Travelling around the world, making new friends and getting paid for it cannot be the worst job, so we asked Contiki staff for their top tips for seeing the European sights. Here's what they came back with.
1. Ice-skating at the Eiffel Tower
Twinkling lights, the Parisian skyline as a backdrop and authentic chocolat chaud to keep you warm - there's nothing more magical than skating on an ice rink at the Eiffel Tower. Located on the first floor observation deck, the rink's sprawling views of Paris make for an unforgettable night at one of the world's most iconic structures.
2. Experiencing a white Christmas
Forget admiring heart-warming wintry holiday scenes from books and movies - this is the year to experience a real white Christmas. Strolling through the charming cobblestoned streets of Berlin, Prague and Paris with an icing sugar coating of fluffy snow? Priceless.
3. Shredding the slopes in the Austrian Tyrol
Imagine waking up in a traditional German tavern cosily nestled among the snow-capped hills of the Alps - sound too good to be true? Young travellers sleep like kings and queens in Contiki's traditional Austrian Gasthof before hitting the slopes at one of Europe's most popular ski and snowboard resorts.
4. Singing Lang Syne at Hogmanay
Close out the year at one of the world's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cosying up in one of the historic city's many iconic pubs before grabbing a mulled wine and joining the crowds on the cobbled streets to ring in the new year is a memory not to be forgotten.
5. Seeing Amsterdam in bloom
One of Europe's coolest cities for young people, Amsterdam is also the most beautiful city in the spring months. Hop on a bike and explore the canals in the early spring sunshine, stopping off at the legendary flower markets and taking time to smell the tulips.
For more information on Contiki's Europe Winter trips, check out contiki.com/europewinter.
- Sunday Star Times