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Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Bittersweet Exploration in the Land of the Howling Wind

Rock Formations, Puraran Beach in Baras, Catanduanes

January. Virac, Catanduanes.

We're supposed to be doing island hopping in Caramoan, our main destination that weekend. A Bicolana friend recommended making Codon Port in Catanduanes our jump-off point, said to be the fastest way to reach the famed group of islands. Prior to the trip, being the "Ms. D-I-Y Planner" that I am, I was able to contact a boatman who offered us the cheapest rate among others for island hopping. I was expecting an epic Caramoan beach bumming kind of tour, thinking I was able to cover everything there is that I need to know for this trip.

swimwear - check!
waterproof camera - check!
cheap accommodation - check!
Cheapest Island Hopping Tour - check!
Super discounted plane ticket (Mla-Virac-Mla) - check na check at last year pa namin binili yung ticket!

There's just one big problem and a major factor I failed to (seriously) consider - the WEATHER!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Travel Video: Catanduanes

I am making 2013 a meaningful year. So I started the year traveling with my college buddy Yael along the splashy shorelines on the Pacific side of Catanduanes province, the Land of the Howling Wind. Isolated from its sister provinces in Bicol region, this slice of paradise has remained concealed from the invasion of tourists. Take a look what this laidback province has to offer.


Included in the video are clips taken from Bato Church, Maribina Falls, Twin Rock Beach Resort and Puraran Beach. This travel video marks the first of my Catanduanes series. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

11 Great Ways on How to Travel Cheap

Travelling cheap need not mean sacrificing comfort and security. The idea is you want to get the best value for your money, and still get the best experience without having to drain much cash. Here are some ideas that may help you stretch that hard earned travel fund.

1. Get the cheapest plane fares

my Cebu Pacific Piso Fare roundtrip plane ticket

Manila - GenSan - Manila
(regular price "no check-in baggage" - Php7,200+)
(Piso Fare RT - Php579)

I can't stress enough the big savings one can get if plane fares are secured during airline promos, special mention on Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare and Air Asia's Free Seats Promo. These promos are offered for both local and international destinations. How to score these cheap offers? Like these airline companies on their Facebook and Twitter pages and you'll be one step ahead. Remember to check them during holidays as they usually offer these promos on "special days." Travel period are usually 6 months to one year after the sale period. The trick in booking is to be flexible with your travel dates. Net fare as I observe based on my trips, usually ranges from Php350 - Php500 (roundtrip with no check-in baggage). Told you it's really that cheap!

Friday, January 11, 2013

6 Ways to Boost Your Travel Fund

So you've taken down notes of Philippine Holidays for 2013, you've probably have plane tickets purchased during last year's Piso Fare waiting to be used, or you've just completed your To-Go list of provinces and festivites, question is, do you have enough resources to fund your dream trips?


How can you pay for trips if your budget is tight? I'd like to welcome 2013 by sharing some of my travel tips.
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