How A Young Filipina Started Travelling?

How A Young Filipina Started Traveling?

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UPDATE: I’m no longer an Au  Pair, I’m travelling at the moment

I started my travel as an expat working as an au pair in Denmark. Au Pair? What is that? Is it some kind of a food? Keep reading as I unfold how I, myself, a young Filipina started travelling.


I have been working as an au pair for 20 months now. I can say that this is the best way to start if you want to travel while you are in your mid-20s but broke! How on earth that’s not so many Filipinos knew about this?!I met plenty of Pinays as an au pair in Denmark, most of them are from the Visayas. And I wonder why people from Manila and other parts of the country don’t know about this.


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My sister got this program offer, but she couldn’t go. So, she asked me if I wanted to give it a try. While working as an au pair, I’ve come to realise that I want to travel, learn a new language, meet new people, and experience a lot of new things!


It can be a bit scary, being away from your family and living with strangers is no joke. However, remember that you can always change your plan, go home or do something else. You only get one life, enjoy it!


So here I am, I want to share my experience and convince young Filipinos to try this and gain experience from it.


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What is an Au Pair?

Based on Google, an au pair is a young foreign person (typically a woman) who helps with childcare and/or light housework in exchange for food, accommodation, opportunity to learn the language, travel, and some pocket money. This is popular in Europe and in the United States. But Filipinos can’t be au pairs everywhere, yet there are a few amazing countries that we can go and see the world! For example, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands.


What are the benefits of an Au Pair?

Between Denmark and the Philippines, Au Pair Scheme is not categorised as “work”. It falls between work and study. The purpose of this program is for cultural exchange between two different nationalities.

  • a chance to go abroad and travel
  • learn a new language
  • exposure to a new culture
  • 5 weeks paid holiday once a year


An au pair is not

  • maid or Housekeeper
  • cheap labor
  • slave


Related LinkFind more information about being an Au Pair in Denmark


Requirements to be an Au Pair (this is Denmark’s policy, it may differ from country to country)

  • You must be 18-29 years old (both years included) at the time of application
  • You must not be married or be in co-habiting relationship-registered partnership
  • You must not have any children
  • You must not be expecting a child
  • Normally, you must not previously have held a Danish residence permit
  • You must not previously have stayed in Denmark as an au pair with different host families for more than a year
  • You must not have the same nationality as one or more members of the host family
  • You must not be related to one or more members of the host family
  • You should be speaking English


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How long can an Au Pair stay with their host family?

In Denmark, an au pair can stay from 6 months up to the maximum of 24 months. However, if things don’t go well with the au pair and the host, both parties have the opportunity to change an au pair or change a host (you are not obligated to finish the contract).


I changed once not because I didn’t have a good relationship with my previous host, but because the job was a bit too easy for me. It will be good if you want to change host then you will search a new host within the same country you are already residing. You will have the chance to meet them (the new host) in person than trying to see a good connection between you and the host you are talking over the computer. Don’t be afraid to talk to your host, that’s the best way to have the great experience being an au pair.


How much is my pocket money and who pay for airfare and insurance?

As an au pair, you get free accommodation, food, and necessities at home. That’s why your pocket money as an au pair is not a lot yet it is enough. When I started as an au pair I received 3,200 Danish Crowns per month and after a year it upgraded to 3,260. Good news, since July 2015 all upcoming au pairs will have 4,000 Danish Crowns. The airfare going to Denmark will normally be shouldered by the au pair. While the airfare going back home will be paid by your host if your home country is outside the EU (like my situation).


Insurance is one of the best factors; your host will pay this as long as you are staying with them. It covers from health insurance, travel insurance, accident insurance and even death insurance (not trying to scare you, but you are the one who will benefit from this).


In my opinion, the au pair opportunity is a great deal. I live with a foreign family and I learned a lot from them. They are very open, sweet and like family to me. Even though I do not get much for my pocket money, I was able to save up so I can travel. I have travelled to Italy and France since I started to be an au pair. I was also able to come home for a visit after my first year.


Nothing will be easy in life, but you have the control of yourself and the decision of what you want to do. It might be a little hard because, in Filipino culture, we help our family, but it is manageable. If you know what you want to do, start choosing your way to your goals and dreams.


Come out from your comfort zone and challenge yourself!


Me standing in a common street in Rome, Italy

Me standing in a common street in Rome, Italy



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She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Mary is now trying to turn her blog site into promoting responsible tourism. She is in the process in writing articles where her readers could learn about travelling responsibly.


  • Shaween Rojas 01/04/2017 at 4:25 am

    I have a question to ask. Did you pay the au pair fee (case id fee), or is it shouldered by your host family? I am 21 years old and have no travel abroad experience, but I am interested in au pair. Just like you, I want to experience new places and learn cultures. I’m looking forward to your response.☺

    • Mary Charie 01/04/2017 at 6:05 am

      Hi Shaween, thank you for dropping by! If you’re applying in Denmark, the host shoulders the case ID fee. I’m nit sure with the other countries. Hope this helps!

  • DJ 16/03/2017 at 12:49 pm

    …why do I have to discover this at 30? ;~;

    • Mary Charie 17/03/2017 at 5:02 am

      I’m sorry about that! But there are some countries that accept over 30 though it might be a little bit of a challenge.

      • Mayphine pajarito 15/09/2017 at 7:41 am

        Hi Marie charie im mayphine from mindanao im 30 and above but i have kids and been married am i possible can accept here for work☺

        • Mary Charie 17/09/2017 at 7:06 am

          Hi Mayphine, unfortunately, only below 30, not married, and without kids can be an au pair.

