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Dollar Perks in the Philippines


In today’s economy, The US Dollar holds some considerable weight when it comes to comparing it to the Philippine Peso. As of recent times, the conversion rate of 1 US dollar has risen to the equivalent of 49.75 in Philippine pesos.

Because of these rates, Filipino-Americans are finding more reasons to fly back to the Philippines to enjoy even more fine perks and sprees. What kind of perks, you ask? We list down a few things worth spending your hard-earned US dollars on in the tropical islands:

Undersea Adventures

Do you love diving under lush and colorful tropical oceans? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try diving as a vacation hobby? Well, there’s no better place to get your diving fix than the Philippine waters. Multiple islands mean multiple different diving spots to explore. You might even get a discount if you bring your own diving equipment as well. You can also opt for snorkeling adventures or swim alongside gentle sea giants like the whale shark.

Gastronomic Pleasures

The Philippines is home to a lot of rich food that has savory and spiced flavors to them. Because a lot of them are made with ingredients naturally grown and easy to obtain in the country, dishes, even the fancy ones, are generally affordable and worth the price. If cheap snacking options are your thing, bakeries are a great place to get the local bread which can range from sweet to stuffed with all kinds of delicious fillings.

Transport Value

If you’re planning to do a little sightseeing in the Philippines, you’ll find that local public transportation is relatively cheap (USD 5-16) if you know where you’re going and what to ride. The most expensive form of land transportation you can look to is the taxi cab which you can opt use if you want to be at a specific place and can’t really grasp the lay of the land.

Temporary Homes

Hotels and resorts are the bread and butter of any Philippine-based vacation. From luxury hotels to beachside accommodations, you’re sure to find a wide variety of relaxing havens to wash your troubles away. From USD 7-13 dollars a night, what better way to spend the money you’ve worked so hard to earn than to enjoy an exotic escape to pamper yourself with.

Souvenir Savvy

Taking home a memory of your journeys in the archipelago won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Lots of locally made souvenirs would be a a little pricey. But with the dollar at your side, you can seek the finest wares Filipino craftsmen and women can provide. If local items aren’t your thing, you can check out markets and bazaars with lots of clothes, utilities and more at prices you won’t believe at first glance.

There are so many fun ways you can spend your dollars wisely when you plan a trip to the Philippine islands. If there’s any place you can get the most out of spending your hard-earned US cash, the Philippines would definitely be one of the prominent names on the list.

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