Chal Lontoc-del Rosario, CEO of Jeron Travel and Tours Corporation, says you don't need to be loaded with cash to whisk yourself away to somewhere fabulous. She offers insider tips that will have you vacaying in the world's most exotic getaways—at a reasonable price.
"Going on a cruise is a nice option to see Europe without having to hop on and off several trains and planes. From the Mediterranean to Western Europe as well as Scandinavia, there are different routes you can choose from. Do your own tours when you head out for the day; you'll be able to explore and save. Cruise packages already include meals as well as usage of the ship's amenities."
Cruise starts at $700++ for seven nights.
"The usual stops are Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Don't miss out on seeing and walking on glaciers—it's amagical experience! Cruise packages are usually paired with flights and land arrangements for a smooth trip."
Starts at $700++ for seven nights.
"Call it blasphemy but I would choose Turkey over Paris," Chal shares. At the top of her Turkish to-do list is visiting Cappadocia. "Be sure to ride a hot air balloon and then do a round of champagne toasts after—a post-flight custom that dates all the way back to 18th-century France."
Excluding airfare, off-season packages start at $200++ for five days and four nights, including accommodations, tour guides, meals, and entrance fees.
Aside from a safari, there's plenty to do in Johannesburg. "The city is lovely. Drink wine in nearby vineyards, sunset-sail in a catamaran, and do coastal tours to [see] gorgeous beachside towns. There are so many amazing restaurants that are all Michelin star-worthy. You'll be surprised how cheap good food is in this city!"
Starts at $4000++ for 10 days and nine nights, including airfare, accommodations, tours, meals, visas, and insurance.
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's October 2017 issue.