EDINBURGH: Plans and Expectations

As I revealed a couple of posts ago I am going to Edinburgh next week. I have never visited Edinburgh or Scotland, so I'm very excited! And since I've never been, I thought I would share some of our plans and my expectations for this trip. We are six people in total travelling together on this trip and that means a LOT of people that want to do different things. We arrive in Edinburgh on November 30th and fly back home on December 3rd. 
 
Plans
 
We have three main activities planned for this trip. But they may change due to weather etc. 
 
First off, shopping. Since we are going to a country in which it is cheaper to shop for clothes etc. than in Sweden we are going to do some Christmas shopping. I'm planning to buy the majority of my Christmas presents in Edinburgh and so are the others. Hopefully, I can find some goodies for my self as well. I just recently cleaned out my entire closet because I'm moving to a different appartment when I get back from this trip. So now I need to fill it back up, right?! I plan to spend a lot of time in Primark since we don't have that in Sweden haha. 
 
Picture: Techrete
 
Secondly, a ghost tour! Edinburgh is a very old city and therefor it has a lot of history, especially haunted history. There are multiple tours all around the city for around £10-20. We're planning to take a walking tour around Edinburgh if the weather allows it and then find somewhere to eat dinner. Hopefully the weather will be nice to us because I'm very excited about this tour! Have anyone of you done a tour like this in Edinburgh? Do you have any recommendations? 
 
 
Lastly, we plan on climbing Arthur's Seat. Everyone on this trip are nature freaks and loves the outdoors so of course we plan to hike up Arthur's Seat. Once again this activity might change due to the weather but I'm bringing a rain jacket and my hiking boots, so no one can stop me haha! 
 
Picture: Walkhighlands
 
These are the three main activities on this trip but of course we have a whole lot more planned. Me and my cousin are big Harry Potter-fans so we plan on visiting Tom Riddles grave at Greyfriars kirkyard as well as the cafés where J.K. Rowling apparently wrote some of the books. We also want to visit the Museum of Edinburgh and the Edinburh Castle. 
 
Expectations
 
As I've never been to Scotland at all before I really don't know what to expect. I've heard only good things of Edinburgh but I don't like to listen to rumors too much. I have visted the UK quite a lot so in some ways I expect it to be very similar to that. Right now I just hope the weather will be okay and that it doesn't rain the entrie trip haha. But other than that, I will just have to wait and experience it on my own! 

Five countries to travel ALONE!

Many of us LOVE to travel but can never seem to get it done. One of the most common reasons not to travel is that you have no one to travel with. This is common for various different reasons; your and your travelmates schedules don't add up, your travelmate haven't saved up as much money as you and so on, the reasons are endless. So here I present to you five countries that are great for solo travel! Ditch you friend (unless they can come of course) and go by yourself. You will not only discover a new county or place, you will also discover things about yourself you didn't already know!
 
First location, Norway!
 
Picture: Earth Trekkers
 
With stunning nature and lovely people, Norway had a given place on this list. The people in Norway are helpful and speak good English. And Norway is also the home of many famous "Instagram-locations" as Trolltunga and Trollstigen. Norway is to say the least a beautiful country with a different culture. If you want to visit Norway I recommend you do it the right way - pack your best hiking boots and rent a car and go for a roadtrip through this beautiful country. This is perfect for solo travel as you can stop where ever you want and whenever you want! Norway is also concidered a "safe" country to visit so what are you waiting for?
 
Austria!
 
 
Picture: Thorbjörn Hammerth 
 
Austria is similar to Norway with its beautiful nature. Here goes the same as Norway, rent a car and drive through the mountains. Or travel in the winter for some absolute fantastic skiing. A popular destination in Austria is the capital Vienna and with its 1.8 million people its the 7th largest city in the EU. In Vienna you can enjoy beautiful architechture or why not visit the opera?
 
