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HOW TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE BEST ON A BACK­PACKER BUD­GET?

Stay­ing on a tight bud­get in the Philip­pines is as easy as find­ing some fried ba­nana in a street stall.

While some trav­ellers choose com­fort over their wal­let, the cheap­est paths al­low you to spend that ex­tra cash in the more ex­pen­sive ar­eas.

Stick to pub­lic trans­port wher­ever pos­si­ble. The bus sys­tem is rea­son­able and some air-con­di­tioned ve­hi­cles are around if you get lucky. The jour­ney is longer, but you pay a frac­tion of the price of a pri­vate car. Stay out­side of the town cen­tres for some cheaper deals. If you hire a scooter, you have free­dom to move in and around the vil­lages and can base your­self some­where cheaper. Even if it’s only five min­utes from town, you’ll save some se­ri­ous cash.

Eat lo­cally. Street food is ev­ery­where, so take a chance on some lo­cal food and you’ll pay $2 for mul­ti­ple bowls of de­li­cious Filipino del­i­ca­cies. Grab a kayak. You can ac­cess mul­ti­ple beaches with just a kayak and a pad­dle at a much cheaper rate than an is­land-hopping tour. While you won’t be able to reach all the sites, it’s a good op­tion if you’re strapped for cash and most ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vides the ex­tras.

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