Top 5 Christmas destinations on a budget

MANILA, Philippines – I love to travel. I also love Christmas. The perfect Christmas gift is always a nice vacation with family and friends. Since we also have to give dozens of godchildren gifts, we sometimes lack the funds to travel to expensive places. So here’s a list of the more affordable places to visit for the long Christmas to New Year break.

New Seven Wonders of Nature Christmas break: Puerto Princesa, Palawan 

Looking for exciting adventures this Christmas? Why not swim with the whale sharks in Donsol? Or go on an ATV adventure to the foot of the beautiful Mount Mayon? All these exciting adventures are available in Bicol. 

The Whale Shark Adventure in Donsol is a wonderful experience. As soon as you hit the water, you paddle furiously to catch up to the gentle giants. I remember how close we were to the whale sharks that I could even see their eyeballs staring at me. They were big as buses and gentle as feathers, I felt they were being careful not to hit us while they were swimming.  

*The Whale Shark Adventure Package is P3,500 (maximum of 7 people) and includes the Boat, the fees and the guide. You can also rent equipment there. 

The ATV Mount Mayon Adventure in Legazpi City takes you on an exciting ride over the Lava Bed of the still very active volcano. The ride is very bumpy with the rough terrain that can literally throw you off your seat. Be ready to get muddy and wet. 

*The ATV Lava Adventure Tour costs P 1,800 per person. 

How to get to Donsol? Book cheap flights via Cebu Pacific Air to Legazpi and look for hotels that offer these Adventure Packages. Hotel Venezia and Hotel St. Ellis offer affordable packages for the Donsol Whale shark adventure and also the Mount Mayon ATV Lava Adventure, which include transportation and accommodation too. –

The Philippines is a country filled with colorful culture and breathtaking scenery. It is no surprise then that many tourists are attracted to the country’s extensive array of resorts and affordable hotels. If you want to save up on your trip to the Philippines, click here.