Friday, June 16, 2017

Cheapest Travel Insurance in the Philippines



I’m the type of traveler that looks for value of money.   I also like to find the cheapest bargains online. I have been searching for insurance companies in the Philippines that can cater my needs for traveling and have found out that. Pacific Cross formerly named Blue Cross has the cheapest individual travel insurance that can be bought online through their website. 


Travel insurance is very important whenever you’re traveling abroad.   I just like to share to you some of  my experiences.  5 years ago I got into a bungee jumping accident in Thailand, luckily I purchased travel insurance  and got to reimburse my medical expenses.  I also had an allergic attack when I went to Bahamas, I paid $200 just for ointment and allergy medicine and  I also got to reimburse my medical expenses from my insurance company. Purchasing travel insurance is very important since you will never know what can happen to you and it’s better to be safe than sorry. 


 The Cheapest Plan  Rates for Worldwide Individual Travel Insurance for Filipinos coming from  Manila.
  (All Prices in Philippine Pesos)

Travel Period
Pacific Cross
(BlueCross)
Malayan Insurance
BPI travel Care
AIG
Up to 4 Days
360
385
478
389
Up to 8 Days
569
770
843
851
Up to 15  Days
811
1100
1,341
1,442
Up to 24 Days
1,053
1,540
2,052
2,358
 Up to 31 Days
1,283
1,870
2,432
2,750
Up to 45 Days
1,767
2,310


Up to 60 Days
2,251
2,860


Each Add’ 10 Days
206

606


 Pacific Cross 
 



1.       Travel Credit cards only cater travel inconvenience such as missed/ delayed flight and lost baggage but will not reimburse you  for medical expenses.  So it’s still better to get a separate travel insurance whenever you travel abroad. 

*This is not a sponsored article. I just want to inform people especially the ones who are looking for value of money the cheapest travel insurance that can be bought online for Filipinos traveling abroad.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DIY Guide: 6D/5N Zhangjiajie Tour for less than ¥ 2,100 RMB / ₱ 16,000

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park


Avatar Mountain Selfie

Most Dangerous Road on Earth (Tianmen Mountain)

Tainmen Mountain Cable Car Ride



Tianmen Mountain Glass Bridge

Tianmen Mountain Escalator


Where to Go?
The Three Main Attractions 
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park  
Entrance Fee:  260 RMB  (entrance fee for 4 days)          
Inclusions: Entrance Fee to the park, bus rides but does not include cable car fares, and elevator rides                       
Cable Car : 72 RMB One Way  
Elevator:  72 RMB  One Way    
How to go?: Take A Bus from Zhangjiajie to Wulingyuan which typically cost 20 RMB.  This trip usually takes 1 hour from the main train station of Zhangjiajie. 
Travel Tips: You can ride the cable car or elevator going up to the mountains then hike going down to enjoy the view. The hike here is very safe since there are stairs going down, signs and  resting stops for tourist where you can buy snacks and drinks.                                                                                                                         
Tianmen Mountain
Entrance Fee: 260 RMB does not include entrance to the  4 glass bridges
Glass Bridge Entrance Fee: 5 RMB      
Inclusions:  Entrance Fee, Cable Car Roundtrip,  Escalator,  and Bus Ride 
How To go?: This will be your first stop to Zhangjiajie. The cable car is beside the Zhangjiajie Main train Station
*Tianmen Mountain will be the easiest hike among the three mountains. Since you can either ride a cable car going up, bus, or even an escalator which is already part of the entrance fee. 

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Entrance Fee:    260 RMB                                 
Inclusions:   Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Entrance fee not include cable car ride for 35 rmb  
Travel Tip: You can go here without going up to the bridge and just pay 99 RMB
How to go?:  Take a bus from Wulingyuan for only 10 RMB. This  bus ride usually takes up 30 minutes from the city. 
Sleeper Train 


How to go to Zhangjiajie?
By Bullet Train: Take a sleeper train from Guangzhou Main terminal. This train ride will take up to 15 hours which cost about 620 RMB roundtrip.

By Airplane: There are also planes going to Zhangjiajie from the different major cities of China. This can be very expensive since there are few budget airlines going here.
Tianmen Mountain
Where to Stay?
Hotel Travel Tips :
1. Stay 1 Night at the city of Zhangjiajie Near the Zhangjiajie Train Station to enjoy one day hiking at Tianmen Mountain. Then Stay 2-3 nights at Wulingyuan.  It’s quite hard to,  stay inside the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, since hotels can be very expensive and food can be quite pricey. 
2. The hostels hear are very clean and nice usually costs 80 to 120 RMB A night for 2 persons.  
3 You can reserve on websites such as Agoda.com and Booking.com   
4. Hotels/ Hostels usually accept cash and Wechat payment and Alipay.
 
Dingding Inn-  This place is near the  Zhangjiajie Main train station also near the cable car entrance to Tainmen Mountain  and restaurants. Room is very big and clean. I just didn’t like the bathroom because it was Asian Style   
Price :  The room costs starts from 88 RMB to 120 RMB a night for 2 persons.
Wulingyuantuniu Youth Hostel- This place is in Wulingyuan City which is near the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park entrance. This place is beside alots of hostels and restaurants. The rooms are big and very clean and their bathroom is Western Style                                                                     
Price: The room costs starts from 100 RMB to 130 RMB a night a night for 2 persons.
Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Travel Tips
1. Travel with a friend who knows how to speak Mandarin. It will be easier since most people from Mainland don't know how to speak English.
2. It’s better to travel with a local so you can pay  using their Wechat App
3. Book your train tickets in advanced.
4. Book your train ticket with a bed. Train tickets usually get fully booked all the time. If you don't book online in advance you might even get without a seat
5. Bring your passport with you at the train station.
6. China is a very advanced country, they usually accept payment via Wechat App.
7. Go to the train station an hour before your trip .
8.Bring Cash (RMB), since most establishments don't accept Visa / MasterCard debit or credit cards. They usually accept credit cards from China and Wechat payments only.
9. Download Meituan Waimai App to order food online to save more money.
10. Food and Water can be very expensive in tourist’s spots, better buy first at the grocery to save more money on snacks.
11. Best time to travel this place is from August to October.              
12. When  paying entrance fee in Tainmen Mountain,  You don’t have to buy the 3 RMB insurance, if you  already have travel insurance of your own.  
13. You will save more money and time in hotel accommodation if you take the overnight train ride from  Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie.    
14. You can leave at night and arrive in the Morning.
15. Ticket prices may adjust depending on where you buy it.
16. You can bring snacks and even food when your hiking up to the mountains.
17. Don't go there when it's rainy, since you will not see anything. 

 
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