This was such a life-changing adventure for me.
First I just want to give a shoutout to my big cousin, Alan, because without him this trip would not have happened. We were literally just sitting in his room talking about my experience from Cambridge, how he’s never been to Europe, and about us possibly taking a trip at some point. Then a few weeks later I get a call from him asking if I was serious about going, and when I responded yes he immediately bought two roundtrip tickets from NYC to England. Alan’s more like a big brother to me rather than a big cousin, so having him along on this trip allowed me to act as such (a little brother), he planned everything, woke me up so I wouldn’t miss our flights, and occasionally packed my bags for me when my new items couldn’t fit.
Our first stop on the trip was London, England, where we met up with one of our friends and our adventure began. We stayed in hostels for the entire trip and although it was a new experience it was a fun one. In the hostels, we stayed in mixed dorms that house 4 to 6 people, which meant that it would be the three of us with 1-3 other random people. It was always really fun and exciting meeting these people because they were usually around my age and traveling too. We would exchange stories and essentially make new friends. We did a lot in London before we decided to head out and continue our EuroTrip.
The next stop on our trip was to Prague in the Czech Republic. We took a short flight (about an hour and a half) on a small plane that was a little cramped. It was a good thing we were backpacking so we didn’t have to lug around huge suitcases, although our bags were still pretty heavy but that’s a different story. Prague was by far the most beautiful place I had ever seen in my life. There was a bunch of castle looking buildings and cobblestone streets all over. I promised myself that I would one day be back there with my future wife. Also because of the currency exchange there, a lot of things were much cheaper than normal for me. The hostel here was also really cool, I looked like it was a mansion or castle that had been transformed into a hostel. After this, it was on to the next stop.
This next stop was Munich, Germany. We took another plane and this one was even shorter than the last (about one hour). Munich was an amazing city as well as super efficient which made for a pretty cool experience. I learned that if you get stopped for riding your bike while intoxicated there you could lose your drivers license (no I was not stopped for riding a bike while intoxicated). This city had some amazing food and really large portions at the beer gardens which would usually fill me up for the rest of the day. There was also a famous river that we visited while there that was essentially like their beach, with people sunbathing on the grass and kids playing in the water. After this, we went to
Our next stop was Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This was probably one of the most fun destinations on this trip, and it all started with the short plane ride (about an hour). On this plane ride, our trio was split up and we couldn’t sit together. Sitting next to me I met these two German girls around my age and we ending becoming friends on the flight and then all hanging out in Amsterdam together. We went out eating, rode bikes, and even rode a boat on the canal. It was such an amazing experience and we are all still friends to this day which is cool. After this, it was time to start heading back.
Since our roundtrip flights were out of England we had to head back there first before we went back home to the states. Upon getting back to England we stopped by Beachy Head which had such an amazing view, there were these amazing mountains that have apparently made a lot of cameos in movies. Then it was really time to head back to the states.
Upon reflecting I realized how much I love traveling, seeing new things, experiencing new cultures, and meeting new people. If you can I would definitely recommend traveling, it has given me a lot of new perspectives that I believe truly benefit me.
If you were contemplating a EuroTrip definitely do it, trust me.