HOW TO SPEND 35 DAYS IN EUROPE ON A PHP 200K BUDGET

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First off, I won’t delve into the philosophical conundrum of why spending a large sum of money in a relatively short span of time would be worth it; but ask any ardent traveler and the answer would be a resounding yes.

I spent 35 days in Europe, landing in Paris and making my way down to Rome. The amount of money this sort of trip demands is no easy feat, so the best way to spend it is to make smart decisions. I wish that had always been the case, but God knows I’ve made a few rookie mistakes. Here’s hoping I could help you make better choices and hopefully, save you a few bucks along the way.

VISA + INSURANCE + TRAVEL TAX

Not all countries are created equal. For us Filipinos, we have to jump through serious hoops before we get access to Europe. I applied for a Schengen Visa in the French Embassy. Granted or not, everyone pays…

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Oops.

I know I said I’d resume my blog posts, but stuff just got in the way.

Just got back from another European trip, covering the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal. I was there for nearly five weeks, and I don’t even know when and how to begin writing about the whole thing. I haven’t even finished writing about my European trip last year!

But I will. Someday.

Florence

After Rome, we traveled by train to Florence and spent one day there. We booked our train tickets online before we even left Manila via ItaliaRail. Booking in advance always guarantees cheaper fares.

From Roma Termini we traveled to Florence Sta. Maria Novella station. The train ride took less then 2 hours.

From the train station, we had to ask around for directions to our hostel. I knew we had to take the bus, but knowing which was the correct bus was a little confusing since there were many of them lined up outside. Once we found the correct one, it took about 20 minutes to get to our destination.

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And Bitterness Ensues

There have been many articles circulating around the internet about traveling while working, being location-independent while earning a living. I follow a lot of travel blogs and travel pages on Facebook so I see a lot of these articles everyday. Sometimes, they inspire me to do the same and follow my dreams of traveling the world. But most of the time, these stories just leave a bitter taste in my mouth. I curse the high heavens for having been born on the wrong side of the planet! It sucks to be issued a powerless maroon passport instead of the almighty blue one.

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