Anytime is a great time for a vacation, but when you're overworked and busy paying off your first car or condo, the idea of spending so much on a trip just adds to the stress. But who says you need to spend a lot for some R&R? Remember, roughing it up could be half the fun! Here are some out of town vacation ideas under PHP 2,500.00 that you can try:
For a budget weekend getaway at the beach, head over to Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso, Zambales. It only takes around PHP 300.00 to get from Cubao to San Narciso and another PHP 15.00 for a tricycle ride to the resort. Renting out a tent with a mat and pillow plus entrance fee is only around PHP 500.00. They have a wide array of facilities and things to do from playing sports to just chilling in the beach. You can make this a trip for two and still spend just close to PHP 2,500.00.
Have you always wanted to try surfing? The waves in Baler during the “ber” months are just perfect and ideal for beginners to get a feel of real waves. For PHP 500.00, you can already travel to Baler by bus. Tricycle rides are a bit expensive, so it’s advisable to take a jeep which is just PHP 8.00 for a 10-minute ride. At The Circle Hostel, the going rate to rent a hammock starts at PHP 450.00. Overall, you can stay for two days by spending just under PHP 2,000.00. Food in the area is cheap; you can have a full meal at PHP 100.00.
3. La Union
Another surfing destination in the country in La Union. The cheapest bus ride from Metro Manila is about PHP 400.00. You can stay at Flotsam & Jetsam for about PHP 700.00 a night on weekdays and PHP 800.00 on weekends. Two nights can already cost you up to PHP 2,200.00 including your trip back to the city, but don’t worry about food since the hostel provides free breakfast. In addition, some of the food choices around the area are only PHP 50.00 to PHP 100.00.
If you prefer a cool weather, Tagaytay is just two hours away from Metro Manila, or less if there’s no traffic. You can stay at a nice budget accommodation like Famous Inn, which is just around over PHP 1,000.00 a night. For an authentic Tagaytay experience, you can have a hot bowl of bulalo for under PHP 200.00 and visit places for minimal fees like Nature Discovery Park, People's Park in the Sky, and Picnic Grove.
A trip to Pansol in Laguna is recommended for those who want a highly affordable romantic getaway. Traveling from Metro Manila to Pansol is only around PHP 100.00 by bus. When you get there, stay at Makiling Highlands Resort for less than PHP 1,000.00 if you book with TravelBook.ph. They have several pools and a selection of nice rooms to make your getaway more enjoyable. That’s only a little over PHP 1,000.00 for the trip and room for two. With your remaining budget, you can throw in a romantic dinner and a gift for your special someone.
If you want a more private and romantic out of town trip, head to Modern Peak Suites & Private Resort in Antipolo where an overnight stay for two with free breakfast in a standard room is just PHP 2,000.00. They also offer different massage services and foot spa that range from PHP 150.00 to PHP 300.00.
You’d think that going on a barkada getaway would be a pricey, but if you try Poracay Resort in Pampanga, you can end up spending less than PHP 2,500.00 per head for the whole trip. A bus ride to Pampanga is just under PHP 200.00. At the resort, you can choose day or night swimming, priced at PHP 180.00 and PHP 190.00 respectively. If you want to stay overnight, they have nipa huts good for six to eight persons for just PHP 800.00. The resort also offers multiple pools, picnic areas, zip-lining, kayaking, and fishing.
The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is a good place to go shopping because of their outlet stores. You can visit Royal Subic Duty Free Mall, Freeport Exchange, and The Outlet Store for great deals on imported goods. You can also stay at Subic Waterfront Resort and Hotel for just PHP 1,100.00 a night, breakfast included.
There are so many things to do and explore in Batangas, and it will only cost you about PHP 150.00 to PHP 200.00 to get there. You can stay at Anfa Royale Hotel in Lipa City for just PHP 1,500.00 for a standard room for two that comes with free breakfast. They have a lounge pool where you can relax and a bar for some drinks. For places to visit, you can try The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian, The Malipunyo Mountain Range, Museo de Lipa, and Museo ng Katipunan to name a few.
For a cultural experience like no other, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan will transport you back to the 18th century. An overnight stay at their rooms can be pricey but their heritage tours are simply affordable. Their packages range from PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 1,999.00 per person, which already includes a roundtrip shuttle service from Metro Manila, meals and snacks, beach access (package 3 only), and the heritage tour itself.
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