Foreign Bloggers Share Their Budget Travel Tips

Published: December 2, 2016 | Updated: March 20, 2020 | Posted by: Kyle Kam | Lifestyle


It’s not surprising if you’ve encountered a lot of tourists in the Philippines. In August 2016, there were 502,739 tourist arrivals in the Philippines and a total of 4,042,049 from January 2016 – August 2016 according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) Industry Performance Report.

You might be wondering on what keeps tourists coming back to the Philippines or exploring the country for the first time. We asked 10 foreign bloggers who have been in the Philippines to share their experiences and what they loved most about our country.
Phil of Escapology.eu

Phil of Escapology.eu[1]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit to the Philippines? Why?

Apart from the beautiful landscapes and wonders of nature, it was probably the many memorable interactions with the locals. They always gave me a warm welcome and showed me a good time. It was great to get to people a little bit better, which is sometimes hard to do in other Asian countries.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

The one tip would be to spend consciously.

Really question every expense and ask yourself if you really need it at that moment. Let that sit for a few minutes, and usually, you will realize, that you can actually do without it. I would also strongly advise keeping a journal to track your expenses. I had mine in a Microsoft Excel sheet and I updated it almost every night. It makes budgeting so much easier.

Dave of Jonesaroundtheworld

Dave of Jonesaroundtheworld.com[2]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit in the Philippines? Why?
My absolute favorite part of traveling in the Philippines has to be the natural beauty found throughout the country. I was constantly left speechless in every single spot along my trip. If I had to pick a favorite place, it would have to be Palawan. I honestly think it might be the most beautiful place in the entire world!

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

The key to budget travel is to take it slow and be flexible.

If you’re hopping around too quickly, you’re going to be spending a ton on transportation and not getting the feel for a place. If you go to a new destination and rent a place for a month, then you can really save some money by cooking for yourself. As well, flexibility is key when it comes to travel planning and booking stuff. The more flexible you are to new ideas, the more you will save money.

Sabrina of justonewayticket

Sabrina of Justonewayticket.com[3]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit in the Philippines? Why?

All the beaches and islands. The Philippines is paradise. And right after, the people. I haven’t met any people more friendly than Filipinos.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

Travel like a local. Stay in Airbnbs or do Couchsurfing. Eat where the locals eat.

That way, you can stretch your budget for a long time. If you travel slow, rent apartments on a monthly basis. It will also give you more time to learn about each place and really dive into a foreign culture.

Marek of Indietraveller.co

Marek of Indietraveller.co[4]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit to the Philippines? Why?

It’s hard to pick as I have so many favorite parts! Maybe I should say Sabang on Palawan, but not because of the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. That cave gets hyped up a lot as a major tourist sight and it’s definitely pretty cool. What I loved most about Sabang were the little things. For example, I and my friends walked along the beaches up to a small waterfall, where we saw hundreds of mudskippers trying to latch onto the rocky shores. In the early morning, we took a little boat into the nearby mangrove forest where we saw countless tropical birds, snakes, and brightly colored crabs. As someone who’s always lived in cities, I feel very much at peace in such a small beach town surrounded by nature.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

Don’t let glossy TV shows or travel marketing tell you where or how to travel; it’s your trip and you can often have more or just cheaper travel experiences by following your own instincts.

This might be quite general, but I’d say you should first be willing to let go of certain comforts and notions of ‘status’. Avoid the most touristy restaurants, stay in alternatives neighborhoods (not just the one everyone goes to), be open to local food and experiences, and consider traveling off-season. If you want to travel more cheaply, it helps to zig where others zag.
Will of Thebrokebackpacker

Will of Thebrokebackpacker.com[5]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit to the Philippines? Why?

Visiting the legendary Whang Od and receiving my very own Kalinga tribal tattoo was hands down the highlight of my trip to The Philippines… It’s a hard one though as I had so many amazing moments; steaming jungles and mysterious caves, lively parties and gorgeous beaches. The Philippines truly does have everything.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

I get asked this a lot. In general, the answer is pretty simple – lower your standards!

I hitchhike, Couchsurf, camp, sleep rough when I have to. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay on the road and to continue living my travel dreams. Really, if you don’t mind being uncomfortable, anybody can travel! 🙂
Nick of Goatsontheroad

Nick of Goatsontheroad.com[6]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit in the Philippines? Why?

