Looking back to my last backpacking trip in Indochina countries Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, one thing’s noticeable about the cities of Saigon and Hanoi – there are motorbikes everywhere. Literally everywhere. Anywhere you turn your head to, there will surely be bicycles and motorcycles either parked or driven by both Vietnamese locals and of course, foreign tourists.
Limitless honks will be consistently heard as most locals use motorbikes for their work or school. I remember when I asked one Vietnamese man at a Burger King restaurant about why do most of them prefer motorbikes than four-wheeled vehicles, and his response was “It’s faster and cheaper. Cars need high maintenance too.” This is true in all aspects. With this, I’ve come to realize that a developing country like theirs, Vietnamese’s general concept is to settle for the obviously cheaper motorbikes.
Anyway, let’s not dig deep on the reasons, but rather highlight the positive impacts of motorbikes to the Vietnamese community. Motorbikes basically serves as one of the modes of transportation. But because of their creativity, they tweak it a little bit and invent something to make it more useful to them. There are flower shop-on-wheels, a scooter that delivers a huge cage of live chickens, an entire family of 5 in one motorbike (not creative!), a banh mi store-on-wheels and the list goes on. Unlike other countries, motorbikes are not purely recreation in Vietnam. It’s a way of life. It’s part of living.
Admit it, almost everyone you know wants to travel. May it be international or local travel; there are plenty of options to choose from on how you can score a cheap flight to your dream destination. Let me share to you my experience/guide how I scored a cheap flight to my first backpacking destination.
I started to realize the fun behind backpacking during my trip to Bohol. Although admittedly, I had committed a lot of mistakes during that trip, I can still say something that perfectly contradicts my recent post about the unexpected mishaps and inconvenience I encountered that time.
Since my trip to Bohol was my first ever solo backpacking experience, it was very memorable. And that doesn’t exclude how I ended up booking a low-cost flight to the beautiful province. My dream of seeing the Chocolate Hills in person was finally crossed out on my list! I would also never forget how chill I was while being served with sumptuous food and be serenaded by a local Boholano band, while cruising on Loboc River. Rode a jeepney that carried not only people, but also big buckets of fish! Lastly, felt romantic (although I was solo) in Café Lawis’ inviting ambiance and mood.
It feels like giving back to the province. My experience there was a great backpacking starter which made me more thrilled to travel solo in the future. The province didn’t fail me to appreciate what we can boast of despite its earthquake-stricken situation during that time.
So now, how did I score a cheap flight to Bohol? It’s simple. Follow these steps below:
Spent a lot of time browsing different airline sites to view the hottest promo offers.
Spent more time checking it from time to time.
I subscribed to each airline’s newsletter.
I got updated each day on the latest deals offered by them.
I received an email notifying me about an upcoming seat sale.
I waited for that day.
The seat sale came. Faced my laptop, quickly opened the browser, and never hesitated to book that cheap flight to Bohol.
Achievement unlocked: Low-cost flight to Bohol had been booked!
Basically, I just shared you how easy it was when I made that flight booking. It costed me just ₱1,173.24 for roundtrip tickets to Bohol. I know I made the right decision and actually caught the travel bug. Now you don’t have a reason not to book that Tagbilaran flight.
Backpacking solo is the most rewarding experience I have ever done — it’s truly a great accomplishment for myself. I got to set my own list of places to go to, got there at my own pace, made friends with other nationalities, lived like a local, ate delicious authentic food foreign to my tastebuds, and on top of these, I got to be FREE!
Pristine white sand beaches, century-old Baroque-style churches, world-class diving spots, different adventure parks, the famous Chocolate Hills and let’s not forget the tarsiers. But Bohol is more than that, it is also home to Café Lawis.
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