In 2018, #TravelGoals may seem too far-fetched, especially for students and young adults who wish to travel the world. But fret not! There is always a chance to travel the country without spending too much. Why make your wallet suffer if you can travel a lot of places all under P1,000? You can travel to these places in your free time on weekends whether alone, with your friends, or with your family.

Here are 10 budget-friendly weekend trip spots near Metro Manila you can go to in under P1,000:

1. Nauvoo Farm Resort (Pampanga)

Location: Orchard Village, Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga

Nauvoo Farm Resort is set at the foothills of Mt. Arayat in Pampanga giving a picturesque view of the mountain while youโ€™re swimming on their pool. This place a quick retreat away from all the hassle and stress from the city life. Itโ€™s best to stay overnight, especially when they have really beautiful and clean rooms perfect for group bondings. Rooms are air-conditioned and even equipped with LCD TVs and cable.

Expense Estimate:

Bus fare (Cubao-Marque Mall) =P258 roundtrip

Jeepney fare (Marque Mall-Magalang Town Proper) =P 40 roundtrip

Tricycle fare (Magalang Town Proper -Nauvoo Farm Resort) =P50 roundtrip (if traveling with 3 companions)

Day Tour (free use of facilities) =P200

Total =P548

2. Minalungao National Park (Nueva Ecija)

Location: General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

If a peaceful day with nature is what you’re looking for, look no further! Minalungao Park is for you. This park located in Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija is a protected area by virtue of R.A. No. 5100 since 1967. The park has towering limestone formations on both sides leading to a cave. It also has olive green clean waters and you can ride a raft to tour the area. It’s best to go here on weekdays so you can enjoy the place with a lesser crowd.

Expense Estimate:

Bus fare (Manila-Gapan) =P160

Tricycle rental (Gapan-Papaya) =P150

Tricycle rental (Papaya-Minalungao) =P150

Food budget =P200

Jeepney (Papaya-Cabanatuan) =P47

Bus fare (Cabanatuan-Manila) =P185

Total =P992 (solo; P792 with a companion)

3. El Patio Razon (Rizal)

Location: Sitio Maysawa, Tanay, Rizal

Experience the โ€œKawa Hot Bathโ€ without going to Antique. You can enjoy the relaxing hot bath within your reach. ย The fragrant leaves and freshly-picked flowers in the large kawa tub is the highlight of this experience in El Patio Razon. The personal rest house turned Also, you can play on their basketball court and trampoline for free. You can also try horseback riding for only P100 per hour.

Expense estimate:

FX fare (Cubao-Cogeo) =P70 roundtrip

Jeepney fare (Cogeo-Maysawa) =P90 roundtrip

Tricycle fare (Maysawa-El Patio) =P60 roundtrip

Entrance fee =P50

Kawa Hot Bath =P150

Horseback Riding fee =P100

Lunch =P100

Total =P620


4. Mt. Binutasan and Batis Falls (Rizal)

Location: Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

Why go to Mt. Pulag just to witness a sea of clouds? The mountainous province of Rizal has got everything for you. ย Not only the mountain is near Metro Manila, it is also a less traveled place compared to other mountains in Rizal like Mt. Daraitan and Mt. Pamitinan. Thereโ€™s a bonus side trip to falls too.

Expense Estimate:

Jeepney fare (Cubao Gateway-Cogeo) =P26

Jeepney fare (Market-Sampaloc, Tanay) =P96

Habal ride (Cuyambay-Brgy. Hall) =P40

Registration fee =P100

Guide fee =P250 (P500 per group; cost divided by two)

Habal ride to Maysawa =P60 (plus guideโ€™s fare split to two)

Lunch Native Tinola =P150 (P300 whole dish; cost divided by two)


Shower fee =P20/pail

Total= P752

5. Punta de Fabian (Rizal)

Location: Manila East Road Barangay Evangelista Baras, Baras

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Punta de Fabian ๐Ÿƒ Punta de Fabian Resort is located at the hilltop of Baras, Rizal. It has an overlooking view of Laguna de Bay with an infinity pool, lagoon shaped swimming pool and a jacuzzi. . . Despite of having lots of bad reviews on the internet, this place still have something to be amazed about… . We had our day tour worth 350 pesos inclusive of entrance fee, use of swimming pool, tables, chairs, and benches. . . . ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿƒ How to get there: ๐Ÿš From Starmall Shaw take a van going to Tanay Rizal. Tell the driver to drop you off in Punta de Fabian Resort. Tapos yun na yon. (Chikahin niyo na sa highway dumaan kasi kapag may kasabay kayo na sa "bayan" bababa dun siya dadaan. Pero okay lang din naman, bababa niya kayo sa may sementeryo tapos dun kayo tatawid papunta sa Punta De Fabian. Exciting no? mga 3mins. away lang siya. pwede naman mag tric 40 pesos, kaso sayang din. ๐Ÿ˜Œ) . . So kapag nasa tapat na kayo, bubungad sa inyo si Kuya Guard. Tatanong niya kung nagpareserve ba kayo. Tapos kapag okay na, tatawagin niya na yung shuttle para ihatid kayo sa taas. Kasi beh wag ka magpakamartyr umakyat, mahirap sobrang steep. Baka pag dating mo dun matulog ka na lang sa sobrang pagod. ๐Ÿ˜‚ . . ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿƒ So eto nakakaloka, kasi BAWAL MAGDALA NG FOOD SA LOOB. Dahil may resto sila, tapos galing pa ata sa ibang bansa yung mga sangkap kaya ganun kamahal. ๐Ÿ˜ Pero syempre mejo magaling kami magtago kaya nailusot namin yung baon namin. . . About naman sa room rate.. Ayaw ko na lang magsalita. Hehe. . . . Maganda yung PLACE. Swear. Go chekitawt!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜ . . . . . . . . #MycaJuanderlust #PuntaDeFabian #travelph #OurBucketlist #Philippines #explorerizal #diytravel #Juanderpets #TheJuanThatGetAway #MycAdventuresWithJuanderer #TheTinyBackpackers #JuanAtATime #TaubanWallet

