Tipid (Thrifty) Tips for Travelling

I know backpacking is the top answer if you want travels to be really tipid! I love backpacking. In fact, I was into it for almost a decade! But, this post is not about it..

Underground River, Palawan

It started when I entered my 30s. With adulting and my tita bodehhh (lol), I would always now prefer to have a more relaxed and convenient way to travel. After all, we deserve a relaxed vacation from time to time. But, how can the “tipid” part fit in? I had to be creative with ways on how to, as much as possible, still save for travel and still enjoy a well-deserved vacation from work and all the adulting. Haha! After all, we have our own priorities when it comes to expenses.

1. Research and compute.
If you plan ahead and have an extra time to compare airfares and other transportation fares, hotels, and tour expenses, do it!! You can budget accordingly if you have time to join travel fares, seat sales, and hotel discounts. I remember booking a flight to Vancouver just because I stumbled upon a sale alert theough farecompare.com with one airline and took note of the last day of the sale. We saved 20% from the usual airfare. We just had to budget so we can book it just in time for their last day. 
Also, check the tourism websites of each country or city you will visit. There are tips on when airfares and hotels peak and when are the travel related expenses become cheaper. When you double check the price, there is a difference as much as 50 to 70% just because of the change in season. 
 As for the transportation, try checking the cheapest and most convenient way to travel. If you are in a bigger group, it is usually cheaper and less time consuming to travel by renting a car. Thanks to my husband by always reminding to compute the comparison for the transportation.

2. Take advantage of mile perks, rewards points, and rebates.
This is one of my favorite strategies recently. Since travel related tasks is not really a chore for me, I have randomlybcreated an excel file of different partner establishments of the airlines we have miles with. One time I can share it with you. It really works especially if we need to travel for a wedding or other commitments during times that is really not in our travel “schedule” or budget. You can again compare the rates if it will be better to just use the miles especially for one way usage or for transfer of miles. If it is your own miles and you will only use it for one way. Compare which way is cheaper if you are only to pay for one way (and use the miles for the other half of the roundtrip). For example, I just booked a flight to Singapore and it seems that going to SG is cheaper than going back to Manila. So I’d rather use my miles for the flight going back.
I also prefer to stay with hotels I have rewards card or are partners with airlines I have miles points. You can earn additional miles by doing so.
I also used my credit card rewards points and converted it into miles.

3. Coupons (Online Discount Sites)

Widus Hotel,Clark

There was a time that I got addicted to online coupons. In fact, my getaways a few years ago to Puerto Princesa and Corregidor were because of online coupon deals. I also had several staycations to nearby Clark and Tagaytay hotels which were purchased at really low rates. 
The Puerto Princesa 2-night accomodation and land transfers including tours at 2,500 pesos! The hotel was a four star hotel. The Corregidor day tour included roundtrip ferry fare (aircon), tours, and lunch at less than 2,000 pesos each. The hotel staycation deals I got for only 1,000 per person (overnight stay with breakfast) and the hotels I remember were nice cozy hotels with spacious family rooms. 
4. Family and friends
This always works! I have been blessed to have family and friends who are willing to share their home in their provinces or cities they live in. I am sure you also have some in your network. What is surprising is that in the Filipino culture, sometimes we even get disappointed if we do not get to “host” our friends. But, ofcourse this depends if they volunteered and are willing.

Ilocos Gang
 
I remember going to Ilocos and spending nada for accomodation expenses because my office who hailed from Batac, nicely shared their home and his mom made the best Ilocos empanadas! I am always grateful for those experiences especially when I just started working with entry level income range. I just cannot give up my wanderlust hehe.
Accommodation is not the only thing I got for free because of family and friends. They are also the best tourists! I think Singapore is Asian city I frequented the most. But, I keep coming back! Grateful that my family always welcome us in their home. My cousin Em and his fiance’ are the best tourists! They always bring me to fun and unique places we cannot usually find in blogs or outside the usual touristy ones. They also give us tips on transportation, entrance fees, park schedules, and hotels (more recently since my relatives moved to Calgary) so we can still get cheaper rates! 

Sentosa Luge and Sentosa Cove
 
I originally only put in Family and friends as the fourth section of my post. But, I remembered how we were able to save a lot during a day trip to Macau (from Hongkong). I can never forget this as we practically did not pay for anything in terms of transportation from the time our ferry docked to the port in Macau. We saw several people working from hotels trying to wait for their guests who will probably stay longer than us — and most the people who welcomed were Pinoys! They voluntarily gave us tips on what bus take for free! I do not even remember how we went to Venetian Macau and Macau Tower without paying a cent haha. I think there were free bus rides to some tourist spots. We even attended the Macau Food Festival because of a Filipina who was incidentally in the same bus we rode from Venetian. All these with the help and tips from or fellow Filipinos. Thank you Kuyas and Ates, I still remember you hehe.

Venetian, Macau
And just recently, I went to Portland and Seattle. Before that, I met with a Vancouver blogger and she also gave me tips about the cities too aside from Vancoucer which I mentioned in a previous blog. I love blogger meetups! Haha. You see it pays to connect and ofcourse be sincerely friendly.

Just remember to also be a good host if there is an opportunity. After all, it is good to pay it forward.

23 Comments

  • Claire Algarme

    January 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I agree on all points about finding a way to travel more cost-efficiently. During my trips to New Zealand and Brunei last year, I was able to contact some friends and acquaintances based in these places before hand. They toured us around for free (and even treated us for lunch and dinner). I also opt for seat sales and book my trips way in advance to get the best prices.

