Dream destinations (most of the time) only remain in dreams. Saving for your dream travels can be really hard especially if you only have enough salary to pay for your bills and loans. But if you have a mindset of a thrifty traveler who would do anything for traveling, dream destinations can also be turned into reality.
Here’s a list of my #TitaTips on how you can save for your dream travels. Yes, they’re all achievable!
1. The first step is to draft a plan.
What makes your favorite place special?
Is it the variety of activities? Historical relevance? Richness of culture? Breathtaking views? Or delicious food?
I think as much as the visual treats or any tangible aspects of traveling, the intangibles play a more important role in making travels extraordinary. For me, it will be the connections I’ve made with the locals and fellow travelers that will always stand out. And this is why I say that the Philippines will always be #1 for me. I might sound biased being a Filipina, but I will say it again and again that nothing compares to Filipino hospitality.
A great example of a place that exudes this warm hospitality is one of my all-time favorites: Apo Island. I always tell my relatives and friends to go here. Why?
If utopia exists, I am hoping that it bears resemblance to Meteora: Karsts reaching up to the heavens. Silhouettes of jagged giants at night. A calming view of villages from the summit. Red-roofed monasteries that seem to float above the clouds. Silence only broken by the sweet melody of chirping birds and occasional winds. A non-fictional world carved out from an animated film.
This is Meteora. My utopia in Greece. My favorite place in Europe. One of the most striking places I’ve seen in my lifetime.
I never expected Turin to be tur-rific (sorry for the bad pun ;-P ). In my mind, it was just the cheapest option for transit from Madrid to Venezia. But after spending 25 hours in this laid-back city, I realized that Torino is not just a stop-off, it is an alluring sojourn that should be explored longer.
Maybe I got tired of crowded attractions in Spain. And to tour a beautiful city with 0 queues and only few annoying tourists was refreshing.
Here are some of the reasons why I loved Torino so much that I regretted not staying here for a long time:
I tried gelato and chocolates from La Bottega Guido Gobino and gelato from Gelateria Alberto Marchetti. I'm still drooling whenever I think of Turin's sweet desserts. <3
There are days when you just want to escape the city jungle without traveling too far. Days when you want to take a break from the usual chaotic metro, yet you do not want to be away for a long time.
Pinto Art Museum lets you do that in a day: escape the city without burning your gas money. Located in Antipolo City, it is a mere 30-minute drive from Quezon City.
Most people are allergic when they hear “art gallery” or “art museum.” For non-art connoisseurs, sometimes it sounds too serious, boring, and artsy-fartsy. But fret not, art museums can also be FUN.
Known as the birthplace of pizza, Naples is the place to be if you're searching for the best pizza in the world.
Museums abound in Europe but the Museo Nazionale del Cinema surprisingly stood out for me.
The "City of Lights" was never part of my bucket list. I thought that it was just a typical big city packed with tourists (and pickpockets). But I was wrong! Despite getting lost a couple of times and enduring a mean stomachache here, this lovely metropolis managed to capture my heart.
Frenchies might appear as snobs and Paris might seem 'dangerous' after all those terror attacks and snatching incidents. But this city is beyond all those horror stories and stinky train stations combined. It is teeming with art, culture, history, nature, and bright lights--- making it perfect for solo travelers like me.
If you're planning on traveling here, here's my list of fun things to do in Paris:
1. Marvel at Eiffel Tower's majesty.
As they say, Eiffel is the heart and soul of Paris and one must not skip this landmark if you're in Paris.
I have never been to a place so magical that it made me wish that I did not travel alone… until I visited Venice, Italy.
I have survived a lot of things ALONE and actually enjoyed it ALONE; but I guess Venezia squeezed out the weak emotions hiding underneath my superficially courageous heart.
Granada’s my favorite city in Spain mainly because of the majestic Alhambra.
It is beyond spectacular— from its intriguing history and breathtaking views to its ingenious and incredible architecture.
I do not know how to perfectly describe this fortress and palatial city in one post so I will just share with you my list of reasons on why I fell in love with this magical place:
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