  • Monica 23/02/2017 at 11:38 pm

    After working as an Au Pair, can you apply for a job in Denmark?

    Thanks and I just have to say…You are an inspiration. 🙂

    • Mary Charie 24/02/2017 at 6:13 am

      Hi Monica, unfortunately, you cannot. You need a working visa for that.

  • Therie 06/02/2017 at 1:18 pm

    This is such a thought-provoking and inspiring post! You’ve proven that there are plenty of ways to experience the world. Thanks for sharing Mary!

    • Mary Charie 07/02/2017 at 2:51 am

      Hi Therie! Thank you for reading! So nice to wake in this kind of message <3 Indeed there are tonnes of ways to see and experience the world, we just need to learn to bite the bullet and step out of our comfort zone 🙂

  • Joser Ferreras 07/06/2016 at 12:21 pm

    Wow! <3 How about your visa and the paper requirements from the Philippines prior to leaving? Could you share your experience with those as well? 🙂

    • Mary of A Mary Road 07/06/2016 at 4:29 pm

      Hello Joser! Thank you for reading! With the requirements, it’s all down after you have contacted someone who is willing to be your host. From there, you will have to work on the documents and requirements together. My host filled up the form and sent it via express mail, which I filled up after I received it. Then I sent it to the embassy to process. After that, it was waiting game for the approval 🙂

      If you have more question, feel free to ask 🙂

  • vinneve 30/09/2015 at 10:11 am

    Wow! you are a great brave adventurous girl! 🙂 I wish to see Denmark someday.

    • Mary Charie (@amaryroad) 01/10/2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks! I guess we gotta be brave in this world! Visit Denmark, it’s worth an experience 😉

      • vinneve 03/10/2015 at 12:05 pm

        Good to know as I plan to meet fellow bloggers in their Countries whenever I can 🙂 Hope to meet you someday!

    • Mary 05/10/2015 at 6:57 pm

      What’s your location? You better go to SEAsia. You’ll meet tons! 😀

      • vinneve 09/10/2015 at 11:37 am

        Actually I’ve been to SE Asia many times even before blogging.
        Sure I have to check first who are they so I can contact them for a meet ups 😉

  • Ammie 29/08/2015 at 2:56 pm

    I hope this Filipina will come visit me sometime soon <3

    • Mary 30/08/2015 at 4:37 pm

      Can’t say soon darling. But I promise I’ll visit you when the time is right 😉 Miss you!

  • Lhalyn 27/08/2015 at 3:08 am

    This is a nice blog. I saw your blogpost from Kaye (she’s my previous collegue and a friend), she’s your sister right? Now I got an idea how to travel not thinking about spending too much. Right! life is too short and we shouldn’t be locked up in a place doing nothing to achieve our dreams and passion. Thanks! Have a safe travel! 🙂

    • Mary 27/08/2015 at 9:06 am

      Hi Lhalyn! Thanks for reading! Yes, Kaye is my sister. And right, we don’t actually have to spend a loooot of money to see the world. I will be writing more and will share my experiences on how to do a low-cost travel. Thanks again! 🙂

  • matam 03/08/2015 at 8:05 pm

    Another thing is, i think, do it while you can, so, when you don’t “lock” yourself in a place because of a job or so. Wonderful share though !

    • Mary 04/08/2015 at 7:58 pm

      Aww! thanks for comment!! <3 I won't be locking myself anymore! wink!wink! Miss you!!!

  • Life and Money Hacker 27/07/2015 at 3:41 pm

    Travelling is something worth doing. I really love your blogpost since I, myself, have recently discovered the wonders of travelling. You get to learn more about the world at the same time! 😀

    • Mary 27/07/2015 at 5:10 pm

      That’s true! There’s nothing to lose in traveling! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • GirlUnspotted 26/07/2015 at 11:07 am

    That’s amazing. I say when it comes to travel, do whatever it takes. And this absolutely sounds like a great stepping stone to see the world.

    • aMaryRoad 27/07/2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for reading GirlUnspotted! Yes, this is a good deal. This is not only for Filipinos but for everyone around the world 🙂

  • SheryL♥ 26/07/2015 at 9:38 am

    Hi! Thanks for sharing! I’m kind of interested in this. How or where can I find this opportunity?

    • aMaryRoad 27/07/2015 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Sheryl,. thank you for reading! You can check this site : for any information. There are also some websites where you can find a host family. Try: or or thebestaupair. Just message me if you need help or any question 🙂

      • SheryL♥ 28/07/2015 at 7:04 am

        So kind of you! Thank you so much! Do you have Line? 🙂

    • Mary 28/07/2015 at 9:37 am

      No, I don’t have. But you can message me on my twitter anytime 🙂 My twitter is mcrylagan or send me email at 🙂

      • SheryL♥ 28/07/2015 at 10:42 am

        I don’t use Twitter. I’ll email you then. Thank you!^_^

  • Michaella Icasas 26/07/2015 at 9:15 am

    This blog post is great. I’ve been searching the internet for ways to travel the world and this looks like an option. Thanks for this!

    • aMaryRoad 27/07/2015 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Michaella! I’m glad that I helped you by giving you option how to travel the world. Feel free to ask me if you have questions 🙂

  • Rechito 26/07/2015 at 12:07 am

    I bet those friends you were afraid to tell that you were an au pair are now jealous of you. We need more Filipino travelers in this world.
    Safe Travels!

    • aMaryRoad 27/07/2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Rechito for reading and making me feel good! Have a safe travel too! 🙂


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