I love London and Paris just as much as the next person but sometimes I find the cities way too touristy and overwhelming! You can’t walk more than 10 feet without running into another American. Throughout my travels in Europe, I’ve come across some great cities and regions that offer similar experiences to those touristy cities…without the tourists! And most of the time, these places are significantly cheaper than the touristy destination. So go visit some of these alternative European city breaks before the secret is out and tourists start to overwhelm them!

After a wonderful 2 days in Ghent and Bruges, I headed into Brussels for my final 2 days! While there, I stayed with Charlotte, a foreign exchange student from my high school. I hadn’t seen Charlotte for probably 6 or 7 years so it was great meeting up with her! She had to work most of the weekend which gave me the opportunity to explore Brussels. It is a pretty confined city so it is easy to get (almost) everywhere on foot.