Like most people, I’ve always dreamt of going to Europe but never got around to doing it for one main reason: expenses. We all have a notion of how expensive travelling to Europe can be. As such, I had put aside this dream and had occasional trips within Asia instead because it’s more affordable.
However, since I got married over a year ago, other couples kept coming up to us and telling us to travel while we still don’t have kids. And then recently there was a health scare with a loved one that made me realize how short life is.
So, husband and I started talking about finally exploring Europe together. If not now, when? When we have toddlers to look after? When we are older and it’s harder to walk around with aching knees and backs? If not now, when? With this in mind, my husband and I adopted the mantras “life is short” and “just do it”. Fortunately, an airline promo came up and we finally booked our 18-day trip to Europe.
Of course, we wanted to enjoy and maximize our vacation without burning holes in our pockets. With online research and recommendations from family and friends who have been there, we were able to limit our budget to 150,000 pesos per person for an 18-day Europe Trip. Yes, 150K is still a lot of money, but it’s reasonable considering the following:
6. We flew via Singapore Airlines during Holy Week which is a peak season.
5. We travelled to 4 cities in 3 countries by train and plane.