Solo Backpacking in Europe: The Preparation

Applying for schengen visa is a little hard, maybe for me, cause I have little time to complete my requirementsπŸ˜…

I’ve been searching a lot on what countries and cities I’ll be visiting, but I still can’t decide, because there are so many places I want to go but so little time, LOL…Not to mention this is my most awaited dream..this was my plan way back 2012, but I opted to go to Japan instead of Europe, which was a good thing…but its about damn time πŸ˜€.

And I haven’t found a cheap round trip ticket (budget traveler here πŸ˜€)

Since I will be spending more days in Italy, I reserved an appointment date with Italy embassy. My initial plan is to visit Europe by November and now my time is ticking(it’s already September!)

But I’m still confused what countries and cities to visit..
Well, it did end, when finally I found a cheap round-trip ticket through KLM. From Toronto-Amsterdam-Barcelona-Toronto for C$557. Score!!! I need to grab that one as in now!!

But while preparing some of the requirements, I found an earliest appointment date in France Embassy, so I changed my itinerary. I will be staying in France longer than the other countries I will also be visiting.

I just have a short time planning and doing some reservations for hostel/backpackers accommodations. In Amsterdam I need to pay full amount of my reserved room, but for the other accommodations, I just paid for the reservation/booking fee.

It is not advisable to buy your plane tickets if you don’t have your visa yet,πŸ˜…..but it was a promo ticket!! 😊 So if my application for visa will not be approved, all the fees that I paid, hmm..bye bye C$600 😟

After 5 working days, I received an email, that my Schengen visa was approved and I can pick it up on the said date and time.. I was granted multiple entries for 50 days..YAY! This is it 😊

Later on, my itinerary changed (actual budget and itinerary).
And I hope it will not be a problem πŸ˜…

It’s Time 😊

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