Saturday, March 21, 2009

Enjoy your Vacation: Plan it Ahead

Posted by The Queen Bee at Saturday, March 21, 2009
I had a chance to talk to one of my close friends the other day when she treated me for coffee near my office. I learned that she is on a scheduled vacation leave for three weeks. The day before that, she asked me if I would want to go to Singapore for a vacation. Sadly, I am on a tight budget these days so traveling and other unnecessary expenses are pretty much out of priority. Since she's been bumming around for almost two weeks now, she's decided to go out of town but could not decide where to go and what activities to do because there's no one she could tag along with her.

My friend could have avoided her ordeal right now if only she had planned things out ahead of her scheduled vacation leave. Doing such could have saved her much money, time and most of all, saved her from too much stress and enjoy her vacation instead. This is what me and my friends in the office have been doing for quite a long time now. For Instance, we were able to enjoy a great vacation in Bohol and Cebu for five days with a total budget of P6,500.00!

How we did that is so simple. Here's a few simple things to do when planning your dream vacation.

Watch out for Promo Fares - Traveling has now been made affordable for every ordinary pinoy as Airline companies give out Promo fares every now and then which allows us to save a great deal of money for airfares. Airline companies such as Cebu Pacific announces promo fares wherein they sell zero-seat fare or charges zero fuel surcharge. This is how we were able to get our round trip ticket for Davao to Cebu and back for only P1,800.00. But because the selling period runs for a short time and there is a limited number of seats, better move fast and decide fast. Or better yet, you can subscribe for a Low Fare alert wherein they send you text messages on the latest promo fares. This way, you can also schedule your vacation way ahead to give you enough time to plan on the details and prepare a budget for any activities that you might want to do then.

Check out hotel accommodations and tour packages in your chosen destination - It will save you a considerable amount if you transact directly with hotels for accommodations and tour packages instead of tapping travel and tour agencies because it cuts off the money that goes to middlemen. In our case, we coordinated with the hotel owner herself for our accommodations, shuttle and tours. We were able to negotiate it for a package of P2,800.00 including our hotel accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights, shuttle and tour visits to Bohol's tourist spots including a dolphin-watching trip. It was really a great deal on our part. In our stay in Cebu, we contacted a service van for our entire stay there few weeks before our stay.

Prepare an Itinerary - Preparing a daily schedule on your vacation and list of places and activities allow you to better manage your time and resources. I was so happy to know that we were able to go to places in Bohol such as the Sagbayan Peak and were able to go dolphin-watching unlike other friends who went on vacation to Bohol for the same number of days like us but were not able to visit those places because they ran out of time or didn't know how to go there. We were able to do that because we prepared an itinerary for our daily tour. It really helps a lot. We were able to maximize our money's worth, I must say.

Prepare a Budget and gadgets/stuffs that you may need - Aside from the airfare, bookings and accommodations, you will also need to set aside an amount for your meals, souveneirs and other purchases. Don't forget a handy camera to document your trip and take snapshots of the places you go to. Looking at those photographs bring back happy memories years after.

File your Vacation Leave ahead of time - Of course, your absence in the office must be legal so it's always the right thing to file for a vacation leave ahead of time. This will also give you enough time to finish reports and other important things before taking time off.

So glad, I finally finished this post after several interruptions. As for my friend, well she has no choice but to travel alone. On a positive note, she can always think of it as a good time for reflection.


Unknown on March 25, 2009 at 12:31 AM said...

Looks you have fun...=)
Thanks for the great information..Thanks for sharing it friend.;D
Have a nice week.=)

grace on March 25, 2009 at 5:51 AM said...

thanks for you message, nakakainis kasi, kaloko bh...i think his not human...his spirit been possessed by demon...


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