Since 2012, I started to book our family trips through hotel booking sites. Makes your inquiries comes in handy with the detailed information available for every traveler. The most recent trip we had was in Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan last September 2016. We booked a 2 room suite at Astoria Palawan for 4D/3N. The accommodation comes with breakfast buffet, shuttle service and private amenities such as infinity pool, fat bikes, kayak boats, paddle boards and nearby Palawan water park access. City tours and tourist spot tours are charge separately but can be scheduled with hotel assistance.
Sharing with you some basic tips to keep in mind when planning your trip to the Philippines.
10 Tips and Guides:
1. Book in advance to avail the best deal.
Advance booking makes it easier for you to get the room rates cheaper if you’re after peak season.
2. Vacation season
Off peak season has its own perks, rates are way a lot more affordable. For travelers who seeks less crowd these days are the most perfect.
3. Plan your trip according to your needs.
If it’s a family trip, look for kid-friendly activities and safe environment. For “barkada” adventures (group of friends) there are hotel accommodations situated near the places to dine and enjoy.
4. Research the location.
Calculate the travel time from airport to hotel destination, same thing when availing city tours, island hopping and tourist spots.
5. Beach resort location.
Most travelers who seek hotel accommodation with beachfront. They get the best out of their vacation. Keep in mind the nearby restaurants and shops availability.
For budget travelers, they welcome the accommodations within the boundaries or walking distance from the beach. With this kind of preference, they get cheaper rates.
6. Hotel service and amenities
In any booking site, hotels are qualified from high-end to average (5 star to 3 star), apartment, hostel, dormitory or transient house. Some offers airport shuttle for free (bundled with the accommodation) or for an extra cost.
7. Emergency Hotlines
When you travel in far places, safety should always be your concern. Plan ahead and get to know your resort/hotel location. Hospital, clinic,drug store, grocery or convenient store and police station should be within the vicinity.
8. Overall Rating and Feedback
Get to know the customer feedback from their own travel experience. Weigh down the options, it’s not because the other customer hated the service at the time of their check-in period. Keep in mind that we have different preferences. What’s not okey with you maybe good for me and vice-versa. It’s a matter of choice, be smart enough to detect the most logical and honest opinions.
9. Research the official website
Some hotel accommodation have its own website where you can access full details. Compare the offer from the booking sites to get the best deals you’re hoping for.
10. Choose a booking site
There are numerous booking sites online. I suggest you keep the an eye to two or three booking sites, which ones interest you most and works within your budget line. What I look for a model booking sites are those that are user-friendly, with filter options and detailed variable. Register ONLY with one booking site to avail the point system. You can save up the earned points and eventually redeemed it in one of your future trips.
Hope these travel tips help you in your trips, if there’s any concern you may want to add just contact us. 🙂 Be safe and have fun!
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