My Top 5 European Destinations

One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked is, “What has been your favorite place so far?,” to which, I usually reply, “Don’t open that door.” All the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit have been great in their own way, but I obviously do have favorites, so here they are as of now:

Nice, France

Nice is a change of pace from a lot of other European cities: there isn’t particularly a whole lot to do, but who needs to get out when you can lie on the beach in the year-round mild weather? Nice is characterized by its colorful buildings, blue water and amazing views from Castle Hill. Not to mention, it’s a short bus ride away from Monaco, a small country with a big personality, known for its casino and grand prix.

What to do: walk up Castle Hill, get lost in Old Town and hop on a bus to Monaco.

You can read about my time in Nice here.

Budapest, Hungary

I was pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do in Budapest and although I didn’t stay long enough to do everything I wanted, I hope you don’t make the same mistake I did. Budapest is relatively cheap compared to other countries, with a one-way public transit ticket costing about $1 and most full meals costing well under $10. The night life is buzzing thanks to its historical ruin bars and pubs. The two different sides of the city have their own unique identities worth exploring individually.

What to do: walking tour where you major highlights like the castle district, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Chain Bridge, visit a ruin bar in the Jewish quarter and take a dip in one of the thermal baths.

You can read about my time in Budapest here.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s tragic but interesting history makes for a one-of-a-kind experience. All of my tour guides and hostel staff members speak highly of Berlin, many of whom are from other countries. From its historical sites to its world renowned night life, there is no shortage of things to do in Berlin.

What to do: walking tour of the historical sites, take in the street art and enjoy the vivacious night life.

You can read about my time in Berlin here (towards the end of the post).

Paris, France

Despite the recent attacks, my visit to Paris was quite charming. With a lot of help from my family, I got incredible recommendations that made my time there especially enjoyable. It was one of the few places I wish I had more time to explore, even though I had about four days there.

What to do: enjoy the view of the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll around Montmartre and visit your choice of art museums.

You can read about my time in Paris here.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin was my first international trip and still reigns as one of my favorites. The day trip to the northern coast is a big part of why it was my favorite trip. The Irish countryside is stunning and day trips from Dublin make it easy to visit these places. There is no shortage of unique pubs and bars, making for a very lively nightlife. Dublin is also very easy to walk if you’re willing and able.

What to do: take a day trip to the west or north coast, visit the Guinness Factory (if only for the free pint) and spend a night pub crawling in Temple Bar.

You can read about my time in Dublin here.

I’m so humbled to have a chance to visit so many different but amazing places and I can’t wait to see even more!



  1. Charlene Redpath
    February 26, 2016 / 8:12 am

    I wonder if Tempe, AZ, also known as ASU, is going to be boring after the year you’ve had! Mill Avenue is busy but it’s still just Mill Avenue. Looking forward to seeing you. Love, A.C.

  2. February 29, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I agree with everything apart from Paris😊 I know that the French capital has been a cult, but I don’t feel it meets the expectations. Well, just my personal view. Try Copenhagen, Stockholm, Prague, Venice 😊 But I’m glad you discovered Berlin anyway😊

    • February 29, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      I have been to Copenhagen and Prague, headed to Venice in a few weeks. Thanks for reading!

      • February 29, 2016 / 7:13 pm

        Thanks for writing😊 Enjoy Venice! It’s expensive, but fabulous.

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