So getting down to business… the reason I started this blog is because my boyfriend and I are planning on taking the Grand Tour of Europe after Graduation in May (scheduled through EF College Breaks)! I want to share my experiences with friends and family, keep in touch, and let others know that traveling is not out of the realm of possibilities if its something you are passionate about.
So, my boyfriend Cody, and I knew we wanted to go to Europe together a long time ago. We had heard about programs for college students but didn’t think much of them because we wanted to do our own thing and not have to follow a schedule all the time. But then as we started looking into creating our own schedule, we realized that if was going to be a lot harder then we thought. So we started looking into the college programs more to see what they had to offer and what the general price range was. Student Universe, contiki, sta travel, or Explorica are all great sites but we ultimately decided that’s EF College Breaks was the right program for us. There are tons of programs traveling around the word ranging in prices and days spent. Any trip you are looking to take, EF College Breaks probably has a trip that goes there.
Our trip is called the Grand Tour of Europe which is 30 days long and goes to 18 different cities: London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Verona, Venice, Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, French Riviera, Provence, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid! On the site, there is a detailed itinerary which shows transportation, day trips, breakfasts, lunches or dinners, and extra excisions that you can sign up for before you go which is very helpful. Like I said before, we wanted to be able to do our own thing on the trip if we wanted to, we didn’t want to have mandatory museum visits or people telling us to do this or that. So the good thing about this trip is that you can decide to do as little or as much as you want and there seems to be a lot of “free time” where you can do what you want. Needless to say, Cody and I want to do anything and everything we can possible fit in, I have a feeling this is not going to be a trip where we sit around a lot 🙂
Our trip advisor is amazing, we’ve called numerous times just with questions and she is always more then willing to help. They will guide you through the whole process and most of them have taken the trips that you have signed up for so they have a lot of great advice. Just writing about all of this makes me anxious for the trip and its still 174 days away!