Is there really such a thing as a stress free vacation?
We are constantly being challenged every time we travel. Don’t tell me it’s just me. I’m pretty sure some (or all) of you readers can pretty much relate to this article, right? Let me rant for a bit and share with you some of the things that I usually go through whenever we go on vacation.
Let me point you in the right direction . . . .
I can go on and on about how I try to survive when preparing for a trip but what I wrote below are the ones that I think are the most important (to me at least).
I just want to highlight the online payment of travel tax, which is levied on those leaving the Philippines (more about the travel tax here). Turns out that we can actually skip the long lines at the airport prior to check-in by actually paying for this via the Online Travel Tax Payment System launched by Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) last year. Some airlines offer you the option of incorporating the travel tax when you pay for your tickets but for those who don’t, it’s good to know that there’s a faster and easier way of paying for this even before you go to the airport.
Just create your profile on the website, encode your passport and ticket details, pay via credit card, PayPal, or even at 7-11 stores, then just print the electronic receipt. Make sure you bring the receipt with you along with your other travel documents when you head to the airport! And to make it even more convenient for us overseas travelers, travel tax will eventually be imputed in ALL plane tickets regardless of airline in the near future, as per TIEZA COO, Mr. Pocholo Paragas. Hoping other government agencies will follow suit and make it more convenient for the public by offering online services for various transactions.
Now it’s a different matter all together when it comes managing stress during your vacation. And how about post-vacation stress? Oh, don’t get me started on the difficulties of unpacking! Maybe I’ll rant about it soon on another article.