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Gothenburg Travel Diary: Day 1

My weekend in Gothenburg is sadly already over and I’m currently back home to my reality. Gothenburg treated me and Sandra very well and I already want to go back. We arrived in Gothenburg on Friday afternoon and walked straight to our hotel which was Hotel Eggers. We wanted an experience and not just feeling like our hotel was the place we went to just for sleeping. And Hotel Eggers delivered! What an experience! A hotel review will be up shortly because it deserves its own post.

Hotel Eggers Gothenburg

After we checked in to our amazing room we headed out on the town as the kids say. We went to meet up with fellow travel influencer Isabelle aka ThatSwedishTraveller for some pizza and beer at Brewers Beer Bar. Neither me or Sandra are big fans of beer so I had a glass of rosé wine and she had a cider. We ordered sourdough pizza and it was sooooo good! I’m not even exaggerating it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Mine was with cauliflower-sauce as a base instead of tomato sauce and then topped with four kinds of cheese, spinach, pea sprouts and garlic sauce. Sandra had one with some sort of ham, cheese and fresh tomato I think. Let’s just say that we were not disappointed.

READ MORE: Things To Know Before You Visit Sweden

Brewers Beer Bar Gothenburg

After our pizzas we headed to another pub to drink beer (cider for us weaklings). The plan was to have something to drink then head to an outdoor concert with Isabelle and her friend Amanda. But you know, we are rookies in Gothenburg. Gothenburg has a rumor about it that it always rains. We looked at the weather reports before hand and didn’t see any rain on the forecast so we didn’t bring raincoats. ROOKIE MISTAKE. It rained. The entire evening and night. So we decided to skip the concert and head back to the hotel for an early night. Sandra is my cousin and best friend and since we live so far away from each other we rarely get to hang out. So it was so nice just to hang out in our beautiful room and talk for the rest of the evening.

Sweden

Things To Know Before You Visit Sweden

IKEA, Abba, Spotify and northern lights are usually things that come to mind when you’re thinking about Sweden. But it is so much more than that and traveling to this beautiful country should be on your bucket list by now! Sweden has a population of about 10 million inhabitants and is a very long, skinny country, this is very important to remember for later. Sweden offers beautiful nature, interesting history and a variety of foods but there are some things you should know before visiting this interesting Scandinavian country.

At one of my favorite places down south; Kullaberg.

Getting around in Sweden

Whilst visiting getting around is easy. Sweden has a great railway-system that connects almost every major city in the country. The down side of traveling by train can be that it’s very expensive if you don’t book beforehand and it also takes quite a long time. SJ is the biggest railway company and where you can find tickets from all stations in Sweden. Taking the train from Malmö in the south to Kiruna in the north takes about 20hrs and you have to change trains a couple of time. But if you’re going from Gothenburg to Stockholm the train is definitely the way to go!

As I said earlier, Sweden is tall and skinny. Traveling from west to east is not a big deal, but north to south takes several hours. Another way to get around is by plane, this is what I recommend if you’re traveling from the south to the north or the other way around. BRA is the domestic flight operator in Sweden and is where you should look if you’re interested in flying domestic. Other ways of getting around are FlixBus or Nettbuss.

 

Accommodation

Sweden offers a wide variety of hotels, hostels, AirBnB’s and campgrounds. For finding hotels I recommend Sweden Hotels or Hotels.com. Hotels start from about 600 SEK a night for one adult. For finding hostels the best way is to look at the Swedish Tourist Association they own the majority of the hostels, mountain cabins and mountain stations in Sweden. Also SVIF offers a good amount of hostels. Hostelworld and hostels.com also work in Sweden. Hostels costs from about 200 SEK a night.

If you’re looking to camp in; you’re in luck! Sweden has a law called Allemansrätten, which basically means that you are allowed to camp almost everywhere in the forests. With exception of where there is a sign that says otherwise. But this should be taken with a grain of salt. Don’t camp next to someones house or ruin someones ground. Be respectful. If you want to camp in a camping with your RV or van the easiest way to find campsites are via Camping.

Another favorite; Söderåsen National Park

Eating & drinking

I’m going to be 100% honest with you here. It’s an expensive place to visit. If you’re staying for a longer period of time I recommend buying groceries and doing some cooking yourself if you can! Meats and cheese are especially expensive so eating a more plant based diet will benefit you. Different studies show that about 10% of the population are either vegetarian or vegan and a contributing factor can definitely be the expensive food. Eating out can be fun and the big cities offer a big variety of cuisine. What ever you what, Sweden probably has it!

