Many friends have asked me to put up my own Travel Agency and perhaps someday I will (when I have many many many many MONEY$$$$! hahaha)…but for now, I consider travel planning a happy hobby. I enjoy planning trips for my friends and family, I love making daily itineraries and plotting out budget schemes too! It’s almost automatic for my mom to come into my room and say “Anak, your tita is going to Japan next month. Can you book the hotels and tours for them?”. I even make little travel kits with their daily schedules, printed tickets and brochures, maps, clothing tips, even history guides! Hahaha, OC talaga ako 🙂 But since I won’t be able to help each and every one of you with your travel bookings..I thought of sharing some websites to help you with your trip. These are sites for beginners on a budget, if you’d like to book for more exotic, off the beaten path destinations..I’ll post a more extensive post for that in the future. But for now, here are some sites to get you started 🙂

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 Asian destinations, Tiger Airways and Air Asia provide cheap flights. You can also connect to Australia and even London (Air Asia) through their website. They also have good hotel booking services within their sites, it actually comes out cheaper to book your hotels+rooms in one hurrah. I once got a promo to Kota Kinabalu..Zero Fare and paid only 1,400 for taxes 🙂 Not bad at all!

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.

You can book short day tours via City Discovery. The tours are easy to book, reasonably priced, and provide pick up services as well. This is perfect for those who want a semi-independent type of travel. It gives you the opportunity to enlist the help of a professional guide who is knowledgeable about a certain place but at the end of the day, you have the flexibility to do what you want to do after the tour. 
So there, you’re ALL set now! I hope I was able to help you through this little post! Wishing you all happy adventures!


  1. thanks for this entry. an answered prayer. my friend and I want to go to three asian country for a duration of one week and i actually don’t know where to start with our itinerary. this is a big help 🙂

  2. You are God’s gift to budget travelers. I’m an avid reader of your blog because I can always learn a thing or two from your travels. Hope I can travel to as many places as you’ve been to! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the tips, Patty! Especially the sites where you can book hotels. I’m a bit weary not booking directly with the hotel but with your recommendation, I will definitely try those sites. I’m also the designated travel planner of our family and barkada although I’m not as OC as you (no little travel kits) 🙂

  4. Great post! I’ve found very useful over the years. It’s a one-stop shop to finding cheap flights from all over the world. It aggregates content from different airline websites and puts the flights all on one page… It makes it easier to compare flights and get the best deals 🙂 it’s especially good for european travel. 🙂


  5. hi patty!i just have something to ask.i’m planning to go to Hong Kong next it better to hire a travel agent or do my trip alone? thanks

  6. hi ate patty. i love your travel blog. 🙂 can you suggest where i can find the best and cheapest multi-country tour package in europe? 🙂