Take note of this travel hacks and be sure to save a LOT on your travel expenses. Take it from someone who has traveled the Philippines and Southeast Asia the cheapest way possible!
I have been using CouchSurfing since 2009. And I can say that I have met the coolest and most inspiring travelers, hosts and friends through this. CouchSurfing is an online community of travelers offering a couch or bed to stay with for a couple of nights for free. It is not about free accommodation, it is more of sharing humanity and travel experiences. Staying with locals, as the cliche say, “do as Romans do.” You can also meet other travelers exploring the city/town you are to visit and maybe split the expenses and have a travel buddy. Sign-up, it’s free.
Not sure if you want to stay in a stranger’s house? Then…
2. Use Websites that help you scour the world wide web of options where to stay.
You can try Traveloka, it offers hotel and guesthouse options and you can filter according to your budget and the ratings on the left side help you decide what to book. It can also help you with flight options. So you not only save time and effort on looking for accommodations, but flights too. Check their website: http://www.traveloka.com/en-ph/
3. Invest in a light-weight quick-dry towel.
You know every gram counts when you are traveling long-term. Gone are the days of bringing overhead backpacks, traveling light is in. Why bring a big beach towel if you can lessen your load to as small as the handkerchief? I actually weighed them: Towel- 600grams. Quickdry towel- 75grams. There are bigger microfiber towel which will be helpful for girls so they can cover their entire body. Me? I’m contended with mine- as big as a face towel.
3. Bring a hammock.
There is an on-going debate on what to bring while camping- tent or hammock. You be the judge:
Too bulky? Try Hammock Republic DUOYANs. Hammock Republic innovated the hammocks as you can use it as neck pillow while on a long bus/plane ride. So it doesn’t count on your 7-kg backpack since you can wear around your neck them on the check-in desk. Order here: Hammock Republic
5. Bring a Sarong.
I love traveling with stuff that have so much use. A sarong an be used as a dress, face cover, towel, table cover, blanket, tie, beach towel and so much more.
This article can give you so much more idea: http://www.worldwideinsure.com/travel-blog/2014/09/30-ways-to-use-a-sarong-essential-advice-for-travellers/
Yes, sometimes something breaks and you have to fix them right away. Like a sarong, a ducktape has many uses too.
HerPackingList listed 20 uses of Duct Tape when traveling: http://herpackinglist.com/2015/01/reasons-pack-duct-tape/
7. Always ask for a discount.
Somewhere in Northern Thailand, I stopped in this really cozy inn beside the river and ask how much a cabin cost. They said, 250Baht/night. I asked if I can get a discount if I stay for 3 nights, they say P180Baht. Happened to me a lot of times, in Philippines, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. There is nothing wrong with asking right? If there is no discount then there is no discount, but what if there is and you didn’t ask?
8. A thin rope.
A thin rope would be useful as an instant clothing line. For emergency purposes too like if you need to hold on a rope while crossing a river. Or just securing your back when toploading in the mountains.
Especially to waterproof your mobile phone. You know, travel safe, be safe. 🙂
10. Ask a local.
Trust me, a local beats the internet research all the time. If someone would google Palawan cheapest accommodation or tour, Google will lead him/her to the one who pays them for advertisement. Or you can also end up to a tour operator who would offer the same thing they offered to the rest of the thousand people who Googled “Palawan.” What to experience something “authentic” and natural. Ask me, a local of Palawan. Do the same with other place you want to visit.