Visiting and journeying to an out-of-country place entails a lot of readings and research. I would usually explore the internet on how to go the cheapest and most convenient way so as to reach my hotel from the airport – should I go by train, by taxi, by bus or by other modes of transportation.
Because I turn “budgetarian” when I travel abroad, it is a must that I have to know the Philippine peso conversion rate to that of the currency of the country I am to visit. It is also essential to know the weather so that I can plan what appropriate clothes to bring.
I don’t join expensive, tiring and time consuming tour groups unless it is for free. I would simply research on various tour packages and do it myself. My point of reference during my DIY expedition of tourist spots are the hordes of Chinese tourists. As soon as I see them, I know that I am in the right place.
I do my own touring and not join tour groups because aside from its being cheap, I can control the time being spent on these tourist spots. I can leisurely stay as long as I want or simply pass by if such a sightseeing spot is plain and mediocre.
One classic case of venturing into a DIY-tour as based and followed from an online tour package was my touring the interesting metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia. Available in the internet are tour packages wherein you got to be see and experience various beautiful underground metro stations within St. Petersburg dubbed as masterpieces of underground architecture. This 90-minute duration tour package is worth 33 US dollars per participant.
I spent only 45 rubles or 75 US cents when I did it by myself! 45 Rubles is the entrance fee to get inside the metro train system! Hahaha! Here are some of the photos I took when I did my own touring of the most beautiful metro stations in the world!
Here’s a video slideshow to further entice you to go on a DIY journey!