My 10 Secrets to Affording Spring Break in Europe (as a Student!) Coming back to college after 13 days in Europe everyone asked me, “how do you afford to travel so much?!” This post reveals the secrets to exactly how I afforded spring break in 8 European countries and how you can use the secrets for your trip! THE SECRETS Cheap Flights Being Flexible Not always eating out Not Overpaying for Train Tickets Using Public Transpiration Stay in AirBnBs Book in Advance Don’t Check Luggage Only Buy Tiny Things Start Saving Early HOW TO USE THE SECRETS TO SPRING BREAK IN EUROPE 1 CheapRead More →

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie The Student Traveler






Have you heard of this €789 million wave in the sky? The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie was my favorite experience while touring Hamburg, Germany in March, 2017. So, get out your “list” and add this to it! In this post: What is it? Why is it so important? What is there to do? How can I get to the free observation deck? What are the views like? Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) The word Elbphilharmonie is perfect for this hall. Translated and broken down, Elbphilharmonie references the Elbe river, on which it sits. Then it simply is telling you what it is, a Philharmonic Hall! This concert hall isRead More →

How to get amazing views of copenhagen denmark from the church of our savior






Are you afraid of heights? The Church of Our Savior is nearly 300 feet tall. But the view of Copenhagen that unfolds around you is worth it! I saw Copenhagen on my European Spring Break, along with 7 other countries! Read about it here! How to Get to The Top of the Church of Our Savior Craving this view of Copenhagen? Me too, I want to go back! The Church of Our Savior has a paid admission to climb to the top. It costs around 35.00 DKK – 45.00 DKK for adults, but there are student discounts!  It is open year around Monday-Sunday 11:00-15:30. The officialRead More →

European Spring Break






This Spring Break, I got to experience 9 completely new cities around the world! Here’s where I went: See the end for a full recap and map! London, England Although Chicago was technically my first city on this trip, the true feeling of adventure began in London, England. As many of you may know, I am an English major! So it was amazing to see this place that I read and study so much about. In fact, I missed Shakespeare class on the day that I saw the globe! Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark was the true “arrival/destination” that was printed on our boarding passes, soRead More →

5 Small Towns in France that Changed my Life Pauillac






Place. More than just a location on a map. Some places become a part of who we are. There are five small towns in France that have become a part of my personal geography. As travelers, this is what we seek. Somewhere that impacts the way we see everything else. And everywhere else. Here are five small towns in France that changed my life: 1. Moragne-sur-Gironde This beautiful city is located in the Charente-Maritime department of southwestern France, and is just along the Gironde estuary. There are two parts of town. The old city is on the cliff and includes the traditional architecture of southwestern France, and has manyRead More →






Vienna, Austria is an amazing European travel destination for its history, art, music, and progressive culture. But how to do you get around?! Unfortunately, Google Maps doesn’t give navigation directions for public transportation in Vienna(as of January 2017). However, the maps app does show a map of the public transportation lines and names of stops (which is a plus)! Here’s a step by step guide on how to use cheap, convenient public transportation in Vienna known as “Wiener Linien” How to buy your tickets for Transportation in Vienna: Find a ticket station to buy your pass The 24, 48, and 72 hour passes are very convenient! ApproachRead More →






Heading to France? Train is by far the best way to travel around the country, with  no baggage restrictions, flexible times, comfortable trains, and cheap fares! Here’s how to do it! Buying a Ticket 1. SNCF Société nationale des chemins de fer français OR “National society of French railways” SNCF runs all trains throughout France, including regional and high speed. You can book train travel outside of France as well! You can buy tickets directly from their conveniently translatable website here. Some trains require an E-Ticket, which can be presented off of your SNCF mobile app that you should download here before going to France!Read More →