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5 Budget Destinations for Shoestring Travels


With promo fares on airline flights and hotel bookings happening almost weekly, it’s not hard for one to go on a vacation without breaking the savings account. Domestic or international, you can surely get to be a traveling junkie without having to shell out so much money. Here are five shoestring destinations that will definitely feed your wanderlust without spending too much.
Taal Volcano, Batangas
A lot of people overlook this nearby majestic wonder since there are other, more popular volcanic attractions that are more world-famous (read that as: Mount Pinatubo). However, this 1.5 hour-drive-from-Metro Manila travel destination packs a whole lot of activity – not the volcanic kind. All you have to do is drive up to Talisay, Batangas and take a boat to the crater landing, and either hike up via foot or horseback. The trail is not as steep as other hikes, but the sun is the enemy on the hike, so bring a lot of sunscreen. You can also choose to do a picnic or camp on-site, but why not splurge a little more and stay at one of the lakeside hotels and enjoy the cold breeze Tagaytay is known for.
Trip cost per person for two people traveling, 2D1N: P 2,000-2,500
Baler, Aurora
Already a famous spot for Filipino and international surfers, Baler is definitely getting the hype it deserves as a travel spot. Pristine beaches with awe-inspiring waves line the coast, while the nearby inland areas bring you surprising waterfalls, caves, ridges, and a whole lot more of wonder that only nature can give. Since it’s slowly becoming a tourist destination, a trip to Baler won’t necessarily cost you too much. You can simply hop on a bus from Metro Manila, arrive in Baler and book a hostel or hotel, and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea for a quick vacation.
Trip cost per person for two people traveling, 3D2N: P 3,000-5,000
Hong Kong
If you chance on a great airline sale, going to Hong Kong will cost you as much as a trip to some local destinations in the Philippines. At around 2-hours away by plane, it’s travel time is faster than the time it would take you to go from Pasay to Novaliches during rush hour. There’s a lot of things to do as well; Hong Kong is known for its shopping and food, and places like Mongkok has a lot of authentic brands with bargain prices, while Hennessy Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wan Chai offer a lot of restaurants any foodie will love. If you’re more of an attractions-kind-of-person, you can check out Disneyland or Ocean Adventure to fill your heart’s delight with all the attractions they have to offer. So if you’re itching for a quick getaway, Hong Kong is definitely the place for you to go to.
Trip cost per person for two people traveling, 3D2N: P 10,000-15,000
Siem Reap, Cambodia
You would imagine that visiting the city where a World Heritage Site stands would cost you a pretty peso. However, traveling to the world-famous Ankor Wat won’t cost you that much. A four-day, three-night trip will set you back around P 15,000-20,000, when travelling with another – and that’s without holding back on experiencing the fullness of Siem Reap. While the city itself is small, you have a lot of things to do; you can go ride an ATV across the Siem Reap country side, visit a local Khmer war museum, eat some crocodile burgers and drink your heart out at Pub Street, and watch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to choose which ones to do because a 4-day stay is more than enough for you to do all of it! So check this quaint little city that has a lot to offer to really experience one of the wonders of the world, for a price you will surely think is a steal.
Trip cost per person for two people traveling, 4D3N: P 15,000-20,000
Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re a big fan of tiangges, then you are sure to fall in love with Bangkok. A city full of large malls with small stores run by small business owners, you’re sure to find a bargain (especially if you have great bargaining skills) on both authentic and knock-off items. If you’re not a shopper and looking for more of an experience, Bangkok offers great sights and food, from their floating river market, to small urban temples, and even cultural exhibits that will definitely immerse you in the Thai culture. Accommodations are plenty and can range in price, but you can definitely get a decent hotel within a budget. And while the heat and humidity as well as the urban setting of Bangkok mirrors that of Metro Manila, the tuktuks and the cultural experiences and fresh Thai food will definitely remind you that you’re getting more than what you paid for!
Trip cost per person for two people traveling, 3D2N: P 15,000-20,000
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