Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Looking to create a study abroad bucket list? Look no farther! I’ve put together the ultimate European Scavenger Hunt so you and your friends can hit the highlights of Europe and make memories to last a lifetime.

I’m on Instagram at ShesATripBlog  and would LOVE to see your entries as you complete the list.  Make sure to tag me!

Editor’s note: I took many of these photos during my actual semester abroad, many moons ago before I was a blogger. Pre-braces and with a bad haircut. Be nice!

Study Abroad Bucket List // Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I’ve organized these by country first, then by points level — but, fair warning, everything is made up and the points don’t matter. 

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Study Abroad Bucket List Austria

  • 5 points 

Horsing around with the dancing Lipizzaners in Vienna.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Making music at Beethoven’s apartment — minus the hedonism (or not).

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 10 points 

Recreating any part of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

The “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” Gazebo.

Study Abroad Bucket List Czech Republic

  • 5 points 

“Imagining” a photo at the John Lennon Wall without anyone else in it.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Hot tip: going to Prague in the fall means it’s waaaay less crowded.

Eating a Trdelnik (even though they’re not Czech at all and you should probably just eat a Koláč).

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

A photo chilling at the Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge Prague Crowded

  • 10 points 

Since Charles Bridge is dubbed “the most annoying place in Prague” by locals, you deserve extra points if you can find an actual Czech on it. And yes, dragging the guy you were czeching out at the pub onto the bridge totally counts.

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Study Abroad Bucket List England

  • 5 points 

The truly ~*iconic*~ London phone booth pic. Make sure to include Big Ben — the only British boy who will never break your heart.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Drinking Butter Beer at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Trying to get to Hogwarts at Platform 9 3/4.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I’ve since been sorted into Slytherin. Choosing not to live that truth.

A photo crossing Abbey Road.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

legit almost got hit by a car fam.

Hanging with the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 10 points 

If you bring friends to accurately create the Abbey Road cover, these bonus points are for you.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 100 points 

If you can get one of the guards to laugh, enjoy these major bonus points.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

His wife took this photo! <3 “Oh dear, looks as though I’m famous” – him.

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 Study Abroad Bucket List France

  • 5 points 

A Hall of Mirrors selfie at Versailles.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

The classic Mona Lisa selfie. Be prepared to literally fight everyone to get to the front.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

The overdone-but-still-cute Louvre Pyramid Touch.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Modeling with the Eiffel Tower.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Looking “nice” in Nice.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Study Abroad Bucket List Germany

  • 5 points 

The classic Oktoberfest pic.

Can you wear normal clothes to Oktoberfest Oktoberfest costumes Oktoberfest outfits Cheap Oktoberfest costumes

Channeling your inner-Kennedy and Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

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Study Abroad Bucket List Greece

  • 5 points 

Doing some heavy workouts at the PanAthenaic Stadium.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I’m so out of shape just looking at all these stairs made me feel tired.

Cheesing on the Acropolis.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 10 points 

Looking for Kostas on Santorini (#DatCalderraDoe)

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Study Abroad Bucket List Italy

  • 5 points 

Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa — it ain’t gonna do it alone!

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Channeling your inner Lizzie McGuire and tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Trying not to get eaten by a lion at the Colosseo.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Can’t forget a Gondola ride in Venice — that’s amore!

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

waaaay before Instagram — this is the only photo I have of myself on a gondala haha.

  • 10 points 

Literally just you eating some pizza.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Study Abroad Bucket List Ireland

  • 5 points 

The Guinness Storehouse pic in Dublin.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

This is at Jameson Distillery — but I feel like it still counts.

Kissing the Blarney Stone.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

This was right after. I’m scared of heights, so I need a second to recover.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Monaco

  • 5 points 

Pretending to be hella rich and fancy while trying not to lose your last 20 Euro at the casino.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 100 points 

Monaco is known as a hangout for the rich and famous — so if you spot a celeb, you’ve earned these points!

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I met Eddie in London, not Monaco…so maybe I’l just take 50 points.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Morocco

  • 10 points 

The iconic camel selfie (up to you if you want to ride them — make sure they are being treated well!)

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Kammerlohr with her camel.

Make all your friends at home jealous with a snap of the Hammam Baths.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Study Abroad Bucket List the Netherlands

  • 5 points 

Just chilling NEAR the I Amsterdam sign because you’re wearing tight pants and aren’t that fit anyway, so you can’t climb up.

Is flixbus reliable

Hanging out inside a giant wooden shoe.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Making sure all the lame ~* under 21s*~ back in the States know you can drink in Europe by posing at the Heineken Experience.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 10 points 

Chilling on top of the I Amsterdam sign because you’re a literal monkey.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Peep my friend Mattias on the M.

