Do you plan to travel to Bicol? You are not alone! Tourism arrivals in the region went up by a hundred percent during the first quarter of 2018. While many might be craving for the sili ice cream, most are in town for the white-sand beaches of the islands, a 4WD adventure to Mayon, or a trip to the historical and cultural landmarks. With you on your feet most of the time, it’s safer and smarter to go cashless as much as you can. It’s easier than you think. Begin with these ideas:
Open an Account in PayMaya
One of the ways to go cashless is to use a credit or debit card. Many Filipinos, though, don’t have one. World Bank data revealed that no more than 2% of Filipinos 15 years old and above owned a plastic in 2017. This rate was also significantly lower than in 2014. Back then, over 3% had one.
The reasons varied from a lack of financial education to high interest rates. For those who want to avoid the latter but still want something that works like a card, they can open an account in PayMaya. PayMaya is an app that helps Filipinos create a virtual credit or debit card. One can also get a physical card, which the owner can link to the online account.
In Bicol, many stores now accept PayMaya. The most popular Bicol shopping mall, LCC, already takes it. This brand is all over the region, so buying something essential for the trip is secure and cashless.
Book a Room in Agoda
Booking a room for your Bicol trip online is not new. What makes an Agoda reservation excellent is how the website makes it even more convenient.
First, the site allows travelers to choose accommodation using different filters. These include location, date, customer reviews, and star ratings. They can also grab insider deals and exclusive-for-members promo, which can further reduce the price. If they are a part of a travel rewards program, such as Cebgo, they can link it to their Agoda account. This way, they continue to earn points.
Every reservation can also provide an AgodaCash, which they can receive within a week after they checked out. They can use this amount to receive discounts on their next reservation. Most of all, they provide different ways for reserving a room. Travelers can choose to pay later, which is a smart strategy for those waiting for better-priced accommodation as the trip nears.
Apply for a Loan
Sometimes emergencies happen during a trip. The problem is that you might not have the money to cover for them. The bank might even not be available, and applying for a conventional loan can take days. Consider getting a loan online then. Tala, for example, allows a person to get as much as 10,000 pesos with only a valid ID and an Android app. Processing and approval take only a few hours.
These ideas can help travelers save themselves the hassle and worry of potentially losing their money on the way. Instead, they can focus their attention on having fun during their Bicol trip.