Moussaka, Dutch cheese and Swedish strawberries: here's how to eat your way through Europe...
After moving to Liechtenstein at 18 and spending a few years exploring Europe, it was clear to Student Flights consultant Olivia Nysse that she had indeed caught the lifelong travel bug which is how she arrived at SF Southport!
She tells us a little bit about her most recent trip back to the continent that started it all!
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How did you arrive at SF and how long have you been with us?
Moving over to Liechtenstein when I was 18 was definitely the beginning of it all. This sparked the travel bug in me and after spending a couple of years exploring Europe I knew I wanted to share my experiences with other travellers. I started my career at Flight Centre back in 2014 and then moved over to Student Flights in 2016 as I knew my passion is in the youth travel industry. I have been with Flight Centre Travel Group for the past 3 years.
Could you tell me a little more about your last trip to Europe?
On my most recent trip to Europe, I explored the Netherlands, Sweden and Greece. It was my third time over there, however, this was a 'foodie trip' and a totally different experience than my 'backpacker gyros days.' In my opinion, food is definitely one of the best parts of travelling, so living on Mousaka, Spanakopita, Dolmades, and Greek Feta diet rather than the 2 Euro Gyros diet was a huge bonus, not to mention all the Dutch Cheese and Swedish Strawberries!
What was your favourite city and why?
It's so hard to have a favourite city when all cities are so different and diverse. I absolutely love Graz in Winter, the city becomes a fairy tale when the snow falls and the Christmas Markets buzz with people warming up with their Gluhwein.
What sort of activities or day trips did you get to do?
During my last trip to Amsterdam caught the ferry over to Amsterdam North (Amsterdam Noord), this is a must see when visiting Amsterdam.
This is the Artsy hub with a creative dining scene, with bars, restaurants and hotels made out of shipping containers, and home to the Windmill D'Admiraal, the perfect place to take a Heineken and have a beer at the Windmill, can't get more Dutch than this! Also, check out the Pekmarket timetable when you're in Amsterdam, this market caters to difference produce each day, such as their Organic Food Fridays and Saturdays are Vintage Clothing.
Any insider tips for travel that you picked up in that destination, any tips you would pass onto your BFF?
Yes, make friends with the locals! They'll be your best friends to point you in the right direction and explore the places the locals go, rather than just the touristic places. You never know, if you're like me you may also be bunking on their couch in no time.
What's one of your favourite travel memory from this trip?
My favourite memory was sitting on the white washed cliffs of Fira in Santorini, with a glass of Precesso in hand, watching the spectacular sunset followed by the applause the moment it disappeared. It doesn't matter how many Santorini Sunsets you see, she'll never fail to amaze you with her beauty!
Did you go on the trip with anyone you already knew or did you get to make some new friends?
As much as this trip was about food, it was also about close friends. So I was lucky enough to be travelling with my closest friends. Normally I do travel alone, as this gives you the freedom, however with friends these memories will be re-lived whenever we're together which is special! It doesn't matter if you're alone or with friends, you're always going to make new friends, and that's the beauty of travel!
What was the best thing you ate?
Hmm.. this would most definitely have to be a Moussaka Croquette at Kastro Restaurant in Oia, which was a perfect spot to watch the sun go down, it's the furthermost point on the island so nobody is blocking the view!
What do you think are some of the biggest benefits of booking with SF?
We are all like minded, fun and between all of us we have a load of knowledge and insider tips! We also have INCREDIBLE Airfares exclusive only to Student Flights for Students and Under 30's. We offer Layby, and also Book now and Pay later options, and there's always going to be someone from the Student Flights family available to help you out 24/7.
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