Despite unconventional work schedule and demanding responsibilities, employees in the business process outsourcing industry still find time to travel.
“With the abundance of travel destinations in the Philippines and generally increasing household income within the BPO sector, a lot of young professionals are enticed to explore the outdoors,” notes Teleperformance Philippines communications and marketing director Marilyn Ventenilla.
She adds, “This is why at Teleperformance, we encourage our people to enjoy their vacations. They can also take advantage of special discounted rates for travel, dining, fashion, leisure and wellness activities through our Employee Perks program.”
Young employees in BPO companies are some of the many travelers who are experienced in backpacking, which facilitates the most affordable means to get from one tourist spot to another.
Some of agents at Teleperformance share their tried and tested tips for those new to backpacking. Prepare your gear
You’re not a backpacker if you don’t have a backpack. Make sure you get the right size for you. It should be durable, preferably water-resistant, and has comfortable shoulder straps since you will have to carry it from one destination to another.
Backpacking involves a lot of walking, which might be grueling for the feet. Wear a pair of comfortable sneakers or training shoes. Also, bring a pair of slippers—you’ll need them when you hit the beach or when you need to go around short distances from where you’re staying.
Consider your destination to know which items to pack. If you are heading for the beach, just bring a couple of beach shorts or swimsuits, and tank tops and shorts. When you’re out trekking along mountain slopes, a disposable raincoat will come in handy. Don’t forget the essentials
Soap, shampoo, sunscreen, tissue, hand sanitizer, first-aid kit—have them in small portions, since you can refill them at bus stops and convenience stores on your way. Make sure to bring your vitamins and medicines for colds, fever, allergy, diarrhea, headache and muscle pain, too.
Share a room
For solo travelers and small groups, it’s better to stay in a hostel. Not only is it cheaper, but it also offers the opportunity for you to make new friends during your trip. If you want somewhere else more private, check on available rooms for rent in online platforms. If you are the outdoorsy type and want to commune with nature, bring a tent and camp out. Download an offline map
When you’re backpacking, chances are you won’t have Wi-Fi or data access all the time. Before you even set out on an adventure, download an offline map such as Maps.Me and Here WeGo, which can serve as your guide as you walk around in your destination.
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