Been planning on leaving your home and go travelling around the Philippines but always bugged and afraid of your ballooning expenses? Then 2019 is definitely your year to achieve this dream! Let’s set this straight at the onset – you need not have a lot of money to explore the Philippines. Proper planning, information gathering, and a communication device are what you need to enjoy our naturally endowed country without setting your pocket to bankruptcy. Seriously, once done, you would be surprise as to how affordable travelling can be either done in solo or in a group. To help you out, we collated 5 budget friendly destinations you can consider to jumpstart your journey. We made it a point to make the list a range of P1,000 – P2,000 worth trip. Of course, it cost varies depending on your appetite for lux
Masasa Beach, Batangas
If you are fond of swimming in white beaches but Boracay is just too expensive. Then you better try this concealed gem of Luzon which recently gained popularity because of its clear turquoise waters and semi-pearly white sand. Located at Tingloy, Batangas, the island has become a tourist destination due to the number of activities that can be done from snorkeling, island hopping, trekking at mag-asawang bato, and swimming. What makes this even more special is it wouldn’t cost you more than P1,500 for the whole trip. In groups, this will be more less.
Up for a once in a lifetime action and thrill? Then river rafting and water tubing are perfect treats for you. Weather the strong current and maneuver your way out of the big rocks while enjoying feeling the adrenaline run up to your body. It may sound terrifying, but actually it is not. With guides and safety gears, you are certain that you will get out of there in one piece. What’s the real treat here is that it only costs P550 per head for the rafting adventure. While your transportation, food and lodging will cost you around P1,500.
Popular for its icon Cape Santiago lighthouse which was built last 1890. Calatagan isn’t just accessible but a mesmerizing place to be. Filled with relics with Spanish ancestry, the place reflects the rich culture of the Spanish influence in the Philippines. Beach resorts like Stilts Calatagan beach resort, Villa Del Faro, Lago De oro hotel, Banak house Calatagan are popular for their white and rocky features. As this is near Manila, it wouldn’t take a lot to stay here for a day or two as the local market is near snd you can cook the foods you bought at your lodging. Typical expenses is at P700 -P1,500.
Zambales, Potipot Island
A popular destination in Candelaria, Zambales, this 7.5 hectare island is gifted with several natural beauty like coral formations, driftwoods, and rock formation. Barely touched, this pristine island is ideal for tourists who are soul searching and looking for solace in solitude. Generally, without electricity travelers need to bring their own equipment and things. Though nipa huts are for rent and there are restrooms that can be utilized. The island also brags of its white fine sand and clear turquoise green water. Snorkeling, swimming and other beach activities are suitable here.
Did you know that you can go to this place as affordable as P500? While there are different ways to get there, a surefire way is through the RORO at Batangas. With a roundtrip ticket inclusive of terminal fee, you would be able to enjoy and experience one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Blessed with diverse colorful marine life and surrounded by towering trees, this popular destination in Mindoro is a sure bang to buck experience for you. There are various lodgings in the area. Contact them in advance to secure an affordable quality housing for yourself. It pays to know in advance. You have the option to search and find the most suitable arrangement for you. You can tailor-fit your trip based on your budget, itinerary, and length of stay. And with recent technological advancements, booking a flight, looking for affordable transportation and lodging and availing of promos are all within reach. In fact, travelling is not about spending a lot, but getting the same experience without draining your bank account. What are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and go travel!