Backpacking tips for the Yuppies

Wake up – Eat – Commute – Coffee – Work – Eat – Work – Commute – Eat – Sleep (Repeat).

An employee of a daily routine. You work 8 hours a day, spend 2-3hours of commuting, 4 days of hoping that Friday comes faster, 14 days of  hunger games or to other people, its 30 days waiting game. I know you want to do something different, something that will probably help you regain some energy for another who-knows-how-many-months-or-years of working without a simple weekend break.

Help yourself and use your earned leaves. Its given because employees need it, so instead of filing a Vacation Leave(VL) and only plan to use spend that day in your house, bumming, why don’t you pack your bags and travel? Leave those paper works behind, get out of the metro, forget the fast paced life, venture to something different, far away from the comfort of your home. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and use those hard earned “sweldo”, wisely.

Hopefully, these tips will help you plan your short weekend trip, or help you maximize your earned vacation leaves. Be smart in traveling, find little ways to be be on the cheap but worry free trip.

Lets start,

A Backpack, a bit of self confidence, sense of adventure, and you.

1. Map out the Holidays and set the date

2013 Holidays

A very basic tip in filing your Vacation leaves is map out those holidays and if a holiday marks on a Friday, probably you will be on Leave on a Monday so that you will be able to enjoy a 4d3n trip. Here’s a good example of a 6 day trip and only applying for a 2-day VL

August 21(Wednesday) –Holiday

August 22(Thursday) – VL

August 23(Friday) – VL

August 24(Saturday) –

WeekendAugust 25(Sunday) – Weekend

August 26(Monday) – Holiday

These will help you maximize your VL’s, you can do your “Big trip” on these days since it’s 6days of pure adventure or relaxing. And oh, as early as now, its better to plot the dates you’re planning to be on leave so that your boss wont have a hard time in approving it. 😛

2. Set aside some percents

Why don’t you set aside 10% of your pay as your travel fund? This will help you in budgeting your trip. As simple as that. If you wanted to see and experience what’s out there, financial aspect will definitely be an issue. So work hard, and start it with your next payday. Who knows, after months of saving up, your travel fund is enough for an out of the country trip.

3. Locate your destination

Philippines. Originally uploaded by http://www.flickr.com/people/carolinaren/

It always depends on the number of days youre traveling. Philippines has a lot to offer, from beaches to caves, and everything you can imagine. Each island in the Philippines has its own charm, from the different fiesta’s to the street food. Time is what you need, the islands are waiting for you to visit. Get a Map, set your location and google what the place has to offer.

4. Dont over plan

Beach bumming. Chilling. Sun tanning. What ever you call it. @Siquijor

Yes, of course. You wanted to relax and loosen up from your daily routine’s buckle, so instead of squeezing all the possible what-to-do’s on your destination, why don’t you settle on such places where you can enjoy and relax at the same time without all the hustle of going to a lot of places in so much little time. Travel slow and savour the moment.

5. Skip the luxuries

Coffee, Donuts, Milktea and everything inbetween. Skipping those Grande size coffee will help you increase your travel fund, why don’t you take advantage of the free coffee in your pantry? You know its not hard to miss some of your weekend parties, so instead of spending too much on those just “want” things, save up!

6. Stay on the budget

Local transport en route to Caramoan town proper.

Stick with it. Google is a friend, type in the name of your destination to have a peek on the possible budget. Accomodation covers a big chunk on the budget, so instead of staying at those high end hotels, why don’t you try to settle on those ever reliable hostels in the area. Aside from the fact that its cheap, there are usually a lot of happenings in the hostel, from free oysters and those endless stories and getting to know portion with other backpackers. Try out the local food in the market and use the public transportation, these two things are on tandem and will definitely help you save up. Dont hesitate to join other groups if you have the same itinerary, this will also help you with your expenses. And of course, prepare your haggling skills.

7. Smile

En route to Pongas falls, the kids on the way up are so friendly and they keep on saying “Hi!” over and over again. 🙂

Wear your smile, be friendly to people. Ask the locals and start a conversation. You are not a tourist, you are a traveler. Immerse yourself with the stories of your “tour” guide, habal habal driver, and all the people you encounter on the road. There are a lot of locals willing to help out, even they hardly speak your language, they’ll try their best in helping you out. You know, our country is known for being hospitable, so expect that strangers you meet are welcoming and friendly.

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