I recently completed my final rotation of medical school in April, and have taken some much needed time to relax and travel a bit. I decided to keep it to mainly northern Europe. I highly recommend any of the Scandinavian countries if relaxation is your goal. They are the happiest countries in the world and for good reason.
I began my trip in The Hague, Netherlands. I know it’s a little obscure, but I have family in the area and wanted to spend some time with them as well. The Hague is a really beautiful city. Very serene atmosphere, and great public transportation. There is a small nightlife, but definitely not the same vibe as the bigger European cities. I later traveled down to Belgium and spent some time in Gent. This is definitely a hidden gem. A very mid-evil city with a lot of history that has been forgotten by many. In the 16th century this city was larger than Paris, but sadly now it is one of the smallest cities in Belgium.
I’m currently traveling through the United Kingdom. London has a great atmosphere, and an active nightlife if you’re looking for more of a party scene. Just be ready for the added expense. The British pound still reigns supreme in the currency game.
I would highly recommend traveling after medical school. Get your thoughts in order, and come back relaxed and ready to tackle the world.