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Top Travel Tips: Traveling during the Rainy Season

It’s the rainy season once again but who says it won’t be fun to travel during this time? Ey, if you know how to take advantage of the weather, you got all those beautiful places in your bucket list that’s all for yourself. Yey! So, let the adventure begin!


ONE. It may be the rainy season but that does not mean that it would rain the whole month, like all 30 days??

Tip: Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and try to do your main travels when it is not raining.

TWO. Because it’s the rainy season, trip schedules are scarce, else, many times fully-booked. But depending on where you are going, fares could either be more expensive or really cheap.

Tip: From the moment you thought of going somewhere, check all possible ticketing sources first — online, terminals and even malls.

THREE. Be mindful that sea travel during this time could be more wavy than usual while road travel could be slippery and even foggy.

Tip: Don’t take anything acidic, better yet just eat soda crackers to balance acidity so as to keep you from throwing up. Still, be prepared for possible sea sickness or delays and do not forget to bring some motion sickness tablets or ointment — of course, also a waste bag just in case. If you’re traveling in your own vehicle, have your tank filled and make sure that everything is in good working condition — especially the brakes, lights, horn and tires.

FOUR. Roads outside cities are mostly clear of vehicles during actual rains, it’s usually within the city and those still on their way out that’s where there could be traffic congestion.

Tip: More than being updated with the weather, it’s always better to travel as early as you could. Research about your destination and its points of interest to save travel time as rain could affect things like visibility and could also cause vexation.

FIVE. Actual traveling means you’re just going to sit the whole time in a plane, boat, train, bus or car, so no need to be fashionable.

Tip: Wear something comfortable and better yet, just your ‘second-hand’ clothes since you could just sweat or get dusty. Bringing hand towels would be real helpful especially in tropical places.

SIX. Though traveling light is advised (even for year-round travelers, hey, would you actually want to carry half of your house?), you could end up carrying a lot more during this time if you are not mindful.

Tip: Bring disposables instead of your regular stuff, else, your least used items during your trip so you could just dispose them when you reach your destination or after each activity if they get totally worn out. Else, especially if you are a year-round traveler, only bring a few pairs of good clothes then just buy used clothing (in flea markets or ‘ukay-ukay’, here there are very cheap items) to serve as your everyday attire — wash and use them until they wear out.

SEVEN. One thing that makes traveling during the rainy season tough is that you have to secure not only yourself but your ‘unwettable’ belongings from getting, well, wet and dirty.

Tip: If you don’t have a waterproof kind of bag, segregate your things and place them in small plastics before putting them inside your lone bag (especially if you only have a week of adventure and during an LPA). This is no different from using a waterproof pouch for your cellphone. Now, if you would be away for more than a week then use, say, three bags. For your gadgets and accessories. For life’s essentials. For your clothing. Just monitor your laundry.

EIGHT. Rains bring in a different kind of thrill yet could cause you some inconvenience if you fail to bring ‘overlooked’ necessities.

Tip: Must-haves include 3-fold umbrella or jacket, flip flops, cap, flashlight, Swiss knife, first aid kit and extras like cash. Unless you are going to a cold place, ideally, don’t bring pants — it’s raining!

NINE. Be ready to get wet with rain if ever, it’s the rainy season after all. Yet while it’s fun, it could also cause colds and flu for some.

Tip: Make sure you thoroughly wet (quick shower if you got soaked) yourself when you reach your hostel. If ever, also be ready with your ascorbic acid and paracetamol — should be in your first aid kit.

TEN. Most small convenience stores could be closed during bad weather especially in remote areas, more so, if there is flooding.

Tip: It won’t hurt to bring a couple of canned foods and crackers or fruits just in case you got delayed in the middle of nowhere. And do not forget a bottle of drinking water!

ELEVEN. Wherever you may be, it is obviously more expensive to ask someone to drive you around (like, ‘pakyaw’ in the Philippines). Money spent here is some cash you could use for unexpected things.

Tip: If you want to save on tour guides or drivers, don’t hesitate to hike those short distances — hiking is an adventure in itself. Just politely ask the locals for necessary directions.

TWELVE. Renting a scooter or a bicycle is more cost effective than ‘pakyaw’, but your unfamiliarity of the place could waste you a lot of time and gas. Worse, it could endanger you (especially on wet roads) if you are unaware of broken bridges, flooding or fallen trees.

Tip: Be alert. Make sure your GPS is working, verify directions and be sure that your rented scooter is well-conditioned — brakes and lights work while tires are not flat or worn out.

Being genuinely friendly and respectful could go a long, long way.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: Traveling Solo

One of the coolest things to do in life is traveling — especially if you are traveling with someone; obviously, you get to share those moments while making happy memories. But whaaat if you are traveling solo, how do you make it an adventure?

Well, here goes.

Don’t plan the trip. Like, once you have decided where to go, don’t spend weeks or even days thinking about the sights you would visit. Overthinking makes things sound like predestined, therefore, you already reduce the excitement in itself.

Group travel or traveling with someone  is especially recommended if you would be trekking

While joining tours would bring you to the place’s top tourist destinations, you don’t control time that if you would like to stay longer or just leave earlier, you can not just do that — and in some cases, you could even be spending more. So do the X and Os.

