During my time in Europe I met some incredible people, saw the most amazing firework display, put on 5kg from indulging in some delicious food, saw some pretty awe-worthy sights and made sure to mind the gap on London’s underground.
My two months in Europe wasn’t nearly long enough. While I was there, my “to see” list continued to grow.
I was also brought to the conclusion that Europe is the perfect destination for any traveller. Whether you are looking for adventure, travelling with children, or looking for a nice relaxing getaway, there is something to be found for everyone.
Sun-seekers can find their happy place on one of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean, or perhaps on a vineyard in the south of France.
However, if you’re a true Yukoner and want to embrace the cold, head to the Swiss Alps and enjoy world-class skiing or spend the night in Sweden’s Ice Hotel.
Now, let’s not forget one of the most important aspects of traveling: FOOD! A very influential choice when choosing a destination. Make sure you make the most of the local cuisine of the region you’re visiting.
Italy is the obvious choice for dining; after all it is the home of pizza, pasta and gelato; but what about enjoying perogies in Ukraine, or an apfelstrudel in Austria?
Indulge yourself in some delectable French pastries while sipping a cappuccino in Paris, or maybe hit up a chocolatier in Belgium.
Worried about travelling with a picky eater, or kids? No need to worry, a McDonalds can be found in every European country, with the exception of Albania.
Get taken back in time by strolling up the cobblestone streets and visiting Mozart’s birth house in Salzburg, Austria, or checking out the last little bits of the Berlin Wall, or even the great Roman coliseum.
One of the highlights of my trip was to the armoury in Graz, Austria, with thousands of suits ofarmour, helmets, swords and shields. One thing Europe doesn’t lack is history.
Even on the dreariest rainy day in London you can escape to the National Gallery and admire the works of Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. This is truly a full days endeavor for anyone with a love for art (or a poor sense of direction).
When visiting London, Madame Tussaud’s is a must. Get your picture with the princes, Harry and William, and even Robert Pattinson. With a good enough photographer, no one will need to know they just happen to be made of wax!
While in Europe, take the chance to learn a new language, or several, as you make your way across the continent! And if languages just aren’t your thing, don’t worry, you can usually find help in English almost everywhere you go.
There is extraordinary diversity within the small continent, and you can experience a wide range of cultures, food and traditions, all with one Eurorail pass!
Europe truly is a fantastic place to visit. Even if you are travelling solo, you will be sure to meet othertravellers from all over the world, and might even make new friends while you’re there!
However, a warning to Yukoners: you are sure to be asked (several times) if you have a dogsled team, have cars, and what your houses are like (are they igloos?), so it is best to bring some photographs of home to show that we are in fact not out of “Yvon of the Yukon”.
The temperate climate around the Mediterranean is the perfect way to escape January in the Yukon, or perhaps a pub-crawl in Ireland is the best way to spend a college reading break.
No matter where you go, what you do or how long you are there for, your time in Europe will surely be memorable and leave you wanting more!!