Sunday, July 23, 2017

First-Time Solo Traveling in Europe? Things to Do and Tips to Save Budget

"Take vacations, 
Go as many places as you can.
You can always make money.
You can't always make memories."
- unknown
when in Rome...
This trip like Finally, one of my dreams came true! :) Since I would like to go on trip outside Asia, and yeay! So, I just installed this application called Kayak and it's really fun to check flight ticket, I put Europe destination in random and you can choose multi-city too, I have no idea so I checked the price randomly and surprised seeing it's not that expensive at that time. I was like keep checking on it like everyday and thinking whether I buy it or not, I ended up bought and freaking out yet happy! I bought it around mid of November 2016.

Kind of confusing a bit to decide the dates because I have limited Annual Leaves from my office like 10 days in a year ;( but I feel like at least I need minimum 2 weeks in Europe so I am looking for long National Holiday where Moslem holiday was perfect at that time, since it's Summer time and from I read it's better to go on June or September, because if July and August would be too crowded. I booked ticket from 15 June - 2 July, 2017, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam, Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta (CGK) with Etihad Airways, total RM 2,327.9 (Rp7,360,459) and I also booked Jakarta (CGK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 14th of Jun, 2017 with total Rp467,422 by KLM.

So, my Europe trip this time is from 14 June - 2 July, 2017 (19D/18N), Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam and Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta. I told you that my last trip to South Korea was the longest trip but I am wrong because this Europe trip will be my longest trip that I had so far and I will do Solo Traveling this time! got mixed feelings for this trip :)

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How much exactly the Total Cost for this 19D/18N? It's around Rp 13million excluding Flight and Visa, and My Flight and Visa cost Rp 9million, so total cost for Europe Trip is around Rp 22million, I will share the itinerary and breakdown the details at the end of my travel diaries of Europe Trip, please be patient for it :p 

Anyway, is it still on your budget? well, you decide by yourself but for me it's still on my budget, because my budget for this Europe Trip was less than Rp 15million excluding Flight and Visa, well , Rp 13million already made me happy though plus I already included one of the most expensive countries on my itinerary, Switzerland :)

Here we go! I will share to you Things to Do and Tips to Save Budget for First-Time Solo Traveling in Europe, not because I am an expert but it's just based on my experience :D 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Apply Schengen Visa (Europe) for Indonesian

"Don't just follow your dreams, chase them."

me at Cinque Terre, Italy, the view is fabulous! I love it! <333 #traveldiariesbymj

(mixed English - Indonesian post)

Finally I did one of my dream trip which is outside Asia and I am doing it solo! *proudwithmyself* *throwconfetti* :)

Okay, in this blogpost I am going to share how did I manage to apply my Schengen Visa for the first timer by myself :) since this is about Visa so this blogpost mean to Indonesian citizens.

To apply this Schengen Visa you can choose which embassy or representative agent to apply your visa based on these 2 conditions :
1. Your first Schengen country destination or
2. Country where you plan to stay longer

I booked my flight few months before departure like 6 months, I decided to book multi-city so start from Amsterdam and back from Milan, with the route is Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam and Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta, this is my first longest trip so far, in total is 19 days from 14th of Jun - 2nd of Jul, 2017.

How does it feel like to go solo traveling?

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