By Sabrina Santilli
So, after months of preparation and obsessive bragging to all of your friends (and random strangers) that you’re headed to Europe, you’ve finally arrived! If you’re like any normal Ramen-eating college student this means one thing… you’re probably a little low on cash. But have no fear! Some of the best and most memorable things in Europe are budget friendly and Instagram worthy!
Within every major metropolitan city there exists two worlds: the tourists’ and the locals’. After a long day of debating about whether or not it would be worth it to buy a selfie stick from the gypsies, your best bet for finding great authentic Italian food and nightlife would be across the Tiber River in the neighborhood of Trastevere. Away from the more tourist filled areas, you’ll get the most bang for your buck as well as an authentically Italian environment. Once you’ve filled your belly with pasta, take your food baby and walk along the cobblestoned streets of Trastevere, listen to live music along the Ponte Sisto, or sit on the steps of Piazza Trilussa.
Positano is home to one of the most gorgeous public black sand beaches in Italy, and more importantly a shop called Vini & Panini. There is no better way to reward yourself for committing to your beach body workout than to grab a sandwich the size of your face. It’s not only worth the price in size, but also in taste. You are guaranteed to have dreams about this sandwich for years to come.
When you’re in Paris, take some time away from falling in love in a French cafe to at least learn a little. The city of romance is also the home to one of the most impressive collections of art in the world, including the iconic Mona Lisa. The best part is, if you’re studying abroad or under the age of 26, you can enter the museum absolutely free.
If you’re looking to see some of the most iconic pieces of art throughout Italy, mainly David’s tushy, then visit a state museum on the first Sunday of the month to get free entry! Countless museums in London and Paris also offer free entry either every day or specific days throughout the month.
Prague is a magical land filled with fairies, unicorns, and beer that is cheaper than water. That last one is the hardest to believe but surprisingly the only accurate one! When you’re in Prague be sure to ask your hostel staff which pubs the locals visit and pay no more than €1.50 for a drink.
Take a hike!… but seriously. If you find yourself in Interlaken you cannot miss the chance to hike Harder Kulm. The view will be so incredible that nobody will even notice how sweaty you are in your selfie at the top!