Traveler Feature: Kiara Ipapo
- November 13, 2019
Kiara Ipapo shares with us tips and tricks on how to make the most of a family vacation in Europe!
Why did you choose Access Travel and Tours?
Lots of people, not just celebrities, have been giving great feedback e.g. the agency being more than just fast and reliable. We also heard about the VIP visa assistance which was totally hassle-free since you would have someone to do all the petty work for you. Also, my sister and I went to the same school as Angely Dub, the CEO of this travel agency. Might as well be supportive.
What made you decide to take a trip to Europe? What were the things you considered in picking this destination?
As cliché as it may seem, it’s everyone’s dream to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. I enjoyed my school tour in France, so much that I encouraged my family to take our trips to the next level. Before our Europe trip, we’ve only explored Asia so it’s about time to go to a different continent.
Can you share with us some of your travel tips from your Europe trip?
As a frequent traveler, it’s always been the norm for me to travel in style. After all, you could only be in that place once or so. I checked the weather and what the fashionable locals wear, then I planned my outfits by making a 30-day list and individually packing each outfit in a plastic bag with labels from Day 1 to Day 30.
Another tip would be about the luggage. Look for some unique luggage covers. This would easily help you quickly identify your luggage. A lot of people actually noticed how cute our covers are and were asking us where we got them, and since we bought ours in the Philippines, it was also a nice way to represent where we came from.
Lastly, make sure your itinerary is perfectly planned so there won’t be any mishaps. It would also help you maximize your time.
Please share with us some of your recommendations when in Europe, such as sights or tourist attractions, must-do activities, restaurants or dishes to try, where to go souvenir shopping, etc.
In truth, the places we’ve been were just the basic tourist spots – the typical “you can’t say you went to *insert place here* if you didn’t drop by *insert place here*”. But everything in Europe is IG-worthy, even something as simple as the random graffiti walls.
The must-visit churches would have to be Sacré-Cœur & Notre Dame in Paris, the Duomo & Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, St. Mark’s Basilica & St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, and Vatican Museums with Papal Audience & St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
For the main tourist spots/attractions, these would be Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, Madame Tussauds, and Tower of London in London; Arc De Triomphe, Champ-de-Mars, Château de Versailles, Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Musee du Louvre, and Tour D’Eiffel in Paris; Lake Como in Italy; Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and Doge’s Palace in Venice; The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in Rome; and lastly, Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. If you’re into something more thrilling, don’t miss out on the London Eye, London Dungeon, and of course, Disneyland Paris.
As for souvenir shopping, you could do it basically anywhere. You may want to collect Starbucks tumblers from different places. If you’re into luxury stuff just like we are, I recommend going to Champs-Élysées in Paris and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. You could also buy such for less in Bicester Village in Nottingham since that’s where the outlets are. Also, you might want to check out some of the things made from murano glass in Venice. What’s special about it is that each design is unique since those designs are only made by chance. You could also try to have yourself painted or portrayed by a Venetian artist.
For dining out, Cosmo Authentic World Kitchen would have to be the best option. Just like other buffet restaurants, it offers dishes from different cuisines from all over the world. It’s absolutely worth it. In Scotland, try their luxury Scottish ice cream!
No exaggeration though, going to Europe would make you have a hard time thinking what else to wish for in Trevi Fountain since it would seem like all of your dreams already came true. But, if you would ask me about the best place in Europe, it would definitely be London.
What were your favorite experiences or moments from your Europe trip?
There could only be one memorable moment. Imagine seeing your sister being proposed to by her 8-year boyfriend (now fiancé) in front of the Eiffel Tower right after your Ferrari sports car ride experience. PRICELESS.
What are your travel essentials?
Some of my travel essentials are my DSLR/polaroid cameras, extra batteries, adaptors, power banks, sunblock, make-up, and hair curler. Anything that could make me and my photos beautiful!
What’s next on your travel bucket list?
We’re already booked for a trip to Japan this December, where we will celebrate Christmas. We’re also planning to go to the USA hopefully soon.
*Lightly edited for conciseness