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Top 5 European Cities for Students to Visit

Planning a trip abroad?

Europe has everything and anything to offer; from incredible museums and beautiful architecture to wild festivals, boat parties and unforgettable nightlife.

Here are a few places that you can’t afford to miss out on…

  1. Amsterdam
    This city is the perfect destination for a short city break, or perhaps a stop off on an inter-railing trip. Start your day by going for a relaxing walk or bike ride along the picturesque canals. Then you could explore the world famous museums such as The Anne Frank Museum or the Van Gogh gallery. In the evening immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s bustling nightlife glamorous cocktail bars or even the Xtracold Icebar (known as the coolest bar in Amsterdam).Amsterdam
  2. Dubrovnik
    For all fans of the TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is home to the beautiful King’s landing, capital of the seven Kingdoms and is one for the bucket list. Croatia also has so much more available, from white water rafting and the waterfalls of Krka national park to famous festivals and boat parties such as Love International and Hideout Festival. Its stunning beaches and charming towns provide an ideal location for any keen explorer.Dubrovnik
  3. Barcelona
    There is no denying that Barcelona is a beautiful city. The region of Catalonia is a haven for art and culture with stunning architectural works by the famous Gaudi such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. There are also endless sculptures like Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish and many popular modern art galleries. As well as being incredible to look at; Barcelona offers stunning rooftop bars that serve sophisticated cocktails and authentic Tapas and paella, bustling beaches right on the edge of the city and the Tibidado amusement park nestled in the mountains. Sport fans can visit the Nou Camp, home to the world famous FC Barcelona. Barcelona
  4. Rome
    Rome is arguably home to some of the most magnificent remains of ancient history in the world. The Colosseum and the Vatican City are places that people need to see at least once in their lives. But there is more Rome than just sightseeing, there’s something about eating the authentic Italian foods in this city that is completely unique. Pizza and pasta are of course delicious but you will not taste gelato as good as this anywhere else. Rome’s nightlife is very versatile; fancy wine bars and lounges in the Eternal city, the best night clubs in Testaccio and dance clubs in Akab. The bohemian and artsy crowd will undeniably enjoy the unique experience of the Rome Tram Tracks, a vintage tram with live music and drinking. This tram has danced in the shadows of the Colosseum with stars such as the Rolling Stones and Elvis. Rome
  5. Paris
    Paris has sensational architecture and sights such as The Eiffel Tower, The louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, just to name a few. Wander the city and dine in endless café gems such as le Coqelicot, La Maison Angelina and Cafes Verlet hidden away in the idyllic streets. For the partygoers there’s superb nightlife to suit everyone, with posh Paris clubs like Matigon and exquisite bars such as Club Raye, although those on a student budget may not be able to indulge, but let’s not forget about the designer shopping… a little browsing never hurt anyone. Paris

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Using a Cell Phone in Europe: International Roaming Without the Massive Bill

Option 1: Don’t take your cell phone with you! Stop reading…this post is not for you.european sim card

Option 2: Take your cell phone, turn off all data services and don’t make any calls. Sure, this will save you a fortune in voice and data roaming charges, but what’s the point? You might be lucky enough to find the occasional free WiFi Hotspot but apart from that your cell phone will be pretty useless. Imagine getting lost without Google Maps, or not being able to share a picture on Instagram!

Option 3: Take your cell phone with you, leave data services turned on and pay all the roaming charges. This is a sure way to come home to a big bill. For example a leading US phone network charges $1.49 per minute for calls and $15 per MB for data outside the US and Canada. Ten minutes on Facebook, could end up costing several hours wage!

Holiday is a time to relax, that’s why we have a fourth option.International-Phone-Rental

Option 4: Take your unlocked cell phone with you, place a SIMsmart prepaid SIM card inside, and now you’ve got an international cell phone. Enjoy international calls and roaming without the big bill. Incoming calls are from free and data is from $0.40 per MB!

How much data is my cell phone likely to use?

50MB of International Roaming Corresponds to Approximately:

Basic Webpages (mainly text) 500 pages
Multimedia Webpages (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) 150 pages
Basic Emails 50,000 emails
Emails with attachments 100 emails
Downloading/Streaming Music 10 songs
Downloading/Streaming Video 5 minutes
Skype Voice Call 1.5 hours
Skype Video Call 10 minutes
Streaming Online Radio 50 minutes
Downloading/Updating Apps 2 apps

In other words, viewing 500 web pages, watching 5 minutes of video or downloading 2 apps would use 50MB; it doesn’t allow you to do both. Realistically, you’ll do a bit of everything, and so each activity would contribute towards your data usage.

How do I make an international call?

When making a call, or sending a text message, you will need to use an international dialing code. Check out this page to find out which dialing codes you need and how to use them.