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Seven Quick Summer Getaways for Families on a Budget

Beat the scorching summer heat and give these budget-friendly escapades a try.

Vacation Spot #1: Camp Sabros, Digos, Davao del Sur

What to love:
The trip to Camp Sabros takes families outside of Davao City. It therefore provides an opportunity to appreciate and experience Davao’s quaint towns and natural scenery. Davao City hotels, such as Microtel, will be glad to arrange a day trip to the camp according to your preferences and specifications. The weather is cool and the camp is on elevated ground, which means it is surrounded by trees, vegetation, and Mount Apo, the tallest mountain the Philippines.

What to check out:
• Camp Sabros is popular for its two ziplines. With one measuring 380 meters long and the other, 400 meters, they are considered as two of the country’s longest ziplines. Both are 180 feet above ground. There is also a cable ride for couples traversing almost the same height and length, highly recommended for the adventurous family members.
• For families that prefer to stay on dry land, they can hold a picnic in the camp. There are family-sized tables under the trees where they can enjoy their packed lunches or snacks. Should families choose not to bring their own food and drinks, the staff will be happy to cook full meals for the hungry group. Best of all, there are no corkage or entrance fees!
• The spacious camp allows families to play games under the shade.
• Furnished cottages for overnight stays available.

Traveler’s Tips:
• The road trip takes all of two hours from Davao City. Bring enough water and snacks for the little ones, and some anti-emetics to prevent nausea and vomiting, as the road leading to the camp involves twists and turns.
• Wear comfortable clothes and footwear. The camp takes about 10 minutes by foot and, although the way up is a sensory treat, the kids might tire easily.
• There is a farmers’ market by the Kapatagan main road where freshly-picked produce is sold at very cheap prices.
• Bring a camera. Camp Sabros is photogenic, with lots to offer for the shutterbugs.

Money Matters:
• The overnight cottages go from P1,500 to P2,000; P500 gives the family member a chance to enjoy all the rides.

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