Some of the many questions that people ask you when you’re a frequent traveler is how do you get funds for your travels or how the heck did you book those incredibly cheap flights. Well, first of all I have a full time job so that’s mainly the reason why I can afford to travel I have this blogging thing BUT this is just because I feel like writing hahaha, I don’t make a living out of this. Second, like I always brag, I book and I only book cheap flights, hotels and package deals.
Generally, traveling around the country is cheap but it’s not for everybody especially if you spend and earn peso.
Here’s how I do it:
- Subscribe to Airline’s promo fare alerts/ mailing list. Here in the Philippines, there are only 3 major flight carriers ( CebuPacific, Air Aisa and Philippine Airlines. I have an airline app for CebuPacific in my phone since I use them frequently. One thing that you have to know about these airlines is that, they always provide promotional fares when there’s a national holiday or there is something to celebrate like Valentines and all that. Once I get that e-mail notification from them or see the promotion on the website, that is ” When” I start hunting for promo fares 🙂 . I was able to book a round trip flight recently for 900 PHP ( 18 USD) Manila – Boracay ( Caticlan)- Manila . The funny thing is I even hesitated in booking it since I still feel like it’s expensive lol.. the this leads to my number 02…
2. Learn how to earn air miles/points. – Really? How????
First… You can convert your credit card points to air miles.
Almost most major credit card points, especially Visa and Master can be converted to Cebu Pacific , PAL or Air Asia points. In my case I have a Citibank Cebu Pacific credit cards, every 25K points I earn can be converted to 500 CebGo points, same thing with my BDO credit cards. If you’re not too sure as to how you can use it just call your bank to have your points transferred. But before you do that, make sure that you first sign up with CebuPacific’s GetGo , AirAsiaBig for Air Asia and Mabuhay Miles for PAL.
FYI: Cebu Pacific is actually giving free Cebgo cards at major airports.
I recently just book a flight for 365 PHP ( Around 7 USD ) using my miles.
Second, If you do not have a credit card, you can use your Cellphone’s post paid plans. With Globe, you can convert your rewards to Air AsiaBig points. It’s not that much but if you get points regularly it’s like having a piggy bank, the next thing you know is.. you had enough points. Ain’t bad right?
3. Get points from your previous flights .
Ir order to take advantage of this, you have to make sure that you already sign up for the rewards program. As stated above.
4. Plan ahead
I know how exciting it sounds when you don’t really have a specific itinerary and just do whatever you want when you’re at the destination , like que sera sera, whatever will be, will be… Yep, that’s a song lol. But trust me it has its downside! you might end up spending more. What I usually do is I list down the possible accommodations and activities I will be doing and of course the cheapest deals, do some research and decide. One thing that you have to prioritize is your safety, never ever compromise that.
5 . Consider a group tour/ Joiner
Honestly it’s fun! If you check facebook there are lots of local tours offered. Basically you will be joining a group of travelers obviously ” Strangers” . This is pretty popular in Manila since it is easier to arrange a land tour to various local spots in Luzon like Baguio, Sagada, Zambales, Ilocos , Baler and many more. This btw is the cheapest means of traveling by land since everything is shared. The only disadvantage is that you can’t really pick a tour date so you have to adjust your schedules.
6. Try Backpacking
This is also a good way to meet new people, make friends or even more…who knows right!
I have met some good people while doing this and we keep in touch. Such as nice feeling!
If you are on tight budget, you can stay in some back packer’s hostel or shared rooms. But if having your own ” ME” time is very very important then Dorm accommodations is not for you.
For me as long as I can have a place to stay and shower I don’t even mind even living in a shack lol. What’s more important is I get to explore the place and make the most out of it. It might be the only chance to see the place so I want it as fun as possible. And I would rather use my money in paying tours or excursions and for FOOD!!
Do I really have to explain this??
If you want something, work hard for it and be willing to sacrifice even just a little. For example, instead of buying Starbucks coffee which seems to be a luxury in this country settle for 3in1 it’s still coffee after all and it’s only 6 php, that’s more than a hundred pesos savings. What I’m really trying to say is, cut the unnecessary expenses and just focus on what’s really needed.
Travel is more rewarding than getting or buying material things guys!