Our favourite part of travelling to the Philippines was meeting the people. Southeast Asia is full of friendly people, but in the Philippines, we found it very easy to make long-term friends. We met one man named Bong, who invited us to his shop and home to cook fresh shrimp and even enjoy his son’s birthday with him and his family. We’ve kept in close contact with Bong ever since and we even helped him out after a horrible flood in his hometown. Meeting people while travelling the world is great, but making life-long friends is rare. Bong is definitely a life-long friend of ours. The people of the Philippines aren’t just smiling faces, they’re genuinely kind and hospitable people. We can’t wait to return!

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

I would definitely tell these people to start a travel blog!

The worst part of travelling around the world on a budget is running out of money or feeling limited by your travel budget constraints. We started our blog in 2012 and it was the best thing we ever did! We were already keeping a journal of our best experiences, so why not put those pages online? By starting our blog, we started earning a full-time income which eventually led to us travelling full-time. We’ve now been on the road for over 8 years in total and we believe that anyone can do what we’re doing! If anyone wants to learn how to start a blog and earn money from it, they should definitely check out our how to Start a Travel Blog guide. Creating a website was honestly the best decision we ever made in our lives.

Dani of Globetrottergirls

Dani of Globetrottergirls.com[7]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit to the Philippines? Why?

My favorite part of my journey through the Philippines was my trip to El Nido in Palawan, which has been awarded the title of ‘Most Beautiful Island in the World’ several times. It’s easy to see why this was a highlight for me. I took several boat trips in the Bacuit Archipelago off the coast of El Nido, where you find some of the most picturesque beaches and lagoons in the whole world. I could have sailed through the archipelago for weeks, stopping in lagoons with crystal clear waters to swim, watch the sunset from the boat, and glide by the little islets with their impressive limestone karst cliffs.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

For the Philippines, I’d say book your flights well in advance.

I ended up paying much more to get around in between the islands because I refused to plan ahead, but booking a flight only a few short days prior to departure was quite pricey. I think I could have done my trip at about 1/3 less than I spent had I booked my flights a little further in advance. And this goes for pretty much anywhere in the world, and isn’t limited to flights. In Europe, Mexico and Latin America, you can save money by booking your bus tickets between two weeks and a month in advance. This will often save over 70% of the price you’d pay if you just walk up to the ticket counter. Trains in Europe and other parts of the world work the same way: it’s always cheaper to take advantage of online early bird offers.

Rob and Nat of Loveandroad

Rob and Nat of Loveandroad.com[8]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit to the Philippines? Why?

The beaches in the Philippines are absolutely stunning. The crystal clear sea and the white sand beaches are invitations to spend the whole day at the beach.

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

Plan and research a lot.

You will be surprised how much money you can save if you plan your trip well.
Chris of Backpackerbanter

Chris of Backpackerbanter.com[9]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit in the Philippines? Why?

Personally, Siargao is my favourite slice of the Philippines. In fact, it’s not just the Philippines but it’s one of my favourite places on the entire planet! With island vibes, amazing beaches, and world-class surfing, it ticks all the boxes for me. I’m always stoked to venture back that way with a board under my arm, with bare feet, and ready for some Siargao goodness!

If you are into surfing, there are some amazing breaks (like Cloud 9 or Daku, which is a personal favorite of mine) or if you’re learning to surf there are some amazing Siargao Surf Camps. Even if waves aren’t your thing, the island is paradise and well worth a visit!

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

Ooooh, that’s tough! The easiest way to travel on a budget is to stop partying, but I’m guessing you probably won’t want to give up some cold beers on the beach (I wouldn’t!).

I’d have to say travelling slow is the best way.

By spreading out larger costs like flights, you bring your monthly average down and staying put in a single location for a bit longer allows you to negotiate better accommodation rates, discover the cheapest places to eat, and enjoy some time just soaking up the local vibes.
Miriam of Adventuriousmiriam

Miriam of Adventurousmiriam.com[10]

What would be your most favorite part of your visit in the Philippines? Why?

What I like most about the Philippines is how untouched it is. Even on some of the more touristy islands, we could still find secluded beaches. Plus, the locals weren’t all about making money on tourists. They genuinely cared about how we were and that we had a good experience. And that’s one of the reasons I will return for sure!

What would be the one budget travel tip you could give to those who are traveling around the world on a budget?

Research!

I’ve saved so much money on checking which cheap, good restaurants and hotels to visit before I went to a new destination. Also, in bigger cities most sights are free, and often you can join a free walking tour. If you research first, you’ll be able to find it.

Final Thoughts

The beauty of the Philippines has been recognized by numerous publications such as Lonely Planet, Shanghai Morning Post, and Conde Nast Traveler, but have you taken the time to travel within the country? You can definitely start traveling in the Philippines more by using the budget tips from these foreign bloggers.

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