Ilocos/Laoag/Vigan Trip Itinerary and Budget Breakdown

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I've frequently received questions regarding how much we spent on our Ilocos trip. So I've decided to do a quick breakdown of our itinerary and expenses for everyone's reference.

First off, I'm from Cebu so we booked a Cebu-Manila flight, and another Manila-Laoag flight. Although most agencies will offer pick-up from Manila, we didn't want to endure a looooonngg drive since a short plane ride is so much more convenient. We booked our round trip tickets in January even though we had planned an August trip.

Cebu Pacific Promo fare total round trip tickets per person - approximately P3,000

I then booked our trip with J2F Ilocos Escapades and got an unbelievably affordable deal. The more people there are in your group, the cheaper it is. The package tour was customized for us and was inclusive of 3 days, 3 nights hotel stay (don't expect a luxurious hotel, you're only there to sleep and bathe anyway), breakfast, transportation, driver/tour guide and all entrance fees.
Package Tour w/ J2F Ilocos Escapades - P2,500/person

Because we booked a promo fare, the schedule wasn't the most convenient. We had almost one whole day in Manila as we arrived in the morning, with our Manila-Laoag flight in the evening. Check out how we spent that extra time in this post HERE. (What To Do When You Have Spare Time in Manila) As soon as we arrived in Laoag, the driver picked us up and brought us to our hotel.
Manila Stay (Movie, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner, Excluding Shopping)  + Driver tip - P1,250
Note: One of our friends had a family car and driver in Manila so we saved on taxi fare.

DAY 1 
Check out what we did on Day 1 in my separate posts here:
Sinking Bell Tower
 Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan
Archery + Firing at Fort Ilocandia - P470
Lunch + Dinner (Free breakfast at hotel) - P630
Snacks/Water + Tip for driver and guides at every stopover - P400

DAY 2 
Check out Day 2 here:
Horseback Riding - P100
Lunch/Dinner/Snacks - P620
Hannah's Entrance Fee - P100
Tip for guides and driver - P250

Sandboarding at La Paz Sand Dunes
Sandboarding at La Paz Sand Dunes
Sandboarding + ATV + 4x4 ride - P1000 per person 
(expenses were divided among a group of 7)
Lunch + Tip for guides and driver - P300

Okay, so the above numbers are actually a bloated estimate. The tips that we gave to our guides and drivers were actually divided among our group of 7. But for your reference, I put the full amount up there (just in case you're the generous kind who likes to sponsor for your friends. Lol). If you don't stay in Manila for a day, that's a big amount off your budget as well, but we wanted to shop in stores that don't have branches in Cebu yet. Also, the archery, firing, ATV and 4x4 are optional but we wanted to go on every single adventure we possibly could. Tip: The costs of these adventures can be divided among your group. And when we ordered food, we ordered to our heart's content in all the special restaurants we ran into, this will depend on your budget as well.

In actuality, I only spent a total of approximately P9,640 for one amazing vacation AND a bag of clothes and shoes on sale! So I hope this was helpful to you. And if you plan on visiting soon, enjoy! So much wonder and beauty just waiting to be discovered. As the slogan says, "It's more fun in the Philippines!"

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  1. How cool to be able to travel and look amazing in the images.

  2. Wow looks like you had quite the adventure!

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  3. Hi doll! Lovely pics! Seems like you had an amazing time :) Just followed you on Bloglovin and Instagram, hope you can follow me back <3
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  4. Great photos!! Never been there before but it looks like a great place to visit!

  5. awesome post :) i love your blog, keep up the good work ;D

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  6. nice photos! nice look !
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  7. Great post with great photos :-)

  8. Looks like you had a great vacation, really cool that you did archery!


  9. I wish to visit Philippines someday, wish me luck

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  10. My dad lived in the Philippines for a while before I was born and he has such fond memories of being there, I've always wanted to go. Great post!

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  11. This looks so fun! I may have to do it too!

  12. WOW! This looks like such a great trip :)
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  13. The trip looked so fun! I with I could ski down a mountain right now. Your outfit looks great by the way, love black and white!


  14. Love all the shots! Gosh, I've always wanted visit Cebu!
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  15. Wow, beautiful place and great pictures ;)


  16. Looks like an awesome place :D Love the photos!

  17. It ahs been a noce trip sofar...and snowing sand dunes is amazing

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  18. aww you look like you were having so much fun! I'm jelly :O

  19. super funny pics ! love this post ! :D

  20. Great pics and lovely look. Lovely post..Keep In touch dear..hugs
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  22. Oooh super helpful, thanks for sharing!

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  23. Nice photos, seem like you had awesome time over there.

  24. I wish I could travel more for fun and not just for the job.

  25. Cool :))

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  26. Really nice post girl. I loved the skort outfit.

    Love, L


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