That month of trekking through 10 cities in 6 countries with just my backpack is what made me fall in love with traveling. The different cultures, foods, architecture, transportation, people… I loved it all and it all blew my mind.
That’s a lot of places to go in just one month! It was my first time in Europe so I wanted to see as much as I possibly could while I was there. I was really a tourist on that trip and it’s not the way I travel now nor would I recommend anyone try to fit that many stops into that time frame. I now travel like an explorer getting to know a location, talking to locals, and definitely prefer quality over quantity.
Here is what that trip looked like. Now, this was 7 years ago and I wasn’t a travel planner then, so grace my friends, because I don’t remember all the details.
Side note – most of the lodging were hostels, which get a bad rap, but you can get different types of rooms (private, shared, mixed) and there are some really great ones out there. Just make sure you do your research and read reviews. This is my trusted hostel source.
Day 1-4: LONDON, England
Stayed here: Lse Rosebery Hall
Explored: Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Tower of London
Took the Chunnel to Paris.
Day 8-9: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
Stayed here: Intersail (this hostel was on a boat!)
Explored: Canal tour, walked around a lot, the red light district, Heineken brewery tour, Ann Frank house
Something to know about Amsterdam… they bike everywhere!
Took the night train to Munich.
Day 10-12: MUNICH, Germany
Stayed here: Hostel Central
Explored: Marienplatz, Residenz Palace, Englischer Garten, Hofbräuhaus, Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle
The beer in Germany is WAY better than here in the states and I promise you’ll come back a beer snob (at least I did).
Took the train to Venice.
Day 13-15: VENICE, Italy
Stayed here: B&B in Venice, Flat Ca’Corte
Explored: Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Basilica of the Salute, walked around a bunch and went to markets, the Bridge of Sighs, Basilica San Marco
Venice isn’t built on a grid like most cities and is like a really beautiful maze that’s easy to get lost in.
Day 16-20: ROME, Italy
Stayed here: Trastevere neighborhood with friends
Explored: Trastevere neighborhood, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II, Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Piazza Venezia, Castle Sant’Angelo, St. Peter’s Basilica (and went inside the dome), Piazza Navona, Vatican
There is SO MUCH to do and see in Rome! It blew my mind that you could just be casually walking around the city and stumble upon so many ruins. The place is full of history and wine in Italy is truly cheaper than water.
Day 21-23: FLORENCE, Italy
Stayed here: Soggiorno Pitti
Explored: Duomo di Firenze, Michelangelo’s David, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens
Try the trofie pasta, aperol spritz, and of course indulge in all the gelato and tiramisu while you’re in Italy!
Day 25-27: BARCELONA, Spain
Stayed here: Safestay Barcelona Sea
Explored: The beach, Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, Gothic Quarter, Casa Mila
I love Barcelona. After visiting, I realized I have a favorite architect… Antoni Gaudí who has so much of his gorgeous work around Barcelona.
Day 28-29: MADRID, Spain
Stayed here: Pop Hostel
Explored: Saw a flamenco show, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Toros, Mercado de San Miguel
Day 30: Depart Europe and back to the states
Have you been to any of these places? If so, what were some of your favorite spots or other things you did/saw there?