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Dream Euro Trip is about helping you plan, budget and live up your dream Euro Trip

 

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Get actionable travel advice, essential Euro Trip information and inspiration to help you plan your most EPIC Euro Trip yet.

If you’re wondering how to start planning your Euro Trip, which travel insurance is best for you or how much will it all cost -  the content here will help you figure them all out in record time.

Once you’ve finalized the nitty gritty of your trip, then you can focus on the more fun stuff like reading up on which tapas to eat best in Spain or mapping out your pasta pilgrimage in Italy.

Ultimately, this is a blog about dreams that come true and making things happen. It’s about being awake and dreaming and not knowing the difference.

 

Blogging principles that set Dream Euro Trip apart

 

1. Highly useful content and essential info. I work hard to write and provide information that helps you in planning your Euro Trip and make it worth your time. There’s way too much mediocrity in the world, there is absolutely no need for yet another mediocre travel blog. My goal is for you to find the most important information you need to plan and budget your Euro Trip, to inspire you to travel and make your dreams come true. I only provide the essentials because you don’t need to know everything about your chosen destination(s). Why? Because every trip needs a Columbus moment or two.

2. Cost transparency. What’s a budgeting travel website without talking about money and the actual cost of traveling? I show you how much it costs to travel in Europe based on the breakdown of my actual travel expenses in backpacking Europe. The truth is that it’s not that expensive to travel in Europe. I also talk about various Euro Trip tips to make your trip cheap and affordable. Plus I have created an exclusive online calculator (look to the right) to determine how much you will really need to budget for your upcoming Euro Trip. Try it!

3. Smart, adventurous people only. I write for smart people. No cheesy stuff, no “how to book a flight online” nor “51 uninteresting tourist spots that you should see” type of posts. I also write about unconventional ways of traveling like sharing cars with strangers or sleeping in houses of strangers I met online (*gasps*). If these scenarios scare or totally freak you out, then this website is definitely not for you. Go talk to your travel agent down the street instead. If this tickles your adventurous spirit, then you’re in the right place and you should definitely join the gypset.

4. Postmodern travel blog. Most travel blogs just talk about traveling per se. That’s boring. Here I try to dissect why I travel and all the exciting things that come with it. This is a travel blog with postmodern tendencies in that my individuality and sense of style is displayed through my choices of European cities, music, literature, films, fashion, food, culture and lifestyles that complete my perfect concept of an EPIC Euro Trip. Plus I interview lots of smart, interesting and beautiful people you should meet and learn from.

 

Hej! I’m DJ Yabis. Nice to meet you.

 

 

I am the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip. But I don’t have an actual poster. Go figure.

I am the travel-addicted version of Max Fischer but with better grades. And in true Max Fischer style, here’s an executive brief about me:

Serial Euro Tripper
Erasmus Mundus Scholar
Stockholm Young Diplomats Club Member
Rome Model United Nations Delegate
UP Engineering Logscript Managing Editor
Debate Competition Organizer
Volleyball Team Manager
Fencing Team Captain
Cine Adarna’s Most Frequent Moviegoer
Music Festival Junkie
Postcard Club President
Mushroom Pickers Society Founder
Sufjan Stevens Fan Club President
Critical Mass Biker
Mystery Shopping Secret Agent
German Club President
Free Hugs Organizer

If you want to know more, what follows is a richly detailed description of me.

 

I am a gypsetter. I have been traveling the world for almost 5 years now. I backpacked all over South East Asia for almost 2 years before moving to Europe in 2009. Since then I have lived in Warsaw, Stockholm and Cologne. I have also ventured a bit across the (Atlantic) pond to see what’s it like in the Americas. Here’s a complete map of where I’ve been.

I am a Serial Euro Tripper. My longest non-stop Euro Trip was 4 months in the summer of 2010. Epic times! So far I have travelled extensively through almost 100 European cities in 21 European countries. Not counting the times I have visited some of my favorite cities more than once: Berlin (10 times!), Stockholm (4 times before finally moving there!), Cologne (4 times before moving there!), Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bonn (all visited twice).

 

I prefer semi-nomadic socially integrated travels to one-week holidays. I like to live in an apartment, shop were the locals shop and hangout where the locals hangout, rather than stay in hotels, eat in tourist restaurants and hangout in tourist enclaves. Two years of traveling around South East Asia made me figure out my own style of traveling. So when I and another friend were planning our one-month Euro Trip, I decided that this was not enough and that I wanted not just to travel but to live in Europe and experience the continent fully. I have always dreamed and planned of studying in Europe for my Masters anyway, so I put this plan into full gear and made it happen. My life was never the same ever since.

