You can enjoy Boracay on a budget.
But, you can enjoy Boracay more if you have extra budget.
Having been on my favorite island for three consecutive years, with the latest being the most outrageous of them all, and I mean that in a good way, I finally know why people would spend so much to experience island adventures. After trying four of them I realized that they did make our trip much more exciting and memorable. If you have the means I say you should try them too and here’s why.
I was feeling stressed because my friend was questioning why we traveled so late in the night. She was already in the venue, at a music festival called, Banahaw Tugtugan in Quezon. She had company, but she was waiting for us, hoping to hang out. I told her that I wouldn’t leave my other friend; the only reason she was late was because she came from school and she traveled all the way from Quezon City. It was a Saturday night, did I mention how horrendous the traffic was? I’m not sure how long the festival would be, but if I have to base it on the music gigs that I’d been in the past, 11pm is young. The best bands tend to perform in the latter part of the show.
Lately, I do not pass up on food blogger events because of the GCs. They are given for free to invited bloggers and they are usually worth PHP 1,000 to PHP 2,000 (USD 21.68-43.35). Don’t judge me, these gift certificates have fed me in my two months of being jobless. Anyway, I had an invite that I had to pass up because of an engagement with some friends. I love my friends but at back of my head, I was like, “Sayang ang GC.” I know, pathetic, but really when you’re jobless you shrink your pride just a little bit because pride doesn’t put food on the table. But it’s done and I enjoyed the company of my friends anyway and there are other blogger events in the future. Then a few days later my friend Richie (ThePickiestEater) messaged me asking if I wanted to join him during his shoot (he has a Youtube channel, by the way, check it out, it’s awesome). When he said that it’s Salvatore Cuomo, hope is renewed. You see, it’s the same restaurant that I was supposed to go had not friends happened.
I like to call myself a medyo-budget traveler, which means some aspects of my trip would be budget-friendly like the accommodation, but I wouldn’t mind spending for the “experience” part of the trip e.g. tour and food. 50% of my budget for a trip is spent on accommodation so as much as possible, I like to keep it cheap. So long as the place is clean and decent, it’s good enough for me. But I’d be lying if I tell you I don’t dream about staying in one of those luxurious lodgings and Boracay has many of them. But I wondered, why do the rich people pay so much for a luxury accommodation when they’d be spending most of the time outside anyway? Was I missing something? In my recent trip to Boracay, I think I found a piece of the puzzle.
A few days from now I will be starting a new job at a new company in a new city. It pays better than my previous work, I would still be a technical writer, and it’s only on a 6-month project basis. And I am not excited about it, if any I dread it, the way I used to dread Mondays.