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If youโ€™re looking for a chillout spot for private bonding sessions with your family, friends, or SO, check out Punta de Fabian Resort in Baras, Rizal. Itโ€™s just a two-hour drive (max) from the Metro. Enjoy the overlooking view of Laguna de Bay in their infinity pool, lagoon-shaped swimming pool, and jacuzzi.

Expense Estimate:

FX fare (Shaw-Tanay, Rizal) =P140 round trip

Day tour package (entrance fee, use of swimming pool, tables, chairs, benches) =P300

Food budget =P150

Total =P590

6. Tinipak River (Rizal)

Location: Foot of Mt.Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal

Popular with climbers and hikers, Daraitan is one of the trekking destinations Rizal has to offer. It may take two hours of travel from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Tanay Rizal, and then an hour of jeepney ride to the barangay itself. Build your camp and experience spelunking, swimming, and river trekking in the area. This a good bonding activity to do with your friends if you wanted to be one with nature.

Expense Estimate:

Jeepney fare (Shaw Blvd. to Tanay, Rizal) ย =P120 roundtrip

Jeepney fare (Tanay market to Brgy. Daraitan) =P120 roundtrip

Registration fee =P20

Guide fee =P500/group

Food and other expenses =P200

Total =P710 (with one companion for the guide fee)

7. La Virginia Resort (Batangas)

Location: Brgy. Manggahan, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

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Another Batangas wonder is an IG-worthy resort for your barkada and family getaways. Just three hours away from Manila, the 10-hectare resort gives you 11 pools, two-way 500m zip line ride, archery, wall climbing, and themed houses and hotel rooms for your accommodation on top of the mesmerizing view of Taal Lake.

Expense Estimate:

Bus fare (Manila-Batangas) =P248 roundtrip

Jeepney fare (Tambo Exit – Mataas na Kahoy =P30 roundtrip

Tricycle (Mataas na Kahoy -La Virginia) =P30 roundtrip (120 RT ride/4 people)

Entrance fee =P250

Cottage fee =P200 (cheapest is P800/4 people)

Food allowance =P200

Total =P958

8. Tagaytay City (Cavite)

Location: Tagaytay City, Cavite

Tagaytay is the go-to place of people who wanted to get away from the hectic life (and scorching heat) in Metro Manila. Only a two-hour drive from the capital, you can enjoy the sight of the famous Taal Volcano, have a picnic at their Picnic Groove, horseback riding, and trekking! There are a lot of resorts and spas available too. Lots of accommodations are available for overnight stay too. Check out this itinerary!

9. Pagsanjan Falls (Laguna)

Location: Barangay Pinagsanjan, Pagsanjan Laguna

Locally known as Magdapio Falls, Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous natural attraction in the province. The place is actually just adjacent to Pagsanjan and is located at the town, Cavinti. You may reach the three-drop waterfall through a river trip on dugout canoe (Shooting the rapids) originating from Pagsanjan. You may also choose the cheapest route by riding a jeep from Pagsanjan to Cavinti and get off at the Cavinti Crossing. From there, youโ€™ll arrive at Brgy. Tibatib which is the alternative jump-off point to the falls. Although, this route would require rappelling and trekking.

Expense Estimate:

Bus fare (Pasay to Sta. Cruz, Laguna) =P280 roundtrip
Jeepney fare (Sta. ย Cruz-Cavinti) =P54 roundtrip

Tricycle to Pueblo El Salvador =P120 roundtrip

Entrance fee =P270

Food Expenses =P250

Total =P974

10. River rafting and Water Tubing Adventure (Laguna)

Location: Magdalena, Laguna

The province of Laguna is known for their hot springs and beautiful resorts. But did you know thereโ€™s also an exciting activity you can do in this province? If youโ€™re looking for a challenging adventure, you might want to try river rafting and water tubing in Magdalena, Laguna. This is perfect if you wanted to take a dip in the cold water of the river and swim at the dam.

Expense Estimate:

Bus fare (Buendia-Sta. Cruz) =P280 roundtrip

Jeepney (Sta.Cruz-Magdalena) =P30 roundtrip

Rafting Package =P550 (basic course)

Packed Lunch with drinks =P60

Total =P920 (solo; best to enjoy in groups of 6)


Which of these places is on your bucket list? Share your #travelgoals with us in the comments!

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