Local and International Travel Ideas on a Budget

Constantly looking for local and international travel ideas on a budget? You’re not alone! According to agoda’s Travel Trend Survey, people are spending consciously on holidays this year with most of them having a budget of around Php11,200 to Php28,000 per person for travel and accommodation. If you’re looking for local and international travel ideas for your next trip, here are some budget-friendly itineraries that agoda recommends for June 2023.

Local and International Travel Ideas on a Budget

Local Travel Idea on a Budget: Iloilo

The City of Love is an excellent destination with its rich culture and diverse culinary scene. Iloilo, however, is more than a stopover—it’s a destination in its own right, offering experiences for every traveler’s fancy.

Bundle your flight to Iloilo with a room for two at the 4-star Figtree Hotel. During the Independence Day long weekend, a flight + hotel Agoda bundle would cost around Php9,845 for three nights for two travelers.

agoda Travel on a Budget e1686142233858

Photo from agoda

After getting settled, immerse immediately in various culinary delights. One unmissable delicacy is the Batchoy from La Paz Public Market, a distinct soup made with round noodles, pork organs, beef loin in kaldo (broth) and sprinkled with chicharon (crushed pork cracklings). Get it piping hot at Deco’s, where it is loaded with lots of extras for only Php200.

You can view an array of prehistoric relics, carrying the cultural heritage of locals in the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art for only Php50 per person and a side trip to Museo Iloilo, an homage to Iloilo’s heroes, ancestors, and heritage which you can access for only Php15 per person.

Cap off your trip with Iloilo’s unique island experience. Take off to Agho Island, an eight-hectare paradise with white sand beaches and even a coral garden. Spend the whole day there for only Php600, which already covers costs for entrance for one, an environmental fee, and a day cottage rental.

International Travel Idea on a Budget: Ho Chi Minh

5e27f7edadc0f 5e27f7edadc101 Ho Chi Minh Vietnam.jpg

The sprawling hub formerly known as Saigon is considered the “Economic Heart” of Vietnam, and an enticing tourist destination to many. Fly to the melting pot of traditional and modern sensibilities without worrying about accommodations by availing a Flight + Hotel bundle through agoda. Check out the Agoda-preferred and newly renovated Hotel Nicecy, which is located at the heart of Ho Chi Minh and boasts a Hygiene Plus badge.

Do as the locals do, and dine at Banh Xeo 46A for only Php200 per person. Afterward, take a stroll through the city and check out the Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace—all for free. End the day with dinner at Com Nieu Saigon which will cost around Php500 per person.

For only Php3,564 embark on an exciting cruise along My Tho River (Mekong Delta) to see Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise Islands, and visit a local coconut candy workshop as well as a side trip to enjoy seasonal delicious fruits completed by honey tea.


For your last day, don’t leave Vietnam without a sip of coffee at Cong Ca Phe which has multiple branches, and enjoy a last-day lunch at Bánh Mì Phượng. Make sure to get everyone from home a souvenir at Ben Thanh Market!

Got any budget-friendly travel ideas you’d like us to share? Email me at angeline.wheninmanila@gmail.com or send me a direct message at When in Manila Angeline on Facebook. Interact with the team and join the WhenInManila.com Community at WIM SquadJoin our WhenInManila.com community on Viber, as well!