  • Gryselle Mae

    January 31, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply

    My fiancé and I liked to travel luxuriously too but at the same time we don’t want to spend too much money! We always choose a more affordable hotel that is a little above average in terms of quality but the price is totally worth it. I tend to stay away from travel agencies and plan my travels alone. You’ll realize that you can actually get cheaper rates with diy travel plans.

  • Kcalpesh Ajugia

    February 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Widus hotel looks really cool and pool is inviting enough. That picture of Sentosa Cove can make one feel like going yatching or boating… so let the sails set.

  • Aica Batoon

    February 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I very much agree that the coupons are addictive, haha! Our family has had numerous great and cheaper travels because my mom is really fond of coupons. Thank you so much for all these good advices! I have been planning to travel and I find your post very helpful.

  • Alaine

    February 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply

    Great tips. My husband and I splurge whenever we travel. I read somewhere that whenever you travel, you don’t necessarily have to act like a tourist. I need to learn a lot about being frugal when travelling.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing

    February 4, 2017 at 7:26 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing your travelling tips! How to save some travelling costs is really a topic that I always wanting to learn more & more. Never know can use reward points as part of the travelling planning. Really learnt valuable tips from your sharing 🙂 I like backpacking too 😉 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  • Teresa Dumadag

    February 4, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply

    So, what online sites did you use the most where you have pleasant experiences? We also like using these sites to get discounted rates. And just like you, I had been a recipient of the generosity of many friends and relatives who hosted my stay in their provinces. They also served as my local tour guides.

    • TheWonderfulKind

      February 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

      I love Deal Grocer and Metrodeal 🙂 When I am in Vancouver, my family and I love to use Groupon 🙂

      • Teresa Dumadag

        February 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

        I like using Metrodeal also. My husband finds many deals at Agoda, too. We have yet to try Deal Grocer. I don’t remember using Groupon in the past.

  • Carmela Francel

    February 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Great tips you shared here 🙂 I, myself, is guilty of spending a lot when traveling. I was planning to book my next travel to an agency but since I read in the comments that it’s more pricey to arrange your travel in agencies, I might just do your first tip which is to Research. Have to start reading now if I really want to travel solo 😀 Wish me luck! Haha

    • TheWonderfulKind

      February 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm Reply

      My guilty splurge is travel and food lol. So it definitely helps if I learn to do my homework first before travelling. Wow goin solo! Cheering you in that, go go go! 🙂

  • Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)

    February 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Great tips for travel junkies! I do most of these when I have the chance, but I never tried checking out the countries’ tourism sites. I’m going to try that next! I think I know how you went to those places in Macau for free. I worked in the Venetian Macau for 6 months and we would just take the free hotel shuttles! Haha! 🙂

    • TheWonderfulKind

      February 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

      Haha! Yeah. I love Venetian Macau! Hope to come back, bring my family, and stay there. 🙂

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo

    February 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

    My brother is the best one for these kind of things. He loves looking for cheap travels and is so good with it too. I’m gonna send him your link so he can add more to his learnings haha.

  • Bhushavali

    February 7, 2017 at 4:43 am Reply

    Great tips. I love backpacking too. But it works when you’re going solo or with same age people. When travelling with older people, comfort also in required!!! Coupons, esp flight deals, helps so much!! Ofcourse, proper advance planning is essential!

  • Berlin

    February 9, 2017 at 1:56 am Reply

    Wow. I love trips like those, too, wherein youve got to spend almost nothing just because of hospitality and friendliness. But I guess we pinoys are really hospitable and friendly. We tend to give tips and extend help the best way we can. And I agree with you. We should alap pay forward and do the same should it’s our time to do so.

  • Mommy Queenelizabeth

    February 11, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

    These are great tips esp. for new travelers. I remember when i first had an international trip years back. I missed a lot of good places to visit and i cried over expenses. Because i failed to do research about the destination and compare prices of hotels while i really got a good deal on airfare. Now i know what to do..

  • Ceemee

    February 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I cannot imagine myself going backpacking, or leaving my kids on a solo vacation. Although I wonder if I could do it. But, I would miss them so much, For now, I content myself with our family adventures. These are great tips and LOL at the Tita bodeeehhh.

  • tina perez

    February 22, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply

    i am all for backpacking when i was single. now with teens in tow… we call ourselves the BACPACK SQUAD. i have encouraged my teens to love backpacking and packing light.

    cheers to more travels

  • ada

    February 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

    very helpful!

    Looking forward to my travels with my baby daughter!

  • Ana Rose | Roads and Pages

    March 2, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    I agree in everything you stated in here. We do not need to have 6 or more figures in our passbook in order to be able to travel. It is affordable nowadays. We just need a careful planning and be wise in everything.

  • Irma Jašarević

    March 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I agree with all your tips. If I read them before, I would now save a lot of money. Especially with the online offers and coupons. Here is my story for that:
    I remember once we went wild water rafting in Croatia, and we paid a lot for it. It was very nice there, we had the rafting, the meals, and one night sleep in the hotel. However, other people we just met on the boat told us that they bought their tickets for some poor money because of the online coupons and discounts. Unfortunately, we did not go on the Internet that day, so we didn’t see the offers at all.

    • TheWonderfulKind

      March 14, 2017 at 12:17 am Reply

      Oh! Yes there are a lot of coupons these days in the internet. But yeah we have to do our research on which ones we really like and which we can use.

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