A Millennial’s Travel Guide To Europe
There is nothing like the excitement of travelling, but there’s always that moment when you feel stuck in the touristy confusion of not knowing what to do when you get to the end of your itinerary. Expand your vacation and scope of the world as MiLLENNiAL takes you on a tour of the top “must-do” global experiences by continent.
Who hasn’t dreamt of travelling to Europe? Its expansive list of countries means a variety of culture, activity, and history for travelers. Not to mention, the countries’ proximity to each other make it easy to get from one place to another in no time. Europe is the perfect place for the voyager attempting to pack in a whole lot of travel in a little bit of time.
Indulge in the Luxury of the French Riviera
The French Riviera is a region rich in luxury and a flashy lifestyle. Some of the most popular places in the French Riviera include Monaco, Nice and the French Riviera where travelers can enjoy pebbly beaches, casinos that accept PayPal and beautiful views. The lifestyle here is expensive, but indulging yourself in the extravagance of the region at least once will make for the vacation of a lifetime. If you plan your trip accordingly, you might even catch the Cannes Film Festival.
Drink Amazing Beer during Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest has been recreated all over the world, but nothing compares to the authentic experience. If you’re visiting Germany in between late September and early October this is one to add to your ‘to do’ list. Oktoberfest is considered the largest fair in the world. It’s 16 days long and is all about having fun. The original celebration consists of tons of beer, concerts, parades and more.
Visit the Anne Frank House
Located in Amsterdam, Netherlands the Anne Frank House is the site of a museum detailing the history of Anne Frank and the holocaust. Several exhibits help to relate Anne Frank’s story of hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Not only does the exhibit highlight the story of Anne Frank, but some temporary exhibits also detail the importance of those who helped her family. The museum includes the hiding place where the family found refuge.
Explore Santorini, Greece
Nestled on the Aegean Sea, Santorini offers views to die for. Your background becomes the white-washed adobe houses that hug the cliffs of the island, looking over some of the bluest water you’ll ever see. The island of Santorini is actually an active volcano that hasn’t erupted in over 3,600 years. This is the ideal location for a romantic, relaxing getaway where you can travel by donkey into town to explore, enjoy the day on volcanic beaches and have dinner with a view.
Dance the Night Away in Ibiza
Nightlife in Ibiza, Spain is like no other. Partying all night takes on a completely different meaning here, as club goers come stumbling in at the crack of dawn. The hours aren’t the only difference in nightlife, the Spanish culture and amicable mixing of tourists and locals make for an amazing environment to have fun in all night—or morning. If you’re looking for a party during your travels, it’s in Ibiza.
Lock in Your Love
The Love lock bridge in Paris is a bridge that crosses the fifth largest river in France, the Seine. The bridge is now home to thousands upon thousands of locks from lovers or friends who wish their relationship to last forever. Visitors go to the bridge, write their names on a lock which they lock on the bridge and then throw the key into the river below. The idea is that once the key is thrown away your love is locked in and will live on forever. It’s a superstitious thing to do, but a fun touristy activity nonetheless.
Ride a Gondola in the Venice Canals
Traditionally used as a means of transportation until the 20th century, gondolas are now a very popular tourist attraction in Venice, Italy. While you can still find gondoliers that will simply act as transport, most visitors prefer to simply experience them as an attraction and as a way of sight-seeing. Localvenicetours.com offers a variety of tourist options including private, night and discovery tours. Gondola rides can get expensive, but if done the right way, there is money to be saved. Save big by going in a group, up to 6 people can fit in one gondola. Arrange a price with your gondolier beforehand, as serenading can spike the price.
Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
Located in Croatia, this aqua wonder is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to sixteen lakes that come together by way of various waterfalls. Rick Steves, a seasoned traveler of Europe, describes the site as “a European Niagara Falls, diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon.” Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the national park is home to tons of wildlife including over 126 bird species.
Bike through Holland
Holland’s scenery is full of rolling flower-filled plains, beaches, windmills and pastures. Sights that you don’t want to miss. Enjoying the country by bike is a great way to stay active on your vacation while also taking it all in. Plus, touring via bike is a lot quicker than going by foot, while also still allowing you to get close to the sights you see on the way. Holland.com has a variety of bike tours that visitors can choose from, ranging from city and beach tours to country side tours. You even have the option to bike across the entire country.
Take a Ride on the Glacier Express
It’s necessary to visit the Alps on your trips to Europe, but the Glacier Express offers an alternative way to do so. If you’re not quite the avid skier and want to experience the Alps in a more relaxed way, this is the way to do so. The train travels from Zermatt, Switzerland to St. Moritz, Switzerland. The complete trip is about 7 hours and offers stunning views of the Alps. The Glacier Express website describes the ride as “a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges.”
Europe is a magical place with so much to offer it’s hard to decide on an itinerary. However, this list is a great starting point for planning your first or next European excursion. Just when you think you know Europe, it throws a curveball resulting in a pleasant surprise which leaves travelers begging for more.
Naja Rayne is an ambitious journalism major with a concentration in news-editorial.