Desperate to take this trip? Here’s how to get the most out of your “Revenge” journey.
Kia Opinion revenge travel to the fullest. Photo: Courtesy of Kia Opinion
Have the past two years of lockdown given you a bad case of the travel bug? Well, you are not alone. People are ready to get sweet and sweet revenge.
“journey of revengeis a buzzword that refers to travel fever after years without land or even without a home. But with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, more and more people are now booking spontaneous trips.
“[My wife and I] I’ve been on five rock trips this year,” Dane Policarpio, a 35-year-old IT manager who lives in Manila, Philippines, and is currently in Igbaras City, Iloilo, told VICE. Policarpio and his wife are rock climbers and have traveled to different parts of the country on climbing trips. In two weeks they go further south to the province of Bukidnon.
“Book first. Think about the details later,” advised Policarpio.
Kia Opinion, a 30-year-old law student who is currently vacationing in Bali, Indonesia, echoes that sentiment. After two years of confinement, she is ready to spend more than usual just to see the world again.
“Normally I would never force a trip or book an expensive ticket, but after two years of not really traveling overseas I was like, ‘Oh, who cares,'” she said. “It was really great to finally be back. I feel so light. I feel so relieved.
Travel has always been central to the Policarpio and Opinion lifestyles. Meanwhile, others find out.
“I realized there was a lot to do outside of home,” said Mark Steve Samson, a 33-year-old software engineer from Manila, Philippines.
Samson did not travel extensively before the pandemic, but following work-related travel opportunities, he has vacationed in Turkey, Spain and Hungary for the past six months. He also plans to visit Singapore and Costa Rica.
If you too are in the mood for a journey of revenge, here are some tips from these three.
Integrating travel into life
For an office worker like Policarpio, the new normal of remote working was a godsend. It gave him and his wife the chance to develop a work-life balance by getting the job done while enjoying nature. Every time he booked a trip, he considered the internet situation – which internet service providers had strong network connections in the area.
“I would bring a dongle for Globe and Smart,” Policarpio said of the two major service providers in the Philippines. “If you’re working remotely, make sure you have connections for both.”
Knowing what resources are available to make remote work possible helps Policarpio plan how he would spend his day. “I should get off the rock at 2 or 3 p.m.,” he said. “In Igbaras, there is really no signal, so I took time off from work for this trip.”
Take note of COVID-19 restrictions and pandemic details
Policarpio said COVID-19 was not much of a problem for him as he travels to remote provinces and climbs with a small group of people, but he still follows protocols like wearing masks in public and directing. regular antigen testing. Check the travel restrictions where you want to go and make sure your documents are in order for smooth entry and exit.
For leisure trips, start with the atmosphere
For those looking to go on vacation but don’t know where to start, Opinion suggests considering your travel goals.
“At this point, I have goals when I travel. By goals, I mean if there is no surf, wildlife, [or] underwater stuff, I tend not to gravitate toward that,” she said. “If you’re like me, who’s really here to experience the lifestyle and feel like you’re really living in a certain place, I’d be more ‘go with the flow’. And certainly, if you have plenty of time, follow the stream [as opposed to having an itinerary] is, I think, a better option, simply because there are more opportunities to surprise yourself and meet new people.”
If you are going abroad, consider visa-free countries first
“[Visas are] such a big problem for us Filipinos. For spontaneous travel, a visa-free option is the way to go,” Opinion said. “From a practical point of view, it was really [the] number one [consideration].”
Create a budget but add some wiggle room
A lot of revenge travel has to do with spontaneity – following the call to travel without care or restraint. However, this can have repercussions on your wallet.
To protect yourself from going too far, Opinion suggested planning things out from the start but also acknowledging that you’re likely to be financially imprudent.
“What I did to keep myself on some sort of North Star was I made an excel sheet of all the planned expenses,” she said. This included how much money she was willing to spend and how much wiggle room she would allow herself.
“I shopped around a lot, that’s true for this trip, but at the same time, because I did a bit of due diligence at the start, I don’t feel very guilty.”
For long-haul flights, wear a comfortable mask
Now that border restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the world, long-haul flights are once again possible. Just as wearing comfortable clothes is a must, wearing a comfortable mask is important because you will be wearing it for at least six hours, which can be difficult to get used to.
“Wear a comfortable mask, especially if you’re going on a long-distance flight, like to Europe, because some airlines require you to wear it all the time except when eating,” Samson said. “It’s very uncomfortable to rest or sleep if you’re wearing a mask.”
Check if establishments are open
When it comes to planning your route, you can no longer rely solely on information from Google.
“A lot of things have changed throughout the pandemic. Some places have closed, others have been unable to update their website,” Samson said, adding that it’s best to message or call the establishments you’re interested in before landing.
Prepare for misadventures
The airport industry is no longer what it used to be and the growing demand for travel to understaffed airports leaves more room for accidents. The Air Travel Consumer Report published in April revealed a 135 percent increase of misdirected bags compared to the previous year. Be prepared for the possibility of the airline losing your bag and make sure you also have clothes and underwear in your hand luggage, just in case an irresponsible member of the airline staff is on your side. side instead of luck.
It is also possible that your flight will be cancelled.
“I had a lot of roadblocks, I’m not going to lie,” Opinion said. “A lot of my tickets have been cancelled.”
Now might not be the time to consider some kind of travel insurance.
You could also contract COVID-19 during or before your trip. Samson suggested booking seats near the exit, avoiding crowded areas and, when in doubt, getting tested at airports, as most international airlines now have such facilities.
In such cases, it’s best to manage your expectations and be prepared. It’s the new normal.
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