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6 Things I Have Learned From Traveling Europe

4. Go ahead and spend

Go ahead and stuff yourself with the fanciest food, shop for your favorite brands as it’s cheaper in Europe, pay for that expensive museum. Go ahead and spend. STOP FEELING GUILTY BECAUSE IT’S YOUR MONEY. I used to spend only a little portion of my money per day in Europe because I feel guilty spending and I kept on thinking that it will be better if I just send this money to my family. I am very fortunate that my family told me to just enjoy my vacation and spend whatever I can spend. This is your vacation and you worked so hard to earn money just to afford this so go ahead and spend your money on this food with flowers. Hahaha, this is my friend’s food, though. I just took a photo because it looks cute!

5. You have to remove toxic people in your life

I have lost a lot of friends because of this Eurotrip. Some people just can’t seem to be happy with other people’s success and I can’t be friends with those kind. I have just graduated last year and people my age can’t seem to believe the fact that I have already traveled while they are still working to gather enough funds to do the same. I know that it is a millennial dream to travel especially to Europe and they can’t believe how I afford to travel. I always say that I have been working since I was 12 and 100% of this trip was funded by me. Yet, there are backhanded compliments from my former friends saying that I’m lucky because I have no responsibility at home that’s why I can travel. Girl, what? Even when I was in Europe, I made it sure that I’m giving my family the financial contribution right on time. You can message my mom and dad for proof of my remittances. HAHAHA! Some even jokingly said that I have a foreigner boyfriend who financed my trip and that made my brows raised up to my hairline. WHERE ARE YOU GETTING THIS CHISMIS? SERIOUSLY? Imagine posting a photo on Twitter and then after a few seconds have your “friend” subtweet “Look at this girl. Traveling the world! How’s you and your foreigner bf financing your trip?” I don’t need that negativity in my life. Blocked and unfriended in real life. Bye, Felicia and enjoy your miserable life. Say anything about me but you can’t change the fact that you’re drooling over my Europe photos. 😉

5. It’s okay to not like a place and it’s okay to cry how beautiful a place is

You are not obliged to like a place just because there are people who like it. I felt that way with Paris and I am so sorry to say that I don’t like Paris, I just don’t. I find it boring and overrated and I know that’s not how it is depicted in movies and books. Surprisingly, most of the people from our tour group find Paris underwhelming, too and that’s okay. You like Paris and I don’t and that’s f i n e. You do not to change your opinion because of other people. You are not expected to gush over a certain place if you don’t like it.

On the other hand, you can go ahead and cry when the place is too beautiful. Cry and cry like I did in Switzerland. I looked like a fool but that’s okay as there were people – even big, tough guys – who were crying too. It’s that beautiful. When we went to Jungfraujoch (yung-fraw-yok) I had goosebumps seeing people at the top doing the sign of the cross and overhearing how blessed they were to see the place. I cried and cried and thanked the Lord of his blessings. It’s so beautiful in there! Everywhere you look at is just like a painting. I got my railway ticket Jungfrau.ch. It’s on the pricier side (click here for the rates) but it’s worth it and I will do it again.

I enjoyed my trip so much and I feel like a different person now. I am happier and more positive because if I made it to Europe without depending on anyone, I’m sure I can make it anywhere again! 🙂

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32 Comments

  • Reply aicy zuela June 14, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I love your Europe blogs Jack 🙂 I’m a traveler too but never been to Europe. Your Visa application experience inspired me to apply soon.. Thank you.

    -thewanderingcat

    • Reply Jacklynne June 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Yey! Cheers to us travellers! 🙂

  • Reply Ferna June 15, 2016 at 2:15 am

    that’s really amazing. as a solo traveler, we all want like this. I sometimes stay in a hostel or dorm to be exact but in a classy-kind-of-dorm when I was in Thailand and Myanmar..and I never was alone nor felt lonely.. Aja! this is an inspiring one especially for those who plan to visit Europe soon.. Would you mind sharing some estimated cost as well or expenses done? if it’s not too much to ask..

    • Reply Jacklynne June 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Ferna! I spent around 350k 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

  • Reply Richel V. June 15, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Found you from your Eurotrip video in FB and I just have to say that I’ll be stalking your Eurotrip posts now, hahaha. I can’t believe you lost friends because of this. And it’s funny how they assume you have a foreigner bf to finance your trip. Like hello, girls can work to have travel funds. Byeee. I’m still on my way on saving up the funds for my own Eurotrip. I think I’ll go with TourRadar as well as I’m an idiot when it comes to directions and I don’t want to be crying in Europe because I got lost, hahaha!

