We are already midway into the summer season but planning for travels abroad remains a favorite pastime for many. The demand for affordable airfares, accommodations and destinations continues to increase as more Filipinos are looking to reward themselves with an out-of-the-country trip with friends or family. Traveling offers a complete sensory experience: from authentic food, the sights and sounds, all the way to shopping and discovering great finds to remind you how wonderful your trip was.
All these experiences, however, entail budget. It takes patience and skill to know how to manage your expenses abroad, especially for the more luxurious destinations in Europe or North America. It might be challenging for some, but knowing how to get the best value for your hard-earned money will make your vacation more enjoyable, with a few more to spare for trinkets and souvenirs you can take home. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your travel budgets go a long way while you’re out of the country.
1. Bring your own tumbler and avoid spending for water
Everyone needs water but it can be costly if you’re buying bottles on a daily basis. Pack a tumbler and re-fill it with water from your hotel or any restaurant you’ll be dining at to save on cost.
2. Traveling with friends? Have a common fund
Pool together the amount of money you plan to spend as a group for things like entrance fees, transportation, snacks, etc. It’ll be easier to keep track of your group’s spending which in turn will help you budget your own personal expenses. It also solves the problem of splitting the bill!
3. Educate yourself on the exchange rate
If you’re flexible with your destination, choose a country where you can get the most out of your money. The exchange rate between our local currency and your country of choice will affect your purchasing power depending on the rate. Make sure that you also get the best rate when exchanging cash abroad. A quick Google search will help you determine where to get the best rates for your money.
4. Pledge your loyalty to an airline and score a free trip
Loyalty does pay off! If you travel with the same airline, make sure you’re on their loyalty program in order for you to collect points each time you fly. Score enough points and exchange them for a “free” ticket or upgrades!
5. Know your way at the breakfast buffet
If your hotel accommodation comes with a daily breakfast buffet, don’t let any of that food go to waste! Discreetly pack up your leftovers (or whatever you’re capable of taking away) and save it as a snack for later.
6. And if you’re on an unlimited mobile surfing plan, make sure you use it to its full potential
Technology and connectivity can make your travel experience more efficient and enjoyable. Share your adventures abroad with everyone as they happen to you in real-time. Don’t wait around for Wi-Fi when you’ve got the Internet at your fingertips. Message, call, and connect as much as you want with friends and family. Never let them miss out on anything with you, and stay connected with what’s going on back home.
Use the Internet to search for coupons and get special online deals on attractions, shows, food, and shopping. Save on time by using maps and in-city guides to get train and bus schedules. You can also skip unwanted airport hassle by doing a web check-in on your phone. You’ve got the power of mobile surfing so make the most out of it!
And speaking of unlimited data roaming, here’s good news to all Globe prepaid customers! Globe Telecom is now offering its flat rate for unlimited data roaming service of P599 per day to its prepaid users, providing uninterrupted access to the internet in over 50 countries and destinations worldwide.
“With Globe Prepaid Roam Surf, prepaid customers can enjoy their travel experiences and share them instantly with everyone back home as they happen. With a flat rate for unlimited data roaming service accessible for a full 24-hour cycle, prepaid customers will definitely get the best value for their money,” shares Coco Domingo, Vice President for Platinum and Roaming Business at Globe. Customers need not worry about the subscription expiring at the stroke of midnight, assuring them of a seamless and worry-free data connectivity experience.
Prepaid customers travelling to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Nauru, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAW, Uganda, United Kingdom, and USA can avail of Globe Prepaid Roam Surf.
Roam Surf for Globe Prepaid offers customers the ability to choose from three variants, P599 for 24 hours, P1797 for 3 full days and P2995 for 5 full days. Customers can dial *143# and access the International and Roaming menu to register to the service without having to memorize registration keywords.
To register, prepaid customers can dial *143# at least 24 hours prior to departure and select International Roaming to register to Globe Prepaid Roam Surf. Prepaid users availing of the service will receive a message confirming their Roam Surf subscription which includes the name of the partner-carrier at their destination. Customers need to maintain a minimum load of P150 plus the denomination of the Roam Surf to be availed. No load is deducted until the subscription is successfully activated in the country of destination.
Visit www.globe.com.ph/international or dial *143# to know more about Globe Prepaid Roam Surf.