Opinion, Personal, Travel, Visa

How to Make Visa Application and Traveling Cheaper

Traveling has been a very hot topic on social media. Everyone wants to go somewhere and travel. I can’t blame you – it’s addictive! Sometimes, I feel a lot of guilt with the money I’ve been spending on travel. My expense for my Eurotrip could be a downpayment for a car or a house and lot. However, those can wait. I’m not getting any younger and in the blink of an eye, I might already have my own family which will make traveling hard. So yup, travel, travel, and travel until I’m able.

Anyone can travel just as long as they have money. I don’t consider myself a special snowflake because I know that with enough budget, anyone can do it. It’s just that I’m blessed with a good job, an entrepreneurial mind, and guts which allowed me to earn money and to see the world.

I used to feel so uncomfortable disclosing how much I spent on my travel and visa application because I didn’t want to be judged. I know not everyone has the same traveling style so some might think that I spent an excessive amount or some might think that that’s too cheap and something sounds fishy. When people ask me how much I spent on my Eurotrip, I do not answer them with “I spent blah blah blah,” I would say “Prepare 350,000 to be on the safer side.” I didn’t want to share how much I spent because I didn’t want you to base how much you’ll bring based on my experience because unless you’re me, our expenses will be different.

However, please respect because my money is my money. I have worked hard for this and I can choose whatever way I’d want to spend it.

Anyway, to answer your question, here it is!

This year’s travel and visa application expenses


Please note that all of these are just estimates. Especially with my Eurotrip, I estimated PHP 350,000 because that was the difference on my bank account before and after the trip. I’m just estimating how much I spent for this and that.

I don’t know about you but that’s cheap! I’ve been asked by a lot of people how I can afford to travel. Some even asked if I loaned in a bank or if I have a credit card. Fortunately, I only spend money that I have. I have PHP 0.00 debt in my life and that’s something that I am proud of.

I know a lot of people who spent a million on Europe for a month and PHP 60,000 on Thailand just for a few days!

So, how did I keep my traveling expenses and visa application at a minimum?

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  • Reply Hannah S. October 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I really appreciate it when bloggers are transparent about their travel expenses because I find it incredibly helpful! I mean I could always research, plan, and hope my estimated budget will be enough but actually knowing from someone who’s already /been there/ helps confirm or recalibrate my own! Haha. So no need to worry about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, just like your Thailand budget โ€” I also spent about 30k in total for my 6-day Singapore trip. ‘Cause some people still think visiting Singapore is hella expensive when it’s certainly not ;P

    • Reply Jacklynne October 17, 2016 at 1:27 am

      I realized that money talks shouldn’t be a taboo anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ Girl, wow. 30k in SG is cheap na! Teach me your ways! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Hazel October 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Hi Jacklynne, this blog really give me so kuch information. Thank you. I am planning to see my boyfriend in Slovakia. And I want to stay with him in his place but for sure we will visit nearby cities like Vienna and Budapest. Just want to ask coz I heard that I should be detailed in my itinerary. Can I disclose that I will be staying in my boyfriend’s place? What documents I need? Thank you very much.

    • Reply Jacklynne November 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Yes, disclose that you will stay with your boyfriend. Not sure with the requirements but please refer to the Slovakian Embassy for the details. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lei Bautista November 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hi po ate jack. Thank you for giving me an idea sa travel blogs mo. I’m currently working here in Macau. I’m planning to visit my mom and brother in Japan next year. She’s married with a japanese. I find time to search on the internet regarding with the visa application in Japan and some requirements. But I don’t have an idea kung saan ko po ipapasa mga requirements? And if ever, does it need po personal appearance during interview na? Thank you very much.

    • Reply Jacklynne November 13, 2016 at 6:40 am

      Yes, it needs personal appearance. I lodged my application at Discovery Tours in Makati. Good luck!

  • Reply airam November 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Hello Jacky! So inspiring stories of your Travel .

    Please do blog your Japan Travel Tour. and kung saan maganda at kung saan ako mapapamura. I’m planning to go there pag uwi ni Boyfie.

    Thanks and More Travel to come ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Jacklynne November 25, 2016 at 6:51 am

      I will! <3 Thank you for visiting my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Aurea January 25, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Hi Jack! I just wanna ask regarding your application for a Schengen visa. How much was in your bank statement or is there a minimum amount required in the bank statement to be provided to the consul? Please let me know.

    • Reply Jacklynne February 3, 2017 at 8:08 am

      You can check the minimum amount per day here: http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/means-of-substinence.html

      Multiply that to the days you will be staying in that country then add your fare price and accommodation. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Carl August 25, 2017 at 3:26 am

        I think, what she was asking was, how much was in your bank statement when you applied for Schengen Visa. Do they have a minimum (peso) requirement for it so that they can grant you your visa? Not the means or the amount of money that you need in that country.

        • Reply Jacklynne August 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

          Yep, the link that I sent answered that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply maey March 3, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Jacklynne, please help me with my euro tour this coming. We dont have visa yet. Pls do message me in fb? Maey fontilar abecendario. We exchange messages before

  • Reply Kats March 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I love the “Print the bank statement” tip. Di ko kasi alam na pwede yun and I have paid for those before.

    • Reply Jacklynne March 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Yes, silly me. Will do it next time din!

  • Reply Jerson D. Ypil March 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Hi jacky randomly i just saw your fb blogs which lead me to your personal blog.
    I commend you for being such a kind oerson for sharing your experience and ideas to the people. This is a helpful tips and guides. God bless you and enjoy your travel

  • Reply PREE April 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Madam Jack! Hope to see your Japan Travel in your blog soon.
    Thank you for inspiring us always! <3

    PS. Sexy mo na besh! Makes me want to enroll in Pound for Pound, too. <3

    • Reply Jacklynne April 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s long due! I need to blog about it and my SEA trip, too!

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