Google Hacks for a Breezy Do-It-Yourself Trip

There was a time that I was able to write a travel diary after every travel. I even managed to write one entry per day of a travel! Wow! Where did I get all the time?! But then life and wanderlust happened. I planned travels faster that I could write about them so now I have 4 years and 22 trips worth of backlog!

In those years of traveling, I’ve only booked a tour package thrice: during a trip to Bohol in 2014, a trip to Northern Vietnam in 2015, and a trip to Sagada in 2016. The only reason I did so was because I was travelling with a large group and the public transportation option between our target destinations was not very convenient. More often that not, I prefer planning my own itinerary because I usually set a maximum budget per trip. I then adjust my itinerary, accommodation, food and transportation options according to that maximum budget. And how do I manage to do this? It’s through everybody’s best friend: GOOGLE!

Yeah, Google has been pretty much my travel planing bff in addition to There are so many travel apps around but I always go back to these two for a seamless travel plan. Below are some of the Google hacks that I love and use a lot in planning my travels:

  1. Looking for cheap flights through Google Search

The best way to know about flight promos is still to subscribe to the alerts of plane companies. But there’s also a feature in Google Search that allows you to search for the lowest flights. Just type the IATA code of your origin and destination airports, then Google will give you the different flights available. You can further refine the search according to price, travel period, etc.

Flight search from Manila to Bangkok.

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Your Name and Google

*got this from Kulot ^^

Type in the following and choose the first choice that appears on the list.

1) Type in “[your name] needs” in Google search:
melissa needs to take a break <cool.. I realle need this right now>

2) Type in “[your name] looks like” in Google search:
Melissa looks like mermaid Ariel swimming< what? a mermaid?>

3) Type in “[your name] likes” in Google search:
Melissa likes it, everyone else gags < don’t get it>

4 ) Type in “[your name] says” in Google search:
Melissa Says: Firemen Suck! <I don’t say that to firemen!!>

5) Type in “[your name] wants” in Google search:
What Melissa wants, of course, is everything but sex — love, mainly, but also that human contact and respect and mutual affection. <now.. this is very funny>

6) Type in “[your name] does” in Google search:
Melissa does karaoke for a cause. <ha?>

7) Type in “[your name] hates” in Google search:
Melissa hates animals. <now, this is wrong. I love animals>

8) Type in “[your name] goes” in Google search:
Melissa goes nuts. <and why?>

9) Type in “[your name] loves” in Google search:
Melissa loves robot jelly shoes simple. <what is that?>

10) Type in”[your name] is” in Google search:
Melissa Plastic Dreams. <huh?>

Now. Tagging sheila, rizza, me-an, rhoux, anne, nicole and soleil.. 😛

It’s fun!