How We Traveled to El Nido, Palawan for 5 Days for Only Php 6,730.66 All-In [Expenses]

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Last week, we asked people if they think we can successfully pull off a 5-day El Nido trip for just Php 7,000 all-in per person (we’re 5 in the group). A lot of people couldn’t even begin to imagine how we’re going to do it but they wanted to see if we could really come back to Manila without empty wallets or maxed out credit cards. And so yesterday morning, when our plane landed precisely at 10:30 AM at NAIA Terminal 4, we concluded our 7k El Nido Challenge.  The final computation?

Php 6,730.66 ($149.57)

Congrats team! *virtual high-five*

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.

I Fell In Love with the Hobo at Malasimbo

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Whenever people ask how Beep and I met, my answer depends on how much time I can spend with the person who’s asking. The quick and boring answer will go something like “We used to work together“, but if you have a lot of time to spare, the story will begin with one word, “Malasimbo“. 

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.

7k El Nido Challenge: Mechanics and The Plan

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Is 7k enough for 5 days in El Nido?  (base photo source)

If we told you that you can spend 5 days in paradise on Earth that is El Nido, Palawan for only Php 7,000 all-in, would you believe us? This coming week, Travels with a Hobo’s Gem and Beep (and friends) will take on the 7k El Nido Challenge. Game on!

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.

Like Royals: Staycation at Hotel H2O

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We’re budget travelers. We don’t really like spending over P500 for a room that we’ll just be sleeping in every night during a trip. Why would we want a spacious room with unnecessary inclusions like a huge flatscreen cable TV and the comfort of an A/C unit when we’ll just be spending majority of our days outside of it? If we have a place to pitch a tent or can find a stranger’s couch (or floor) to sleep in, we will still be able to make the most out of our trip (and have more money for our next travels). After all, a trip isn’t about the accommodation.

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.

Chibugan Republik: A Must-Visit in Tayabas, Quezon

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A typical date for most couples is to catch the latest flick. But for foodie couple Brian and Blanca, their typical date is to eat, eat, and EAT. They love food so much that they even have a list of restaurants to try, not only in Manila but also out of town. I came to know Brian through work back in 2010. Our team were always excited for Mondays because Brian, who hails from Quezon, would always bring us food that he highly-recommends and because he was on a strict diet and can’t eat them. I remember that a part of the introduction for him was that he had a must-read funny blog called Mahirap Maging Mataba (go read it yourself and I’m sure you’ll backread it until reason #1).

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Foodie couple Brian and Blanca. Photo from Brian’s blog

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.

Puting Buhangin Camping Weekend

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Brian, a friend/former officemate opened a local business (Chibugan Republik) in Tayabas, Quezon in 2011, and ever since he has been inviting us to visit and eat. Finally, last weekend, we packed our bags and hopped on a bus to Quezon. Since it’s summer, we also took the opportunity to make a side trip to the beach. We were supposed to stay at resort but we decided to make it a backpacking-weekend-trip-in-1500php-or-less. That’s $36 dollars for you non-Filipino readers.

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Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.