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6 Things I Have Learned From Traveling Europe

It’s been a week since I got back from the Philippines after my 2-month trip in Europe. The trip did not only change my life completely but I have learned a lot of life lessons from this travel. I know that you guys are so, so sick of my everyday drama telling you how I am so blessed and this whole trip was a miracle because I am self-made. It’s true, though. If you were in my position, you’d understand. I don’t know what I did in my life to be this blessed! That’s why I am sharing you this blog post about the things I have learned from this travel.

1. It’s okay to not be a solo traveler and to join a group tour

With my amazing friends around the world traveling Europe, sharing loves and laughs

Believe it or not, there are some blogs who are shaming other travellers saying that you are not a legit traveller unless you are a solo backpacker and I believe that is a huge BS. As long as you are traveling and appreciating the places you go, YOU ARE A TRAVELLER. I didn’t have anything planned when I first came to Europe. All I thought was that I’ll stay in Germany and then visit the neighbouring countries such as Netherlands and Belgium. That’s it! I am bad with directions and I know that I will 100% be lost that’s why I didn’t bother to check out other countries.

You know what happened next?

I found God’s blessings through Tinder.

Girl, what? What? What?

I know. Tinder. I use Tinder mainly just to advertise my blog. I swipe every now and then but I never meet up with guys because it never progressed. Anyway, a few weeks before I left for Europe, I saw a guy on Tinder and his photos were all around Europe. I asked the guy how much he spent for the travel and he told me “I am not sure because everything’s handled by TourRadar – they are an online marketplace for tours.” I had no idea what TourRadar was but I’ve been seeing their posts on my Facebook every now and then. I went to their site and scrolled for some European trip and was amazed with a bunch of selection from different parts of Europe. Hold up, guys. Just a disclaimer: I am not being paid to say this. I just love TourRadar so much because they let me experience a once in a lifetime (hopefully not just once, though.. lol) adventure that I would never forget.

I searched for a trip that will let me travel to multiple countries including the accommodation, transportation, guide, and meal and I found this 10 countries for 14 days Europe Jewel tour. It was worth it and I would pay even twice the price because it’s that good. 

If you wish to book any packages from Tour Radar, I have a code you can enter upon checkout to get 5% discount. Just enter TRIPCOMETRUE.

I’ve learned in my life that if you’re an introvert then go ahead, do solo travel if you wish to but if you want to meet new friends and stay in a good hotel and not just in a hostel, then feel free to book tour packages. It’s up to you and no one can shame you just as long as you’re having fun.

I had a great time with my good friends from the tour and I’m so happy that we’re already planning our next adventure in Asia next year. Traveling 10 countries in 14 days with my sweet and loving friends made this trip 10x happier. I am so happy that I stumbled upon Tour Radar and that they helped me from booking the tour to meeting the tour group in Amsterdam to checking me if I’m having fun. I did and I will do it again.

2. Different culture, different personality

I have met people from literally all around the world. I even met Keri, which was from Zimbabwe. I mean, she’s the first Zimbabwean that I know personally so that’s really cool. Different nationality, different culture, different personality that’s why you never take things personally. My roommate, Natasha, who is a British lady from South Africa but is currently based in Dubai first striked me as a condescending girl because she doesn’t talk to me that much even if we were roommates and this upsets me so much because I thought we will be inseparable. Breaking news: Honey, it doesn’t work that way. Filipino girls tend to be very clingy with each other and I expected the same with other culture and that is what’s wrong. Natasha doesn’t stick with me 24/7 because duh! She wants to mingle with other people aside from me and it makes me feel so stupid for expecting a person on a group tour to always be with me. LOL. I sound like a creepy roommate. Anyway, Tash is a very very sweet lady and we even cried the last day of the tour. She accompanied me to the train station and we promised to see each other again. YES! We will see each other again this February! I’m so excited, I love herrrrr!!!

My point is: When you travel and for example a person raises her voice, don’t panic and think she’s belittling you or what. Maybe she’s German and her voice is just naturally like that hahaha.

