Travel on a Call Center Agent Budget

I  work for a BPO company in Cebu for almost 3 years now. A feat if I may say so myself. Yes, the pay may not be as competitive as the others but it is more than enough to cater to all my necessities and a few luxuries. Traveling has been a struggle for me. It took me almost 2 months to finally decide where to go. Without having to put too much detail on how much I make every payday, I am sharing with you how I managed to travel locally with a meager budget. What helped me most is that I managed to follow a few simple tips:

1. Save! In the BPO industry, payday comes in twice a month. Pay cycles could be every 15th and 30th and others 10th and 25th. Keeping that in mind, I was able to cover for my rentals and utilities in a month without sacrificing my needs.

Each payday I set aside Php3000 to cover for the apartment rental and utilities. I also followed a Php100 per day allowance. I needed to maximize and stretch it as much as I could. I saved the remaining amount and kept it in the bank. 

Photo credits: Keep Calm

2. Plan out your travel date. Check for the local weather and see if this is conducive for traveling. Also, travel during off peak days where lodging rentals are at its regular rates. It pays to book a room at a hotel/hostel/pension house at least a month before your travel date. Some even take payment via debit card/credit card while others are per cash basis. Reservation is key. 


Photo credits: Bluepipe 

3. Once you have selected your travel date. File for a leave ASAP. Some BPO employees are fortunate enough for static scheduling however this is not the same for the others. I know some companies only allow a few employees to go on leave at a time. So might as well file that early on to get that coveted slot.

What made it happen for me is I plotted a leave on a day before my rest day and asked for a straight RD after the previous weeks'. This also works the same for holidays. You can ask for a holiday off to go on that planned roadtrip. We follow a Sunday to Saturday work shift and here's what I meant about it.



3. Prepare and pack for the trip 2 weeks before. This includes necessities and items to bring. I made a list of things to bring and started to pack them on my travel bag. This saves you a lot of time thinking which item of clothing to bring. This also lessens the stress in packing as the travel date comes to a close.

4. Safety and wellness is a priority. Bring a small first aid kit. I already have one at home so I just packed it with my things. Since I get seasickness, I got myself some anti-emetic medicine like Bonamine. Alcohol and a pack of wet wipes. This is a great tool for cleaning if water is scarce.

Photo from Flickr.
5. Have at least a few cash with you. It is also wise to withdraw 2 days before your travel date. You can never rely on ATMs and some have service fees if you use another banks' machine. Also, in case where your destination does not support your card, then you are in a for a wild ride. Once you have done that, spread your money. One for the cash and a coin purse for day to day transportation fund.

6. Have tons of rest while on transit. If you travel alone, be vigilant and rest when you can. If you travel with groups, assign a shifting schedule to look after your things while you sleep. Take frequent naps as sometimes the bus chairs are not that comfortable. As much as possible, stay hydrated. It can get humid and hot while travelling.

Once you arrive at your destination, indulge in the sights and culture. Take memories not souvenirs. Traveling broadens the mind and it is a luxury to some. Would you believe that for my Bacolod trip, I only spent Ph2500 for the 3D 2N trip? This already includes lodging and transportation.

Sights

Kapehan, the oldest coffee shop in Silay City.


 History
The Ruins
Food
Aida's Manokan Country
 And the people























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Getting a job is one step, staying and mastering your craft is another. Working pays off and with a few patience and perseverance it can take you anywhere. It took me to Bacolod, who knows where I'd be next time! 

It starts with a small step and it definitely starts with you! :)

39 comments:

  1. Some say the best moments are the unplanned ones. Yes, I appreciate all the planning. But what are your unplanned moments that makes your Bacolod travel amazing? ;)

    -hans

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    1. Well yeah, there are those moments. But money is always an issue. :D

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  2. Wow! You pack 2 weeks before the trip!! Excited much? :D

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    1. Slight, I also am very OC so I don't have time to pack and unpack a few days before the trip.

