Since our Italy trip last October, a lot of people have been asking me how we planned and budgeted the entire trip. This Introductory post is dedicated to answering all those questions and to provide you with a few tips.
Part of our #KoalAdventure preparation for Italia is getting our official luggage covers. Our covers are inspired by our passports and nationality.
You can actually be creative on creating your own luggage covers based on your travel motto and identity.
We booked our flight last June this year so we had four months to save up and prepare for the trip. Now, the biggest question is how much does a trip to Italy cost for two people? Well, here is the actual cost for our entire trip:
CEBUPACIFIC TICKET: P19,850.46
PEGASUS AIRLINES TICKET: $521.28 (P24,500.16) – P47 TO $1
On the way: Cebu Pacific (MANILA to DUBAI); Pegasus Airlines (DUBAI to ROME)
On the way back home: Pegasus Airlines (ROME to DUBAI); Cebu Pacific (DUBAI to MANILA)
Our total flying time from Manila to Rome was 24 hours. Take note of our Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Dubai which took 9 hours. There was no TV to keep us entertained and we opted to bring our own snacks. We had two layovers- Dubai (DBX) and Istanbul (SAW). The airports are so nice so we didn’t really notice that it was time to board the next flight.
We actually decided to stay for two days in Dubai to see the city and try the Desert Safari! We’ll tell you more about our Dubai side trip on a separate post.
For accommodation, it was our first time to try Airbnb because it seemed more practical. We won’t be spending much time inside so prioritized location, so we could be close to public transportation and sites. Some Airbnb homes are in really great locations!
For Florence, we wanted to be near the Duomo and the Galleria de Academia (just for David!). Then, we wanted to stay near the airport so hotels were the best choice for Fiumicino and Dubai.
So, our Accommodation expenses breakdown:
ROME (Airbnb) – 3 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P8,517
MILAN (Airbnb) – 2 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P7,056
VENICE (Airbnb) – 1 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P4,967
FLORENCE (Hotel) -1 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P4,605.59
FIUMICINO (Hotel) – 1 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P4,884.30
DUBAI (Hotel) – 2 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION: P6,420.52
TOTAL ACCOMMODATION: P36,450.41
Another part of our preparation is listing all possible Train routes to our destinations.
|ROME TERMINI TO MILANO CENTRALE
|OCTOBER 24||9:30AM TO 12:29PM||3:00 HOURS||79.80 EURO (2 PAX)||TRENITALIA FRECCIAROSSA 9616|
|MILANO CENTRALE TO VENEZIA SANTA LUCIA||OCTOBER 26||8:05AM TO 10:40AM||2:35 HOURS||19.80 EURO (2 PAX)||TRENITALIA FRECCIABIANCA 9709|
|VENEZIA SANTA LUCIA TO FIRENZE S.M.N||OCTOBER 27||9:00AM TO 11:05AM||2:05 HOURS||31.20 EURO (2 PAX)||ITALO TRAINS 9981|
|FIRENZE S.M.N. TO ROME TERMINI
|4:38PM TO 6:10PM
|1:32 HOURS||49.80 EURO (2 PAX)||TRENITALIA FRECCIAROSSA 9435|
|TOTAL:||9:12 HOURS||180.60 EURO (2 PAX)|
AIRFARE + ACCOMMODATION + TRAIN TICKETS = P90,553.43 (Our pocket money and food allowance is not yet included)
I’d like to emphasize that the overall expenses above is good for TWO PEOPLE! Yep, you read that right! It’s all about waiting for that perfect airfare sale to get to your dream destination. It takes patience, effort and sleepless nights of surfing through several airline websites and even dropping by at Travel Fairs.
And for our Itinerary Calendar:
|DEPART MANILA||ARRIVE ROME FIUMICINO 1:40PM
|FREE DAY ROME
|FREE DAY ROME
FREE DAY MILAN
|LAKE COMO TOUR
FREE DAY VENICE
FREE DAY FLORENCE
|TO PISA THEN ROME
FREE DAY PISA
|TO DUBAI 11:20AM||ARRIVE DUBAI 3:20AM
FREE DAY DUBAI
|DEPART FOR MANILA 11:30PM
NOV 1 (HOLIDAY)
It looks hectic but it’s not what it seems. Our first three days were the busiest because we wanted to get around Rome and see everything. (Credit goes to Adel for this detailed itinerary.)
So, want to know what happens next? Head over to our next blog post!