Real People: Yvonne Carangue
I met Yvonne in Batanes. There were 5 of us having breakfast together: Yvonne was there with her friends Marge and Cheng, while Sir Onkar and I were both solo travelers. I was fumbling my Tagalog when, to my great relief, I found out that the three girls were also native Bisaya speakers. Hay salamat! All four of them were very kind to me and told such interesting stories. I wouldn’t recommend the breakfast at Fundacion Pacita (so little food for such a hefty price tag!) but I do recommend traveling solo at least once in your lifetime — it will give you the chance to meet and make friends with people like Yvonne.
Radio broadcaster / Account executive
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
Usually I take the budget out of my salary — 20% monthly. If I have commissions from sales, 50% of it will go directly to my travel fund.
WHERE WAS YOUR MOST RECENT TRAVEL?
Singapore and Kuala Lumpur last September 2014. That was our 2nd time there — the first was in 2011.
- If you want a discounted price for any attraction in SG, go to Lucky Plaza Mall and buy package tickets from the Cebu Pacific Travel Agency — you can save as much as SGD 5-10.
- Don’t miss the light, sound and water show in Marina Bay Sands and the Supertree show at Gardens by the Bay — for free! Schedule: 7:45pm and 8:45pm; Lights and Sounds: 8pm and 9:30pm
- Find a cheap but comfy hostel along Geylang Road and China Town near MRT stations.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
Planning (fingers crossed) to visit Seoul, South Korea during spring time (to see the cherry blossoms) next year!
WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
- Beijing, China
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Paris, France
DESTINATION: Hongkong and Macau
When we got there last 2012, it was cold and Christmas season, that’s why travel was so comfy. And Disneyland was just so amazing for someone who’s young at heart like me. We stayed in the pad of an OFW, Annabelle Copia, in Kowloon for as low as P400 per night. She guided us through all the directions and attractions in HK. Hong Kong to Macau is just P900. Macau is really the city of dreams. It’s one of my favorites because we didn’t spend a penny for transportation there. The shuttle buses of all hotels and casinos are for free. Unlimited juice, tea, coffee and souvenirs are also for free. (Isn’t that amazing?) But if you’re with a group and spending 1-2 days there, it’s a must to have a Filipino tour guide (cheap).
STAY: Khaosan Immjai in Bangkok, Thailand
This is a newly built hostel near Khaosan Road for as low as 350-450 pesos per night with free breakfast, unlimited coffee and bread.
FOOD: I’m not really into restaurants or cafes when traveling. I love the street foods in Khaosan Road (Bangkok) and Chinatown (Singapore). You can eat there for as low as 50-100 pesos per meal.
We make sure that we have a cheap but memorable travel experience — inexpensive but including many places and attractions.
- Always bring printed maps and MRT maps.
- Ask for help from locals.
- We travel light but when we come back our bags are heavy with lots of pasalubong for our loved ones — as in maximum of 40 kg when we get home!
- If you want to travel, make sure you read blogs from fellow travelers — you can get lot of tips on where to go, what to do, and where to stay. Consider all the dos and donts.
Ang pagbibiyahe ay isang paglilibang at edukasyon. Hindi kailangang maging mayaman ka para makapagbiyahe. Don’t let your dreams remain dreams. Start now while you are able. My favorite quote is from Lao Tzu: a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.