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Traveling on a Shoestring (3 of 3)

Traveling Solo in Siargao in April 2012.

Some of the esteemed travelers have shared their travel tips and advice to those who want to venture on the road of wandering. Check their tips here.  For women traveling solo, I have some whimsical tips that might or might not do the trick.

This time around, Doi of and Journeying James share their tips on being practical and finding the cheapest accommodation there is respectively. 

Doi Domasian on being practical

A woman who has beautiful, well-traveled feet. (Photo lifted from her FB) Check her site at

If your feet are itching to go on a travel adventure and you find yourself stuck with a limited budget, be sure to plan your trip ahead. Research the places where you can travel with the amount of budget you have. Be practical. Be realistic. Here are a few tips that you might consider when on a tight budget:

Ride public transportation. For buses, choose non-air-conditioned ones instead.

Bring your own food or eat at local eateries instead of restaurants. Indulge yourself with street food.

Bring your own water bottles. Refill them at carenderias or wherever you get the chance to get safe drinking water.

Look for cheap accommodations. You’d be surprised to find free or cheap lodgings at convents, barangay halls, and lodging houses. If you have friends who live nearby, it is best to contact them and crash at their place for the night.

Travel with friends so that you can split your travel expenses with them.

Be friendly with the locals. You could always get insider information from them on the cheapest places to eat, stay or whom to contact in case you need a guide or transportation to bring you to a certain place.

Journeying James on finding cheap accommodation

The man who traveled all over the Philippines: the cheapest way possible. Check his site at (Photo lifted from his FB)

1. Ask the Locals. Usually when I get to a new city or town, I go to the public market or where people usually congregate. At first, the locals point you to a hotel or resort. Tell them that you are backpacking and on a budget and you don’t mind sleeping on guest houses, inns, or homestays. Most of these would range from Php200-500. Hotel prices usually start at Php1, 200. If all things fail, ask the tricycle or taxi drivers, they know very well where the cheapest place.

2. Search the Internet. Google offers thousands of options. Blogs usually point you to a cheap place in the area as most bloggers stay on budget hotels or pension houses. Plus you get a short review of the place you want to stay.

3. Go to the tourism office. Connected to asking the local, the tourism office, usually in the city or town hall, can give you the best place of where to stay the cheapest. If you can’t locate the tourism office, there are at least 3 places where cheap accommodations are located: near the public market, near the pier/port, and near the plaza.


Doi Domasian is a female traveler who enjoys travelling with friends but also travels solo at times to visit the best destinations in the Philippines. Follow her adventures at

Journeying James has been traveling the Philippines full-time for more than 3 years now. He backpacked the whole country for 100 days nonstop, the cheapest way possible. You can read his blog at


TRAVEL TIPS SERIES: Traveling on a Shoestring 1 | Traveling on a Shoestring 2 | Traveling on a Shoestring 3



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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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