Traveling to the Philippines for the first time is mostly a smooth experience for English is widely spoken, but every now and then you might get stuck, and that is why we have complied a list of essential tips that will help you in the time of need.
So if you haven’t been to the Philippines yet or are planning to do so soon, follow these travel tips and all will be well.
1. Plan your itinerary
There are many places to check out in the Philippines whether you want some historical sites, beaches, cities or mountains. When you’ve chosen which areas you want to visit, it’s best to depend on Google Maps to map out your itinerary on which one goes first by their distances. Next is to check https://www.rome2rio.com to get transportation information. If you’re traveling by group, renting a car or a van might be a good option as this could be cheaper and hassle-free. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try commuting like how locals do.
2. Bring comfortable clothes
The Philippines is a tropical country so expect the temperature to be around 21-38 degrees celsius. Meaning, when packing your things, bring clothes that you’ll be comfortable in when traveling. Your best options are cotton shirts and dresses. Although it’s humid in the Philippines, it’s always best to come prepared so bring a jacket with you.
3. Have yourself checked before traveling
This is very important especially to those who are coming from cold countries because the weather transition could affect your health. It’s best to ask your doctor the things you need when traveling especially if you have allergies or your stomach gets upset easily.
4. Bring cash to have it exchanged in Manila.
You may use your cards for known and big establishments like restaurants and shops at malls but you cannot use it yet at convenience and local stores. You may exchange your cash at the airport in Manila but with just a minimum amount for taxis or emergency cash because of high exchange rates. It’s better to have your money exchanged at places where there are many money changers because they compete with their rates.
You may withdraw some cash from ATMs but be reminded that there’s around PHP 200 fee for every withdrawal so make sure that you’re going to use your cash in a smart way such as for local and small shops and transportation like buses, jeeps, trains, tricycles and motorbikes. You may use GrabCar, a transportation app, that has an option to use your card.
5. Grab the free prepaid sim card at the airport
Some airlines remind the passengers when it’s about to land Manila that there’s a free prepaid card at the airport. Avail this in exchange of your passport details. Prepaid sims are still cheaper to use for your mobile data needs than roaming or pocket WiFi. Globe and Smart are the main mobile network providers in the Philippines. Just look for their kiosks and ask which promo package suits your needs. Here are the sites that you may check for promo packages: https://www.globe.com.ph/prepaid.html and https://smart.com.ph/prepaid/promos
Once you’re in the Philippines, don’t be too surprised if your itinerary is getting longer as there are so many good places to see there. Enjoy the delectable Filipino cuisine and mingle with the world’s most hospitable people a.k.a. the Filipinos.
If you’re thinking about where to stay with a value for money, book budget hotels in the Philippines and enjoy a high-quality service at an affordable price. Travel more, Pay less!