El Nido: Small Lagoon

 

An obvious highlight of my recent trip to the Philippines, was the island hopping tour!  The short video I made shows you our first stop at the Small Lagoon.

*Tip*  As the Small Lagoon is the first stop on Tour A, I would suggest asking your tour group to head there earlier or go later on in the day, when all the other boats have left.  It was actually my least favourite part of the Tour because it was the only location we stopped off at where there were other tourists!  (It was still pretty cool)

Also, watch out for the coral here, maybe invest in some watershoes… Or you could be lazy like everyone else and rent a kayak 😉  I swam into the lagoon and it was definitely fun!

How do I afford to travel so often?

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Singapore Strait

In the past year and a half I have been on quite a few holidays… about one every month or two..!  Surely travel is a good addiction to have right?!  Because who doesn’t love to escape for a few days or weeks, whether it’s to explore a new country or simply to relax!

So how do I afford the luxury to travel so often?  Well first of all, you need to change your mindset.  If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen, whatever it takes..!  Secondly, unless you’re rolling in money, I strongly suggest that by adapting your daily habits, you will be prioritising your money for travelling.

“The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.” – Chuck Palahniuk

So here are my 10 top tips:

  1. Save and spend less.  Easier said than done right?  Well, listen to me, you don’t need that new dress for going out Saturday night, or the expensive designer bag or limited edition Mac make up.  That £200 you’ve just spent on a few new items, you could be using to go on a city break.  It’s all about perspective- how do you choose to spend your money?  We really don’t need new shit all the time!
  2.  Sell.  Sell what you don’t wear, sell what you don’t need, why clutter up your house with stuff you never use when you might as well make money from it??  Simple logic.
  3. Step it up.  From the age of 12, I got my first part time job and I have worked part time since then.  If you need to make extra cash for trips, then you’re going to have to find maybe a second job and work for it.  If you’re a native english speaker and live abroad, teach! (I make time on the weekends to teach a few classes here in Rome!)
  4. Search.  Find the cheapest flights and let the lowest prices choose your destination for you!  Doesn’t that sound exciting?!  It may be freezing to go to Denmark in February but at least it’s the quiet season for tourists!  As I’m based in Europe, most of the places I visit are nearby and cheap to fly to.
  5. Short trips.  If you’re looking for a cheap holiday over a weekend and you’re travelling nearby (such as within Europe), keep the holiday short and sweet.  You can see a lot in just 3 days and you’ll be saving money.
  6. Stays.  I personally love AirBnBs, it’s a great way to meet locals and experience the country by staying in a more personal place.  There are also many other benefits, such as your money going straight to a family rather than a big company, you can have a whole house or apartment to yourself, and you may have the option to cook meals, thus saving more money!
  7. Sacrifices.  When on holiday, don’t be ashamed of being frugal, by saving money on one trip, you are leaving more for another one!  Also try to not eat out for every meal or go for drinks every evening.  Obviously it depends what type of holiday you’re after- if you’ve saved more money for boozey nights, then go for it (I’m secretly jealous).  But really, it’s not hard to buy a loaf of bread and a jar of jam, and make toast- you don’t need that expensive buffet breakfast!!  And those cheap but awful tacky souvenirs, just don’t.
  8. Share.  Trips can work out cheaper if you’re with more people as you split prices.  Just make sure you’re going with people you actually like and can travel with!
  9. Sort.  Decide what to pack, and put it all in a carry on bag.  What’s the point in spending that extra money for checked in luggage for a short trip- pack light, you’ll be grateful not to carry loads when you’re away!
  10. Success.  If you want to go somewhere, make it happen.  Sometimes you just have to book flights and worry about finances later.  I’ve never regretted a trip, they’ve all been worth it and I love looking forward to all my upcoming ones.  Sometimes trips work out to be more expensive than you realised, with hidden expenses and extra costs, but that’s just life.  You’ll get over it the moment you’re away and experiencing a new sense of adventure and self achievement, and of course, by making loads of unforgettable memories!

Good luck and enjoy your trips!