Jacobs 101 Student Life Wanderlust

Travelling in Europe

A wise man once said ‘I don’t know where I will go from here but I promise it won’t be boring’, and I believe it is an important guide in life. Do you also suffer from wanderlust? A strong desire to travel the world and discover new places? If the answer to all of those questions is yes, then, guess what? Lucky you. Planes, trains, buses. Choose your destination, because you are about to departure.

As a foreign student in this beautiful continent I must say, travelling is certainly easy here: short distances, good transport, breathtaking views wherever you go. Is it Italy’s delicious food or Greece’s wonderful beaches? Or would you rather go for the streets of Barcelona? Maybe London’s hectic lifestyle? Living in Bremen makes all that quite easy, considering the great access to all these destinations through a good location and transport network!

True, we are students, and at the end of the day, the student lifestyle generally includes a tight budget. But don’t let that stop you from wandering around! Here’s a few tips to take into consideration:

  1. Make sure you check out the deals from different transport companies. You can always rely on some cheap destinations via Ryanair, Meinfernbus,Eurolines, or Flixbus. 
  2. Staying at a 5-star hotel isn’t particularly necessary when travelling, so you might consider hostels, couchsurfing, Airbnb or, even (if you are up for an adventure) there are churches that might take you in for a night or two!
  3. As a European resident under 26 and a student, you will probably find discounts (if not free entrance) to several amazing museums, like the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, or the Picasso Museum, so make sure you check before you go.
  4. Always ask locals where students usually go to for fun. There are always bars, squares, or parks where students with a similar lifestyle go, and it might lead you to places unknown to tourists.
  5. Consider projects that offer you accomodation in exchange of work like woof organization, but always remember to go to places with good recommendations of users so you make sure you have a pleasant experience!

Travelling is an eye-opening experience, either done with friends or alone, that at least for me has always involved a positive result. I know we might have busy lives with all those midterms, lab reports, and presentations, but don’t forget there is a wonderful world out there, waiting to be discovered. So, make a bit of time, be young, wild, and free, and go on an adventure: sleep for a night in the Sacre-Coeur, get lost in the tiny streets of Venice, or stare at the lights of Prague from the Petřín hill. Create some memories to melt your future nostalgia, and get the chance to look back and say: I used my time in Europe wisely.

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