Tipping in Sweden is not as common as it is abroad and most Swedes only tip once in a while and never when they’re eating lunch. But if you do want to tip between 5-10% is a good amount. If you are looking for a fun night out you should come prepared. Sweden adds a 25% tax to all alcoholic drinks so don’t be surprised if you end up paying 150-200 SEK for a long drink or 60-100 SEK for a glass of wine. Getting in to clubs also usually costs between 120-250 SEK per person. Beer is the cheapest drink to drink and if you like beer there are many exciting ones to try! On TripAdvisor you can find many good restaurants in Sweden.

 

Things to do

Sweden has many things to do no matter what season you visit. It is an amazing summer destination as well as a winter destination. In the summer there are several events that take place such as Medeltidsveckan (The Medieval Week) in Visby, the music festival Sweden Rock (amongst many other) and Midsummer! Other things to do in the summer are biking the Kattegatt-trail or learning more about the Swedish history by visiting a museum (many museums has free entry!). Another beautiful place worth visiting is the island of Öland. It’s an idyllic summer paradise, perfect for celebrating midsummer!

If you are brave enough you should visit in the winter time! Yes, it will be cold but you will have the time of your life. This country is literally a winter paradise. You can spot northern lights, ride a dog sled and hang out with reindeers. Remember earlier when I told you about Sweden being tall and skinny? If you want to experience these things you need to get up far north! Swedish Lapland offers all of the things mentioned above so if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience you should visit Lapland. If you’re feeling really brave you can even stay at the Ice Hotel while you’re at it. The north also offers som great skiing if you like an active vacation!

Last year I traveled north to the small village Lakavattnet

Hopefully this post helped you with your plans to visit this wonderful destination! If you have any other questions about Sweden I’m happy to answer them, just post them in the comments below. If you want more Sweden-related content head over to my Instagram where I regularly post pictures of things to do, places to visit and other Sweden content!

Personal

Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday! Can’t believe that I’m 21 years old now. I feel older but at the same time younger than my age. When I’m at work I blend in with my colleagues I feel older but when I’m at school feeling like I don’t understand a thing, I feel very young haha!

I also feel old when I think about all the things I’ve done in my life. That I’ve already managed to do a lot of things for being so young. I’ve traveled many places, lived abroad and I’ve moved away from home to study in a city I had never visit before. I feel proud when I think about all the things I’ve done.

To celebrate my birthday I’m traveling to Gothenburg in just two days with my cousin! We are staying Friday to Sunday and I can’t wait to share my trip with you guys.

See you in a couple of days when we’ve checked in to our hotel!

Hiking

It’s hiking time!

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1. Sunglasses / 2. Sailing pants / 3. Hat / 4. Spork / 5. Cup / 6. Lunch box / 7. Boots / 8. Sweater / 9. Backpack

Guys! It’s finally the best time of the year again! Autumn, which for me means hiking season has begun! And when a new hiking season begins I always get way to excited to buy new hiking gear. Anyone else that is the same? On the top of my list for this season are these metal lunch boxes. Metal is a great way to avoid plastic and I just think they look better as well. Also they stay fresh longer! I think we’ve all been there when all our lunch boxes are stained red in the bottom thanks to a lovely pasta bolognese or like wise. This doesn’t happen with metal! I also put together some other great hiking stuff for you to check out this season. What do you like most out of the stuff above?

England

How Not to Move Abroad in Europe

In 2016 I graduated from high school and just a few days after graduation I packed a tiny bag and flew to Madrid and then onwards to Liverpool. Which I decided was my new home. My experience moving abroad was a disaster. Not the city of Liverpool, but my experience. So here I am today to tell you how not to move abroad in Europe so that you can learn from 18-year-old me and not make the same mistakes.

Me in my bedroom in Liverpool. Why did no one tell me that my hair was actually yellow?

Plan ahead

I wish I knew planning ahead actually can be a good thing. I have a tendency to dive head first into projects and not thinking about consequences, which can be a good quality sometimes. But it also gets me in all kinds of hard situations that I then have to solve in like 2 minutes. This was one of those situation. I had a living situation sorted out, but that was it. I had about $200 in my bank account and no source of income what so ever. Don’t think of me as a spoiled child because in my adult life I’ve always made my own money and I have not lived of my parents.

This is the building in which I failed my interview. I have walked by this building when visiting Liverpool later on, but it still gives me a feeling of failure and I try to avoid going to the docks when I visit.

