When I first studied abroad in Montpellier, I wrote a list of places that I wanted to visit while I was in France. After a very short period of time, the list looked like me listing every country in Europe. Well. I can’t do that in one year abroad- without totally blowing my bank account- so I had to narrow it down. This year, once again, I am taking off on a months-long European adventure, hoping to squeeze in some budget travel. The places I’m dying to visit this year are:
Berlin has been my #1 European travel destination for a while now! As a history buff, there’s so much to see in Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie, various WW2/Holocaust museums, the Reichstag, etc. I’d love to visit and be able to explore a major world capital that was once behind the Iron Curtain. (Read about my trip to Berlin here.)
I am very close to checking this off my list! Iceland appeals to my love of the outdoors, with otherwordly geologic formations and abundant hiking trails. In addition, the capital city of Reykjavik has some of my favorite kinds of architecture: brightly colored! I can’t pass up even the slightest opportunity to see the Northern Lights. (Read about my time in Iceland here, here, and here!)
Within a day-trip distance from my home base of Oyonnax, Grenoble is in the foot of the French Alps and boasts itself as a base for adventure-seekers and winter sports. I hope to get in some quality hiking while in the mountainous regions of France, and my good study abroad friend Ola of Ola Goes Back did TAPIF in Grenoble and made me fall in love with her pictures. (Read about visiting Grenoble here!)
A picturesque town outside of Lyon, Perouges dates from the Middle Ages and is a walled-in commune. The classic French grey stone buildings and cobblestone streets call to me! (You can read about my day trip to Perouges here.)
This city in the Burgundy region, home of Dijon mustard, is known throughout France for its cuisine (along with Lyon, of course!) Situated roughly halfway between Lyon and Amiens, where a very special person will be, Dijon contains remnants of the Neolithic period , along with markers from her years as a Roman settlement.
An hour away from my placement in Oyonnax, the major Swiss city is home to the United Nations, making this a perfect day-trip destination to a student of International Relations and History. (French too of course!). Read about my day trip to Geneva here!
A city in the far north of France, near my old home of Belgium, Lille is home to many Flemish style influences in architecture and presentation.
The ancient wonder of England, full of conspiracy theories! I’d love to visit Stonehenge and hope to hop onto a day trip from London if I end of visiting some family and friends there.
One of my favorite people will be doing TAPIF in Amiens, so its only a matter of time before I visit. However, Amiens is a historic city, with WWI battlefields and markers surrounding it, and would be the perfect base for day trips around Picardy looking for history. Check out my post on Amiens here.
I have become weirdly obsessed with the Mediterranean island nation in recent weeks. A technicolored paradise- that speaks English, due to its colonial past- Malta might be the perfect getaway during the cold Alpine winters! As a plus, Ryanair flies here 😉
So there you have it folks! I won’t make it to all of these incredible places, but I’ll certainly do my best. Any suggestions? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!