Real People: Elinore Magale
I had the pleasure of traveling with Elle — the next traveler in my Real People series — a few years ago. She and Stephany and I went to Manila to check out the wedding supplies section of Divisoria, and although we never did get around to setting up our own wedding shop (life got in the way!), I still have fond memories of that trip. Here, she talks about her favorite destinations (no, Manila didn’t quite make the cut, hehe), tips for getting the most out of trips to such places as Malapascua (Cebu) and El Nido (Palawan), and how she funds her travels. Her last travel funding method is especially valuable for people who think their regular income isn’t big enough!
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HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
Traveling is my greatest addiction and I try to find different ways to sustain the euphoria. I fund my travels through my savings or with extra money from my earnings. I score tickets from airline promos. The only downside is you have to adjust to the availability of the dates, and usually the travel dates are several months or a year away, but, well, at least that gives me ample time to save. Most of the time, I travel with a friend or a group of friends — it’s cheaper compared to travelling alone. As much as possible, I try to take advantage of my company’s incentives and bonuses. I also try to do freelance online jobs whenever possible.
WHERE WAS YOUR MOST RECENT TRAVEL?
- Expect a long travel time from the city so bring something to keep you entertained (or you can indulge in the luxury of sleep).
- Be cautious so you won’t get tricked or overpriced by locals.
- Plan your day’s activity and try to haggle with the prices.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING (OR HOPING TO GO) NEXT?
I’m planning to go to Bantayan Island very soon, hopefully. Bantayan Island is situated at the northern tip of Cebu and is known for its white beach and pristine waters.
The places that I would love to visit by next year:
- Local: Coron, Palawan; Vigan
- International: Singapore; Hongkong-Macau
WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
DESTINATION: Still nothing beats El Nido, Palawan for me. The island hopping activity is to die for — you get to marvel at the magnificent sight of each unique island and savor the pristine waters at the same time.
- Do your research to maximize your time.
- If traveling alone, join a group for an island hopping tour; it’s much cheaper.
- Travel light.
- Bring mosquito repellent lotion.
- Again, expect a long travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (approximately 4-5 hours).
- Don’t forget to bring sunblock.
STAY: I am really not that choosy when it comes to accommodation. As long as I am comfortable and the bathroom is decent, I am already content with that — but Kermit Surf and Dive Ecocamp in Siargao surpassed my expectations. It is very homey and has a very accommodating and approachable staff. Best of all, for those traveling within a budget, the place is very affordable and your room comes with a free big breakfast.
FOOD: Kalinaw in Siargao. Nice ambience, friendly staff, and their pizza is definitely worth trying.
I always plan my travels, but most of the time things change unexpectedly, so instead of procrastinating, I make the most of it by being creative and spontaneous. I also try to immerse in the local culture; after all, traveling is always a learning experience. Travel as much as you can while you still can. Life is too short to stay in one place. Explore the world out there, broaden your horizons, and make wonderful memories.