Create a Travel Budget That Works

Travelling is expensive, only when you do not plan it. By considering the costs for your basic necessities and leisure activities, you will have a travel budget that works ready for that amazing trip.

  1. Create an effective budget plan –Do not cram days before departure time creating your budget matrix. You should not just plan but you have to create a plan that will surely work. Plan ahead of your trip to save time and spend them thinking other creative options which of course will give you peace of mind.
  2. Determine your budget – Know what you can afford and play within those numbers. Determine your budget in everything starting from the basics (food, hotel, transportation, and insurance/fund) and extras (tours/sight-seeing, entertainment and gifts/souvenirs). Keep in mind that you have other bills to pay or things to do when you return from your travel. Setting priorities is important.
  3. Do your homework – Consider locations you want to visits during your travel, sight-seeing costs, hotels you can afford, consider prices of food you will eat, mode of transportation and things you want to buy. Do not stress yourself looking for places when you are already there in a foreign land. And remember, it will have to be within your budget.
  4. Look for deals and discounts – Search for the best deals online whether it’s for the basics or extras. The best part of planning ahead of your trip is to avail airfare deals which you could really save big time.
  5. Ask for advice – Ask advice from your friends and families or anyone you know has visited your destination. As much as reading online blogs and web reviews could be helpful, asking friends and families could be more trustworthy. They won’t lie to you for sure.
  6. Secure travel insurance – Be insured for unforeseen costs such as medical care when you’re travelling, lost luggage, falling victim to theft, or a transportation accident. We do not want these things but it is always better to prepared.
  7. Prepare incidental fund – This is for the “what ifs”. You do not want to return home with nothing left in your pocket. There should be a little money left over for the rainy days.
  8. Track your budget – This is the most important part of budgeting. Track your expenses from time to time during travel but do not go crazy over computation that you forget to enjoy the rest of the trip. You can do the math when you go back to the hotel. Besides, it would be unsafe counting money while you are outside touring.

I hope this will work for you all Budgetarians!




Mt. Pamitinan Day Hike


I love the orange leaves.

The view is pretty up there. 🙂

I have reached the peak of Mt.Pamitinan last April. I joined a group of hikers and nature lovers in my new workplace. They are the young ones who are active in everything. So like any other newbie in the company, I join them not because I was forced but because I want to try a new experience with new people.



Rodriguez, Rizal
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA: 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province

The trail to Mt. Pamitinan is not easy though it is more established than the others I have experienced. Climbing boulders and rocks is a challenge  especially to beginners. Admittedly, though I am not new to hiking, I was physically challenged a bit. The mountain is covered with limestone formations which makes it difficult to saddle going uphill. You need to be extra careful of falling to the ridges. Wearing gloves is recommended for a better grip on rocks with toothed edges.



Me struggling to the peak




Along trail are several viewpoints. Mt. Hapunang Banoy and a distant Mt. Arayat to the north and Sierra Madre mountains from northeast to south. Wawa River and Mt. Binacayan could be seen to the west.


Facing the Sierra Madre mountain ranges



Towns of Rizal



Mt. Binacayan





At the summit.

Wawa Dam




Ruins near Wawa Dam



0430 Take van from Cubao to Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
0530 ETA Brgy. Wawa
0600 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register at barangay hall / tourism office
0630 Start trek up Mt. Pamitinan
0730 Arrival at Hapunang Banoy junction
0900 ETA summit / Picture taking
1030 Start descent
1230 Back at Brgy. Wawa / Lunch / Explore the area
1400 Tidy up then take outbound trike
1630 Back in Manila


What to bring: Gloves, water, extra clothes, trail food and of course camera.

Total Expenses: P357.00

P50.00 DENR Office

P67.00 Guide Fee (800/12)

P80.00 Lunch

P40.00 Water

P120.00 Transportation

Backpacking Indochina 2017

Hi Budgetarians. I am planning my first tri-city trip February next year. Maybe I could need some of your help? 🙂

Well, I am planning to have Mnl-Siem Reap-Nomh Penh-Ho Chi Minh-Mnl trip. Will my P25,000 budget possible? I made some early planning and I think it will be possible. I am continuously doing my research to get the most out of my budget while not compromising the fun side of my travel. I am excited to make my itineraries and I can’t wait to share it with you. We will see next year. 🙂

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