About four hours ago, I arrived home from a trip up North. My dirty clothes are still in my bag, while some of my other things are still piled up on my bed, unattended. I just had to write this intro to the posts about that trip, though. I can’t wait to get into the details of the trip: from not being able to get the right seats on the bus trips to everyone overcharging us for everything.
This isn’t one of those amazing, life changing trips. No. It’s just. I learned a lot about traveling during the busiest season in the country. Because even if I knew that the Holy Week in the Philippines can make travelers/tourists crazy, I was still not prepared for just how much.
That said, I enjoyed this trip and I’ll be posting a couple of entries in the coming days that talks about it.
The plan was to travel from Manila to Pagudpud and then make our way back to Manila in the next few days, checking out the sights of Laoag and Vigan and finally surf in La Union. We DIY-ed the whole trip and only used public transportation.
I’ve created an itinerary before we left for our trip and I have updated it earlier today with the correct costs for every item. I did not include costs for souvenirs or pasalubongs on this itinerary. If you study the itinerary, you will definitely notice that it’s very… errr… expensive, and I bet you can cut the costs down. I must admit, my procrastination did not help keep our costs low. What really spiked our budget was the cost of the places we stayed at (especially in Pagudpud, they really jacked up their rates!) and the tour costs, which would be better if split between three people. There were only two of us.
Like I said, I’ll be posting a series on this trip, so keep an eye on this space or please subscribe to this blog via Facebook, Twitter or click the follow button on your right to get updates via e-mail.
How about you? How did you spend your Holy Week(end)?
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This post is part of a series I made on a recent trip I was on during the Holy Week holiday. Read the other posts by clicking on the links below:
- Traveling North: Pagudpud – Laoag – Vigan – La Union
- Lessons I Learned from Traveling During the Holy Week
- Burgos, Ilocos Norte: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- The Bangui Windmills
- The North-bound Pagudpud Tricycle Tour
- A Busy Maira-ira Beach
- Mustachioed in Ilocos Norte
- Laoag, Paoay and Batac in a Day
- Spending Good Friday in Vigan
- A Quiet Calle Crisologo Before Dawn
- An Animal’s Balaurte in Vigan
- People Watching and the La Union Sunset
- A Night at the Circle Hostel