POCKET YOUR PESOS
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.