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Enjoy all sorts of our travel tips, ideas, suggestions and travel hacks we've picked up over the years.

  • Out to the Designer Outlets, or Under the Frigid Tuscan Sun

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                Through my school in Rome, John Cabot “University,” students have the opportunity to take advantage of various day trips. I signed up for two--an organized trip out to the designer outlets near Florence, and a trip to the Tuscany region where we tasted wine, visited a hill town … More »

    Tags: Day Trip // Study Abroad // Tuscany // 2008 // Rome

  • “The Best Weekend Ever”

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    Finally, we arrived in the Swiss Alp village of our dreams, Gimmelwald. It was beautiful, but we were absolutely exhausted so we took a nap in my friend Olle’s house until 1 in the afternoon. We looked outside and were greeted by the massive face of a mountain. Turning around, you could see … More »

    Tags: Gimmelwald // Swiss Alps // Ski Trip // Study Abroad // 2008

  • The Rome to Swiss Alps Not-Express Night Train

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                This weekend we left Rome for the Swiss Alps, and I had one of the most fun weekends of my life. On Thursday, we took a night train to Interlaken, the extreme sport capital of the world. On night trains, you tend to meet characters. Strange characters, characters with interesting … More »

    Tags: Gimmelwald // Swiss Alps // 2008 // Night Train // Study Abroad // Ski Trip

  • Costumes and Paradise Galor

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                In St. Mark’s Square there were all sorts of characters. Again, this is an example of people taking a hobby a bit too seriously. Costumes were intricately detailed and in every color, shape, and form. There was a family decked out in red lipstick down to the husband, and red … More »

    Tags: Venice // Carnevale // 2008 // Study Abroad

  • Street Fighting in the Lagoon

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                We caught the next train with no other problems and arrived, bleary eyed, in Venice at 8:00 that morning. Our group of four split off to find our “budget hotel.” After a while, we decided we were lost. The streets in Venice change names randomly, and the numbers don’t follow any … More »

    Tags: Night Train // 2008 // Study Abroad // Venice

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Crystal Cascante, University of Florida

Happy Backpackers

I've been in Europe since the beginning of January and have traveled every weekend. This Easter Weekend was by far the best one. The hostel was perfect and super convenient, I made a ton of new friends, and our guides (Andy, Rhianne, and Elena) made sure we saw absolutely everything in the city. The meals included were all absolutely delicious, and Andy even brought snacks every once in a while to hold us over in between meals. We were given our Easter Mass tickets the night before and strategically planned to be in the front for mass. We followed Andy's suggestions and got to sit in the very front for Mass. The wait was worth it and so was every cent of the trip's cost. I barely spent any of my own money, just on transportation to and from the airport, gelato, and food on my last day there. I would 100% recommend this company to all of my friends!

Crystal Cascante, University of Florida ~ AIFS London, Spring 2016

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