I was around 17 or 18 years old when I told myself that I want to travel eventually—and that I was willing to do rakets left and right to raise the funds I needed. Finally, after graduating from college last June, I booked flights, packed my bags, and took a leave from When in Manila.
I asked my more well-traveled teammate for tips on traveling abroad.
“Have fun! The world is not as sketchy as you think it is.”
“Try the lobsters when you get to New York!”
“Uwian mo ko ng Twizzlers!”
“Mag-Tinder ka dun!”
“Try mo mag-KKday!”
I saw hashtags about KKDay online with the travel bloggers I follow, but I had yet to fully understand what KKday actually does.
KKday is a travel itinerary e-commerce platform that allows travelers from anywhere in the globe to book tours, activities and other travel necessities to create their own customized travel experience. To date, KKday has over 6,000 tours and travel activities from 53 countries and 170 cities worldwide. KKday has established their presence in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Just last May, they launched their expansion to the Philippines.
I wanted to try it because all of my co-workers who use it rave about KKday. A few days after my trip, Mae even checked up on me if I already booked tours in KKday. I used KKday to do the things I wanted to do in New York, and I’m so glad I did! KKday helped make the trip so much more fun, sulit, and hassle-free.
Here’s how it worked:
I went to the KKday website and keyed in New York as my destination. There were 36 tour experiences in New York, and I sorted out my options by popularity. I also read the reviews about them. I chose the New York CityPASS.
After my firsthand experience with it, here are the five reasons why I would definitely book tours through KKday for my next trip abroad.
1. You save a lot of money.
The New York CityPASS is priced at 5, 549 pesos. It gives you access to six iconic New York attractions. You save 40%!
These are the attractions you get with the New York CityPASS, the most popular experience offered by KKday in New York:
1.) The Harbor Lights Cruise
I witnessed the beautiful sunset and city lights over Manhattan and Brooklyn. If this isn’t your thing, you can choose other kinds of round trip cruises apart or go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
2-3.) Top of the Rock Observation Deck and Empire State Building
Also included in the pass was access to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. There was no time limit how long we can stay there, so I took a lot of photos, took my sweet time looking at the beautiful sights, and just had beautiful conversations with my cousins with the beautiful skyline as the backdrop.
On top of that, you also get to visit the Empire State Building. The pass entitles you to a Day and Night Entry, but it must be on the same day.
4.) Metropolitan Museum of Art
It includes skip-the-line admission, plus same day admission to The Met Cloisters and the Met Breuer.
5.) The American Museum of Natural History
This is where Night at the Museum was shot!
6.) 9/11 Memorial Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Imagine getting all that in just one package. Through this package in KKday alone, I got 40% off! And we’re only talking about monetary value. There are things worth more than money, like time.
2. You save a lot of time.
For the package I got in KKday, I was surprised that I got to skip the line in some of the attractions—considering I was paying less than what other tourists were paying. One time, an old lady even approached me to ask where I was able to buy the New York DayPASS! (#thankyouKKDay!)
For me, precious time that I saved waiting in line is worth a lot. After all, time is money. Every time I spend waiting I line is time I could have spent sleeping, resting, or working (to get more travel funds!)
Because of the package I got in KKday, I didn’t have to purchase tickets in six different tourist attractions. And out of those six tourist attractions, I even got to skip some lines in the entrance!
3. There’s a variety of local tours to choose from.
This means you can tailor your trip to include touristy things like tours in the city’s most iconic landmarks, but you can also sign up for other unique experiences that cater to your specific interests.
For example, if you’re a fan on Goblin, you can book a day tour in Korea for 2,000 pesos through KKday. You can join a tour that leads you to all the filming sites of this much-loved K-Drama in Korea.
For a day tour in Seoul & Incheon, travelers can visit and take Instagram-worthy photos of Kim Shin’s sprawling home, the office of the Grim Reaper, the place where the lovers first met, the yellow bookstore and many other momentous set locations that will surely make you feel giddy inside. To book or know more about this tour online, just check this page from KKday.
4. It caters to different budgets.
When traveling, there’s no single way of defining what a “budget-friendly” tour is. One great thing about KKday is that it caters to different budgets. For those headed to New York, there are items priced from 396 pesos to 18,731 pesos.
5. It’s trustworthy.
- Authentic reviews: KKday guarantees that all the reviews are left by real travelers, based on their personal experience.
- Approved quality: KKday has recruited a team of travel addicts who assist you in hand-packing the best local experiences for you.
- Licensed providers: All our provider’s legality and trustworthiness have been verified.
- Personal ID safety: Safety is KKday’s biggest concern, we use SSL technology to make sure all your personal information is safe with us.
- Transaction safety: KKday is working with Paypal, a world leading e-payment platform; shopping on KKday is safe and easy!
Since I went to New York, the examples I used here are mostly from New York. But the friends who recommended KKday to me have used KKday in their tours all around the globe. Next time I take a trip abroad, I’ll definitely go on KKday again to ensure a sulit, hassle-free, and unique trip.
Tag a lakwatsera friend who’s vacationing abroad soon!
P.S. I’m working on an article about how to travel to New York on a budget. I already listed a few tips, but I was hoping to add more to the list. If you have suggestions, please let me know in the comments!
Photos by Kimberly Ibasco (https://www.instagram.com/shotdowngravity/, http://fluxandfolk.blogspot.com/)