This was a question (or statement) posted by a Twitter follower:
First of all, I wanna thank you @budingdamachi for bringing this up. 🙂 This was the same question running on my mind as we are returning back to mainland Camarines Norte from a beach getaway in Calaguas island. 🙂
I always always keep this in mind “spend less, travel more.” For more than 3 years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need heaps of money to be able to travel. So in that regard I teach and encourage people to “do-it-yourself” in their travels. That has been what I’m doing for the past years and pretty much has covered all areas in the Philippines where travelers want to visit in their travels.
So, why is this guy who encourages people too DIY making package tours now? 🙂
Here are the top 5 reasons why I ventured into Tour Organizing.
1. Travelers Change.
I have backpacked the Philippines for 100 days solo. This time I want to share the travel experience with the most people possible. I still travel solo but I want to share the joy of travel to friends and blog readers even for 3-4 days. I also realized that most people have a 9-5-M-F-job so I want to give them an opportunity to enjoy their weekends without spending that much.
2. Level-up of “spend less, travel more” motto.
When I search the internet and tour agencies offering packages to this place or that, I always say, “WHEEEEW! THAT. IS. TOO. EXPENSIVE.” For a P500/day guy, spending Php4,000 or more on a weekend is really crazy. So I guess I want to give an alternative. A cheaper alternative but an awesome one. You see, most if not all my tours are cheaper than the tours out there, not to mention the personal touch I put into my organize trips. Ask my former clients and they would say, “we were spoiled by journeyingjames.”
In my Palawan tours, I make the itinerary myself based on the client’s schedule. I also give discounts and last minute changes when they experience delayed flights.
I even join the participants and tour them myself (Sorsogon Book Sharing Tour, Coron Tour and Calaguas Camping Tour). Some won’t even believe that I cook for my guests (maybe because its too yum yummy). 😉
3. I want CHANGE (nope, I’m not running for Senator).
I have seen how tour groups/agencies conduct their trips. And most of the times, it breaks my heart to see trashes all around. Some groups don’t even respect the local customs (Google: Batad, What Happened to Your Charm?). And a group doesn’t take good care of the environment they enjoy. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like the tour agencies out there as I know there are tour groups that really take care nature.
Organizing my own tour makes me more confident that nature is taken cared of and locals respected. I would assure everyone that my tours use the least plastic possible, give the locals proper renumeration of their hard work and let the participants see beyond the usual tour.
4. I can’t rent a surfboard using “thank you” comments on my blog. 😉
The small amount I get from organizing tours I use to continue this awesome life of freelancing, traveling and surfing. You see, I also need to pay the bills and think of my future. I guess there is nothing wrong with getting paid in doing what you like most right?
Plus, even a looong “thank you for the help and informative travel guide” on my blog comments section can’y help me
buy a bottle of beer pay the rental of a longboard when I’m surfing.
5. Travelers Will Change the World.
I always believe that “travelers will change the world.” A big portion of the earnings I get from this trips are used to support local communities. This might be a small start but I always believe that “small acts of kindness give a BIG encouragement to those who need them the most.” I would continue doing acts of kindness to the local communities, I want to change the world even with these little acts.
In closing, I still encourage people to DIY their tours, but if they want to join me, I would gladly welcome them in my tours.
Hope this clears the issue po, @budingdamachi. Again, thanks for bring up the #justsaying statement. 🙂
Btw, if you happen to read this po, I want to invite you to our next Calaguas Tour on May 10-12 for FREE. Yes, all expense-paid on me. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks again! 😉
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