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6 Tips for OFWs on Vacation in the Philippines

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One of the first planned activities of OFWs following years of working abroad is going on a trip or vacation. Getting a few days off is a well-deserved break and a breathing space that every OFW can offer to self after years of hard work and feeling of loneliness abroad. Whether you are planning to go to the Philippines with or without a company, the following traveling tips might come in handy.

1. Create an itinerary.

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Organize your traveling plans by developing a guidebook. Planning ahead of time helps you grab the cheapest and the best deals. Also, hunt for the most affordable flight in advance. Coming up with a random schedule of things not only puts things out of order but also may overlook important matters like process bank accounts, settle debts, and renew professional licenses, which waste precious time.

2. Secure the travel documents.

Before your flight, get your plane ticket, booking reservation documents, and valid IDs ready. It is a wise idea to have these documents printed for a second copy and place them in another location. It also helps ensure travel is well documented, so immigration officers wary of human trafficking victims will not suspect and offload passengers with insufficient documents.

3. Bring your food.

Bring along some snacks and drinks with you. This can be of great help in the event of delayed and canceled flights. Foods sold in airports so expensive and have fewer choices, so it is wise to have some reserves, especially when traveling with children. While water is generally disallowed before Customs scanning, it is possible at some airports to carry water afterward.

4. Do not fail to bring medical prescription

OFWs are at risk of certain diseases and ailments. When you are taking medication, have capsules or syrup clearly labeled or secure a medical prescription from your doctor, especially in the case of controlled drugs. Otherwise, this can be a significant cause of delay as suspicious authorities can be a real headache.

5. Mark your luggage.

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This can be done by attaching a bag ID card or knotting a colorful ribbon or tape on the bags. Marks like these help in identifying your luggage clearly and deter others from picking your belongings. Never go beyond the allocated weight allowance of containers to avoid paying for excess weight.

5. Do not carry too much money.

For security reasons and avoid overspending, travel on a budget. Money with more than an equivalent of $10,000 should be declared to customs. When carrying money, never put all cash in one place (e.g., pocket). Instead, hide money sporadically in bag pockets and other hidden compartments.

6. Keep safe. Wear simple.

Donning chunky gold necklaces and expensive accessories will only keep the attention of bad guys to you. This tip is particularly helpful when you are traveling with a foreigner.

On the whole, OFWs going for vacation in the Philippines should plan activities ahead of time by setting up an itinerary. Delays, hefty costs, and other problems can be prevented by careful forecast.

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  1. Always make multiple copies of your important documents. Keep 1 safe w/ u and on your luggage hidden.I always put lock on luggage.Check baggage weight limit and number of bags allowed to check in and how much extra charge if any with airline website you are flying with its different depending on airlines, type of seat, place of origin and where you are going.Liquids you can put on your carry on bags as long as it not over 3 oz bottle,container like perfume,lotion that is the allowed amount.Keep your prescription meds. with you on its original bottle – the one you have to take regularly with your name/doctors name I mean original bottle from the pharmacy so if they need to verify the validity no hassle to you or to TSA.Pocket money usually in USA no more than $10,000 you can always GOOGLE any Questions you may have that need answers- It always depending on the country of origin. If you want to get some sleep always have ear plugs it helps or if you can afford it a noise cancellation headphones universal and for goodness you don’t have to go out and buy the expensive one mine is an earphone made by Sony not expensive (You don’t want to spend your hard earn money now! 🙂 ), personally I prefer my ear phone not cumbersome it really helps a lot cancelling the engine/plane noises including people Lol! all you will hear is white noise which is soothing and Best of all you can watch your movie’s in peace..and sleep comfortably wearing them unlike bulky headphones.To avoid jetlag keep awake with the time zone of your destination and try to get some zzzz on there time also so you are not tired when you get there.Hope this helps mga kababayan and fellow travelers enjoy and have a happy trip home/visits.Above all be smart and be safe.

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