Posing with one of the Dutch male models who work at the Heineken Experience.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I didn’t complete this step, so instead I offer you a photo of my Dutch brother-in-law and his groomsmen 🙂

Scotland

  • 5 points 

Looking for Jamie from Outlander.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

I didn’t find him.

Looking for Nessie.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

  • 10 points 

Literally just finding either of them.

Study Abroad Bucket List: The Ultimate European Scavenger Hunt

Final Tally

Best of luck completing your Study Abroad Bucket List! Add up all your points at the end of the semester to see who won (hint: all of you win because you got to study abroad in Europe).

I wasn’t able to do all of these in a semester, so don’t worry if you can’t either — just enjoy the journey.

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26 Comments

  1. December 9, 2017 / 10:39 AM

    Such a funny and nice post, Emily!!!
    This is a real challenge 😉

  2. December 9, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    Despite having been to London multiple times and done the Harry Potter studio tour (for 6 hours!) I still haven’t made it to Platform 9 3/4! Gotta do that one on my next visit to London in February. Loved this list and all your wonderful photos. Seems like you really made the most of your time!

    • December 10, 2017 / 2:09 AM

      Omg! I think the tour at the studio is more fun, but seeing 9 3/4 is amazing. Doesn’t take very long, too. The line always loooooks long, but you only end up waiting about 20 minutes. I’ve been three times!

  3. December 10, 2017 / 5:14 AM

    Such a happy awesome list 🙂 It reminds me how amazing Europe is!! I’ve travelled all over the world; but so happy to be European – we have so many beautiful places.

    • December 10, 2017 / 3:59 PM

      You’re so lucky to live there — so many amazing things to see and do!

  4. December 10, 2017 / 8:47 AM

    I truly loved reading this post and watching the photographs. So many ‘must-do’ cliches in here too. Great idea and really well done!

    • December 10, 2017 / 4:00 PM

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, lots of really touristy things…but that’s why they are so well – known, because they are fun! 🙂

  5. December 10, 2017 / 11:05 AM

    This is such a sweet idea! I would have loved this challenge back when I was a student. Although my uni was in London, so I couldn’t afford to travel to so many places back then. The world seems a lot smaller now there are so many cheap airlines! 😉

    I love how happy you are in each of your photos, well, apart from the blarney stone!

    • December 10, 2017 / 4:02 PM

      Yes! Ryanair and EasyJet made so easy to go a lot of places while I was studying abroad — and I was in Italy, so it was less expensive than the UK to begin with. and omg the Blarney Stone. I felt so brave, but never again.

  6. Melissa
    December 10, 2017 / 4:19 PM

    love the list and that everything has point values!!

  7. December 10, 2017 / 4:41 PM

    wow you are so blessed to experience all these places abroad! i am thinking of going to teach in Europe next year, I hope it works out..I don’t know where to even start!

    My daughter is in college and wants to maybe do a year abroad ..so I will pass on the post!

    • December 11, 2017 / 8:58 PM

      I hope both of you have so much on your adventures <3

  8. December 11, 2017 / 11:45 AM

    What a fun idea! I don’t have many regrets in life, but always wish I’d been able to study abroad!

  9. December 11, 2017 / 3:09 PM

    The best part about Europe is the proximity between the major cities, making traveling a cinch ! You’re given the chance to go abroad and you don’t waste time sitting around 🙂 Thanks for sharing the places that every student needs to visit before they head back to home.

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:40 PM

      So true! I feel like it takes FOREVER to get from cool place to cool place here in the States.

  10. December 11, 2017 / 7:33 PM

    This is freaken brilliant! I was seriously LOLing at almost every caption, ““Imagining” a photo at the John Lennon Wall ” hahaha

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:41 PM

      There was like no one there when I went, so that one was easy. Still made the pun in person though haha. Prague is PRAGUEABLY the pun capital of the world tbh.

  11. Kerry
    December 13, 2017 / 8:07 PM

    I like seeing how your fashion has evolved since “before you were a travel blogger .”

    • December 13, 2017 / 8:11 PM

      I honestly can’t believe what I used to wear tbh. and the photos that I thought were cute….#nothankssis

  12. December 14, 2017 / 2:19 AM

    Great idea and fun to read! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  13. January 1, 2018 / 5:38 AM

    Loved going through the list, your study abroad was done right!!
    Wishing you a happy new year and happy travels!

    -Stef
    stefsjourney.com

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