Europe on a Budget: 4 Countries in 21 days for Less Than Php85k

Aside from how I got a Schengen visa, another question I often get is how much I spent in Europe.
While I wouldn’t exactly say Europe is affordable, doing a Euro trip on a budget is definitely not impossible. You just have to know where and when to go.

So, how much do you need?

Here’s an infographic that’ll give you an idea how much you need per day depending on where you want to go. It ranks European cities from 1-56 (cheapest to most expensive) for your convenience.

Infographic by simplyholidaydeals.co.uk reposted in Matador Network and Daily Mail UK
*This is not a sponsored post*
As you can see, Western European cities are twice to thrice more expensive than the Eastern European ones.

Personally, I chose to just concentrate in Central Europe and Italy. I allocated at least €90 per day during the planning stage, but actually spent only about €75 per day on average.

It’s also important to note that I went in October-November, autumn, which is the shoulder season so accommodation prices were lower than if I went in summer.

As for my actual expenses, I religiously logged them using the app, TrabeePocket. No expense was spared – not even the €0.20 I paid for printing.

If you’re not traveling solo then you might want to consider the app, Splittr. It’s perfect for tracking those “Ikaw na muna magbayad.”/abono moments. :p

Again, this is not a sponsored post. I just find the app really useful.

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How to Apply for a Schengen Visa at the Czech Embassy Manila

I just got back from a 3-week Eurotrip/birthday trip.

The minute I posted on social media that I was in Europe, several people messaged me asking how I got a visa.

If you’re a non-Philippine passport holder, you might be wondering why getting a visa is such a big deal for Filipinos. Let’s just say traveling to a first world country with a Philippine passport is akin to being a contestant in American Ninja Warrior. We have to go through so many obstacles just to prove to embassies and even our own immigration officers that we’re not going overseas to seek greener pastures.

But wait, there’s more! It gets even harder when you’re female.

My single-entry Schengen Visa from The Czech Embassy Manila

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How I Got A Multiple Entry Korean Visa

I received a call from a BPI sales rep back in May saying that I am pre-qualified for a BPI Gold card. I immediately declined the offer because credit card = debt. She gave me an email address where I can reach them in case I change my mind, but I wasn’t paying attention and did not bother writing it down.

For some strange reason, I had an urge to check out the card’s features as soon as we ended the call, and I saw their Imagine Your Korea promo. It says that BPI Gold cardholders will be entitled to a 3-year multiple entry Korean visa while BPI Platinum and Gold Express Teller Debit cardholders may be issued 3- or 5-year multiple entry visas. Additionally, said cardholders will be exempted from submitting financial documents (ITR and bank certificate).

So I did what any travel junkie would and frantically searched online for BPI sales’ email address. LOL Thanks to their responsive Twitter account handler, I got hold of the email address and was able to request a call back. I think my card arrived within a week from our correspondence.

Now, I could have applied a month after receiving my first statement of account, but I was so swamped with work.

When my schedule finally cleared up earlier this month, I decided to lodge our application. I made a last-minute decision to include my mom in the application because why not? It’s free anyway, and you’re not even required to book tickets and accommodation. Totally risk-free!

Just to give you a brief background of our profile:

Me: 31 years old, single, self-employed, no OECD visa but traveled to 12 countries in the last 5 years

My mom: 61 years old, widow, unemployed, no OECD visa but traveled to 4 countries in the last 5 years

Please take note that the requirements I’m going to list here only apply to self-employed individuals and, specifically, to BPI Gold cardholders.

Here are the requirements I submitted:

  • Duly accomplished application form with recent passport size photo
  • Original passport and photocopy of bio page (Page 2)
  • Photocopy of my BPI Gold card (front only)
  • Photocopies of latest 3 months BPI Statement of Account
  • Photocopy of my DTI Certificate
  • Photocopy of my BIR Certificate of Registration (Form 2303)
  • Photocopy of my birth certificate from NSO (proof of relationship for family applications)

Click here for the list of requirements for employees.

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