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7 TRAVEL NON-NEGOTIABLES EVEN WHEN YOU'RE ON A BUDGET

Travel is not supposed to be stressful. You go out of your way to experience it because it is pleasurable, or at least it is supposed to be. Do not forget the reasons you are on a vacation. And do not forego of the comforts that are essential, and the things you simply can’t do without. If booking at places like Alta Vista de Boracay catches the essence of what a vacation is for you, then you must include that in your itinerary. Find out the top travel essentials you simply should hold on to.

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AN ETIQUETTE GUIDE FOR HANGING OUT WITH FOREIGNERS IN BORACAY

Planning your first Boracay itinerary? The island, regarded as the one of the world's most beautiful, hosts more than a million local and foreign tourists each year. According to  latest figures, more than 1.7 million tourists visited Boracay in 2016, 10.6 percent higher from the previous year. The top foreign visitors were from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the US. When you join a Boracay party, don't be surprised to see people from various parts of the world.

Before flying to the world-renowned tourist destination, know the do's and don’ts in dealing with new foreign acquaintances and friends. Here's an etiquette guide for hanging out with the global crowd.

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SHOESTRING TRAVELER'S BEST OFF-SEASON SUMMER STOPS IN AKLAN

Why do you travel? Are you breaking the cycle of your daily life, or perhaps reliving the adventures of your book or movie heroes? We move around for various reasons. Some hit the road to decompress, others to heal a broken heart. Traveling can be a form of therapy. “When it [travel] corrects the imbalances and immaturities of our natures, travel reveals its full potential to function as a form of therapy in our lives,” as The Philosopher's Mail beautifully puts it.

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10 WAYS TO ENJOY BORACAY LIKE A LOCAL

 “Becoming Filipino” is a popular vlog by backpacker Canadian Kyle Jennerman. After graduating high school, he spent most of this time on the road discovering foreign lands and meeting new people. He has traveled to almost 30 countries including the Philippines. “I have never experienced before what I got to experience in the Philippines. I have never met such kind, giving, friendly, hard-working, outgoing, proud and happy people. I have never experienced a culture like the Philippines; a culture that every single day inspires me, and that I look up to,” Kyle wrote. His YouTube channel serves as a travel guide for foreigners, even Filipinos, who'd like to explore secluded parts of Visayas and Mindanao. 

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KITESURFING TIPS FOR BUDGET SUNCHASERS IN BORACAY

Sandwiched between land masses, Boracay does not produce the kind of waves that would be suitable for surfing. It is the perfect destination for a unique kind of surfing though — kitesurfing! Just like surfing, this sport screams freedom and fun as you skim the waves. Boracay’s near-perfect conditions for the sport makes it a favorite destination for both pros and beginners. Are you into surfing or would like to learn the sport? Kitesurfing is something every surfer ought to experience. You’ll understand when you finally experience the exhilarating wind against your face as you ride the waters of Boracay. Here’s how you can make it happen.