By Samantha Jacobs
It’s almost spring break, and you’re in Europe. The basics back in the States are blowing up your group messages with talks about Cancun and booze cruises to the Bahamas. Just when FOMO starts to set in, you realize that you have a whole new continent and 10 days to explore it. Now what?
You flip open your laptop and start assessing your options. It doesn’t take long to realize that the amount of possibilities before you are infinite, but your budget—yeah, not so much. What do you do, where do you start, how can you travel to every city on your list? Before you let that anxiety turn into a panic attack, slow down, breathe, and know that the whole Bus2alps team has been in your shoes before, and we’ve got you covered.
But it’s spring break, I want to do my own thing.
When you travel with Bus2alps, you get guides, not camp counselors. We’re here for you as much and as little as your heart desires. Our main priority (behind making sure that every single person on the bus arrives back just as healthy and thriving as when they left) is that you have an incredible time during one of the most monumental experiences you’ll ever have in life. So keep an open mind and explore these dope spring break trips we’ve put together for you. Or keep googling—this article will still be here when you give up.
Enter…The Western Loop: Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin.
*Our Reverse Western Loop on 2/22 starts in Berlin and ends in Barcelona for Abroadfest!
Okay… Five different cities in five different countries in 10 days… that’s unheard of. If you’re into exploring cities and experiencing as much of Europe as possible, this is your trip.
You think you know what Barcelona is like and then it turns out to be much, much more than you anticipated. The architecture of Gaudi is the most stunning thing you’ll ever see in your life. The beautiful views from Park Guell, walks along the sandy beaches and Las Ramblas will leave you feeling giddy. The food here is amazing, and the brunch will probably get more likes than you on social media. And of course—the nightlife. We’ve got you covered with Bus2alps through exclusive club admission and deals that will help you save some euros for other adventures abroad.
Next, we head to Paris… I mean, it’s Paris. The Eiffel Tower lighting up every hour on the hour each night is enough to make you tear up. It’s a city where you think, “wow, I’m here. I made it.” It’s a huge city with so many things to do and see (and amazing macaroons).
Brussels is only an afternoon pit stop, but that’s all the time you need to fill up on fries, waffles and amazing chocolate (all things Belgium are all the best kinds of things). You’ll stop by Delirium- the Guinness Book of World Records winner for the bar with the most beers on tap in the world. You’ll also have time to check out the Grand-Place, complete with its famous bell tower and gold ornamented buildings.
Next stop: Amsterdam…obsessed. You’ll get swept away first by the bustling nightlife and liberal culture, but then you walk a few blocks and suddenly you’re on a quiet canal street. There are also so many different activities to pursue while in Amsterdam. You can check out the Red Light District, stop for a canal tour, explore the history inside the Anne Frank house, dig through cool thrift shops, and find bike rentals around every corner (I’m convinced that there are more bikes than people in this city.) Oh, and the stop everyone anticipates: The Heineken Experience. Everyone falls in love with Amsterdam.
Then, we head to Berlin—the mecca for WWII and Cold War history in Europe. Although it’s somewhat newer of a city due to destruction during WWII, its culture is still unique and constantly evolving. Standing at the Berlin wall and the holocaust memorial is humbling. Berlin is home to many museums too. Overall, Berlin is a very international city, and you’ll be able to witness this through all the many different cuisines from traditional German to Asian Wok to Mexican and beyond.
Overall, this is a trip for people with a bucket list who love exploring cities, fashion, food, history, nightlife, and everything in between.