Filipino hospitality is definitely one for the books, and foreigners are sure to experience it when they visit the country.
Heart-warming generosity is a common trait Filipinos are known to most foreigners. But being “well-travelled” could soon best describe who we are, according to 2015 study “Mapping the Future of Global Travel and Tourism in Asia Pacific” prepared by Visa Inc.
The study found that the Philippines was one of the Asia-Pacific countries with the most international travelers in 2015, listing Filipinos as the fourth top Asia Pacific market with the “highest average number of countries visited by a Visa credit cardholder”.
However, a recent study also reveals that one in every two Filipinos waste at least four vacation days a year due to poor planning.
US-based company Beringer Vineyards reported in their survey, with 5,000 respondents aged 25-65, that 64 percent of Filipinos rolling over annual leave to the next financial year, or losing it completely” and 70 percent said they failed to maximize leaves due to their responsibilities at work.
An additional 44 percent said conflicting schedule with “travel” buddies also added to the problem.
Ever wonder why? The top causes of the problem include failure to book early and take advantage of lower fare costs, poor research work about travel destinations, and lack of proper planning with colleagues, with 78%, 55% and 47% respectively.
Vacation time is precious and effective planning is encouraged to make the most out of it. Beringer Vineyards suggests some tricks to give you the best time away from work.
5 Effective ways to plan for a vacation:
1 File your annual leaves months ahead
The sooner, the better. Vacation leaves filed way ahead of the scheduled date of vacation are less likely to conflict with others.
2 Plan the vacation face-to-face with your travel buddies
Personal encounters among your peers will result to more success in preparing the details of your vacation.
3 Don’t try to finalize everything at once
It’s like expecting a new recipe to taste perfect the first time you cook it. Make sure to accomplish one step at a time, such as planning the travel date first, then the destinations to visit and soon, the activities to do.
4 Leave time for research
More and more people are resorting to the internet to learn new information about anything under the sun.
5 Make use of public holidays
Who doesn’t like long weekends? Be in the know when the holidays are and mark out your calendars already for more successful plannings to enjoy the outdoors.