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How to Make Visa Application and Traveling Cheaper

ON VISA APPLICATION

  • Do it yourself

I can’t stress this enough. Stop looking for visa application assistance! It’s an added expense and won’t do you any good aside from assisting you. What for when you can do it yourself? Have the time and patience to read forums and I swear, anything that you want to ask regarding your visa application can be found on the Internet.

  • Choose a good insurance company

I forgot how much I paid for my insurance but it’s less than PHP 15,000 for a 65-day insurance. The good thing is that they will refund you in case your visa got denied. I purchased from Care Concept Germany.

  • Choose a reputable agency

I got my Japan Visa by lodging my application in Discovery Tour. The cheapest agency for visa application, I just paid PHP 800 for this and I got my passport in less than 3 days!

  • Print bank statement

Instead of asking them over-the-counter, print it yourself. Login your online account and check your bank statement. There’s a print button there. It will save you money instead of paying PHP 50.00 per page through your bank.

  • Only bring what’s necessary

Only bring what is listed on the Embassy’s website. I saw people in the US Embassy and Japan Visa Agency who brought thick folders which contained their relative’s property abroad and here. For Schengen visa, go! Bring as much documents as you want as they are really strict in giving visa. For U.S. and Japan, stick to what’s written on the website.  Well, yeah, better be prepared but let’s face it – consul won’t even look at that. They didn’t even ask you to bring it so why would you? Plus, obtaining documents is not cheap!

 

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ON TRAVELING

  • Look for cheap flights

Hey, it’s okay to book different airlines to save money. I know a lot of people who just go to one airline website and buy from there when they can save a lot by mixing different airlines. If I bought my ticket from Emirates alone, it would cost me PHP 70,000 but I searched for the cheapest flight in SkyScanner.com and MyCheapFlights.com and it only cost me PHP 42,000+! Yes, I had a long layover in HKG and FRA but whatever! I love airports and it’s your chance to try different airlines in one travel. I board via Lufthansa, Cathay, Swiss, and Philippine Airlines for my trip.

  • Take advantage of connections

OK, that sounded wrong but you get what I mean. I have the budget for accommodation but I saved a lot because I stayed with my aunt in when I was in Germany and a family friend in Netherlands. They were kind enough (thank you guys if you’re reading this) to make their homes my home base while I travel other countries and come back whenever I want to. If you have relatives/friends abroad, don’t be shy to ask if you can make their homes your home base while you travel.

  • Do day trips

I went to visit Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg on a day trip. That means that I didn’t need to book a hotel for me to stay the night. I went back to my home base and traveled again in the morning. This allowed me to save a lot because European countries are near each other and you can do day trips all you want!

  • Join a group tour

Stumbling upon TourRadar’s website is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I am the person who has zero tolerance in planning and creating itinerary. With my bad sense of direction, I thank TourRadar and Expat Explore for giving me the chance to travel different countries with awesome individuals. The package that I purchased which was the Europe Jewel includes transportation, guide, accommodation, and some meals. For less than a hundred thousand and traveling 10 countries, that’s not bad at all. You can use my voucher code “TRIPCOMETRUE” for a discount. 🙂

  • Join free walking tours

Every major cities in the world has a free walking tour. When we were in Prague, we walked for 16 hours with a tour guide. 2 hours of that was a free walking tour and we enjoyed it so much! You only have to give them a small donation if you feel like it. However, ‘wag makapal. Give them the money they deserve.

Last but not the least – travel to earn.

When I went to Europe, I purchased bags and girdles and when I went to Bangkok, I purchased hundreds of wallets to sell here in the Philippines. This allowed me not to only see the world but to earn money! 🙂

That’s all that I can think of but I’ll be sure to create another blog post should I have an idea.

You can send here your suggestion and question in the comment section.

Ciao and thank you for reading!

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20 Comments

  • 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 🙂

    By the way, just like your Thailand budget — 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. 🙂 Girl, wow. 30k in SG is cheap na! Teach me your ways! 🙂

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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 🙂

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

      I will! <3 Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂

  • 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. 🙂

      • 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. 🙂

  • 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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