What is WSA?

Our Story 

During the Spring of 2008, Andy Steves designed the idea for Weekend Student Adventures in his college dorm room at Notre Dame after studying abroad in Rome. Growing up traveling with his father, Rick Steves, Andy knew how to get around and enjoyed helping his friends with their traveling plans. Through this experience, he saw an opportunity to create fun, no-nonsense, affordable, and memorable weekend trips. WSA was launched in 2010 after Andy graduated from Notre Dame, and today has grown to an award-winning team of amazing local guides and a community of over 10,000 travelers!

WSA Mission

To foster fun, respectful, in-depth and unforgettable travel experiences for budget travelers, backpackers and students. We empower travelers to become immersed in the cities they visit by experiencing cultures as a local, rather than merely observing them.


ANNOUNCING: New guidebook!

Available NOW: Budget guidebook from travel pro Andy Steves. Learn more here!

 

Experience Europe like a local

Every year, students and travelers tell us that the highlight of their trip was their WSA local leader. We continue to engage cultures by employing the most knowledgeable, interesting and incredible team of professional guides- based in their hometown. These guides know their city more than anyone, and will take you beyond the beaten path of tourist traps. They're the real face of WSA, and we couldn't be prouder!

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DIY Detours



We’ve channeled all of our local insights, off the beaten path spots, and insider knowledge into our Detour Destination guides provided with your WSA Detour - a must-do list designed for those who have only 3 days in each of the cities they’re visiting. We recommend only our favorite restaurants, museums, activities and nightlife because you simply don’t have time for anything but the best!

Allison Johnson, University of Maryland

Happy Backpackers

I was very nervous signing up to go to Budapest with WSA because I was going solo, but it was the best weekend of my semester!!! Everyone in the group was super friendly and inclusive, we all had a great time together. WSA does an amazing job of keeping everything organized and we always...

Allison Johnson, University of Maryland ~ DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2016

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Multi-City Adventures:

Andy Steves' Europe

Check out Andy Steves' Europe: City Hopping on a Budget!

Pick a city and go! All new budget guidebook from Andy Steves, Founder and Chief Backpacker of WSA.

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