Day 100: How To Plan For A 6-Month Backpacking Trip Around The Philippines

“Planning is one thing. Doing it is another.” I am giving myself roughly 6 months and 15 days to plan for #PHL80_23. Believe me, planning is critical – else, I might end up on a sidewalk asking people “what the heck am I doing here?” ย If there’s no plan, it’s like jumping off a plane without a parachute strapped on you. lol! ๐Ÿ™‚ And no, I don’t have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. haha! This is my longest blog post yet! tralalala…


Here’s my current Planning Process:

#1 – Enumerating the Objectives

This is the part where you should figure out what you want to accomplish. ๐Ÿ™„

My Main Objective is toย travel around the 80 provinces of the Philippines in 6 months with a Php50,000 budget and an additional Php20,000 for transportation expenses.

Specific Objectives:
A. Spend less than Php277 per day
B. Stay at least 2 days and 6 hours on every province
C. Visit as many tourism sites (famous/unknown) per province – at least 2 isย preferred

#2 – Creating a Starting Point and Ending Point

The reason for this is to actually secure a plane, boat, or bus ride to the place of departure and the place of arrival. Once the two points are established, it is easier to fill in the gaps of the rest of the destination.

hump ahead

My starting point is the province of Antique. The ending point would be in Palawan. Why? Antique, because I will start with a bus ride from Iloilo. Palawan, because I can take a flight from there back to Iloilo. Case closed. ๐Ÿ™‚

#3 – Non-stop Researching

This is probably the most brain-draining among all listed here. It’s not that you will generally have to research about the Philippines only. In my case, it’s a general to specific thing.

I read books, current blogs, news articles, and regional/provincial Philippine tourism websites. I check out brochures, pamphlets, maps, and other documents relative to the destinations. Yes, 80 provinces is a lot! I am studying every province so that I could decide as to where I will specifically be. I think this is the “meat” of the whole process.

#4 – Mapping Different Routes

Well, because “Research” is pretty much helpful in all aspects of the planning process, mapping the routes can be easy.

philippine map

I bought several (and I mean several) pieces of skeletal maps of the Philippines. Those maps that have nothing on it but numbers and the outline of the archipelago. Using a ruler and a pencil, simply connect the dots. Why several? You’ll need it for revisions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

#5 – Making a Rough Schedule

Trust me, this will help a lot in your itinerary planning. For the meantime, a rough schedule includes tentative dates and the places that you’ll be in within those days.

I am targeting 6 months that’s approximately 180 days of traveling. I did some “exact” calculations and the projected date of my departure is on January 15, 2013. Arrival back to Iloilo is on July 14, 2013, my 23rd birthday. I’ll call it the “finale” of my trip. hahaha! Well, A calendar is pretty much helpful and some markers. I don’t really use the computer for these things because I’m more of a hands-on type. Plus, it’s cute!

#6 – Breaking Down the Budget

ย If you haven’t checked out my post about trip financing, I suggest you read it first. Indeed, money is the fuel for traveling. Without it, you might be walking several miles a day and camping on unknown grounds (which sounds great, though). ๐Ÿ™‚


Yes, Php50,000 is impossible in terms of staying in a hotel every single night. But frankly, that’s the challenge I am willing to take. If my daily budget is only Php277, then I’ll make do with that amount – which means, no expensive coffee, no classy restaurants, no fancy hotels, and definitely no expectations of “comfortable travel.”

#7 – Revising the Plan if Necessary

Just like what I am doing right now, revisions are always present in every planning process. It takes a lot of dedication to finish things like these. But one thing is for sure, never commit to your plans because there is always a huge room for flexibility. I think that’s the beauty of trip planning. You’ll never know what will happen until it happens. ๐Ÿ˜€

Why listen to me?


Well, because I’m good at documentation and I took the liberty of documenting my plans here in this website – Plans that might go smoothly, or plans that might actually fail. In the long run, my mistakes can be avoided by “future travelers” who will boldly do a trip like this soon. ๐Ÿ˜€


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  1. journeyingjames

    July 3, 2012 — 1:26 pm

    excited for this. just let me know how i can help ha

  2. i will kuya. ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks <3

  3. Yey! Good luck Reg!

  4. Yay! Good luck Reg (feeling close na agad?) haha. I’m just glad to found someone who shares the same dream with me on backpacking the #80 Phil Provinces. I also plan on doing the same, pero with a 100k budget. Not sure when to start, still saving for it. Probably late next year. Thinking of travel buds to invite along the way as well (the more ppol ther are, the cheaper the travel usually is) haha.

    Then here you came. I found your blog. Not just that… found out that you’re an RN as well and an ilongga. gee..

    Hope we could be friends! Shoot me an email or an FB PM 0_o,

  5. Rrrroooooooj! We’re like twins! we share a lot of common things hahahaha ๐Ÿ™‚ I am still saving up pero tingnan natin. 100k din budget ko siguro. I find 80k impossible ahahahaha!

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