Being on a budget shouldn’t stop you from having fun at a family vacation! There are lots of things to see and many places to go to that doesn’t require you to spend a lot. In fact, P3,000 might be all you need. Pack your bags and plan your family weekend in these out of town destinations: 1. Zambales [Pictured above] Don’t take a car if you want to save a few pesos because a bus ride to Zambales from Manila can start at P300/person. Travelbook.ph recommends staying in Crystal Beach Resort. A day tour rate at the resort costs P195/person, and they have a lot of amenities and activities to choose from. For an overnight stay, make it a camping night, and make sure to bring a tent. Pitching one at the resort is only P295/person. If you don’t have one that’s fine too. They’ll lend you a tent, a mat and a pillow for P500/person. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
2. Pampanga Don’t mind taking public transport? Get on the next bus to Pampanga, starting at P200/person, then head straight to Paradise Ranch. An overnight stay at their Bahay Kubo only costs P350/person, but there's no air conditioner though. If you want the AC, upgrade to the Mahogany Accommodation that’s P1,000/person. It’s still reasonable as the package gets you access to Paradise Ranch and the swimming pool, three set meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch), and a hiking and sightseeing tour. The Bahay Kubo gets you the same without the meals. Paradise Ranch also has an aviary, a butterfly enclosure, a petting zoo, a dino theme park and a zipline.
There’s no excuse to get bored in Tagaytay. Places that charge you very minimal fees include Nature Discovery Camp, People’s Park in the Sky and Picnic Grove. Don’t leave without having a steaming bowl of bulalo either! Budget-friendly but cozy enough accommodation isn’t hard to find as Tagaytay has a lot. We recommend checking out Chateau Beatrice Bed and Breakfast. Their garden cabana air-conditioned room is around P2,000.
4. Batangas Visit Batangas to see the Taal Hertiage Village (and be transported to the Spanish Colonial period), to swim in the beaches of San Juan and to marvel at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian. You can opt to take a car but a bus ride can start at P200/person only. Travelbook.ph recommends staying at the Anfa Rotale Hotel in Lipa City where a standard room with breakfast costs P1,500.
5. La Union
The cheapest bus ride to La Union can start at P400/person since it’s a bit farther than all the other places on this list. The beach more than makes up for it though, especially if the big kids want to try out surfing. A great place to stay at is Flotsam & Jetsam where they have shared rooms for P680/person or private ones that start at P2,400 with a maximum of three people. It’s a little pricier, but look at the room! The cheap food options in La Union also make up for the room's cost.