Top 13 Highlights from 13 Weeks in Europe

It’s crazy to think that my 13-week Eurotrip throughout the Summer of 2015 has already passed.

I’m sitting here freezing my butt off in a coffee shop in downtown Kiev, Ukraine – my final destination in Europe before I head to Asia until 2016.

How on earth it suddenly turn winter? It’s 32F/0C degrees outside and this hot tea is not warming me up (let alone my lack of a winter coat).

It feels like just yesterday when I was sitting in my room in Arizona, counting downing the days until my trip started. Time flies, dude.

Here is a look at the last 13 weeks of my life across more than 25 countries:

While the general movement of my travels remained the same as originally planned, there were several changes to my route.

I didn’t manage to get to Paris, Vienna, Sarajevo or Dubrovnik, but I added over 10 new places such as Cappadocia (Turkey), Liechtenstein, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Brasov, and Antalya (Turkey).

That’s the beauty of long-term travel — it’s entirely up to me to decide where I want to go and when I want to go.

Over the last 3 months — I took 23 trains, 19 buses, and 13 flights. I rode on 9 bicycles, 3 kayaks, 1 camel and 1 hot air balloon.  I went to 4 music festivals, couch surfed in 5 countries and I’ve made dozens of lifelong friends.

It has been an incredible experience, and now I am just 4 countries shy of visiting every country in Europe (San Marino, Monaco, Malta and Andorra).

Of course, there were also some down moments, too — like being sick for 2 weeks when I was roaming through Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. And also — getting scammed by a taxi in Bulgaria, getting money stolen from me by a gypsy in Georgia and getting my iPhone jacked in Budapest.

But putting those negative moments aside, I tried many new things and I have a ton of new stories to tell from my awesome experiences.

So now I’ll leave you with my Top 13 Highlights from the last 13 weeks in Europe.

Top 13 Highlights from Europe 2015

1. Raging at Tomorrowland, Belgium

The biggest dance music festival went above and beyond my expectations.  This was by far the craziest 3 days of my life, and I’m going to do everything I can to visit again next year!

Click here to read more about my experience at Tomorrowland.

2. Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

Located in the mysterious land in Central Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the most surreal and stunning landscapes that I’ve ever seen.  I’ve never been happier to wake up at 5AM, to take a hot air balloon and watch the sunrise over the mind-blowing valley.

Click here to read more about Cappadocia.

3. Camel Ride Around The Pyramids in Cairo

Okay, I know that Egypt is not in Europe, but this was one of the destinations on my trip and I just have to include it in this post!  Taking a 2 hour private camel tour around the Pyramids of Giza was one of the best experiences of my life, and it’s something that I always dreamed of doing.

But despite this amazing experience, I didn’t really enjoy my time in Cairo and here’s why.

4. Standing on top of Kiev, Ukraine

I truly fell in love with Kiev, and I was blown away by how friendly the people were, how fascinating the architecture was and how cheap the prices were around town!  My top moment in Kiev was hiking to the top of the 100 meter, stainless steel Mother Monument and seeing this spectacular view.

Click here to read more about why I loved Kiev so much!

5. Kayaking in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

I was lucky enough to be in Ohrid during a few perfectly sunny and hot summer days.  The water in Lake Ohrid is incredibly clean and fresh, not to mention the surrounding city of Ohrid is a UNESCO site.  This was my favorite destination in the Balkans.

6.  Attending The Open Championships at St. Andrews

Anyone who knows me will tell you how obsessed I am with golf.

It’s my favorite sport to play and watch, and I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to attend the most historic golf course and biggest tournament in the world!  I will never forget how awesome this was.

7. Castle Hopping in Sinaia, Romania

Sinaia is one of the most beautiful and unique small towns in Europe!  It’s a tiny mountain resort named after the Biblical Mount Sinai.  The main street is peaceful and well-kept, lined up with cute cafes and restaurants.

Oh, and Sinaia is also home to one of the best castles in Europe!

8. Cooking Traditional Food in Moldovian Village

Moldova is one of the least tourist countries in Europe, and it hasn’t received the best reputation amongst travelers.  But I went for 4 days, and had a great time.  The highlight of my trip was going into the small villages and learning how to cook Traditional Moldovian food (despite starting a fire in the kitchen).

Click here to read more about my experience in Moldova.

9. Chillin’ at Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled is like heaven on Earth.  There isn’t a better way to describe the natural beauty other than the fact that it’s literally P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

And once again, being the idiot that I am, I crashed my paddle boat into a 20-person tourist boat and made a fool of myself.  But it was hilarious!

10. Experiencing Liechtenstein

Have you ever heard of Liechtenstein before?

It’s a tiny, picturesque country is located between Austria and Switzerland.  I only visited for 24 hours, but I met some really cool locals through couch surfing, and I was blown away by the natural beauty of the land.

Read More: 7 Reasons Why I love Liechtenstein.

11. Going back to Prague

As some of you know, I studied abroad in Prague in 2012 and that was what triggered my travel bug.  To this day, Prague is still my favorite city in the world and I always make a visit back to my beloved city every time I come to Europe.

It was great to spend 7 days there and catch up with old friends!

12. Getting Lost in the Scottish Countryside

My friend Brian and I took a spontaneous day trip to a historic Scottish city called Stirling.  We rented a bike for the day and got lost riding into the stunning countryside.  The stunning landscape felt like we were in a movie.

13. Attending Wimbledon in London

And last but not least was attending the biggest tennis tournament in the world!  My friend Brian and I waited in line for 3 hours on the final day, and we were luckily one of the last people allowed to get tickets.  We watched the final match to see Djokovic vs. Federer from the famous “Hill” and it was awesome!

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I hope you realize how difficult it was for me to choose just 13 highlights, because there were many more from my time in Europe.

But as always, thanks for reading!  I love you all.

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