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I keep surfing about backpackers in the Philippines, and I thought there should be one. I can’t believe I can’t find one! Although I’ve travel some places in the Philippines that could be a backpackers area, prices, and hang out. So then I thought, its not that Philippines doesn’t have backpackers area, its just that they are not advertised and labelled well on the net.
Most of the tourist places in the Philippines offers a quite dear of prices not fit into a backpacker’s budget. Wait! wait a minute! Let me tell you something, I didn’t even know what a backpacker means back then…all I know is the term travellers. Didn’t know that until I became a backpacker myself mid-year this year.
What is a Backpacker? Who are they?
Backpacking around Southeast Asia made me realize and see that most of the travellers travelling around the world are backpackers. Backpackers are budget travellers, that are much more willing to stay longer, spend more everyday for a reasonable price. They are the ones that travel a place to another. Therefore, backpackers will give great business to anywhere they will love to stay and visit.
Philippine Tourism should improvise the system by starting to cater to the world’s largest group of travellers, Backpackers. You see, backpackers love to know more about cultures, travel a lot, spend more by travelling more places. Just by accommodating them, you’ll never know how long they can stay, and how far they are willing to go, if its offered in good prices. Isn’t that a good help for the economy of the place?
Why Backpackers Skip Philippines?
Backpacking Southeast Asia, I met other backpackers from other countries and asked them why are they skipping Philippines? They all have the same answers…“It’s too expensive!”
Yet these backpackers were travelling more than a month, some of them 4, 6, 8 months, and some more than a year! Just backpacking from one place to another, a country after another, border crossing, and stuff that they do when they stay in one area (tours, dining, clubbing, souvenirs, etc.)… Backpackers are always the ones who travel a lot, and so encouraging them to come to the Philippines by giving them the good prices, they will start coming.
TIP: Word of mouth from backpackers are the best marketing! They tell one another, what’s good or bad, what to do and what’s not from the places they’ve been. They help out one another, even if they don’t know each other. They share tips on where to get the best deals, best priced areas, best places to go, and the best thing is…they will! and they will go according to what they have been told most of the time.
TIP: Satisfy one or two backpackers, and the next thing you know…Backpackers will flood your place/business whether its food, service, hotel, guesthouses…name it!