So you have a weekend free, you put aside some moolah, now it’s time for that grand adventure. First thing to do is to choose your destination! It’s important that you research on the city you’ll be visiting to see if it suits your personality. Find out what month is best to visit, what activities you could try, what food to eat, how much to budget. I always advise my friends to visit the Lonely Planet website for an overview. Then I suggest you proceed to Travel Forums (Travellers Point or Trip Advisor have lots of helpful reviews and forums) to read the different negative and positive reviews. It’s good to get tips from fellow travelers and not to be swayed by the swanky hotel websites that may often be misleading.
For local and regional flights, PAL and CEBU PAC are still the go-to-sites for promos and deals. When booking a promo flight, be sure you read the fine print! Trust me, you’ll regret it later if you don’t. It’s important that you understand the terms and hidden charges before booking so you won’t be caught off guard. There’s always a catch to every promo so be wise while hunting for those bargains.
For accommodations, try Agoda and Hotels.Com. These are two trusted websites when it comes to online bookings. You can also avail of their early bird promos and other discounts. You can screen hotels based on their price ranges, hotel stars, and locations. You can also find similar hotels and make better comparisons. If you’re booking for someone else, you have to make sure that you have a copy of the credit card that was used for the transaction along with an authorization letter. Agoda requires you to fax a third party authorization to their office to avoid any problems when checking in. Be sure you print out the map of your hotel and research on how to travel from the airport to the hotel via public transport so you won’t encounter any problems upon arrival. Sometimes hotels offer free shuttle services to and from the airport so be sure to check also before making a booking.