A country so vast it's the biggest in the world, rubbing shoulders with the Eastern block, stretching its wings across glorious cities, awe-inspiring mountains, rivers and streams, tranquil lakes and rather dense, yet magnificent plains, there's a whole lot to discover, regardless of what you're into. If it's Russia's history, culture and architecture that tempt you, you'll be in for a treat in picturesque St Petersburg and the capital city, Moscow. If you're up for trekking, you'll enjoy the mountainous regions across the Southern border. Siberia is a sight to behold, with its have-to-be-seen-to-be-believed wild and untainted natural landscapes. You might want to board the Siberian Express to witness these, as well as the grassy plains, and jump off to explore unchartered territory...
The country once made famous by musical delights such as Mozart and Maria, is not only a land of yodelling and white-peaked mountains. Whether it's the architecture of Salzburg and Vienna, the hip and studenty town of Linz or nature escapades from Spittal, Austria is a brilliant choice of country for you German speakers.
Tell us a bit about you...
I'm 20 years old, studying 'International Tourism Management' at Leeds Metropolitan Univeristy. As part of my second year I had to do a 48 week placement within the tourism industry.
Where did you go?
I was sent to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for my placement.
Was your trip organised by your university?
The university had placements on offer but they were all waitressing in America, and I didn't really want to go down that route. I decided to find my own placement abroad, and I applied for a repping job with Thomson. After a long process I got the job! My accommodation was luckily provided through Thompson.