not! Last summer, I went back to Bohol (Panglao Island specifically) with some of my closest friends at what might probably be the most budget trip I’ve ever had so far. For four days and 3 nights, with both countryside and island hopping tours, lodging, and airfare (thanks, pisofare!), the whole trip just cost us around P5,000 per person.
Before you continue reading, I would like to emphasize that this is not a budget trip. This travel guide is intended for families vacationing with toddlers and/or senior citizens in tow. Unlike your usual barkada or couple trips, traveling with them will make you choose comfort over savings and rest over adventure. 🙂
Traveling with friends is a lot different from traveling with your family, especially when there are toddlers and senior citizens. You can’t always choose what’s practical, you also have to consider the level of comfort. Despite this, my family and I (composed of 4 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 senior citizens) managed to spend less than P55,000 ALL-IN during our trip to Bantayan Island, Cebu last May. See our budget breakdown below.
I wouldn’t consider our Mt. Ulap adventure a budget trip, since there are a lot of cheaper alternatives to our transportation and accommodation choices. We deliberately chose to spend a little more to ensure comfort and relaxation before and after the hike (which is no joke).
I don’t consider myself a (legit) mountaineer, though I am the type of person who constantly craves hikes. Sometimes, I do it just to break the monotonous 8am-5pm routine, but most times, to remind myself this: that once I start to pursue something wonderful, things will surely get hard but I just have to keep moving forward. Last May, I was delighted to discover that this craving was also shared by my officemates. They were mostly first timers so we decided to conquer a mountain that is forgiving to beginners: Mt. Ulap.
Believe me when I say that two visits to South Korea is not enough to fully enjoy what it has to offer. Listed below are some of the activities that make me miss the place and want to go back for the third time. The list is a mix of common and unusual places, so do check it out.