Back in 2003, I spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy (How to Get Hot Italian Girls’ Attention 101,) and traversing all across Europe on the weekends. I hit various towns in Italy, along with the Vatican, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Zurich, and Geneva. Though my favorite destination was probably the airport in Frankfurt Germany, where I was stranded for close to 10 hours because I missed my flight and nobody could be bothered with getting me on another one.
In addition to whatever crap my teachers were telling me, I learned a lot about how traveling abroad for a long period of time works. Things nobody bothered to tell me beforehand. Such as: