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The Frugal Traveler

Don’t break the bank on your next trip. ABIGAIL AZUL lines up a few tips to get the most out of your vacation.


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    In times of austerity, it is impractical to spend beyond our means. But what if we can take our budget and still get a great vacation out of it?

    Many see that traveling is very expensive but if you are equipped with the right knowledge and skills, you can even spend less than expected.

    Do your research. Being knowledgeable about the place equips you with the proper expectations. You can prepare the possible equipment you can use there. If you dive, you can check out if there are nearby diving spots or if you surf you could ask if the waves are good during that time of year.

    Find great travel deals. These promos usually show up way ahead of summer, maybe December to January or earlier. It helps to plan the vacation in advance, if you want to save some cash. Hotels and tourist destinations, even airlines offer discounts to early birds. Since summer is just around the corner, you can probably start planning now — for next year!

    Work with pros. For those planning to travel to another country, it helps if you have a duly licensed tour agency who will set up the flight details and the hotel. These agencies know the best deals, but be careful. Check first if they are really licensed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Go in groups. As travel agencies might suggest, invite friends to the tour/travel. Not only will it make the tour merrier, but it will cut some of the expenses such as the hotel if you could share rooms. Like in wholesale, the seller will cut down the price of an individual item if the buyer will buy it in bulk. Travel agencies serve as connector to those sweet deals.

    Travel light. Use a lock for your luggages and bags and be aware of your belongings. It would not be cost cutting if you saved Php 1000 on one thing, but you lost your fancy camera.

    Skip the cabs. Try walking, or use other mass transport systems near your hotel if it will drop by your destination. You could ask the hotel staff for the best routes.

    Plan your meals. Look up restaurants near your hotel online, so you save time and know exactly what you’re going to get.

    Get by with a little help from your friends. Recommendations from people you know and trust can help you with all of the above — from destination to transport to pasalubong (gift) shopping. Ask advice from people who are as budget-conscious as you are, because “cheap” to one friend could mean “expensive” to you.


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