As the fuel price continues to increase, I’ve realized that traveling by car is becoming more and more impractical, especially when driving between provinces. Even if you are going to a nearby city, you would consider taking public transportation due to its lower cost. However, you would have to literally fight your way onto a bus or wait in line for hours for a taxi, and by the time you arrived at your destination, you would already be exhausted. Using an app to order a ride can also be quite challenging. Even more so now that COVID-19 restrictions in Metro Manila have been lowered to Level 1 and remote workers are required to report to the office.

To navigate the Metro, your only option is to use your own car.

Baguio City Travel: October 30 – November 1, 2021

According to Google Maps, the distance between Pasig City (Metro Manila) and Baguio City is approximately 252.2 kilometers, and you can reach the city proper in 4 hours and 10 minutes (depends on traffic). It took me 4 hours and 57 minutes to return to Metro Manila, with a stopover in Pampanga City. My budget for fuel on that trip was ₱5,500 but I only used ₱4,200. (round trip).

What Effect Will the Increase in Fuel Prices Have on Tourism?

For this trip, I drove my 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero. I spent two days relaxing in a hotel before heading home after the long drive.

Fuel Price Increase: A Present Day ‘Pain in The Neck’

Since the beginning of 2022, particularly in February, fuel prices have continued to rise not only in the Philippines but globally. According to CNBC, Britons pay more than £100 per 55-liter family car for petrol and £103.43 for diesel. In the United States, the national average for regular gasoline has reached $5 per gallon last June 11, 2022 as reported by The New York Times. Not to mention, France reported to reaching €1.5883/liter ($1.67/liter) for diesel back in January, a record high according to The Connexion.

I had a weekly budget of ₱2,500 ($47.12) prior to COVID-19. Not to brag, but I barely batted an eye. Now that the fuel price has fluctuated so drastically, I’ve had to plan my route efficiently and drive only two to three times per week.

I can only imagine the adjustments that airlines had to make in response to the recent increase in fuel prices. Some have already warned of potential increase of $15 to $20 per one-way ticket.

Fuel price increases have a ripple effect on the economy as a whole, not just how much it costs to fill up at the gas station. As everything that needs to be shipped or transported, from fruits to electronics, may cost more. This is especially true for products coming from outside the country.

Similarly, many products containing plastics or synthetic materials are partially derived from crude oil and refining. Additionally, as the price of oil rises, so do the costs of these materials.

Here’s an example of my fuel receipts last May 2022.

On May 20th, I loaded 49.886 liters of diesel, which cost ₱76.950/liter ($1.45/litter), for my 65-kilometer trip to and around Tagaytay City. I was also able to drive for an extra day. On May 27th, I loaded 58.952 liters for ₱80.700/liter ($1.52/liter or $5.735/gallon). I typically drive 30-33 kilometers per day and 4-5 days per week within Metro Manila. In less than a month, I spent ₱8,496.39 ($160.13) on diesel. It ruined my savings as I had to make some adjustments to pay my other bills. That’s something I should have anticipated, right?

What Effect Will the Increase in Fuel Prices Have on Tourism?

Computing can be tricky but you can make it easier on yourself by using a gas budget calculator. Simply select the car type from the dropdown menu, and it will give you all the information you need. You can change the details to make it better fit your needs. Don’t forget to convert USD to PHP if you’re in the Philippines (using Google).

Normally, I pay with cash, but every once in a while I use my credit card. This is not a good idea unless you can pay the entire balance before the due date (which will also increase your credit reward points; most banks offer this). If you need to use your credit card, this payoff calculator may come in handy. It will help you figure out how much you need to pay each month (and to avoid that annoying interest).

What Effect Will the Increase in Fuel Prices Have on Tourism?

  • When fuel prices increase, airlines are forced to raise air fares, which may discourage non-essential air travel and place additional financial burden on consumers.
  • If a traveler purchases a flight with a higher cost, he or she may have to consider alternative, less expensive lodging options, such as a hostel instead of a three- or four-star hotel.
  • Local travelers may opt to take public transportation such as provincial buses rather than use their vehicles. A one-way trip through a regular bus only costs ₱576 ($10.86). Tip: Using a transportation savings calculator will allow you to plan ahead.
  • Those interested in visiting Europe who are also interested in multi-destination tours, such as traveling to Portugal, France, & Italy on a single trip. If ticket prices increase, this travel behavior may not be economically attainable for all tourists.
  • If travelers spend the majority of their budget on airfare and lodging, their options for activities at the destination may be limited.
  • If hotel visitor times begin to decline, the hotel will be forced to raise prices, which could deter potential customers.
  • Overall, travelers may need a bigger budget.

In your opinion, what other effects will the increase in fuel prices have on tourism?

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What Effect Will the Increase in Fuel Prices Have on Tourism? A Personal Viewpoint

14 Comments

  1. avatar

    yes, it is absolutely pain in the neck, lahat apektado especially basic necessities. ang taas ng increase pero pag mag rollback naman di mo ma feel

  2. avatar
    Justin says:

    This is a great post. Fuel prices are definitely affecting travel costs across the board. It cost so much more for every detail of travel, making creating itineraries much harder if you are wishing to keep down costs.

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    Wendyflor says:

    not just in traveling, but in everyday life as well. I feel it (as do everyone) everytime I see the bill after loading on fuel. it gets higher each week. I live in Jakarta and we feel the rising prices of fuel, too.

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