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10 Mistakes American Study Abroad Students Make in Europe

Don't make these mistakes while studying in Czech Republic!Don't make these mistakes while studying in Czech Republic!

Europe awaits! The great architecture of Rome; the Polish pierogi; German beer; already there is so much on your list to enjoy. However, before you set off, remember this is a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, and not just any other trip. Through study abroad, you will interact with your surroundings and community more deeply than as a traveler passing through.

Whether you experience culture shock or not, there will be moments when suddenly you realize you are doing something "wrong.'" It might small bumps like buying yourself a dog bowl instead of the intended people bowl, or forgetting that water here isn't free. Then there are obvious blunders, like chanting "'Merica" in the streets or referring to Europe as "the old country."

Drinking doesn't always mean getting drunkEurope is neither the old country, nor is it one country. It's an entire continent, composed of drastically different customs, languages, and people. And each city or region within a country will have its own rules that you'll learn along the way. You will make mistakes, and it's part of learning, but here are some no-no's that Americans before you have commonly committed. Learn from their blunders, and avoid these common study abroad in Europe mistakes:

The deal you'll get on Ryanair flights is too good to be true1. Traveling too frequently

Many Americans power walk through Europe like it's a soon to be closing drive-through. But is four hours in Rome, a day in Switzerland, and a midnight train through the Pyrenees really experiencing Europe? Everyone has their own style of travel, but take time to smell the crepes and the tapas. Yes, the countries are closer together here than from across the big ol' Atlantic pond, but don't underestimate distances by being overly ambitious and not actually taking time to enjoy them.

Is four hours in Rome, a day in Switzerland, and a midnight train through the Pyrenees really experiencing Europe?

Europe in Three Weeks

by cnnmngirl

I am a woman in my mid-40's planning my first trip to Europe between mid-May and mid-June of next year. Any suggestions as far as tour companies to travel with? Any one with experience with Rick Steve's "Europe in 21 Days" in particular. Other groups? Don't want to spend my time always on a bus with the geriatric crowd, but I'm not a big party animal either! I am also wanting to keep my costs down. Lastly I am planning to meet up with my 20-year-old son for his last week of a study abroad in Spain. Any suggestions as to what we might want to do together for a few days. He will be in Granada and I was thinking we could check out Morocco together? Any ideas from your experience would be very appreciated

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