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Landing in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The #SmellsLikeGhareeb series has started and the first destination is Amsterdam, for those of you who don’t know about the series see the trailer first.

In this series we are traveling around Europe with a 1 year old baby, targeting 5 different countries and limiting our self by a AED 10,000 budget which is around 2700 USD and Pakistani Rupees of 285,000/- So to jump start the campaign our first video is uploaded which highlights Amsterdam airport, street food in Amsterdam, traveling with a one year old in a long flight and some Amsterdam nightlife; don’t forget to watch till the end to see the cost breakdown.

Won’t bore you much with words just see the video

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How to fill out Schengen Visa form

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Guys guys guys!! Two weeks back this schengen visa application form gave me more stress than Ayra’s appetite. Can you believe it?
Not like it was something too difficult, but there were a couple of things which confuse you so much specially if you’re a house wife and filling it with the bank statement of your husband.
And in my case it was a little bit more twisted since ubaid and I were traveling on different flights.
Had there been no Dubai based Facebook group for expat ladies, I would’ve never been able to fill out the forms properly. Even though my googling abilities are one of my skills that I flaunt. But still was unable to guess what I should write in those boxes.
Any way!! Without further ado here’s a sample form that I filled. You can see what I wrote in each box. Also I’ll tell the documents myself too even though the list is on the website and also you have to submit a check list with each application. Anyway. Here it is firstly Ubaid’s form had to hide personal details

Schengen Visa form for house wives

Schengen Visa form for house wives

Now my form is below, actually second part of the form

Schengen Visa form for house wives

The major difference between his and my form is that the cost of travelling etc you have to write that your husband is sponsoring, so that you don’t really have to make separate bookings for hotels etc. Lastly sharing the checklist and explaining you in detail what you have to do with each option

Schengen Visa checklist

  1. Fill out the form as above (obviously with your own details)
  2. Keep your original passport
  3. Copy of visa page (for people living in Pakistan, you don’t need this)
  4. Passport photo, it is advisable that you take a recent picture so they don’t find any reason to object and if you’re taking a recent picture tell the photographer that you need it for schengen visa. Every visa type has different requirements for passport sized pictures. 
  5. Travel plans in which you have to show your tickets, if you are the panicking sort then just get a dummy ticket but we usually recommend getting a proper ticket because booking in advance will always be cheaper
  6. For us this was the Dubai visa, for people who are heading back to Pakistan you don’t need any such thing.
  7. Health insurance (make sure you attach the complete health insurance file) we usually get it done from RSA it is just a 5 minute process and everything is done online.
  8. For people who are getting Schengen for the first time this is very important, you can show your employment letter, papers of your house or rental document of your house. Or a document which shows that your family is here and you will return back. Since Ubaid has a company here so we show his trade license.
  9. Hotel reservations are very important, we usually book with Hotels.com since it is a reliable website but always book the refundable ones since you might change your plans. Along with that 3 months bank statement is important, don’t go for the online version. Go to the bank and ask for a stamped bank statement. For house wives you don’t need this, you can just attach your husbands bank statement.
  10. Keep visa fee in cash, for all three of us (me, Ubaid & Ayra) it costed 545 AED

Additional documents for Ayra
– Birth certificate (in English)
– Copy of Emirates Id (for people living in Pakistan, a copy of the national identity card of both the parents)
– A consent form, if you are traveling without your husband signed by your husband which gives the permission to you to travel with the baby (make sure you keep three copies of that with you, you will be asked for it at the airport)

 

If you have any more questions just leave in the comment and I promise I will take out time to help each and everyone of you and not to forget here’s the struggle video before our journey started.

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Euro Tour

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Like I said yesterday that I would be revealing something big, toh here’s the news which we are so excited to share with you guys! That we are doing a Euro Tour which will start exactly tonight, yes just got done packing and would be running for the airport soon. But that is not the only news; it has an upside to the story too. Actually lots of upsides, the first being that Maryam & Ayra would be traveling with me as well (sadly not on the same flight) but yes this is going to be a family kinda adventure mujhey kulfi banao kinda trip. The second that we would be daily vlogging, so expect one video being uploaded daily (I hope I am able to do this, but I promise that I will try). Which would only be upload on our youtube channel www.youtube.com/TheRealUllahs

Now coming to our travel plans, the exciting part is that I won’t reveal the places am going to but what I can tell you is, that it will start from Amsterdam and it will be a long tour. Just to make our trip more interesting we have given ourself a 10,000 AED challenge. Which means the whole trip, food, tickets, clothes shopping and everything will be done in the very same budget, we really don’t know if we will be able to pull that off or not but here is where we are trying to stay true to Smells Like Ghareeb series.

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I will be giving myself a margin of 2-3 days before I start uploading, just to make sure I have internet and everything there which I will need to use to upload and edit a video daily. Now what you guys can do to stay connected with us is follow us on snapchat and Instagram.

My Instagram id: @UbaidUllahAhmed

Maryam’s Instagram id: @Maryammalick

My snapchat id: UbaidUllahAhmed

Maryam’s Snapchat id= maryam.malick

So yes I hope that you guys are as excited as we are 😀

 

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Smells Like Ghareeb

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I have realised the fact that these days everyone aspires to travel; if you see those featured articles on travel or see some travel bloggers Instagram feed all you do is wish that you would be in their place, but for common people like us the biggest problem we face is budgets and how to get holidays from work.

Me & Maryam were helping our friend out finalizing his honeymoon plans and all the options were like typical plus concern for the budget. Being a little fortunate in this concern that my work allows me to travel a lot we thought that let’s just do a series of post for you guys in which we can talk about budget traveling. Yes, we know it is not anything new but I failed to find people or blogs who could give us insights about different places in regards to getting visas (a Pakistani problem), budget friendly places, places to go without the need of backpacking, places which are family friendly, do’s and don’t of traveling with a baby, halal places to eat while you travel. To get all this information every single time we had to visit 10-15 websites plus read through them to get the required data; after like going through them once we were convinced that no way this is helpful especially being me I like seeing videos of places to be inspired. So we decided we will be the volunteers who will make videos of places which target all this (no am not dedicating my life to this).

Introducing Smells Like Ghareeb our small initiative to help everyone find the right places to travel; for the first video we have Haji Lane which is located in Singapore and 6 budget-friendly things you can do over there.

 

By the way, keep following this space as we would be revealing our big travel plans tomorrow on the blog and yes that will involve lots and lots of videos.

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