One of the amazing things about studying in Europe is that you are so close to everything! Flights are so much cheaper, and most are less than three hours by plane from London, making it very accessible to travel within Europe. I have been fortunate enough to travel to five countries and six cities since I arrived in London – Berlin, Zurich, Oslo, Prague, Rome and Florence. Each city has very unique characteristics that makes it special and memorable.
I’d have to say my favorite destinations so far have been Rome and Florence. I LOVE Italian food – there is something amazing about freshly made pasta and local wine that makes me not be able to get enough of it. Rome is a fascinating city because in the middle of this beautiful city with classic looking Italian buildings, there are Ancient Roman ruins. There is so much history in these sites that were built almost 2000 years ago!
My friends and I walked all around Rome. The great thing with an ancient city is that almost everything is walkable – I think I averaged 22,000 steps a day! We visited all of the popular tourist sites such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). We also stopped every few minutes to take in the beautiful art being made on the streets – many spray painters creating incredible paintings of the Colosseum and the Roman landscapes.
And you can’t forget about the food. My first meal in Rome was fettucine with pesto. I could tell the pasta had been made not long ago and the pesto had a beautiful green color. I was so excited for my next few meals in Italy! We then had to try gelato and it was amazing – so many flavors to choose from! I have to say, I think the food in Italy was definitely better than a classic British meal…
A tip I have for travelling around Europe is to book flights in advance. Yes, the flights in general can be fairly inexpensive (especially if you compare to flying between states in the US), but booking flights in advance can let you save a little more and get the seat you want so you don’t have to worry about sitting in the middle seat.
Another tip is to travel with different people for each trip! It’s so important to change it up with who you travel because then you get different experiences. You and your friends might agree with what you want to do in one country but might have a completely different vision for the next trip, so switch it up and give yourself the chance to meet new people!