How Last Minute Travelling works for a corporate employee like me.

Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera

I sometimes get asked how do I plan my trip and would always encounter a surprising reaction when told that I am now opting for last minute trips. I totally understand where the enchantment came from, we all know that planned trips are really cheaper because of huge discounted price airline companies offer for early bookings but it doesn’t just work for me.

In our company, employees are entitled of a 12 days paid vacation leave and some unpaid ones depending on the availability, these leaves must be pre-approved. These pre-approved leaves can be applied two months prior to a minimum notice time of one week while the approval process may take up to one week. This means that you might need to wait for a month close to your desired travel date to be able to secure your vacation leave. That’s for the most of the company specially those at the BPO Industry, a lot of us have really tight schedule and have almost no idea when we can have free time until the very last minute.

Most of the cheaper fares have the travel period of six months from the date of sale, which makes the risk higher for corporate employees like me. I’ve even experienced missing at least four flights due to declined leaves or conflict of schedules and priorities. Last cancelled flight I had was our flight to Coron, Palawan which was cancelled due to strict business needs. That flight was a promo flight which cost us 1,700.00PHP each. Apart from the flight ticket we’ve also spent some bucks for our hotel reservation which was booked two months prior.

After that cancelled flight, I never booked any promo tickets yet for myself. What we do have is a list of places we can go; these include those places we can reach by land travels and those that needs air transports. I visualize a date and will have plan A (plane-ride away) and B (Bus-ride away).

When we get the budget we can spent, we file our leaves and check plane tickets right after its approval then we start planning from there. Most of the time as I’ve noticed that promo seats are still available months prior to the travel dates unless its peak season (April-May and during holidays). The price is quite far if you are going to base it on the base fare but the total amount are pretty much close (500.00-700.00 difference). For example a flight to Cebu for 699.00 seat sale six months ago may still have some available seats at 1,299.00 which has 600.00 difference per way and 1,200.00 for a two way ticket. Computing it with admin fees, other charges and tax would pretty much gives you the same difference because these chargers were based on the original base fare and not the discounted ones.

So do I still love seat sales?? Of course yes, I’d love it for my flights on holiday seasons and summer where fares could go extremely expensive, for some weekender trips and planned international trips. Otherwise, I'd always go for the book-and-run way.

Here are some perks I enjoyed that make last minute travelling works for a corporate employee like me.

Mengie's White Sand Beach Resort: Talipanan Beach in Puerto Galera Accommodation

One of my close friend who is a flight attendant in one of the worlds' prestigious airlines asked me how do I afford to travel despite all, when she said despite all she meant my university studies which I personally support, my two other sisters which we sent to school and the house we pay for our mom together with all the other monthly expenses while working here in Manila. It was surprising to hear it from someone who've been travelling around the world for more than three years now but I knew she needs an answer. So I asked her, what do you think will make all your travels expensive? She answered food, bars and accommodation.

So that goes my answer, food, bars and accommodation. I cut some saving from food, not that I let my self starve but I always ensure to look for a reasonably priced food houses. Next to that is bar which is good because I never hit them most of the time and would always choose to avoid or at least spent a minimum amount on alcoholic drinks and beverages as sometimes they are overly priced on places that are known to tourists. Lastly is the accommodation, a drastic change to my preference from the time we first traveled compared to the choice we have these days. From hotel rooms to a home-stay or fan room accommodation, it cuts down the price from half to three fourths. Looking back the normal three days two nights stay of 7,000.00 to 1,500.00 that is way too far.

Perhaps its the greatest lesson that I've learned so far, when you have enough budget you don't have to spend it all on that particular trip, you always have a choice to spare some for your next trip which will enable you to afford for another vacation just right after another.

For hunting a place to stay, I currently consider two important things, first is cleanliness and comfort room. Very basic, one of the best example was Mengie's White Sand Beach Resort in Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera. They're are the only place we've called that sticks to their old rate which starts from 700.00Php per room, per night, almost twice lower than the standard rate of 1,300.00 around that beach. It was such a great saving to us having to choose it over the others as we are staying there for four nights which cost us 2,800.00 and was able to save the same spare amount.

#WhereToNext : Cebu City for Mother's Day.

One of the occasions that we always love to celebrate is Mother's day, this is because we are living far from our Mom who's been with us all the way even after we had our own living. Last year, we totally forgot to prepare a thing for mothers’ day because of our hectic schedules. Usually, me, my sisters and cousins would book a flower and chocolate delivery for my mom, auntie and grandmother or send some small gifts but last year we only managed to greet them. Hence, this year we are catching up with the three women of our lives and thought that we should take them for a vacation and give them a few days break from their overwhelming day to day tasks.

Last December we opened a discussion on where they wanted to take a vacation for summer. They showed some interest in visiting Cebu City to meet some relatives and visit Simala Temple. I thought it was a great choice; Cebu has a diverse tourist destinations to choose from, they have historical places, beaches, waterfalls and even caves. Apart from that I’ve been also meaning to take another visit to this beautiful province. So, Cebu it is, we made sure to book them ahead to save the best dates we have. Now, we have the flight details, next thing I need to fix is the accommodation.

Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera Travel Guide.

Photo grabbed from my IG: @8teen7

Although Puerto Galera is a famous destination from Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces, I still stumbled upon many who’s been asking about how to get specifically to Talipanan Beach and how much it would cost. Perhaps because the White Beach, Aninuan and Sabang are more famous than this little stretch or they just never heard of it.

Like what I’ve mentioned on my previous post, I just saw a photo of this beach in Instagram and then I took a snap of it together with the location then decided to have the trip. Planning and travelling here is as simple as that as well, below are the details of how to get to Talipanan to guide you.

Salagdoong Beach, Maria, Siquijor

Travelling Dumaguete - Siquijor-6594

One hour plane ride from Metro Manila and a couple of hours boat ride will take you to a paradise of not only beautiful beach but beautiful people, of not only warm clear water but warm and welcoming hearts. A happy place. A spot here is called Salagdoong Beach,  the image of this beach was the first photo of Siquijor that made me buy a ticket. The clear water and the white sand was very inviting plus their famous cliff jumping spot and slide that you'd surely wanted to see and maybe try. It was a paradise I thought I must see and experience and it didn’t fail me.