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.
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!
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.
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.
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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!
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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This past weekend a group of my friends and I decided to go to Budapest, but wanted to go with a group because we were unsure of what we wanted to do and how to plan our trip. Booking the trip through WSA was the best idea we ever had. It was basically all planned out for us (excluding flights). It was great because there were plenty of things planned for us that were included in the package, but there was also a bit of free time for us to explore the city and do the things we were most interested in. I really enjoyed the caving and thermal baths we visited during our trip! Also the hostel that was booked for us through WSA was great and our tour guide, Bogi, was amazing! I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone and am happy to say that I will be booking more trips with WSA in the future!Danielle Maclain, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015
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Pick a city and go! All new budget guidebook from Andy Steves, Founder and Chief Backpacker of WSA.