Your many daily responsibilities can take a toll on your mental health. You must learn how to decompress once in a while.

Studies show that natural environments like the beach can help recharge the mind. Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University, said that the slow and whooshing noises of the waves are “the sounds of non-threat, which is why they work to calm people.”

This 2019, plan that much-needed R&R in Boracay, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. You can go on a solo adventure or invite your close friends. Although Boracay is a premier destination, you can enjoy a comfortable vacation on a budget.

Here is a guide to help plan an itinerary and budget for a 3-day Boracay vacation.

Day 1

Relax in the laidback Puka Beach

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Check in at your hotel

When going on a vacation, choose a safe and comfortable accommodation. You deserve nothing less. Book a fully-furnished studio suite in Alta Vista de Boracay for only P2, 500 per night. The room includes two queen-sized beds, a private toilet and bath, a flat screen TV, and other accommodation essentials.

Check in your premier condotel and relax in your luxurious unit. Why not take a dip in the infinity pool to cool down a bit before exploring the island?

Grab a delectable lunch at L’Altura

One of the many activities in Boracay is to go on a gastronomic adventure. Aklan Province is known for its rich marine life so you can expect a menu of seafood delights when you visit Boracay. Are you craving for Korean BBQ, Japanese appetizers, or Italian pasta? The island has everything you crave.

Grab lunch at one of the most popular restaurants in Boracay, L’Altura at Alta Vista de Boracay. Try the Grilled Adobo with Yogurt! Enjoy delectable meals for less than P500.

Take a stroll at Puka Beach

Your condotel stands on a peak on Puka Beach at the northern tip of the island. Start your Boracay beach activities with a stroll on the white shores of Puka Beach. The sand is mixed with crushed Puka shells, hence its name.

This beach is a more subdued part of Boracay because fewer establishments are found here. Embrace its natural beauty without the hassles of large crowds. Just lounge on the shore and clear your mind. One of the best things to do in Boracay island is to do nothing.

Day 2

Discover the natural beauty of Aklan

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Go island/beach hopping

After feasting on a breakfast buffet in your condotel, go on an island hopping adventure. The cost of a private island hopping adventure ranges from P2,000 to P4,350 depending on the number of people in your group. The prices typically include a lunch of seafood delights, vegetables and fruits, and rice.

Top destinations include Coral garden, Balinghai Beach, Crocodile Beach, and Ilig-Iligan Beach. For a minimal fee, you can do snorkeling in one of the stops.

Discover amazing desserts

Going on a food crawl is one of the best things to do in Boracay this 2019. Do you know that the island is a dessert destination? Travel to White Beach for an afternoon of sugary pleasure.

Do not miss the famous coconut ice cream at Coco Mama or the well-loved mango cheesecake at Cafe del Sol. For amazing snacks and a funky ambiance, head on to the Beach Hut Bar Boracay. Refresh with Choco Loco or Banana Shake smoothies. Want to try crepes with a twist? Head on to Crazy Crepes and order Mango Almonds with Cookies and Cream ice cream. What is the price of this Boracay adventure? Only about P400.

Chill at the Sports Bar

Are you relaxing in Boracay with your significant other? Savor the priceless beauty of the sunset at the quiet shores of Puka Beach. Then cap off the night with cocktails at your condotel’s Sports Bar. Enjoy good music and a selection of alcoholic drinks to end the day.

Day 3

Dive into exhilarating activities

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Dive, paddle, and parasail

There is so much to be included in your Boracay activity package for 2019. Go cliff-diving at Magic Island for P150 to P200. You can also try scuba diving at Angol Point, for beginners, or Camia Wreck and Laurel Islands, for advanced divers. The fee is for about P2,000 for a 4-hour session. Another must-try activity is paddle boarding, which is P600 for 30 minutes.

Do you want to experience a surge of adrenaline? Try parasailing. For 2019, the price of this fun Boracay activity ranges from P1,200 to P2,000.

See the island from its highest point

Boracay is not just white sands and clear waters. There are caves, forests, and trekking sites. Climb Mount Luho on your last day in Boracay. You can start at the drop-off point at Bulabog Beach at around 3 PM so you could witness the majestic sunset from the top. Others prefer to take a tricycle instead of walking uphill for P150.00 (one-way). The entrance fee to Mount Luho is for P120. For the best view of the entire island, climb the 4th deck, the highest. This Boracay itinerary suits any budget.

What to do on your last evening in Boracay? Lounge in your condotel. Marvel at a breathtaking 360-degree view of the coastal skies. Treat yourself to a nice bottle of wine under the stars. If you are traveling with a group, you can hit the Karaoke Room and party all night.

Take time off from your busy schedule as often as possible. You need it for good mental health. Plan a 3-day Boracay R&R on a budget. The new environment, the calmness of the ocean, and the sound of the crashing waves can help reset your mind. By simply staring at the wide seas can do wonders. Dr. Richard Shuster, a clinical psychologist, said: "Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves' frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state." What are you waiting for? Book a flight to Boracay today!