1. Shoulder Season
All travelers dream of a stress-free vacation. No one wants to deal with sky-high hotel prices during peak season or a nasty weather during off-peak days, which is why shoulder season is considered a blessing by most travelers.
Shoulder season is the period of time when the destinations are as beautiful as they are during peak season minus the crowd and high rates. In the Philippines, shoulder seasons fall on May, October, and November. Consider booking your trips on these months so you can enjoy your destination without the crowds while scoring cheaper deals at the same time.
2. All-in Fares
Sometimes, people tend to book airfares because they were advertised as super cheap only to get shocked in the end with the hidden charges that come with them. Avoid this stressful situation by making sure that you book fares that are "all-in."
All-in fares are already inclusive of the additional charges like the processing fee (others call it the web admin fee), airport terminal fees, and country-specific taxes so that you won’t get confused with the amount that you have to pay. Please note that the Philippine travel tax is usually not yet included in the computation of all-in fares and should not be confused with the airport terminal fee.
3. Frequent Flyer Program
Companies come up with different gimmicks to ensure that their customers remain loyal, such as frequent flyer programs.
Just as purchasing in department stores earns you points, being enrolled in a frequent flyer program gives you credits known as "miles." If you earn enough miles, you can get to any destination for free, so if you travel a lot, better contact your favorite airline and inquire how you can become a frequent flyer program member.
For the more budget-conscious traveler like backpackers and hikers, hostels have become the more popular option. Hostels commonly offer large rooms that can be occupied by multiple lodgers at the same time.
Unlike hotels, hostels are furnished with only the bare necessities like beddings and a shared bathroom. Self-service is expected among occupants but limited services can be availed of as well. Hostels also offer an avenue for socializing with other lodgers because of shared facilities like a common lounge, an entertainment area, kitchen, and dining area.
5. Bed and Breakfast
A bed and breakfast, also known as a B&B, is often a large house with small rooms featuring personalized services. B&Bs are sometimes manned by the owners themselves. The rooms are typically private with shared or en suite bathrooms. And as the name suggests, a stay at a B&B can come with free breakfast—but that’s about it. You’ll have to head somewhere else for lunch, dinner, and snacks. You can also prepare your own meals if the owners allow you to use their kitchen. Here’s a little secret: they usually do.
Back in the day, traveling is done either for business or a holiday. Now, there several sub-categories to traveling, considering numerous tourism terms like ecotourism, bakeation, and praycation have popped up. But among these terms, ”voluntourism” is becoming quite popular.
Voluntourism allows you to hit two birds with one stone: do volunteer work and travel. This enables you to see the world while doing something meaningful: Now that’s doubling the fun.