3. It’s okay to be lost

I don’t like to travel alone because I think I will cry if I get lost. I got lost in Prague and look at me, I’m still alive and typing this. It’s okay to be lost because what is the worst that could happen? You ask for direction, they point you to the right direction, you’re back. AC, my Indian friend and I got lost in Prague because we were too busy taking photos. We lost our tour leader and the rest of the group. We tried following their path but we ended up in a dead-end! I was panicking and almost on the verge of crying. Czech do not speak English that well so lucky me that I got a pocket wifi from My-Webspot which allows me to be connected 24/7 everywhere in Europe (use my code EUROPECONNECT for a discount – again, I’m not paid to say this hahahaha!) to translate and ask people the right direction. Direction to where, though? The rest of the group were heading for dinner and we didn’t get the name of the restaurant. We had to call our tour leader but my EU sim card only works in Germany. What we did was to find a small restaurant and ask anyone that looks approachable if we can call. A lady my age works as a seller in this pastry shop and agreed to use her phone to make a call. Imagine? She let two clueless Asians to use her phone without any hesitations! Faith in humanity, restored! Never be afraid to get lost because it’s kinda fun. LOL.

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Luxembourg Day Trip

The only thing that I know about Luxembourg is that it’s the richest country in the world. I’ve read and studied about it in my World Geography class but aside from that, I didn’t know much about it. It sounds like a made-up country like Princess Diaries’ Genovia LOL. I never intended to go there but when Father Lachica, the priest here in the town where I’m living at invited me to travel, I said YES. We initially wanted to go to Rhimes in France but changed our mind. We wanted to bring Tita Tots who had an appointment in the afternoon but Rhimes would be a long drive. I’ve already been to nearby countries like Netherlands and Belgium so we decided to go for a 4-hour drive to Luxembourg instead.

The weather was bad when we left Germany but when we were near Luxembourg, it started to get worse. It was 2 degrees and my winter jacket wasn’t even helping.

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We stepped out of the car tired, dizzy, and freezing. It completely ruined our mood but we’re already there and we have to just enjoy the moment even if the weather’s bad.

I’m glad we had a homemade frikadellen (meatball), sandwich, cola, and chocolates with us. We warmed ourselves and headed out for an adventure.

Luxembourg has a lot of tech HQs located in there such as Microsoft, Skype, eBay, and Amazon. We went on a Monday and there wasn’t a lot of people out.

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People that we asked for direction cannot speak in English and the navigator and Google maps wasn’t working because there was no signal. Coolcoolcoolcool. We just walked and tried our luck to find the palace in the rain. So not cool.

It took us 30 minutes or so to find the palace but we stumbled upon this hilltop view and it was magical.

So beautiful and peaceful.

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We walked, and walked, and walked until we died. LOLJK.

Until we found the palace….

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It was… uh… how do I say it? Underwhelming.

It’s like “It’s this?! That’s it?”

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I’m the type of person who will tell you 100% how I feel about a person or a place. I’m transparent and being lucky enough to go to these places, I feel like it’s my job to tell you how it really is. I’m not the type of “blogger” who overhypes the place and say “liek OMG u guys it’s soooooo beautiful” etc etc just to make them look like they’re having the time of their life. I’m sorry, Luxembourg. I love you, I get your beauty and you are amazing but I was underwhelmed with the whole place. I go to places and I feel a rush but I never did with this place. Of course, I feel so blessed having the opportunity to go here but I will be honest with you – it’s skippable. You may or may not in your lifetime will get a chance to travel this country but either way, you won’t be missing so much.

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I’m not in any way picky with places because who am I to act like that? I’m just a girl from the home of the pollution and corruption, the Philippines. To top that, I don’t live in an exclusive village to act entitled. It’s just that Luxembourg looks like every other place in Europe except it’s not tourist-friendly. Nothing much to see, hard-to-understand road signs, and restaurants close early.

If you have a chance to travel Luxembourg, go ahead! See it for yourself! It’s good for just a day trip. However, I don’t think it’s worth to spend a week here.

I thought I was acting crazy until I did a quick search on Google. “Luxembourg boring” will give you tons of articles that will say so.

Anyway, we were so tired from walking around and the rain didn’t even have a plan to stop. We gave up and after 3 hours, we went to their Notre Dame Cathedral and decided to go home.

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As we were hungry, we want to eat first and try their Judd mat Gaardebounen. However, because we’re so lucky with this trip, all restaurants were closed. It was only 3 PM. Nicenicenice. Dude, I don’t even know why. Is there some sort of agreement to not welcome us? LOL. Luxembourg’s really trying our patience.

We drove home and stopped by an Asian buffet along Germany.

Anyway, never say never. I’d love to see Luxembourg again. I always give the benefit of the doubt and I think that maybe it was just the weather that ruined our trip.

Or maybe it’s our lack of planning that lead us to a 4/10 experience.

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I will sure go back again on my next Eurotrip.

See you, Luxembourg!