Backpacking through Europe

DONE BY: Jiyoung Jeong | Milton Academy '16 | Stanford U. '21

LENGTH: 4 weeks

LOCATION: 

  • Spain (Madrid, Barcelona)
  • France (Bordeaux, Paris)
  • Switzerland (Wengen, Zermatt)
  • Italy (Venice, Rome, Florence)

FUN: ★★★★☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED:

  • Became more outgoing
  • Gained confidence 

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 9am: Wake up, eat breakfast 
  • 10am-8pm: Explore the city
  • 8pm-3am: Eat dinner, go out with people that I met during the day 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Walking tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Going to museums
  • Going out to bars/clubs 

TOP TIPS: 

  • BOOK YOUR Airbnb AND PLANE/TRAIN TICKETS IN ADVANCE, especially during the summer!
  • Stay in each place more than you think you'll need, so that you're not rushing from place to place and are able to enjoy being in each location 
  • Be aware of what you're doing as a tourist. It's easy to forget that some of these places are homes to many people; be respectful
  • Pack light. I used https://thesavvybackpacker.com/europe-packing-list/, but you won't even need everything mentioned in the site, so think twice about each item before packing

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

  • Do not make immediate judgments about people that you meet.
  • Try to treat each conversation as an interesting way to hear about another way of life. 
  • Kind acts from strangers go a long way!
Jiyoung Jeong