Third on the list, Canada
 
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Canada is a dream destination for me as well as for many others! Canada offers both stunning nature and big cities. As well as Norway and Austria, Canada offers skiing in the winter. Canada offers everything from the big city of Toronto to Banff National Park. It is safe to say that canada is the nature lovers dream. While in Canada you should also make sure you go see an ice hockey game since it is their national sport in the winter time! And who knows, you might even meet some nice people at the game that you wouldn't have met otherwise.
 
Number 4 is Thailand!
 
Picture: G Adventure
 
If you want to solo travel but at the same time meet new friends, Thailand is the place to go. Thailand is very popular for both solo och groups of backpackers. You will most likely meet other backpackers and maybe you even end up travelling together for a while. Thailand and South East Asia is very cheap to travel within and the most expensive thing on the trip will likely be your plane ticket to get there. You can also chose if you want to spend your time on the mainland or on some of the islands. Maybe Koh Samet? Or Bangkok? 
 
Last but not least we have Australia!
 
Picture: Great Barrier Reef
 
Not unlike Thailand backpackers are all over Australia. Australia is a great place to travel to if you want to meet other travelers. Australia is the home to a rich wildlife with animals like koalas, kangaroos and sharks! Go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or celebrate New Year's in Sydney. If you are feeling really adventurous you can even book a ticket to The Ghan, which is a train that goes from Adelaide to Darwin. The Ghan is a 54 hour (two nights) train ride through the wilderness of Australia. While riding the The Ghan you can stop to visit Ayers rock, Kakadu National Park and more! 
 
I hope this left you inspired to travel solo! You don't need to rely on friends and family to travel, you can do it alone. Please tell me in the comments below if you ever visited any of these countries and what your favourite part of the trip was! See you soon.

Who am I?

So I thought it would be fair to do an introduction of myself. So you guys know who's on the other side of the screen. 

 

First of all, my name is Mie and I’m a student and a photographer living in Sweden. I’m 20 years old. Currently, I’m studying business administration with a focus on the tourism industry at university and right now I’m about 50% (as of November, 2017) done with my studies. There is, however, a problem. I don’t know what I want to do when I’m done! I guess time will tell. Right now I'm just focusing on living now and trying not to focus too much on the future. I'm a big fan of travelling (as you might have noticed haha!) and I even lived abroad for a short while and for a short while my home was Liverpool, UK. I then moved back to Sweden to study, as mentioned earlier. 

 

I'm a very active person and any time not spent studying I'm spending swimming, hiking or (occationally) running. Hiking and outdoor-living is one of my biggest hobbies. But as much as I love being on the go with travelling or hiking or camping, I love to stay in my bed all day and watch Netflix like any other teenager (although I'm technically an adult). I hope you enjoyed this little introduction of me. I assume we will get to know eachother more and better along the way. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me in the comments or via the link in the top menu!

 

 

My Top 3 Dream Travel Destinations (atm)

  • Bali
  • Iceland
  • Norway
 
My Top 3 Visited Destinations (atm)
  • Cyprus
  • Paris, France
  • Tossa De Mar, Spain

Welcome to Stroke of Adventure!

Hello! And welcome to Stroke of Adventure. Stroke of Adventure is a travel related blog, Instagram and YouTube-channel (links in the top menu). Stroke of Adventure was founded with the purpose for me to share my adventures (both big and small), tips and other things related to travel. It is my vision about exploring the world and making my life an adventure. An introduction of me will be up shortly as well.

 

Traveling and photography is a big part of my life and I have had a dream for the longest of time to combine the two. And this is the result. Here I will try to gather my best travel photos, recommendations, tips, destinations and other useful travel related information. I hope you want to tag along exploring the world with me and follow my travels. 

 

So take a seat and buckle up because in just a few days we're heading of to our first destination.... *drum roll* Edinburgh, Scotland!

 
WELCOME!
Stroke of Adventure is a travel related blog, Instagram and YouTube-channel. Stroke of Adventure was founded with the purpose for me to share my adventures (both big and small), tips and other things related to travel.

SOA is written by me, Mie, and I'm a 20 y/o traveler, student and photographer from Sweden. You can read more about me if you click "About me" in the top menu.

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