Great first stops

By: Kelsey Merriam
Whether you want to travel to other countries while studying abroad, or explore the United Kingdom a lot, one of the major northern European cities is a great first destination! For not a bad price, a journey on the Eurostar will get you to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam in no time. The Eurostar leaves from St. Pancras, an easy location to reach by tube. Leaving from St. Pancras eliminates any costs you would be paying to reach an airport if you flew. If you keep an eye on the Eurostar website, you’re sure to catch a great deal! One tip for booking: Book early, pay less! Be flexible with your travel dates, let the deals decide when you’re going places.
Alright, where to first? That’s a personal preference.  If you don’t have much time to prepare for your trip and read, Amsterdam and Brussels are easier cities to wing. Paris is not for beginners, you need to bring a book with you to help focus your trip. There is so much to do in Paris and impossible to cover it all in one weekend, so you need to decide what you want to see most. Travel books by Rick Steves or Lonely Planet are an excellent help on weekend getaways. Here’s a bit on each destination without the fluff of the travel books to help you decide!
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