Andy Steves' Weekend Student Adventures

Experts in Exciting, Culturally-Aware Budget Travel

WSA provides budget travel packages for any day of the year and any style of travel. Started by Andy Steves, the son of travel guru, Rick Steves, WSA Europe has outgrown it's name and now offers packages of 3-10 days in length, travel consulting, and custom school trips.

The Genesis

Andy Steves designed Weekend Student Adventures in his college dorm room at Notre Dame after studying abroad in Rome during the Spring of '08. Growing up traveling with his father, Rick Steves, Andy knew how to get around and enjoyed helping his friends with their traveling plans during his time abroad. With the abundance of need witnessed in Europe, and a unique background in European travel, Andy 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!

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Getting Started

In 2009 and 2010 Andy Steves competed in Notre Dame's business plan competition and came away in 1st place, with a $17,000 cash prize, dumped straight into this website and getting WSA Europe off the ground. The first WSA trips ran in London, Prague, Rome and Paris in the Fall of 2010. Since then, he's developed 20+ itineraries for cities and multi-city trips across Europe.

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WSA's Mission

WSA's Mission Statement: 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.

 

Andy Steves' Pitches ABC's Shark Tank 2014

Father's day 2014 Andy had the chance to pitch ABC's Shark Tank. While he didn't get a deal, it was an amazing experience to have an entrepreneurial chat with Mark Cuban, Barbora Corcoran, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O'Leary.
 
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Guidebook Published 2016 Andy Steves' Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget

Packed to the margins with tips from a lifetime of experience in Europe, locals' insider takes on the best nightlife, Andy's favorite hostels, and interesting and budget friendly destination-specific cuisine recommendations. Don't forget money- and time-saving tips for the top sights across out 13 favorite cities, by the way!

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

 

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!

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Katie Barglowski, University of Northern Colorado

Happy Backpackers

My WSA experience was incredible. It was very well-organized, and my tour guide made me feel right at home. I always felt safe, which was important to me. We got to see so much in a short amount of time, but it didn't feel rushed. I was very impressed!

Katie Barglowski, University of Northern Colorado ~ St. Patrick's College, Dublin, Fall 2015

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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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