I am not a billionaire. I spend most of my hard-earned cash on my travels. And my adventures in Europe? They are mostly funded by European Commission through its super prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship (Thank you from the bottom of my heart!). I don’t care about fancy cars or the latest and most expensive gadgets. If I do, I’d probably own 2 cars, 10 gadgets and a nice house by now. I read somewhere that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. I couldn’t agree more. (So I guess I am actually very rich?) P.S. That’s me and Prince Félix of Luxembourg in Rome. His dad is a billionaire. Methinks.

 

I speak German (horribly) and I can curse in Polish, Swedish, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese and Russian. I am not really proud of this fact.

I sponsor happiness. And I only associate myself with shiny, happy people. No one likes people whose main reasons for existence are to complain all day and troll the Earth as a total happiness black hole. That also applies in this website. No negatrons bullying other people in the comment section please.

I think divertissement is a perfect description of me in one word. It is a French word that means “to have fun, create fun and to live fun”.

 

I am a bona fide gourmand. I appreciate food. In quantity. Quality? There’s a name for people like that: gourmet. Something admittedly I’m not. Yet. :D I have also perfected the art of long lunches (or dinners). For beginners, gather your most interesting friends, serve good food and wine, talk laugh drink eat slowly and savor the moment.

I love throwing dinner parties. I actually find cooking therapeutic and I enjoy cooking for other people. Dinners should be a social and delightful experience. It’s the perfect time to unwind after a long day of work or school, to catch up with people you care about. The truth is I didn’t even know how to cook until I moved to Europe. The astronomic price of eating out everyday made me learn it. Fast. As for hosting skills? Well, I try. :D Dinner Party #42:

 

I believe that dressing nice and dressing right has a lot of advantages. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people judge you based off of the clothes you wear. I don’t think one should look like the substandard, shabby version of one’s self just because one is backpacking. In fact, I try hard not to look like a tourist when I’m traveling. And I’ll never be caught dead wearing those horrible and ridiculously ugly convertible pants. I don’t know why it’s so popular.

I am an Industrial Engineer from UP Diliman with a European Masters degree in International Business. My amazing parents paid for most of my studies but some organizations like European Commission and PAMWE granted me scholarships because I’m too awesome. So I took the money. Wouldn’t you?

 

I am a music festival junkie. I plan my Euro Trips around the schedules of music festivals or concerts I wanna see. My rocknrolla list includes: [1] inMusic Festival by the gorgeous Lake Jarun in Zagreb, Croatia [2] my yearly Hovefestivalen habit in an amazing island in Trømøya, Super Expensive Norway [3] Popagandafestivalen in one of the islands of my favorite city, Stockholm, Sweden [4] Secret Island Nation Festival, an underground techno festival in a dreamy island in southwestern Sweden [5] Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden (one of my dream festivals for 5 years and it happened!) [6] Stockholm Music and Arts Festival (I saw Björk and Antony and the Johnsons live I died of happiness) and [7] Orange Warsaw Festival, one of the best free festivals in Warsaw, Poland (but I think they charge a small amount now :D ).

 

I am a volunteer of a Norwegian NGO, A Million Voices. Every summer I work at Hovefestivalen to raise money that is used to support and send poor Filipino kids to school. I get to attend an amazing music festival and help send kids to school at the same time. Talk about win-win. I have been a scholar most of my life so I totally support causes like this. You can also help by donating any amount here.

I am a certified Open Water Diver. That’s the fancy term for amateur scuba divers like me. I am from the Philippines. It is known for having one of the world’s most biodiverse underwater ecosystem. Obviously this makes it an indubitable diving mecca. I always get scared before I descend underwater but once I am down there, I forget everything. I am in this dreamy state where my only thoughts are WOW THIS IS SUPER MEGA AWESOME.

 

I also play fencing, volleyball, bowling and I want to do more kayaking and squash this summer!

I curate a photoblog about Europe here. I am also on Pinterest. Take a peek and ogle Europe with me.

This question keeps me on my hedonistic track: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

 

P.S. This website was created with the full and unwavering support of Michael and friends who helped me in one way or another to launch this site.