Hey there! I’m an American college student living out my dream of studying abroad and seeing the world. I’ve always been fascinated by other countries and cultures. And by “always been fascinated” I mean that when I was three years old I memorized half the countries on the globe.

Because so many European countries are just a short and relatively cheap train ride away from each other, studying abroad in Europe provides American college students with the opportunity to see much more of the world than they otherwise could. I’ve yearned for this experience for so long, and I really want to use my blog to pave a path for other people who are looking to see the world on a limited budget.

When I started researching side trips I was surprised at the lack of sites aimed at college students studying abroad. I wanted to start a blog where I recorded my itineraries so that other college students wouldn’t have to go through the same hassles of planning (unless they’re like me and for some reason want to).

Please keep in mind that I’m just one person – I realized after I picked it the at the title of my blog might sound a little misleading. I will try my very best to give good tips but if you have your own that you want to add, please feel more than free to message me so I can include them.

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  1. Thanks for the like! I’m currently abroad for the third time and am always willing to give any advice or travel suggestions. Haven’t been to too many places yet, but I’m working on it! I’ll be reading and looking forward to more posts!


  2. You are so smart to travel and study while you are young. We’ve waited until our retirement years to see the world, but we wish we had started earlier! So glad you are blogging about your experiences so that we can live vicariously through you. Thanks for following our blog, Oh, the Places We See. We know you’re seeing a lot, too! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com


  3. Thanks for following my blog. I live in Sweden and are heading for France/ Paris next week :). Me and my boyfriend studied in Lima Peru this spring semester and traveled some within the country. Didn´t have the student perspective of traveling so much, but anyway. Maybe you find my travels helpful. My favorite European pearl is Sicilly. 🙂


  4. What a great idea for a blog! Make the most of every opportunity you get. If you can, try to fit in a trip to Iceland – there are really cheap deals from the UK. It is awesome! Our first trip after college was to the Grand Canyon and Utah. Ever since then we’ve always had our next trip in mind, with about 3 or 4 other ideas lined up. Enjoy!


  5. Thanks for the follow! I studied abroad in South America a few years ago and really enjoyed all of the side trips I took. I think collecting the information in one place is a great idea! Enjoy your time abroad!


  6. Thanks for the follow! I am currently studying abroad in Verona, Italy. I think this is a really good idea for a blog – so hard to find out information about your year abroad before you go!


  7. Both my kids studied abroad! It changed their lives! One in Italy and the other in Valencia, Spain. My son traveled all over Europe with 5 or 6 girls. He was their protector and had a blast!


  8. Hi and thanks for the follow! I hope you are seriously considering visiting Paris too 🙂 Let me know, I am a bit far away now but I would be very happy to help with any tip to deal with my fellow Parisian : ) Enjoy Europe!


  9. Hi
    Great idea for the blog !! Hope it helps many people; my school days are long done but I enjoy reading about your experiences. Thanks so much for following my blog; Europe’s on the bucket list so perhaps we’ll meet there one day
    Regards from Rodi


  10. Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our passions, hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to discover and follow your heart. Make time for the people, work, and causes you truly care about. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.


  11. Thank you very much for following my blog and am so glad you like my latest post on “Buda : Castle In The Air”! What a great idea for your blog I’m going to enjoy reading all your posts! I also love planning itineraries for Europe. As ex pat English who now live in Australia (and have dual citizenship) we come back to visit family in the UK each year and always do a side trip to Europe! Meeting our UK commitments and then finding enough time for a break can be a challenge! I love mixing up visiting busy cities with a few days R&R say by a lake or in the mountains (love Switzerland!). I love Europe it’s what I miss most about living in Australia just being able to pop over to the continent for a few days as everything is so close by! As our younger daughter has now moved to London (indefinitely!) we’re planning plenty more trips! Will enjoy reading your blog, thanks again Rosemary (Le Chic En Rose) 🙂


  12. Hello and thanks so much for the follow. Looks like you are building a good resource here! We may be moving closer to your location in the next year but the fun continues waiting to hear….in the meantime, I’ll be blogging from Nepal until next summer. Happy blogging, Caroline


  13. Thanks for following my blog! I’m not a student, but I’m currently living and working abroad in China(I know, it’s a looooooooooong way from Europe). I just moved here in August, and living here is soooooooooo hard if you don’t know the language.


  14. Look forward to following your blog! Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was one of the “sparks” that eventually led to traveling almost full-time now with my husband. College is such a transformative part of life and I think travel should always be a part of it. Hopefully students and recent grads will connect with the more purposeful, meaningful (and not expensive) travel that we try to share at IntentionalTravelers.com too.


  15. Hi! Thanks for the follow 🙂 I look forward to checking out your blog – I did a short stint of study abroad a few years ago (6 months in France). It was a fantastic experience 🙂



  16. Thanks for the like on my blog! 25 years ago I studied abroad in Italy and it was the best experience of my life (and probably why I live in Peru now)! Have a great time and enjoy every minute of it.


  17. Hello…

    I was recently ‘told off’ by a blogger (not a follower I might add), who said my style of ‘welcome’ note was very much against blogging etiquette. Hmm, well I hope not to cause offence, but as you volunteered to become a follower of Uncle Spike’s Adventures, I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you, and that I appreciate your ‘follow’ as there are so many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our farm in Turkey. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process. That’s not me trying to be pushy or ‘spamming’, but just want you to know what I’m all about.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  18. Thanks for following my blog. I envy you. I never had the opportunity to study or even travel abroad when I was young. Now that I’m on the flip side (retired), I’m enjoying traveling and camping, usually solo. Age doesn’t matter if you’re an adventurous woman. Happy trails to you! (That’s a quote from Roy Rogers – a 1950’s TV western but still apropos).


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