Philippines is a very cheap place to travel, which is just one of many reasons that makes it so much fun! Your personal spending on the trip will include your food, drinks, shopping, entertainment and any activities outside of those included your FNEZ adventure.
For the entirety of our 40 Day Philippines Trip – “The New Frontier”, we would recommend a budget of $1200 - $1800. Any travel budget will fluctuate between personalities, so ask yourself: "What type of traveller are you?"
The Hippie: Brings about $1000-$1200 for the 40 days. Eats local food, bargains well at the market, finds good prices on drinks and picks, and chooses their optional activities wisely! Often likely to continue travelling after their FNEZ trip is complete.
The Backpacker: $1200-$1500 spending money. A bit more frivolous but is aware of their budget. Takes in most activities they are interested in, without going too extravagant. Likes to party, but always looking for a good deal.
The Rock Star: $1500-1900+ Spending money will allow for little to no worry about your budget. The Rock Star will do almost every single activity, including lavish amounts of shopping and partying often. There won't be too much holding them back from activities, as this is their trip and don't want to let anything pass them by.
To help you work out your budget, here are some examples to give you an idea what you will be spending in the Philippines.
Food & Drink:
Bottle of Tanduay rum: $2
Bottle of beer: $1
Fruit shake: $1.50
Fresh fruit platter: $2.50
Filipino style breakfast: $2.50
Filipino meal at a restaurant: $2-6
Meal from a street vendor: $1.50
Western meal: $6.50
Fancy cocktail: $4
1 litter water bottle: $0.75
Entertainment & Activities:
1 hour surfing lesson: $7.50
1 hour surf board rental: $5
Snorkel rental: $8.75
Whole day wake boarding: $19
Full day paddle board rental: $12.50
Boat trip/Island hopping (incl. lunch): $22-50
Open Water Scuba Cert: $450
Discover Scuba Open water: $50
1 Fun Dive: $42-70
Full day Kayak rental: $19
Parasail (15 min.): $38
1 hour Massage: $6-10
Laundry service: $1/kg