Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How I traveled to Europe

My husband and I were able to go on a month-long tour of Europe this past summer. It was absolutely amazing, so I want to share a little bit about how we were able to take the leap and fulfill my lifelong dream of traveling across the pond.

We have known that we wanted to travel the world before starting a family since before we were married, but we only started seriously planning two summers ago.
When we saw how much it would cost us to do the trip solo, we figured the only way we could afford a month-long trip would be to go with a tour group. After some intense searching, we found EF College Break, a tour agency that specializes in trips for college students aged 18-26. It would still be expensive, but we found that we could both travel with hotels, meals, flights, transportation, and entrance to major attractions included for just under$6,500 each (I know, this is a lot of money, but it was 100% worth it).

My favorite places were London, Engelberg, and Madrid. In London, we saw all the major sights like Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and Abbey Road, but the place I loved the most was Harry Potter Studios. We spent 8 hours touring a museum of the Harry Potter sets, costumes, and props. It was the most magical place I have ever been.

Engelberg is located in the German part of Switzerland, and it is exactly what you’d think of when you imagine the Alps. We stayed in a beautiful and romantic lodge in the mountains. On our second day there, we decided to take an excursion to the top of Mt. Pilatus, which was one of the scariest (I’m afraid of heights) and most breathtaking experiences of my life.

In Madrid, we stayed in a really cool hostel in a super hip part of the city. It was just down the street from the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art. My husband and I spent most of our time in the city at this museum admiring installments by Picasso and various other artists. It was so weird, but we absolutely loved it.

All in all, our tour was an amazing experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and well traveled. We had a fun time meeting new people, but we were the only couple on the trip, so we became the surrogate parents of the group. It was kind of weird being the only people in a committed relationship, and it isolated us from the rest of them, but we didn’t care because we were there to have a romantic trip together!

I would recommend EF College Break to any of my friends. We had a once in a lifetime experience, so everyone should visit the website http://www.efcollegebreak.com/home-page.aspx to see what trips could work for you.

Have you ever travel abroad? What was your favorite place to visit and why? 

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