5 Tips on Planning Your First Out-of-Town Barkada Trip This Summer

5 Tips on Planning Your First Out-of-Town Barkada Trip This Summer


That barkada trip is long overdue, but the strongest friendships brave even the storms of having to plan.

Getting the trip out of the group chat is always an achievement—because the planning takes forever. No one wants to do the planning, so here are some tips to make the process easier. Head into the summer stress-free and ready to soak under the sun.

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The Location:

The Philippines is blessed with powdery, white sand beaches and a diverse landscape. If the squad is still undecided, here are some must-see destinations this summer:

Malcapuya Island

This white-sand paradise is two hours away from Coron, Palawan, and it’s worth it. The long coastline boasts a private little beach, clear waters you can’t help but want to dip in, and tucked-away coves. If you and your friends are looking to get away from the perils of everyday life, the appeal of this island is really in its untouched natural surrounds, unspoiled nature, and total peace.

Soak in the tranquil waters of Malcapuya Island this summer
Paradise Beach

White powder on your feet, gently sloping sandbeds, and a coastline where you can set up a picnic? Head to Bantayan Island in Cebu and get your fill of this tranquil escape. Snorkeling enthusiasts and first-timers will also have something to do—explore the diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs under the sea. Pack your own snorkeling gear and also bring your picnic setu, then enjoy the sunset and the stunning view of the horizon. 

Have a taste of your own paradise in Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sibang Cove

A pristine destination on Calayan Island, enjoy a picturesque beachscape, unlimited seafood, fresh coconut juice and native kawa-kawayan salad. Whether you want to take a refreshing dip or simply float on the gentle waves, the inviting and clear waters of Sibang Cove are a treat. You can also make use of your snorkeling gear as the island is known for its rich marine life. For the adventurer, this destination has a hilly terrain perfect for hiking and trekking, offering panoramic views of the cove and surrounding landscapes. 

Sibang Cove is ready to give your barkada an adventure this summer like no other
Tambobong Beach, Pangasinan

Get on the road for a five to seven-hour drive from Manila and head to the upscale getaway of Tambobong Beach. This hidden gem is considered the “Boracay of the North” for its fine sand and turquoise waters. Enjoy beach bumming, kayaking, snorkeling, and camping at this recreational site.

Tambobong Beach is a haven for all summer lovers
Magra Beach Resort and Nature Park

If you don’t want to make the four-hour journey to La Union simply to surf, there are other options nearby. Real Quezon, greatly overlooked, is just three hours away from Manila. Its Magra Beach Resort and Nature Park is a great substitute for the more well-known La Union, with many hidden gems and beautiful sceneries to explore and activities to enjoy more than swimming. The coastal municipality provides large waves and swells that are perfect for surfers.

Surf nearer waves than La Union in Magra Beach Resort
The Expert Tips:

1. Seat sales!

Even if the trip is months away, book those seats as far ahead as you can if you’re traveling by air to catch seat sales. Your flights are the best buys when they’re not last-minute, so save yourselves the worry about expenses later. Another tip before booking during a sale? Clear the cache and browse history of your devices to allow faster page loading.

Make the most out of discounts and opportunities to so you can sit on the plane stress-free
2. Plan a budget and stick to it

Believe it or not, there are barkadas who allot a Google Sheet just to keep track of individual and group expenses during a trip. If you think it’s going to work for your squad, do it! Some people also write down options for hotel accommodations, activities, and destinations with their corresponding prices before everyone decides. It’s efficient and a visual way of seeing where your money goes.

Budgeting makes sure you don’t break your bank while on a trip!

3. Consult the travel experts aka Klook and KKDay

These websites or apps are the go-to for access to many experiences, attractions, and tour packages at a significantly cheaper price. Get better deals here rather than the supplier’s site directly and enjoy convenience and stress-free reservations. You also don’t need to carry around a printed voucher and worry about losing them because you can access QR codes any time through the app on your mobile devices.

Bring out your adventurous spirit with tours and attractions to make the most out of your trip
4. Make the most out of your trip in an AirBNB or Hostel

For the flexible and adventurous travel consumers, rent a vacation space in an AirBNB or book a room in a Hostel—while it’s cheaper, it also represents tremendous value for you and your friends. For large groups, the principle of AirBNB is this: more space, less price. They’re also typically located in local neighborhoods rather than the tourist areas, where most hotels would be, so they are more authentically fun and rich. Meanwhile Hostels are the go-to option for solo or budget travellers since you’re essentially paying per bed. While there’s technically less private space in a hostel room, who needs it when you’re spending most of the day outside. Plus, the best part about it is the community and friends that are easy to make when staying in one.

Enjoy your vacation withougt breaking the bank by staying in an AirBNB or Hostel


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