Summer Fun and Sailing in Europe


Topdeck Europe Tour

It has finally become a reality to travel to Europe! I have always wanted to visit Europe, but never had the opportunity prior to my year off because I traveled to closer destinations to Canada like Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America for example. My best friend who worked in Europe for years was always trying to persuade me to get over, but it never happened. She thought I was crazy—she obviously knew what I didn’t. I made it a priority to visit Europe during my year off. I started my travels with my dream turquoise destinations: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Miami, and Australia. My 14 months of full-time travel comes to closure with Europe!

My last big trip will be traveling through 15 countries (plus driving through 2 additional countries: Australia and Bosnia) in Europe; yes, I said that correctly…15 countries in one month. I will be spending 30 days in France, Monoco, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Belgium, and England. Some highlights include: London, Paris, Swiss Alps, French Riviera, Rome, Sailing Greece, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Venice, Munich, Prague, Berlin, and my birthday in Amsterdam. Due to doing so much in a short amount of time I’ll be doing a Topdeck tour around Europe, while doing London on my own at the end of the trip.

I can’t believe I’m traveling around historic Europe, let alone that it is my last big trip during my 14 months of full-time travel. Once this trip is over and I stop over in Toronto and Montreal on my way home, I’ll have 1 week left before being back in the classroom. My students won’t know what hit them! I’ll be going a mile a minute and turning every English lesson and lecture into a history lesson and life lesson, while bringing in real world experiences based on my world travels. This year has been the best learning experience–not even my recent Master’s completion taught me this much. I am happy because I travel and I travel because I am happy. Although my full-time travels are quickly coming to an end, my traveling will not subside. Cheers to life!

Stay tuned!


27 thoughts on “Summer Fun and Sailing in Europe

    • Thanks so much. I want to see everything, but I know that is not possible—so I think I have a good trip with a little of everything this time around. Any suggestions for London? You’ll get there someday!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  1. This is very similar to the Contiki tour I recently went on! Europe is my absolutely favorite. Which city are you most looking forward to visiting? And celebrating your birthday in Amsterdam? I couldn’t think of a better place! Hehe. Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

    • Oh really? Awesome? How did you find Contiki? I can’t think of a better place to visit for my last month of full time traveling. I think I was really looking forward to Paris, and as much as I loved it, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I think I would have loved it more if I was with my boyfriend, as it is such a romantic city.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  2. You are going to have a fabulous time. Enjoy every second of it! Oh, to still be a 20-something girl. Ahem!
    Having said that, after university, I travelled with an Australian company around Southern Europe called “Contiki.” It was a bit of a party bus but they were good times. Most were Australians, New Zealanders, South
    Africans, 1 Korean girl who lived in Holland, and myself, the sole European!
    Have fun!

    • My Topdeck bus is mostly Australians, a few New Zealanders, one girl from South Korea, one from Malaysia, and three Canadians. Although I’m 31, I fit right in with the bus of mixed ages (18-35). How did you like Contiki?

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  5. Hi There,
    I am doing this tour in April, have you gone yet?
    I have never travelled and I am going alone.

    I would love to chat to you some more, I am pretty nervous haha!

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