For brevity, I will use EU I for my 2011 trip, EU II for my 2013 trip, and EU III for my 2016 trip. EU IV is for our family trip in 2017.

Europe is my ultimate dream destination.  A wish that finally came true after years of just being a dream.

This is how I did it.

Europe I - Europe 2011 : Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France


Amsterdam Takeaway Thoughts & Tips


Hostel Review: L' Imbarcadero, Venice
Venice Takeaway Thoughts & Tips


Rome Takeaway Thoughts & Tips


Europe II - Europe 2013 : Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Portugal
Applying for a Schengen Visa in Spain Embassy Philippines 
Europe Part II: The Origins, The Planning
Picturesque Prague: Food 
Hostel Review: Miss Sophie's Hostel
Prague Takeaway Thoughts & Tips

Flew To Athens. Got Bored. 
Around Athens: Scorched Goddesses   
More Ancient Athens Ruins 
More Than Just Feta: My Take On Greek Food 
Athens Backpackers: Saved by the Location 
Athen Again: Athens Museum

Scenes In Satorini
More Feta In Santorini
Santorini Takeaway Thoughts & Tips

Picturesque Barcelona With Picasso and Gaudi
Barcelona Takeaway Thoughts and Tips

Around Madrid, then Alone in Madrid
One Day In Toledo
Madrid Food Adventure: More Tapas, More Sangria
Hostel Review: U Hostel in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Takeaway Thoughts and Tips 

Sunbathing in the Streets of Granada 
Alhambra at Day, Alhambra at Night 
Food in Granada: I Tried To Find Tapas and Failed 
Hostel Review: Granada Backpackers
Granada Takeaway Thoughts and Tips

Seville Architecture: Streets + Plaza + Cathedral = Sunburn
A Dance and a Palace: Flamenco and Alcazar
Food in Seville
Hostel Review: Hostel Trotamundos, Seville, Spain
Seville Takeaway Thoughts & Tips

Leisurely Walk Around Lisbon
Food in Lisbon: The Appetizers Ain't Free
Hostel Review: Good Morning Hostel Lisbon

Europe III - Europe 2016 : Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany

Applying for a Schengen Visa in German Embassy Philippines 
Europe Part III, Itinerary and Budget Breakdown 

Europe IV - Europe 2017 : Italy, France, UK

Schengen Visa Application via French Embassy in the Philippines
UK Visa Application in the Philippines


  1. I just found your Europe Series a few days ago. It inspired me to also pursue my dream of going to Europe someday (from my current job I think it will take me 2-3 years of saving up hehehe). I might also do it solo like what you did. I really enjoy reading all your entries. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  2. It also took me a while to save, but it was all worth it! :) Hope you'll find something useful here when you do your Europe planning someday...or soon.

  3. I've been stalking your blog for a while now, and I must say... it keeps my Europa2015 dream alive. :) I'm halfway done with the budget (if I'm following the US$ 3500 plan), and it still feels surreal.

    Thanks for such an informative blog. :D (It's actually bookmarked on my browser)

  4. Hey Johanna! It is an expensive trip, but it was worth every centavo. And the memory/experience does not fade - unlike if you spend the money on material possessions. Just stay committed to your dream. Thanks for reading. :)

  5. Hi. This is an awesome blog you got here. :-) Very helpful and easy to relate to. I love the details in your writing, it's funny! I'm also planning to go on Sept 2013 but I'm hesitant about going alone. Well, I still have time to look for a mate. Either way, still going :-)

    Thank you very much! :-)

  6. @Andeng: Thank you! I understand being hesitant - felt like that at first when I was planning the trip. But the dream is bursting to come true. So I ended up going alone - which is a blessing in disguise. I had the time of my life. Hope to read your own EU adventure someday. Good luck! :D

  7. I like your blog so much, it makes me want to go back to Europe even more! Very inspiring to all would-be travelers as well as aspiring bloggers like me! :)

  8. Nice blog! Very informative and full of practical tips! :-)

  9. @Galatea: I want to go back to Europe too! Soon I hope. :)
    @Grumpyurbanslack: Thank you! :)

  10. Hello... We made your experience as a baseline that we can travelling Europe can be achieved. If I may ask, roughly how much is the "show money" for the consul to consider giving me a Schengen Visa? Thanks!

  11. Hi Gee! I presented everything that I owned. I have my own savings and investments aside from my travel budget, I believe that helped.

  12. Finally! Europe from a Pinay perspective! I'm planning my Europe trip this September, and I noticed that I'll be doing your Europe 1&2 in 5 weeks. Plus London pa! Yeah, ambisyosa lang ang peg. Although I know kanya-kanyang style ang travelling, but being the kuripot that I am, gusto ko kasi sulitin ang airfare. But somehow, your posts got me thinking that I might be overstretching myself a bit. I made sure that I'll be staying in one place for at least 2 days. If you factor in just your travel times within Europe, train, plane, going from one country to another, mga ilang days na kaya yun? Mga 5? I think I have to rethink some of the places I plan to visit.. Or just go on a yearly European vacay.. kaso kawawa nmn c savings..

    1. Hi Clarisse! If you travel from one country/city to another, I allot +3-4 hours dun sa plane ride (if plane). 2 hours going to the airport, then 2 hours from the airport (baggage claim, finding the proper exit, getting maps, asking questions sa tourist information). If via train naman, it would be easier kasi wala nang baggage check-in and inspection unlike sa airport - but sometimes the trains are more expensive eh. Say 5 siguro yung na cumulative - 120 hours. Cramming too many places in one trip is possible, but very exhausting. Enjoyable, but tiring.

      I understand the excitement, especially the first trip because you want to hit everything in one go. But looking back, I'm glad I limited the countries I visited nung EU1 ko. Rome and Athens both have ruins, Barcelona and Florence both have art. So even if each city is different, their attractions may be similar.

      Wala pa sa plans ko ang London. But with PAL offering that route, maybe soon!
      Good luck!

  13. This is very comprehensive. Thanks for this. I'm planning my next Eurotrip for 2015! :)

  14. your blog is very informative, planning for my first euro trip

  15. your blog is very informative, planning for my first euro trip, I like your blog so much, it makes me want to go back to Europe even more! Very inspiring to all would-be travelers as well as aspiring bloggers like me! :)

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  16. where did you apply ur schengen visa ( first and second euro trip)

  17. im on my way to my visa application with my husband, im very much inspired by ur adventure, like you im an accountant, good luck to me...

  18. i applied in French embassy last sep 20 but was denied for reasons i dont know coz i have a US visa, it said it can be appealed within two months. is it possible to reconsider it, how to make sure it will be approved this time around, is there a fee for appeal.

    1. Hi Neng. I am so sorry to hear that. :(
      I don't know the process how to appeal the decision. What I did was a reapplication - so I paid 60 euros again and I was granted a visa during my 2nd application to the same embassy (Italian). I provided additional documents (e.g. life insurance that I have been paying) that prove my rootedness in the Philippines.

  19. this is a great article. thank you so much for sharing your experience. i am planning a vacation to europe and your article is so incredibly helpful. i think i may need to visit the French Riviera. and i never knew about the Cinque Terre region in italy.. this is the first time i'm hearing of it. wonderful! glad to hear you had such a fulfilling experience. :-)

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  20. Thanks for a very informative blog it is very helpful. Actually, I'm making it my guidelines for my first European trip in the near future. Looking forward for the completion of your Europe3 blog.

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