Focus on what to bring. Bring cards not just cash, some places (like remote beaches) do not have forex, so having a card or two would come in handy. Bring a utility kit that includes a whistle, flash light and a Swiss knife. These would be helpful for whatever emergency there is. Bring a small part of your kitchen — very small pot, matches, lunch box, spoon and a small plastic glass. These are especially useful if you want to go camping, or if you are still in the mountains and unable to return to your hostel for whatever reason.

Utility essentials

Being adventure-ready would also require a solar power bank, sunscreen (not just because of the beach but because you should be doing a lot of walking), first aid kit and flip flops not just rubber shoes. Insect or mosquito repellent? Many times all you need is to ‘smoke’ your area.

Utilize your surroundings. Example, if you have not booked in advance, leave your belongings at the airport or even at a mall’s baggage counter while quickly looking for hostels; obviously, this would make your search for accommodation more efficient.

You could pay extra for airport storage, so check the immediate pros and cons

In countries like the Philippines, connection is generally slow, thus, if you do not have any special booster, use the terminal’s WiFi (most people here have their minds set on their travels, that means less users) rather than local pocket WiFis which relies on location.

Bring a small tent. If there are no homestays or vacant backpacker lodges especially near the beach or resort you are eyeing, then having a tent would save your day, err, night. Don’t forget to bring a small, thin blanket or a big towel. Of course, you could always stay in more expensive hostels but aren’t you after adventure?

Camping out is good for the pocket, too

So try to get out of your comfort zone and blend in with nature.

Visit during the ideal climate. This is to maximize your visit, not to mention to keep you safe from accidents; for one, roads and mountains are slippery when wet.

Rain has its pluses, but also its minuses

Also, if the place you would be visiting is just within 5 kilometers, try taking a hike. You not only add more spice to your adventure or save on fare, but even stay in shape while traveling.

Be alert wherever you go. Avoid dark places at night, hey, the night is already dark in itself, don’t add to it by going to unlighted areas unless you’re in a secure place — ey, you’re alone, remember?? And especially if you are girl, avoid ‘hidden’ bars or places with no one around particularly at night — no matter where you are in the world, things happen you should know.

Renting a motorbike is very useful when ‘places’ are just miles away

While the safest choice in localities would be in places where families go to, it would not always be as enjoyable for adults, hence, do not hesitate to explore especially if you could hire a motorbike. Hope you have your international driver’s license with you.

Register with local authorities. Apart from immigration, if the places you would visit has things like local registration especially for foreigners then do register. This would prove invaluable, just in case, since again you are traveling alone.

Just let the locality know you are around as crimes involving tourists are rising in some places

Always be respectful. From laws to culture and traditions, be mindful. Don’t look (or have a look) either superior nor tentative as you could either cause resentment or invite scammers.

Always smile and learn to speak the dialect to connect better with locals

Be friendly yet if you can’t speak for whatever reason, at least smile or nod. This would keep you ‘safer’ and happier in your solo travels that you would treasure for life.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: Connecting Roads and Islands

There are travel tips and there are travel tips. While some makes sense to us, other tips naturally come from one’s personal experiences — whether he’s from media, or travels for business or pleasure — as not every situation is always the same, so…

Here are our top tips especially for land and sea travelers.

One. Get tickets ahead of schedule. This would not only lead to savings for early bookings but would give you more control of your traveling itinerary at least until you reach your final destination.

Always be prepared for eventualities

Two. If for some reason that some trips do not go as planned, do not stay in the place if you arrive late afternoon or so (unless you’re dead tired, part of your plan or it’s free) since it’s like you can’t maximize sightseeing time and all because you arrived with almost nothing to do but sleep. Sure, you could roam around at night, but wouldn’t it be nicer if you could see the places in broad daylight right after arrival?

Three. Thus, whenever you travel, try to always leave at night or early morning especially if you have not pre-booked.

Be easy-going and locals will be more comfortable with you

Four. And stay in every stop for at least 2-3 days to get to see, understand and appreciate the locality.

Five. Otherwise, if you happen to run short on budget or find the place not really that interesting then you could always cut your stay short. And that’s the advantage of arriving on every stop at mid-day, you got the chance to stroll after lunch and for whatever reason, you could always leave by late afternoon or nighttime.

Lost? You can always look at the map or ask for directions

Six. If you have not researched about the place you are going to, the first sights you would be seeing depends on where you are coming from or what mode of transportation you took. Else, initial activities would hinge on the proximity of the place you are billeted.

Seven. Know where important offices or establishments of the place you are at, or at least how to contact them. Immigration. Tourist Assistance. Police. Forex. Banks. Market. Hospitals. Hotels. Restos. Laundry shops. E-Loading stations and internet providers if ever.

Do not try to bring your whole closet but just necessities

Eight. Be reminded to travel light (yet make sure to have an extra shirt, underwear, cash, power bank and first aid kit just in case) and always secure your personal belongings.


Nine. Always respect local laws, culture and traditions. Do not vandalize nor harm property, and properly dispose your dirt.

Ten. Be friendly and try to learn the local dialect. Never get into arguments, deception or fights instead be helpful.

Efforts of trying to blend-in would always be appreciated

Eleven. Do not haggle too much. Even if you are a budget traveler, if you do travel for pleasure then it’s still a luxury compared to locals who are struggling to earn a living and put food on their tables.

Twelve. As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do”; thus, try to adapt to the place. Get involved if possible.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

They say traveling gives one a different perspective in life…

Happy and safe travels!