For those of you who know me personally I know you are all tired of me talking about my study abroad trip this past January through May so I am keeping this short. It was the most incredible 5 months of my life where I got to travel to beautiful and amazing cities around Europe, as well as meet some of the best people in the world (literally), so I wanted to share some travel info you might find useful.
Where I Stayed:
Paris, France – AirBnb Apartment
Excellent location to the Eiffel Tower and incredibly nice host!
Vienna, Austria – Hostel
Clean, comfortable, and a bar on location that you get a free drink ticket for upon check-in.
Prague, Czech Republic – Hostel
Great location, friendly staff, clean and renovated bathrooms, clean rooms.
Dublin, Ireland – Hostel 1
I was only here for one night. Friendly staff, big rooms.
Good location, private bathrooms in every room, privacy curtains in the bunks, storage lockers for early checkouts but late flights.
*TIP: Book way in advance for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only do prices go up, but so does space. Hence why I had to stay in two different hostels for a 3 night trip*
Venice, Italy – Hostel
Nice location, easy check-in and out, basically a private apartment but with no kitchen.
Positano, Italy – AirBnb Apartment
This is one of my favorite places in the world, and this Airbnb was in a great location and a great space. Book your trip right now. Not for noisy people, we got in trouble by the old man living below us.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Hostel
Great spot, excellent staff, clean and comfortable rooms. Only thing I will say is that it’s a lot of stairs (we were put on the top floor, but the bedrooms are basically floors 3+ while some bathrooms and communal areas are on floors 1 and 2).
Marrakesh, Morocco – AirBnb Apartment
Incredible apartment, excellent host, location could be a little better but it’s not bad.
$30 Airbnb credit: here
One (or two) pieces of advice or things to do:
Paris, France – Looking to do something a little different? Check out the Catacombs. And yes, it’s 110% worth it to wait in the line to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Vienna, Austria – Definitely check out the Travelshack bar.
Budapest, Hungary – Have a wild night clubbing and then get drunk pizza from Pizza Me. Also, check out Matthias Church’s beautiful tiled roof.
Prague, Czech Republic – Get a trdelnik and also visit the John Lennon Wall.
Dublin, Ireland – Temple Bar (especially on St. Patrick’s Day). Also, make friends!
Venice, Italy – Get lost in the streets and take a gondola ride.
Florence, Italy – Walk up to Piazzale Michaelangelo for that classic tourist picture. Also dine al fresco and reflect on where you are.
Rome, Italy – Walk the entire city and point out/re-enact scenes from the Lizzy McGuire Movie. Hey now, hey now.
Positano, Italy – Collect teeny, tiny pieces of sea glass and soak up the relaxed vibe. Also, day trip to Capri and/or Pompeii.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Even if your not a Harry Potter fan (I’m not) check out Elephant Cafe where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book
Marrakesh, Morocco – Get lost in the Souks and give up on trying to convert the money in your head
What to eat:
Paris, France – Crepes, bread, macaroons, croissants…
Vienna, Austria – Weiner Schnitzel
Dublin, Ireland – Potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes. Oh, and drink Guinness – it’s actually good over there!
Italy – Pasta, pizza, gelato and wine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Edinburgh, Scotland – We were told to try haggis, but unfortunately we didn’t get around to it…
Marrakesh, Morocco – Lots of really deliciously spiced meat skewers and mint tea
Hopefully this helps you a little bit if you’re planning to travel to any of these places! Each one was so special and fun.