TRAVEL: HONGKONG 2016 part I

6.14.2017



WARNING: This is a long overdue post that I just had the time to tell you all about it.

Last year I had an eye on a seat sale going to Hongkong. It was the most impulsive thing! I told Vincent about it and without any doubt, we bought tickets! 

And also, we decided to make it as our post-anniversary celebration. *hart hart*

First thing's first, the preparation. We bought the tickets around April or May (?) and we only had 6 months to save. To be honest, I really had no idea because it was my first international flight. I didn't know what to expect, I was just so excited to go to Disneyland. 

So what did we do to prepare?

1. RESEARCH ABOUT THE PLACE

I think this is basic. But if you're going to go out of the country, you have to research. Ask someone who already went to that place or Google. What is the importance of research? EVUUUURRRYTHING.

There are some instances that your usual habit is not acceptable to their country. Remember, it's not your territory. You have to be careful not to offend their country. 

2. KNOW YOUR BUDGET

This is another research. You have to know what your target budget is for you to be able to survive. 

First, you have to make a list of the places that you want to visit and check if there are discounts available online. 

Insider Tip: Check Klook for discounts. 

Second, once you have the prices for the amusements, set a budget for your food. 

This is the part where we actually didn't spend much because both of us are not a fan of Chinese food. What we did was we bought food here in PH and, luckily, there is Jollibee in Hongkong! But, of course, we didn't leave HK without trying their street foods!

But if you're a junkie for Chinese food, you really have to set your budget for this.

Third, have extra moolah for pasalubongs. You know naman how Filipino family works. 

3. PLAN YOUR ITINERARY

Aside from the research, you must plan your itinerary for there are some landmarks that you might not enjoy. 

Also, you need to prepare plan B-Z. Sometimes, the weather might not cooperate with you, so you might do some twitching with your itinerary.

4. SAVE

This was actually the most tricky part but we successfully managed to save for Hongkong. 

Once you know your budget (remember: always check the current exchange rate but it's usually times 6), know how much you need to deduct from your salary to reach your budget.

You have to be disciplined for this because this is going to be your reason for survival. 

5. LIMIT YOUR BAGGAGE

This is Vincent's thing, if you're staying for 3 days, bring 3 sets of clothes. However... this was the hardest thing for me because if you're going to tell me we're going to stay for 5 days, I'll bring 7 sets of clothes. 

Aside from the fact that you need to pay extra for the baggage allowance, Vincent didn't like the fact that my clothes almost ate the part of his baggage allowance. Haha!

Once you're all set, double check everything. Make sure you have your cameras are equipped. If possible, bring extra set of memory cards and/or batteries, especially if your motto is "Instagram is life".

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