“Oh shit.” I say under my breath as I scramble out of the mess I made at the floor of my hostelroom. “What’s wrong?” my hostelmate asks. “I think I left something,” I say, after a few moments of trying to settle my annoyed feelings. Now I’m pissed. How the hell did I forget to buy that one thing I knew I’d need?
Today, I’d like to share with you how I pack for a 4D3N trip to the North of Cebu. I wanted to write a blog about it, but then I got lazy. I wanted to video tape my packing, but instead, decided to record a podcast – which is less the muscles used in writing and wouldn’t require me to dress up. I’m a really meticulous packer so I like to think out what I should be packing, what I’ll need during the trip. I’m too lazy to make a list, even if, I have to make sure everything I need is packed, all the essentials are already in my bag and if not, just waiting to be packed. For first time packers going on a trip, a list will help you not to forget anything. If you’re too lazy to make one, well, you can just listen to this podcast while I give you the breakdown of what to pack. Download the podcast or play it below. [audio:http://philippinetravelogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Podcast-1.mp3|titles=Tips to Packing] What are the things you should bring when you pack?
Choosing an accommodation is different from finding an accommodation. How can you choose when there’s none to choose from right? You can’t have all the choices shortlisted only to find that there are no available rooms. Some may like to go on their trips without a reserved accommodation, but it is always a big risk especially on special occasions, peak seasons or weekends. To ensure that you have a place to stay, here’s a few tips to finding an accommodation for your trip: The number one way to find an accommodation and ensure that you actually find one is to do your research and reservation as early as possible. Even during peak seasons, if you book a month early, it may not be enough. Summer time in the Philippines and big tourist destinations such as Boracay and Palawan bring a lot of tourists into the country and most of them already book accommodations as soon as they’ve booked flights. Take time to research at least two to three months before your departure to ensure that you get an available room at your chosen hotel or accommodation. Festivals, national holidays, Holy Week are also very crowded vacation days. If you’ve run out of common choices, ask a local or a friend who may know an accommodation nearby with an available
Choosing an accommodation is one of the most hassling activities one has to do before going off to travel. In fact, many people who don’t find accommodation will end up canceling their trip instead since not everyone can spend a night sleeping outside or bumming beds off a stranger. Some will end up going during the rainy seasons just to avoid the crowd. However, even if there are a hundred choices available on the date of your vacation, it is still important to know how to choose an accommodation that’s right for you. First of all, make a list of the possible hotels and accommodations. You can use the internet to make your search, referrals from friends and relatives, forums and blogs to complete your list. Get their contact numbers, list down possible websites and get tentative information about the place. Second, don’t just rely on websites and online information. Many of the websites are not updated and you never know just when a promo is available. Always make sure to call the hotel or guesthouse to inquire about their rooms and their rates. Just by calling, you will be able to find out what kind of rooms the hotel has, how much per room, how many persons are allowed in a room and the amenities and facilities available. From
Piso fare and promo fares are currently in the rage these days. Thus, it is important to know what to consider before booking your flight, after all, you can’t keep booking a flight just because of the price. Sometimes, if you do, all the money you put into booking a promo flight will go to waste. First of all, before booking your flight, it is important to consider the date of your flights. Some people have work so if they book a flight that doesn’t go on the weekends, then they will need to file a leave before going on their trip. Other people who work will then just book weekend trips so they won’t have to keep filing leaves and piss off their boss more. This is one of my biggest mistakes in booking. I’m paranoid to lose promo seats so I just go on booking no matter the day, ending up in my always leaving during the weekdays – where most piso fares are still available at least after a breath away. The time of arrival and departure are also very important to consider. This may not matter so much to other people who travel leisurely, but for travelers who want to maximize their time and lessen expenses for accommodation, booking the earliest flight in and the last
In planning family vacations, it is essential to plan according to the specifications of your family. Unlike solo traveling where all you’ll have to do is plan a vacation according to your specification, in planning vacations for a whole family, you’ll have to consider more than just the destination. First of all, when you’re planning trips for your family it is essential to consider the age range of the people you’re going with. In my case, my parents don’t have as much energy and enthusiasm for travel as I do and they need their rest so I have to keep that in mind especially when choosing a destination and making an itinerary. My brothers who are somewhat in the middle of liking the beach, appreciating travel and too lazy to travel – actually like traveling, but easily get bored so in making itineraries, it’s important to find a way for them to enjoy without drowning in too much history or ancient stuff. The activities and itineraries have to be catered not only to your specifications but to everyone else’s. Second, family vacations have to be budgeted according to how much the actual budget of the family. If there are more of you, the budget will have to be bigger. There are 6 of us in the family so the expenses