However, juggling our budget between a vacation and the amount of holiday shopping we have to do can be quite challenging. But that doesn't mean that you should compromise one of the two.
So if you're craving for that much deserved holiday vacay but your pockets are a little tight and you're not up for long drives, we're giving you easy-on-the-budget destinations that are sure to satisfy your wanderlust.
In just one to two hours from Manila, take a taste of history in Cavite where you can find the Tejeros Convention site in General Trias and the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon. You can also gear up and find yourself in a newbie-friendly hike at Mt. Pico De Loro, where an amazing sight awaits you at the peak.
In the mood to learn something new? Head over to Kampar and visit the Kinta Tin Mining Museum and find yourself learning about the colourful background of tin mining (and yes, it's free of charge). After edu-taining yourself, you can drive over to Ipoh and indulge in nasi lemak and ais kepal.
Up for an exciting lifestyle trip? Experience the Covent Gardens in London and the aroma of fresh produce in Melbourne in PasarBella. Feast on their great selection of delicious grub that culminates flavours from East to West.
After filling in your tummy, get a share of history by driving over to the Rail Corridor. This 24-kilometre long former railway line stretches from the north all the way to its grand terminus at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station at the Central Business District. From there, you can head over to Everton Park and get back to munching some more with tons of cafes, restaurants, and lifestyle stores to choose from.