Schengen Visa Hacks & Secrets!

Schengen Visa Hacks & Secrets!

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Schengen Visa hacks and serets!

Thousands  of people apply every day for Schengen visa from all over the world with a hope to visit the charms of Europe. Some get lucky while most get disappointed when the visa is rejected. And among the rejected are not just people with not good financial background, but even for those who earns top monthly income figures. But Why does it happen?

If you first wish to know the basics of applying Schengen visa, then kindly visit here. In this post, I would like to share some important facts, secrets or insights on how to get your schengen visa in smart & easy ways.

Vist First, Travel After.

Don't purchase actual flight/hotel/packages before getting your visa! Apply first your schengen visa with temporary bookings for a small additional fee. For pricing details, click on the title above.

Select countries where fully confirmed flight reservations not required.

Some countries don't require fully confirmed flight tickets, but some do. So always select those where only temporary booking and travel itinerary is required.

Book Multi-City Flight tickets for Intra-Schengen Reservations (If Required)

If for some reasons, you wish to show Intra-Schengen transportation reservation, the best trick is to show multi-city flight booking covering each flight leg including your travel cities within Schengen area. For Pricing, click on the title.

Show Personal Net worth & Assets to boost your financials.

A single page summary for your personal assets proving your home and other property as well other immovable assets. All this will definitely boost your financials.

Show Previous Travel History

If you have traveled previously to USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or even South Korea, add their visa copies and stamp copies along with your application. It will strengthen trust and confidence with visa officer against reasons to come back.

Pick Embassy, not destination.

Pick Embassy with fastest processing and approval cycle. It always varies from each embassy's individual consulate spread across different regions. So pick wisely.

Select Countries where Intra-Schengen Reservations Not required

Some countries requires Intra-Schengen transportation reservations while some don't. Select preferably those which only required travel plan and international temporary reservations.

Always Show Credit Card Copies

It Is always wise to Show credit card copies with credit limit summary. The limits automatically gets added to your required financials along with your saving accounts deposit balance. If you don't have one, apply for a free card now.

Show Foreign Exchange Endorsements.

Show Foreign currency notes or Pre-Paid cards proofs/receipts linked to your passport details. This will again add your financial expectations. You can take your family members help to arrange this (if in case your own savings account deposit balance is less)

Show Prepaid Travel Vouchers!

Pre-Paid travel vouchers such as local city tours, airport transfers etc. can also be attached along with your applications to support your intentions and boost your financials. All these vouchers sometimes come with possibility of free cancellations. Contact your travel agents or on our website to know more about this.

Schengen Visa Documentation can be both easy and difficult if you knows the facts and way to do it properly. If you wish to opt for expert services, you can check our prices and details information by click here.

For Schengen visa, documentation is the right key, the more accurate your documents are, the best case of approval you get. If you for any chance feel little less confident in preparing the above documents, we always recommend to hire a professional to prepare your case. (But obviously, finding the right professional agent/consultant also matters a lot).

For professional support, we also provide Schengen visa assistance service.

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Nara: Day Trip from Osaka or Kyoto

Nara: Day Trip from Osaka or Kyoto, Japan

One of the best things we did during our stay in Osaka was to go on a day trip to Nara.

Nara is home to temples, shrines and beautiful gardens, but its main claim to fame are the resident deer who roam the streets, bow for treats, and amuse visitors.This destination is hardly a well-kept secret and you are guaranteed to find crowds around the main sights, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. I’m sharing our 1-day Nara travel itinerary featuring historic temples, secret gardens, and delicious street food!

1-Day Nara Travel Itinerary

How to get to Nara?
Nara is a straightforward excursion from metropolis and metropolis with multiple train choices to induce you there.

From Osaka, you can take the Kintetsu Nara Line Or if you have a JR Pass, you can take the JR Kanjo-Yamatoji Lines departing from JR Osaka Station and arriving at JR Nara Station. We went with the first option since we travelled without a JR Pass.

From Kyoto, you can take the Kintetsu Nara Line. Or if you’re a JR Pass holder, you can take the JR Nara Line departing from JR Kyoto Station and arriving at JR Nara Station – just make sure you get on the express!

Things to do in Nara

Nara Park

Let’s start with Nara Park since this is where many of the city’s attractions are located and where you’re most likely to do your sightseeing.

Within this public park, you’ll find temples, shrines, museums, and walking trails. The park also happens to be home to  deer who roam freely.

Know that admission to the park is free, though you’ll have to pay for a few select attractions within the park grounds.

Nara Park

The main attraction in Nara Park is Todai-ji Temple, which was once the world’s largest wooden building, this temple also happens to house the largest bronze statue of a Buddha!

Most of the Northern part of Nara Park is covered by Todaiji’s grounds which includes attractions such as Todaji Musuem, Nigatsudo Hall, Hokkedo Hall, Kaidano Hall, Shosoin Storehouse, former site of Lecture Hall and site of fomer east pagoda.

Todai-ji temple, Nara, Japan
Todai-ji temple, Nara, Japan
Feeding The Deers of Nara

Now let’s cite the most draw to Nara: the deer! Nara’s deer hold a very special status in the city.

Local traditional knowledge has it that Takemikazuchi, the god of thunder, once appeared on Mount Wakakusa (just up the hill from Nara Park) riding a white deer, and thus the deer inhabiting the surrounding forest were deemed sacred messengers of the gods and today they are seen as a national treasure.

The quickest way to befriend the deer is with treats, and thankfully there are lots of licensed vendors selling crackers specifically made for the deer. These are called ‘shika senbei’ and you can get them for ¥150.

Be warned that the deer can sniff out those crackers whether you stuff them in your pockets or hide them in your bag, so once you have them in hand, prepare for a herd of deer to approach. The deer are pretty good about bowing

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Shika Senbei For Feeding Deers
Deer Search in Nara
Deer Search in Nara
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Feeding Dears In Nara

Not To Miss

Seasonal Soft-Serve Ice cream

Another sweet treat that we have a tendency to enjoyed in Japan was soft-serve frozen dessert.

They had some seasonal flavours to choose from like sakura and white peach, as well as the classics like matcha, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.

I wasn’t too sure about the sakura ice cream (what do cherry blossoms taste like, anyway?), but it was surprisingly sweet with a light floral aroma. Definitely worth trying!

Icecream in Nara
Eating Ice-cream in Nara

We tried to see as much as we could in a day, but Nara Park is massive and we barely scratched the surface.

If we’d had more time and we’d known how much there was to see. This destination would make the perfect weekend escape or romantic getaway.

If you do decide to stay overnight, Nara has a mix of hostels and hotels – the place is worth experiencing at least once during your travels in Japan!

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