I had not been to Europe in 13 years, crazy right? That’s why I was so thrilled to represent San Francisco at the Annual Curator’s Meeting of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum and then travel for a few days in Rome. While reflecting on my trip, I wanted to share 31 things I learned while in Europe.
- Talk to locals – they are like a real life Yelp
- Talk to drunk locals – its amazing how much you can learn about country politics, family and ambition
- If someone offers you a drink called the Bolivia, run away
- Made up handshakes are a great ice breaker
- If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together
- Get an unlimited use metro card
- Go sightseeing late at night (or at sunrise)
- Find restaurants with tables so close together that you can speak to the people next to you
- It’s hard to fit 2 people on a raft made of cardboard
- To hit a bullseye, take a breath and relax
- Always try starting a conversation with something other than English
- Things have a random way of working out
- Italians don’t like losing at foosball or ping pong
- With the right team, following can be just as satisfying as leading
- It’s amazing what you can get away with if you just answer “yes”
- Young people can truly change the world
- There are SO many problems outside Silicon Valley that are never even discussed here
- The best four flavors of gelato in no particular order are nocciola, banana, pistachio, and fig
- European airlines are so much better than US airlines
- Turning off your cell data plan is a liberating feeling
- International dance parties are the best kind
- Always wear sneakers at Frankfurt airport, especially when you have thirty minutes to make your connection
- An iPad is a must have for any long flight
- When in doubt take a picture, when you look back you never regret taking one
- Never go anywhere with a tour group
- Try not to go to a restaurant with a menu, and if it has one don’t order from it
- If you speak to 3 people in a row that speak English, go somewhere else
- AirBnb easily wins over any hotel
- Get on a random bus or metro without a map and go somewhere
- Gelato is a good idea at any time of the day
- Stay calm and Siyahamba
7 Replies to “31 Things I Learned Traveling in Europe”
I really liked points 18 and 30 🙂 but I’ll keep the rest in mind the next time I go abroad!
Thanks for reading! All the gelato in Italy was more or less amazing.
Thanks, I really like #5!:) My getaways are depicted my original song titled “The Getaway”, it goes many places. Wish you happy travels.
Can’t take credit for it, was the motto for the Global Shapers!
not in the air that often but i will notice #19 and also im good at #1  thanks for posting lots of good info..
#4 is priceless.
Hope you’re doing great! Nap Mask or Reelsurfer?? Either way hope you’re dominating!
Great to hear from you! Little combination of both – hope to get together soon. Are you headed to SF any time soon?