When I went to Hong Kong last year, I used my own money so everything has to be on a budget. I’m also not a luxury traveler so I don’t really splurge on anything. As much as possible I like to take the most efficient and cost-effective ways when I fly out. Even for my Japan trip this year, despite traveling with my mom, I’m still always conscious about having an itinerary that wouldn’t break the bank. Thus, I’m starting this On A Budget segment for the tips and tricks that I think could help other people out.
This post marks the start of my Japan travel series because *drum roll please* I’m going to Japan this April! It’s such a dream come true for me because I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s so timely because when my mom went there last year, she said that she was going to visit again the following year because she was too early for the Sakura season when she went. I told her that I want to go with her, and surprisingly, she agreed. She’s not one to always say yes to my plans without me having to earn it so her approval came as quite a shock to me. Lol. So the first step for me to be able to see a cherry blossom tree is to get a Japan visa.
What summer wouldn’t be complete without spending sometime up North in the Summer Capital of the Philippines — Baguio City? Ever since I was little (about 4 years old, I think), I’ve been going with my mom to Baguio and up until this year, I’ve never visited during the summer. It’s so much different when you’re visiting during the -ber months! Nevertheless, no matter what time of the year you’re going to be visiting, here’s what I would suggest for you to do.
Last year, my mom’s side of the family went to Ilocos for our annual summer trip and IT WAS THE BEST. My cousins and I have never been there and everyone’s raving about how beautiful it is, and of course, we just had to go there. It was a break from our usual overnight trips because it was the first time that we got to spend three whole days away from home! It took us 12 hours by land from where we lived to get to Ilocos. But no car ride is ever boring when you’re loaded with food and you’re with your cousins. If you’re not the roadtrip kind of person though, you can always take the plane. Our trip was divided into two: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.