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!

I arrived back yesterday in Heidelberg, Germany to begin my final semester of graduate school (what?!?! Didn’t I just move here!). Before landing in Germany, I decided to take advantage of Icelandair’s free stopover. Icelandair allows you to have up to a 7 day stopover in Iceland on your way to your final destination. My friend, Nichole from Who Goes Wear, approached me in May about joining her on some of her travels around the world. Unfortunately, I was not able to explore Southeast Asia with her. However, I told her that Iceland worked perfectly into my schedule! I’ve known Nichole for over four years when we lived and studied together in London.

Oh Iceland, you are so so so so pretty! I feel like in my 4 days in Iceland, I only managed to scratch the surface! There are so many more places I want to see and explore. I was able to fit in the Golden Circle and Reykjavik. The Golden Circle is an almost 200 mile (300 kilometer) loop around some of the most scenic points in all of Iceland. It amazed me how even in October, the sun never fully rises. Some of the photos I took make it look like it’s around sunset when, in fact, it was only 1 or 2 pm.