My friends and I took advantage of our first free weekend. We spontaneously planned a trip in two days and ended up spending time in 4 countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia. It sounds like a lot, and hectic, and not worth it, but it was totally doable and a great asset to our Europe experiences. Renting a car was key. It gave us the flexibility to stop and leave a location when we wished and discover places we didn’t think we’d come across, and that’s what our weekend consisted of: finding stunning locations out of the blue.