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Budget Travel Tips from the Shoestring Masters

August 7, 2011

Check out today’s issue of Sunday Inquirer Magazine for the full article on budget travel tips. Some of the tips are a bit extreme for first-time travelers (ex. hitchhike on a truck full of goats), but am sure a lot of people will find the tips useful.

Here’s a shout out to all the cool backpackers and budget travelers of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers (PTB) who shared their tips. Check out their individual blogs below (in alphabetical order):

Backpack Traveler / RV Escatron


“There are some hostels in Cambodia which offer complimentary use of bicycle. At the very least, a minimal rental fee. I grabbed this chance. Whenever I can, I rent a motorcycle wherever I go. I tried this in Chiang Mai and in Siquijor. For an average of P500/day, that excludes fuel, I can explore places at my own pace.”

Flip Nomad


“For longer stays, you can rent out an apartment or get monthly rates or huge discount on hostels. I only spent P1,500 for accommodations for a whole month in Bgy. Corong Corong in El Nido, Palawan by renting a room in a local’s house for P3000 and splitting it with a friend.”

Journeying James / James

Budget Travel Tip: HITCHHIKE

“On the last day of my Western Visayas backpacking trip last year, when I looked into my pocket, I didn’t have enough money to get back home. I decided to hitchhike from Roxas, Mindoro to Batangas City on a 10-wheeler truck full of cows and goats. I waited for 12 hours at the Roxas pier before someone allowed me to hitchhike.”

Miss Backpacker / Kaiz Belga

Budget Travel Tip: TRAVEL IN A GROUP

“Traveling with your friends is a lot more fun than doing a solo trip and would cost you less. If, according to your accounting, a 4D3N trip in Bacolod would cost P7,000, the most, try inviting your friends and you’d be surprised that your P7,000 can end up as P3,000 budget and P4,000 pocket money.”

Nomadic Experiences / Marky Ramone Go

Budget Travel Tip: COUCHSURF

“I was able to find a couchsurfer host in Bacolod during the Masskara festival and in Iloilo during the Dinagyang festival. It saved me money for accommodations, plus I garnered new friends like my host and a couple other couchsurfer guests on both occasions.”

Pinay Travel Junkie / Gay Mitra-Emami  

Budget Travel Tip: PRETEND TO BE A LOCAL

“I saved about $10 for not paying a ‘foreigner ticket’ to get inside Indonesia Borobudur Temple. My Indonesian Couchsurfing host helped me buy the ticket and we pretended I was a local.”

The Pinay Solo Backpacker / Gael

Budget Travel Tip: TRAVEL AT NIGHT

“I go for night buses or night trains – it serves as my bed for the night. Usually if I arrive late at night in a foreign city, I just sleep at the airport. I opt for free shuttles or public vans/buses to the city center in the morning to find a hostel in the backpacker’s district. I get to save on cab fare plus I get a free room for one night.”

Thanks again everyone. I will be using your tips for future travel soon! 🙂

NOTE: Photos of PTB people taken from individual blogs and Facebook pages.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2011 2:38 am

    Thanks for featuring and compiling these awesome tips that greatly helps lower the budget for traveling but not lessen the over-all experience. In fact, doing these adds up to the unique travel experiences.

    • August 7, 2011 2:48 am

      Hi Marky, thanks for sharing your travel tips! I know a lot of people who complain that they can’t travel because they think it’s too expensive. Hopefully these tips can help 🙂

  2. August 7, 2011 2:44 am

    Good tips, esp for the young ones who still have the energy (plus the patience) to hitchhike, bike around, couchsurf, etc). Without being maarte, my back and knees won’t give me that freedom. But I can still do what I have done many times in the past when I was younger — redeye/night trains and buses, though I’m partial to trains. This trick saves a lot of moolah esp while traveling around Europe where the train system is superb for crosscountry trips. Easy also to pack bread, cheese and cold cuts and prep a meal while “in motion” 😉

    • August 7, 2011 2:52 am

      Hi Lili. Would love to try going around Europe by train. On one trip, my parents said people would be hoarding bread and other food from the buffet breakfast (which was included in the tour) to eat as snacks later during the day :p Thanks for the tip.

  3. August 7, 2011 3:08 am

    Because of this feature I know many Filipinos esp young ones will be encouraged to travel.


    • August 8, 2011 2:32 am

      Hi Darwin. Thanks for dropping by here. Tamang-tama tips to plan for sem break trips or the upcoming long weekend.

  4. August 7, 2011 8:17 am

    Nice compilation here! I especially like Gael’s suggestion =)

  5. August 7, 2011 9:42 am

    Hi Kara! Great compilation! I hope more people would be encourage to travel because of these tips. Thanks for the feature na rin. 🙂

    • August 8, 2011 2:19 am

      Hi Kaiz. Thanks again for sharing your tips. Will definitely try booking one-way only next time there’s a promo fare. Hope you don’t mind my using your planking pic, btw. Astig! 😀

      • August 8, 2011 10:20 am

        That was the Surf Plank. ☺ Hurray to budget travelling! Kudos on your blog and articles!

  6. August 7, 2011 12:23 pm

    this is excellent!

  7. August 8, 2011 9:21 am

    Hi Kara! Thanks again for compiling this! I hope to meet you someday!

    Happy travels!

    • August 8, 2011 10:01 am

      Hi Gael! Thanks for sharing your budget travel tips. Hope I get to meet the rest of the PTB too. Will try to sit-in the next Blog and Soul session 🙂

  8. August 13, 2011 7:29 am

    thanks kara, as usual nice compilation of tips.
    learned a lot from other travelers. thanks for including me

    • August 13, 2011 10:32 am

      Thanks for sharing your budget travel tips, James. I learned a lot from everyone who contributed!

  9. August 22, 2011 1:33 pm

    nice travel tips you have compiled here. I’m going to try couch surfing and sleeping in an airport in one of my travels. ^_^

    • August 23, 2011 1:45 pm

      Hi Joan, haven’t tried couchsurfing yet myself, but am willing to give it a try since a lot of backpackers recommend it 🙂

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