Maggie Takes Europe


MAGGIE


I'm a 22 (soon-to-be 23) year-old fiercely independent, creative and extroverted bisexual woman! My main hobbies include treating my husky Layla as if she's my child, drinking wine and of course, TRAVELING.

I'm from the southern state of Arkansas in the U.S. and the best place I have ever visited was Amsterdam-- the architecture and overall vibe was so lovely and cheerful. I have been to 10-15 big cities in the USA, Cancun, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and 6 countries in Europe!

My main focus in life is to continuously expose myself to new people and places.


Adventure Partner


My longtime best friend and roommate, Madison -- @madisonerstine


Your Adventure


My best friend since 8th grade and I lived together all 4 years of college, and last year, immediately after graduating, we backpacked Europe together for 2 weeks. It was the most incredible and liberating experience of my life thus far! Having gone through middle school, high school, college, and everything in-between together, it was the perfect way to kick off "adulthood". I had traveled to many cities in the U.S. before, but this was my first trip abroad, without my parents.



Our Route


  • Dublin, Ireland

  • London, England

  • Paris, France

  • Florence, Italy

  • Berlin, Germany

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands


We either flew or took a train to each location and stayed in a cozy Airbnb each time. Upon arriving in each city, we knew our time was incredibly precious -- which led us to explore every inch we could until we, quite literally, couldn't move our legs any longer.

My Europe trip, which I chose to tag #mappingeuropewithmadi, impacted my life in more ways than one. It's benefited my interview process, confidence level, and definitely kicked my "travel bug" into high gear.



trip guide


We didn't use a guide -- we planned the entire trip (stay, itinerary, flights) ourselves.

I would highly recommend Airbnb when traveling almost anywhere, however!


Highlights


DUBLIN

I tried Guinness for the first time, at the Guinness factory itself! (LOL, maybe I'm late)

 

LONDON

Fish and chips, duh. We also took a Beatles/Classic Rock bus tour around the city, as well as seeing the Wicked musical live.

PARIS

Seeing the Eiffel tower lit up at night, while eating macaroons. Can you get any more cliche?

FLORENCE

THE. FOOD. I can't express how authentic and flavorful it was! Pizza, pasta, wine -- cannot go wrong here.

 
 

BERLIN

Schnitzel! It's an authentic German food and pretty tasty. The Holocaust memorial is something everyone should experience, as well.

AMSTERDAM

Anne Frank Haus, Van Gogh museum, the "coffee shops," the canals that run through the city. This is a joyous place.

 

SAFETY


I was a little worried, with all the public transport and never having traveled alone. My friend had studied abroad in Florence for 6 weeks a few years prior, so that helped with our travel knowledge. I would absolutely recommend this trip to the LGBTQ community! Some places are more open than others -- for instance, Amsterdam is VERY accepting, with rainbow flags and LGBT merch on every corner.


Anything Else


 If it's not obvious, I highly recommend any LGBTQ individual to make a stop in Amsterdam, or another location in The Netherlands if they are planning a trip to Europe. I felt at home there.



 

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