Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tipid Travel Tip: How to DIY in Boracay!

I have been to Boracay for 5 times already, either with my husband, with my friends, with my whole family or an company-sponsored team building.  So you can say I have experienced both types of stay in Boracay-on a budget, on a small budget and on an all expense-paid, hahaha. Either way, there are lots of ways to save an enjoy on a DIY Boracay trip so I will show you how.

1. Book your tickets in advance. Look for seat sale.  You can book one way on one seat sale, and the return flight on the next,  Unless you can find  a roundtrip that is cheap and already within your budget.
2.  Book your room in advance.  For our May travel, I booked Madid's Inn in January and was able to get a good rate.  I also paid a downpayment to secure my booking.  Or you can look for deals in Metrodeal, Deal Grocer or Agoda, and the likes.
3. If you are in a group, contact your own van.  We were 11 in our group and we hired a van for P1500 each way.  But if you are just a couple, just take the usual van that ply the Kalibo-Caticlan route. There are also door to door service like Southwest tours for P500 each which I think is still pricey. When you get to Caticlan, just take the boat (P30), pay the terminal fee (P100) and environment (P75). When you get to the other side, just hire a trike for P50.

4.  To save on food, you can bring your own breakfast (lik3 cup noodles, bread, etc). There are also many cheap options for food like Mang Inasal, Andoks, McDonalds, etc depending on your budget.  For our last day, we went to D'Talipapa and had Paluto, ala-Dampa.
5. To save on activities-either go on an off-peak season, go on a group, or haggle.  That is, if you want to do all of those activities like helmet diving, island hopping, parasailing, banana boat, ATV, etc,etc. But there are a lot of free things to do in Boracay-like swim (duh!), people watch, and just chill by the beach while nursing a beer (bought from a convenience store!)
So anyway, don't be afraid to book your tickets to Boracay because this island is pretty and can be cheap (on the pocket) as long as you know how to. But best of all, memories are forever, and the stories that you will tell your kids, or pictures that you will put a smile on your face when you are old, will always, always be worth it!

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