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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Backposting

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To date, I have been to a total of nine countries (ONLY!):

  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • England
  • Scotland

Four of these countries required a visa for Philippine passport holders. I will try as best as my memory serves me to recall how these processes all went. Some of these past travels happened more than 10 years ago, so the procedures will no doubt have changed. It’s best to consult the embassy websites for the updated list of requirements and complete visa application procedures.

Third World Problems

Having a third world passport is not the best profile for someone bitten by the travel bug, especially if those travels involve going through lengthy Visa application procedures and other whatnots. You have to prove to the powers that be that you are a trustworthy traveler and have every intention to return to your home country after your tour.

In other words, you are guilty until proven innocent.

I have traveled across the Philippines as well as non-Visa requiring countries through various seat sales from Cebu Pacific and other budget airlines. These travels made me want to dream bigger. But dreaming big requires even bigger efforts.

Through this blog, I hope to document my travels and the numerous procedures I have to endure to be able to do so. Hopefully this will help others in a similar path. I also hope that there are others out there with the same plight as me who can provide information on how to go about these things as I am still constantly learning.

Google is my friend. And yours too.