Infographic: Your guide to a well-planned Boracay vacation

Posted at 03/30/2014 8:30 AM | Updated as of 03/31/2014 11:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - While you’re daydreaming about walking barefoot on super fine white sand, bathing under the scorching sun, and partying all night, it’s wise to plan on how you can make your Boracay summer getaway worry-free and budget friendly.

Most travel junkies say that fun doesn’t always depend upon how much money you can spend. But these are frequent travellers who are experts in stretching a budget, creating detailed itineraries, and having the best time of their lives.

Don’t be overwhelmed!

There are just four things you need to focus on when planning: transportation, accommodation, food and recreation.

Traveling to Boracay

If you don’t mind long travel hours and if you find airfares too costly, you can go by sea or by Ro-Ro. Otherwise, book a flight to Kalibo or Caticlan during a seat sale. While flights to Kalibo are much cheaper than direct flights to Caticlan, the travel duration going to Caticlan Jetty Port is longer than your flight from Manila to Kalibo.

Finding budget accommodation

Research on rooms, rates, and amenities. Be practical and opt for a boutique hotel instead of a luxury resort. If you’re travelling with a large group, there are dormitory type rooms in the residential areas much cheaper than those near the beach shores. Book at least 30 days in advance so you can get discounted rates. If you happen to pick a bit more comfortable accommodation, consider sharing a room with friends or family to cut down on room expenses.

Hunting for good eats

There are a lot of restaurants and bars on the island. Most of the restaurants with the best reviews are at White Beach. Plan at least three meal stops in a day then multiply by the number of days for the entire trip. Ask for suggestions from your friends or read reliable, online food blogs. Most people don’t spend much on food because there are hundreds of affordable options.

Experiencing true paradise

Aside from the splendid beaches and picturesque sunset, sports activities and nightlife are among the tourist magnets of the Philippines’ top tropical hotspot. Unless you’re spending the rest of your life on the island, select the activities that stand out the most. Create a list of events and hangout places in Boracay and mark the ones that suit your penchants. Some of the most beautiful spots in the island might not actually cost you a penny. Be adventurous and make the most of your time exploring its hidden corners.

A trip to Boracay does not have to eat up all your savings. The key is to plan ahead, allot a budget and stick to it. And again, don’t be overwhelmed.

Here’s an infographic to help you prepare for your most awaited Boracay vacation:

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