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5 Smart Vacation Planning Tips 


After a long, exhausting week at the office, you deserve to take a break or have some quality time with your family and friends. Treating yourself every once in a while is always a good thing. And since it’s the perfect season, why not have a vacation this weekend? This diversion can not only reduce stress, but also helps stir up your creative juices, refuel, and be more productive.

Start planning for your trip as early as possible. Feel free to use the following vacation planning tips below:

  1. Start with the Budget

The first thing you need to do is to sort out a budget plan for the trip. Make a detailed list of the expenses. This includes accommodation rentals, transportation (gas, rental fare, toll fees, etc.), and food. You should also prepare some funds for other activities. When creating a budget plan, make sure to overestimate some of the costings so you can also cover the unexpected expenses.

  1. Choose a Destination

beautiful view of beachOne of the best things about living in the Philippines is you’ll never run out of options for a weekend getaway or long vacations. Do some research about your target location. Consider what kind of vacation you’re looking for.

Check the amenities and activities they offer. For example, if you’re looking for a more peaceful and quiet environment, you can try Pico de Loro located in Nasugbu, Batangas. Baguio City is also an ideal option. On the other hand, if you want to try out some water sports, La Union and Baler might be the best option.

You should also consider the length of your travel. Check if it would fit the schedule. Choose a kid-friendly place in case you’ll bring your little ones with you.

  1. Prepare your Transportation

Unless you have a spacious vehicle for the trip, you should look for a van rental service in Manila, Philippines. Check out their package and rental fees. Usually, they include a professional driver with their package. Although, you can also just lease the unit if you prefer to drive.

Before leaving, make sure to do some safety checks. Inspect oil engine and brake fluid. Adjust tire pressure to optimum levels, as well. Review location map or use navigation apps such as Waze or Google Maps to help you with directions and the best possible route for your destination.

  1. Book Early

While unscheduled trips can be fun and exciting, it is always better to book early and ensure there’s a place for you and your family to stay. This is ideal, especially on peak seasons. Sometimes, you can even get discounted rates for early reservations. Inquire more about their promos, and take advantage of coupons online.

When making reservations, make sure to check the capacity of the room or unit. Ask about extension rates, and corkage policies in case you want to bring food and drinks.

  1. Pack your Things

At this point, you should start packing your things for the trip. Some of the items you need to bring will include extra clothes, blankets, first aid kit, survival kit, and toiletries. Check the weather forecast, as well so you can wear a proper outfit.

These are just some of the few tips to ensure a hassle-free vacation. Enjoy, and have fun!