7 Travel Terms to Remember

Keep these words in mind, especially if you’re a first time traveler.

By Raphael Mones
May 18, 2016


The key to a perfect vacation is preparing ahead and planning well, so here are a couple of terms used in traveling that will help you come up with the ideal plan and itinerary for your upcoming—and we daresay—much-needed R&R.

1. Shoulder Season
All travelers dream of a stress-free vacation. No one wants to deal with sky-high hotel prices during peak season or a nasty weather during off-peak days, which is why shoulder season is considered a blessing by most travelers.

Shoulder season is that time when the destinations are as beautiful as they are during peak season minus the crowd and high rates. In the Philippines, shoulder seasons fall on May, October, and November. Consider booking your trips on these months so you can enjoy your destination while scoring great deals at the same time.

2. All-in Fares
Sometimes, people tend to book airfares because they were advertised as super cheap only to get shocked in the end with the hidden charges that come with it. Avoid this stressful situation by making sure that you book fares that are "all-in."

All-in fares are already inclusive of the additional charges like the processing fee (others call it the web admin fee), airport terminal fees, and country-specific taxes so that you won’t get confused with the amount that you have to pay. Please note that the Philippine travel tax is usually not yet included in the computation of all-in fares and should not be confused with the airport terminal fee.

Remember: Some cheap airfares are often too good to be true so always be cautious and smart when booking.

3. Frequent Flyer Program
Companies come up with different gimmicks to ensure that their customers remain loyal. One of the best examples is the frequent flyer program.

Just like purchasing in malls or grabbing a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop earns you points, being enrolled in a frequent flyer program gives you credits or better known as "miles." If you earn enough miles, one of the perks is you get to fly for free. So if you travel a lot via plane, better contact your favorite airline now and ask them how you can become a frequent flyer program member.

Remember: Sayang ang miles.

4. Hotel
When traveling, choosing the perfect accommodation is just as important as booking the most practical airfare. There are numerous lodging facilities available in the market nowadays, but hotels are always the top choice. Hotels are commercial establishments that provide serviced accommodations to all types of travelers, from backpackers to business travelers. Various hotel types have sprung up over the years such as luxury, full service, boutique, and economy. Regardless of their choice of hotel, guests can look forward to a selection of facilities, amenities, and services to make their stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.

5. Hostels
For the more budget-conscious traveler like backpackers and hikers, hostels have become the more popular option. Hostels commonly offer large rooms that can be occupied by multiple lodgers at the same time.

Unlike hotels, hostels are furnished with only the bare necessities like beddings and a shared bathroom. Self-service is expected among occupants but limited services can be availed of as well. Hostels also offer an avenue for socializing with other lodgers because of shared facilities like a common lounge, an entertainment area, kitchen, and dining area.

6. Bed and Breakfast
A bed and breakfast, also known as B&B, is often a large house with small rooms and features personalized services. B&Bs are sometimes manned by the owners themselves. The rooms are typically private with shared or en suite bathrooms. And as the name suggests, a stay at a B&B can come with free breakfast—but that’s about it. You’ll have to head somewhere else for lunch, dinner, and snacks. You can also prepare your own meals if the owners will allow you to use their kitchen. Here’s a little secret: they usually do.

7. Voluntourism
Back in the day, traveling is done either for business or a holiday. Now, the reasons are more plenty, considering numerous tourism terms like ecotourism, bakeation, staycation, and praycation to name a few. But among these terms, ”voluntourism” is the one that is fast becoming an in-thing in recent years.

Voluntourism allows you to hit two birds with one stone: do volunteer work and travel. This enables you to see the world while doing something meaningful—now that’s doubling the fun.