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I'm a Filipina Traveler, Beach Lover, Nature Explorer, Food Enthusiast, Adrenaline Junkie, Book Reader, Sunset Seeker, Earth Saver and a Yoga Fanatic.

My feet tingles for adventure, my eyes see things differently and my appetite craves for new flavors.  I travel in different places, meet new people and explore wild activities that other people are frightened to do.  I'm not only sharing my experiences but also a few guides on how to get to places I've been to.  This started as a simple vacation checklist that I wanted to share and somehow encourage people to explore and be wild and free.

I believe traveling is not just about going to other places or an escape from the stressful life.  Traveling is also about self-discovery and feeding the soul.  Enjoy traveling and embrace all its wonders!

The world is such a mysterious place.  While scientists have discovered and studied many creatures, some of those still puzzle us, and many more are undoubtedly waiting to be found.  To be able to explore and experience the wonders of the world is a gift I am grateful to my Heavenly Father.


Here's are 10 Travel tips I always keep in mind:

1. Book tickets in Advance
If you knew that an airline company is having a promo fare check it out and find your target. Majority of my plane ticket has been booked 6-10 months in advance. It's has it advantages: you save more for a cheap fare , plan out your adventure, and you can submit in advance your annual leave plans. In that way none of your co-workers can take your slot therefore being denied of your travel dates will not be an option. 

2. Research and Compare Prices
Plan out your activity and check what kind of adventures you want to do. Determine if you want an easy going trip, or if you want to tick off some of your bucketlist, maybe explore your taste buds and go for a gastronomical adventures. For me, I want it all! my 5 days or a week trip itinerary will be packed. I'll be doing activities like kayaking, river trekking, mountain hiking for half of the week then the remaining days is spend on the beach, finding great food and an awesome massage. By having a baseline data this determines how much is your budget for the trip. Importantly, it gives you ample of time to compare prices and which activity to pursue. 

I have brought all kinds of deal with groupon like weekend getaways, muay thai lessons, wine tours, photo bookings, archery activities, helicopter tours and even my ukulele. Check my sidebar or footer for the groupon link to find cheap deals in your country.

3. Go for Backpackers Hostel
Hunt for the cheapest accommodation in town. This is one thing you should be doing once you've booked your plane ticket and have determined the activities you have in mind. Check out tripadvisor for great accommodations and see what hotel or hostel that suits you. Try to find a place near to your desired activities. At the same time you can ask your hostel for recommended activities and its price range. 

I'm a big fan of staying in backpackers hostel, it's clean, budget friendly and the staff are always helpful. If you spend less on you accommodation then you can go crazy with activities and have plenty more extra dollars for your food cravings. It depends on what kind of traveler you are, i'm cheap, I love to interact with locals and other like-minded travelers and try local cheap delicacies. 

I love this site because they have "pay later" or "pay upon arrival" when booking for rooms. This gives you options to cancel bookings, manage activities and figure out the location, and if transportation works going to your destination. 
Most travelers I know booked from this site. I try to be flexible when it comes to my bookings; I go for whichever site gives me a cheaper price.

4. Avoid Convenient Stores
Every dollar counts. Sometimes we tend to buy unnecessary things when we're around the convenient store like candies, chocolates, chips, soda's and more. Create a grocery list, purchased the important things you need and in this way you can avoid going to convenient stores for supplies. Just think of it this way, one can of soda and a bag of chips means a meal in a foreign land plus with a majestic mountain view or sunset view on top of that, a little sacrifice will not hurt. 

5. Follow a Budget Regime
I work hard for myself and my family and I intent to send in money at all cost. You need to learn to balance your expenses, set aside the money intended for your family ( including insurance and mutual fund deposits), rent, transportation, food, personal items and a few dollars for weekend happenings. The rest is for your travel fund, you can get a few dollars off from your allowance for personal items, transportation and weekend happenings if you need to during your travels. You will have to learn to walk to two bus stops away if there's a chance of saving a few dollars in your pocket and even avoid some weekend events once in awhile too. 

6. Do Overtime
I'm a hardworking person. Period. I believe that if you work hard then you must party harder. You don't really feel the fatigue once you're fueled by your goals to save more money for your travel fund. I guess 90 percent of my travels are funded by my overtime pay at work. It empowers me to travel more as a gift for myself for working too hard. What an excellent excuse! Ahahaa

7. Limit your cravings
I have a sweet tooth so you can't imagine the sacrifice I've put myself into avoiding my favorite stores. My ice cream cravings were put on hold, then instead of buying those with wafers and toppings I settle for plain vanilla ice cream in fast food outlets. Even my milk tea weekends are cut down to once or twice a month. It's actually beneficial for my health if I think about it, I'm basically doing myself a favor. It was hard at first but then I got used to it. 

8. Avoid Shopping Malls. Chill or Be Active
Stay at home and do a movie marathon with friends. Go hike in the nearest reservoir or park in the city. Head down to the coast, rent a bike, roller blades or a scooter. Don your rubber shoes that has been sitting in your shoe rack for quiet some time. 

It's time to get moving, get on the road, follow a trail and you'll eventually see the wonders of running. It keeps you away from the shopping malls and at the same time keeps you fit and healthy. Two birds in one stone. 

9. Find an Alternative
You don't starve yourself but instead of having a fancy meal four times a week, just have it once or twice a week this time around. Wake up early in the morning to avoid being late and taking the cab to work. 

10. It's all in the mind
If you believe you can do it then you can do it. Cliché as it may sound but it's true. If you want to save more money for your travel fund you will find a way, if there's a will there's a way. I don't get a huge salary out of my work but I religiously follow my budget regime. There are some cheat days, actually a lot of it but I will always try to work out something. Sacrificing your cravings for food , drinks and shopping is bearable when you have a specific goal in hand, and most especially if you've already booked a plane ticket. 

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My Travel Diary:

January 2019 - Los Angeles, California, USA
October -  Coron and Cebu , Philippines
September - Tobermory, Canada and Singapore
July - London, Canada
Dec - Jan 2018 Hamilton, Toronto in Canada
September - Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Old Quebec in Canada
December 2017 - Niagara, Canada
April - Benguet and Tarlac in Philippines
January 2016 - Sky Diving, Philippines
Dec -Jan 2015 Cebu, Philippines
Sept -Hong Kong
Jan 2014 -Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia 
2013 Bangkok, Thailand
First Taste of Traveling Abroad - Singapore
2010 First Inspiration to Blog - Sumilon, Philippines



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