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  3. oh you nailed it! I wanted to try to go out of town but it seems too hard for me to make it possible. But you, you just made it! Imagine for Php2500 travelling to bacalod? WOW! Thanks for the tip too, I'd definitely apply this on my first trip soon. ;)

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    1. The budget was hard to reach as well. Considering that I wanted to head out to Mambukal Resort but time was a problem. Haha. It was worth it actually. The Php2500 also includes pasalubong. :)

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  4. Great tips for people who wants to travel ;)
    "We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us".

    chox :)

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    1. Wow! Heavy sa quotable quotes! Thanks for dropping by Chox. :)

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  5. Great article for those who want to travel but want to spend less cash and got only less time.. ill keep this in mind TNX

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    1. Glad to help! Share this over to your friends. Spread the love.

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  6. great! thanks for the tips :-)

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  7. maulaw ko's mga comment sa ibabaw nga puro english. :D unta maka uban ko's sunod nimong wara-wara. :D

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    1. hahaha, mao ka Bong. kita kits! :P

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  8. Wow! Thank you for the tips! Love your blog ♥ 4:20 na. Hahahaha.

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  9. Oh yeah! Great blog :-) I'm pretty sure your next destination would be out of the country and you'll be traveling with me.hahaha

    -tik2

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    1. Dayon najud ta please! ASIA-trip!!!! :D

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    2. Sure gud uI! :P With your expertise in planning and budgeting we'll definitely explore all our ASIA..hahaha :D

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    3. Cgeeee. Bantay! kuha nakog passport nig September. :D

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  10. Awesome post! Thanks!! Looking forward to the "Traveling abroad on a budget" blog!! :DDD

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    1. YES! That is something on the works. Have to save and eat less to accomplish that. OMG. Traveling is addictive.

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  11. Great post! awesome tips :)

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  12. thanks for the tips!!! traveling alone and spending less? I can't believe it but u did it!! haha.. amazing and great!!! I really want to try it someday... hmmm...

    _ms_rishy_

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    1. Let's talk about that when I get home. Love to see you soon Rishy! :)

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  13. I also follow the 100/day allowance thing. Sometimes it works, but sometimes.. you know how food are so irresistible and tempting? Yknow that feel? Wehehe.

    Srsly, thanks for the tips. I'll keep them in mind. Would love to travel too. :p

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    1. What I did to make it even work was bring a baon with me and drink this lessens my time visiting the pantry and drinking tons of water. HAHA!

      You had your fair share of spelunking last time. I wish I could do more nature trips as well.

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  14. sometimes, off-season could be not the best time to travel. but could be the best time for adventure though! :D

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  15. Very informative. I just started travelling this year. Travelling with friends seemed to be ideal. I'm still considering trips alone,

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  16. Very well planned Z, I love the blog. I know there are more photos :P

    -kriszan

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  17. Another great read, Zee. And these are great tips! I didn't know someone could travel with as low as Php2500 in the pocket. Here's to more travel tips, cheers! :))

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    1. That surprised me as well. Let's travel together sometime. We need some catching up to do. :P

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  18. Cool! I've always wanted to visit there :)

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  19. "File for a leave ASAP" haha! Couldn't agree more! Thanks for the tip, Zhequia! No matter how busy, everyone deserves a holiday off!

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  20. Fantastic! I really love to travel but the problem is I don't have the budget to make it possible. Thanks to you. After reading your blog, I'm eager to plan, budget and save. Hoping to travel end of this year or early next year. :D I heard Bacolod City is a nice place. And you'd able to go there with a minimal expense. Great deal huh. :) Hope to see more of your escapades soon.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time in commenting cousin! Let's check Bacolod together with the family and head out to Mambukal. See you soon. :)

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  21. Nailed the basics Z! Nice one! I'm taking notes. Helpsalot :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Please share this to your friends. :)

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  22. Nice tips! :-) I love traveling too, so, this is useful. :-)

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