Studying abroad in Europe involves lots of weekend trips and adventures through countless countries. Whether you travel to fulfill your *hashtag* foodie bucket list or to gaze your eyes upon the character of the architecture, Europe has countless options for weekend trips that’ll leave you amazed.
To my parents who taught me how to appreciate a good adventure,
When I was a little girl, you brought me here and there; place after place. You took me hiking in National Parks, and snorkeling off the coast of Mexico.
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There’s something that’s always made my ears eager for more when I hear the Italian language flutter through the air. There’s a romance to it, a bit of excitement like how you felt after your first kiss.
As American citizens in 2017, it’s become quite hard to travel without being judged for our government’s actions. It’s not easy to come to terms with the fact that people will often judge you for your nationality before your character (picking at an fresh wound here, perhaps?)[...]
When I first moved to Spain I conjured images of chorizo, grilled octopus, sandy beaches, and Flamenco dancing. After eating all those delicious things for several months, I realized I needed to get active! With the mountains and the ocean, Spain is a haven for nature lovers, so I didn’t have to look far.
Budget travel isn’t always luxurious when staying in hostels, but it can be. Many hostels in Europe have upped there game and have modernized to attract even those with a lower budget. More business for them, and less spending for you!
I hear you’re going on a journey; on an adventure! I’m SO happy for you. You’re going to be forming the person you’ve always been and have always you’ll be finding pieces of yourself that you didn’t know existed.
Any expat out there knows how hard it is to move abroad. The amount of paperwork and bureaucracy is just mind boggling, but worth it none the less. Even as an American citizen (making everything generally easier), I had to commit to a year’s worth of emails, phone calls, consulate visits, sending paperwork to and from Italy, and oh so much more.
Traveling brings a sort of personal awareness and understanding that begs to be explored further. Reading a good book and contemplating how it affects you and how you feel while reading it is arguably the best best way to get a better grasp on this newfound personal awareness.
Being a budget traveler in of itself is an adventure. There’s little things we must overcome to make our travels an experience that benefits us throughout our lives. While nothing physical can ever truly shape the outcome of these experiences, they can definitely help improve them and add ease.
As my regular readers know, my study abroad experience changed my life. It’s where I discovered exactly what I wanted to do in life and also where I met the man of my dreams that I’m still with today. You can read that story (Falling in Love with a Local While Abroad) here!
1. Book flights directly.
This is a big one for when something goes wrong and you need a refund. If you book a flight through a third party site, you are significantly less likely to get a refund. The third party site will often refer you to the airline and the airline will often do nothing since you didn’t book through their site.