    • Reply Jacklynne June 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      HAHAHAHA. Girl, I think it’s their defense mechanism to feel good about themselves that’s why they’re making up stories how I have an AFAM. HAHAHA. Anyway, yes! Tour Radar is an amazing choice. Tag me in your future travel photos, please? <3 Would want to see it! 😀

  • Reply Airees June 15, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Found your video and website thru DJ’s post and I guess this is one of the Universe’s way of telling me to really go for that dream. I’m planning my Europe trip/Artist Residency for spring 2017 and your blog posts really inspire and help me. Should I have known you before your trip, I could have sent you my Traveler’s Notebook to keep you company while documenting your trip!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience to us. God bless.

    • Reply Jacklynne June 16, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Awww that’s so sweet! Well, this isn’t my last travel so yeah, the Traveler’s Notebook is something that still interests me! 😀 Good luck Airess, I know you’ll get your dreams! 😀

  • Reply astrud granada June 17, 2016 at 10:34 am

    ive read and watch all your travel in facebook… i cant imagine how you got there and survive without anyone you know. haha i mean its scary, because you’re in another country, even more scary, in another continent hahaha.. wow, just awesome, just cant help thinking na ung naging classmate ko dati in one subject naka achieve ng ganto… im so inspired by you.. im hoping to see you travel soon. probably on facebook haha. 🙂 take care jack

    • Reply Jacklynne June 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Hahaha lakas lang talaga ng loob and I always see the kindness of strangers eventhough at times, paranoid ako. HAHAHA. Thanks, Astrud! Yes! Sana nga more travels for me at sa’yo din! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous June 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Jack! I hope you could also post an article about how you saved for this expensive trip. I need motivation. Hahahaha! Thanks. Congrats on your trip! 🙂

  • Reply Kiarja June 24, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I think youre amazing. 😁
    Never let other people bring you down.
    You sparkle and shine gurl!
    Im happy for your trip and I hope I can travel too. 😊
    More power and blessing to come. 😘
    Stay strong. ❤

    • Reply Jacklynne June 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Kiarja and I am so sure that in no time, you will also see the places you dream of traveling to! Congrats in advance! 🙂

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  • Reply Ingrid August 22, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Awsosome post! I’m travelling to Eruope solo soon but just for a short duration.

    You should try Contiki, Topdeck or a Bus About tour group next time 🙂 ..

    • Reply Jacklynne August 23, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Yesss will do! It’s for younger age so I’m excited! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

    way to go girl!! I wish I have the same spirit as your!!! whoa!! Congrats to yoU!

  • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Have you Nicole Andersson’s Vlogs with Laureen Uy? They traveled Rome in tour groups too!! given that mga artista/yayamanin sila! Dahil doon naisip ko din yan!!

    • Reply Jacklynne August 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Di’ba??!? It’s much cheaper kasi!

  • Reply Anonymous August 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Read an article in When in Manila that features you and your europe tour, then find myself stalking you 😉 I’ve been to other countries just recently but your european tour makes me want to travel again… your europe adventures is indeed inspiring and the stories behind it!!! (But not most people find it not thar appealing but just shake it off just like tita taylor would say) nonetheless I think you’re a wonderful woman and an inspiring one!!! Lots of travel soon ❤

    • Reply Jacklynne August 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      You’re also a wonderful person! 🙂

  • Reply Airoh September 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Super love your blog! Am so inspired to save and make saving a hobby.

    • Reply Jacklynne September 10, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Thanks, Airoh! Happy saving!

  • Reply karen October 8, 2016 at 5:34 am

    jack,thank you so much your blog was really helpful! im also thankful for your recommendation to have the flight reservation booked via euro dream trip! at first i was hesitant but because you did respond to my inquiry, I availed their service and it was great and legit! thank you so much for your help now iv got my visa!

    • Reply Jacklynne October 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Yay congrats on getting the visa! Please send me your Europe pictures! <3

  • Reply Camille October 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I just read all of your travels, and omg I loved them all! I’ve been meaning to travel in Europe and planning to go next year. *fingers crossed* I feel like I would have to deal with the haters too when I get there like lose some “friends” too, I can already tell what other people would say just because I have a guy friend there. Oh God, never in my life would I dream of depending on a guy just to get somewhere. I haven’t thought of visiting Switzerland, but with the way you stressed how amazing the place is, I’m sold! Hahaha!

    • Reply Jacklynne November 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

      You will love Switzerland but not the price! Everything is 10x more expensive! Deadma with those comments. You’ve been in Europe and they won’t, always think of that! 🙂

  • Reply Emil Garbin September 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I was really inspired by your blog in Europe. I can totally feel you girl na lakasan lang siya ng loob.
    Since I’m kinda of a solo traveler too, when I went to korea I was alone but when I got to Incheon airport
    I met a filipina med tech from US…we became friends and magkasama na kami all the way.

    • Reply Jacklynne September 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Wow, that’s really nice. To be honest, I don’t like being a solo traveller all the way. It’s nice to meet someone on the destination and go from there, no?

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