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Five (5) Practical Ways to Make your Vacation in the Philippines Extraordinary

It is officially summer time in the Philippines, and the best way to enjoy it is to visit the top beaches in the archipelago.

There are so many reasons you should visit the Philippines. We were listed in the World’s 100 best beaches by CNN.

The Philippines is home to the white sand and crystal-clear waters. We have a long list of beaches from the north down to the southern part of the country.

Practical Ways to Make your Vacation in the Philippines Extraordinary

To make your vacation budget-friendly (super tipid in Tagalog), you have to list down this tricks and tips. According to National Bookstore (NBS) blog, you can actually get a FREE assistance from a local guy if you just ask around and be friendly.

1. Research: Read blogs, ask locals

These are the things that you should be familiar with:

  • Where to score the cheapest food. Basically, where to eat.
  • The location of the bus or jeepney terminal. What’s the cheapest transportation.
  • And the most tricky part is: What is the best time to visit a place.

Even if you are a local tourist (meaning Pinoy ka) it is best to know the culture of the place you want to visit. NBS suggest that you score this book: CultureShock! Philippines authored by Alfredo and Grace Roces.

‘The book talks about series of travel guides. And it is intended for anybody who wants to truly understand the places they are visiting.

2. Choose: (the) Road Less Travelled

The top beaches are surely crowded already. So, in this summertime, you want to skip Boracay Island. You want to check out some summer destination that is not yet crowded but is equally beautiful like Boracay. Ilocos region up North has beautiful beaches too, or down south in Mindanao. Try surfing in Siargao island in Surigao.

3. Travel Lite

It is important to enjoy the getaway than to worry about a lot of things. Just don’t forget to secure the following important documents, especially if you are a foreigner: your passport, your ATM & credit card, and some cash. Just pick those “beach” essentials, so to speak. Ayt?

We also recommend a universal wall charger with USB port.

Multipurpose Travel Adapter Dual USB Universal AC Socket (Black) – Sold in Lazada for P391 (USD7.8).

If you are staying in Metro Manila, delivery of items purchased from Lazada is free. What a steal!

4. Experience

I don’t really desire things. I prefer to spend my money on experiences, on meals or travel. Rachel McAdams

Don’t splurge. Invest your time on experience. Enjoy the destination, the culture, the locals. One of the best things you can do is be a local for a day. Try to speak their language, do their thing — go to the market, cook your own food, or join the “jamming” or drinking session in the corner beside the sari-sari store.

5. Document

The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience. Michael Palin

You can’t repeat the same experience. Every travel is unique. And very traveler has a smartphone with a camera. Others may have invested in drones or action camera. Make a documentation of your experience. And at Philippine Travel Blog, we suggest that you upload your videos on YouTube. Your photos on Flickr.

By documenting your travels you’ll not only become a better traveler, but you can educate others by way of viewing your photos and videos.

We hope that you learned something from this list. Tips and tricks in spending your time in the Philippines. You maybe a local tourist or a foreign backpacker, if you take note of this list, your travel will be a memorable, awesome,

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