Don’t procrastinate

Okay, so I just graduated after 12 years of school. I was tired. But as I mentioned earlier; I had no source of income. And I procrastinated finding one. I procrastinated searching for jobs and getting my National Insurance-number, so that I actually would be able to get a job (spoiler: I still don’t have it). So I did not make it easy for myself. Also remember that I was 18 and never had a “real” job before. Eventually I got a interview for an internship at a museum (which I obviously didn’t get) and after failing the interview SO HARD. I pretty much gave up on life. When I look back I feel sorry for myself.

 

Realize when things doesn’t work out

You can make it work. No doubt. But I just couldn’t. All trough high school I had been struggling with depression, anxiety and my senior year I was even on sick leave for the most of the year. And let me tell you; to move abroad to a new, foreign country did NOT make it better. So after about a month of panic attacks on the kitchen floor, crying myself to sleep, not having found a single friend and about $0 in my bank account. I gave up. I flew back home and saw myself as a failure for a very long time. I started studying at a university in a new city and tried to forget all about Liverpool and England. But today I’m proud that I tried and also proud that I took the decision to move back home and stop torture myself.

The neighborhood where I lived.

Try again

I am not yet at this stage but I will definitely move abroad again in the future. Maybe not in Liverpool but somewhere. I love adventure and I think I would manage much better now. I’m today healthy from my mental illnesses, have work experience and I’m a much more mature human being. So I have not given up. One day I will move out of the country again but I will be better prepared.

 

Some actual tips on moving abroad

  • Be active. Go to the local pub, talk to people and you will probably find friends for life!
  • You don’t have to work a traditional job. I wish I realized that I could work online when I was still in Liverpool. Then things probably had turned out different for me. This makes moving abroad easier!
  • Save up some “if everything goes to hell”-money before going. I didn’t do this and the fact that I had no money was constantly in the back of my head and made me get severe anxiety. I actually wouldn’t recommend to move abroad without some back up money.
  • Plan somethings ahead. I’m all about being spontaneous but when you’re making big life changing decisions, a back up plan can be a good option.
  • If you want to move abroad and not have to worry about all these things I just mentioned; trying going as an Au-Pair.
Personal

I Tried Going Plastic Free for 30 Days

In July I challenged myself to be a better person. After watching the Netflix-documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ I was devastated. The ocean and the corals are slowly dying. I wrote a long emotional post on my Instagram which you can find here and decided that I would try to be a better person for the ocean by going plastic free for a month. It was quite the challenge and it has definitely changed my opinion on plastic and I can honestly say that I’ve cut my consumption if not in half then at least a LOT.

Of course I thought it was a good idea to film the entire process and make it into a vlog. So this is what I’m presenting to you now. The first part of my plastic free challenge. Part two will come soon so don’t worry!

READ MORE: FIVE WAYS TO BE A TOURIST IN YOUR HOMETOWN

The challenge was to cut plastic completely out of my life but I’m not going to lie. I failed. It was so hard! It was much harder than I expected it to be but at the same time I realised that I use less plastic then I think. But it’s the standard things that gets you; shampoo, conditioner, lunch boxes and STRAWS. But I still think I managed pretty well and the most important thing is that I don’t feel discouraged. Instead I’m motivated to keep on going. To slowly become a better person and constantly improve for the climate. So that my future children and their children can experience the same beautiful world as I do.

Have you tried using less plastic? Did you find it hard? I want to know your stories in the comments below! And it would also be nice if you watched the video and told me your thoughts about it and the challenge. Maybe you will try it out for yourself!

 

Europe

Rhodes: Top 3

I went to Greece. Again. This time to Rhodes. I just can’t help myself haha! I’m currently compiling a video of our trip to Rhodes but whilst you’re waiting I thought it would be fun to read about the highlights of my trip.

Snorkeling in St Paul’s Bay

This place was insane! And if you like snorkeling this is a must. Just past Lindos is this beautiful bay with a beach and some great snorkeling. I would argue that this was the best place we visited on Rhodes. We parked our car on the parking lot you can see just above the bay and then walked over to the beach in the bottom of the picture. Then we snorkeled out and around the cliffs separating the bay from the ocean. There were plenty of fish and the water was crystal clear! This is a must when I get the chance to visit Rhodes again.

St Pauls Bay, Rhodes is great for snorkelers and families.

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

The butterfly valley is beautiful. We drove there and I imagine that it’s the best way of getting there. It’s about a 40 min drive from Rhodos town but definitely worth it. It is such a different place that the rest of the island and it almost felt like being back in Sweden haha. I recommend that you walk trough the valley and all the way up to the monastery on top of the hill. It has a great view! You should also come right when they open the valley since it’s crowded later in the day. The “boring” part of the valley is that there is only one type of butterfly but to me it does not matter since there are SO many of them!

Butterfly Valley is only a 40 min drive from Rhodes town.

Watching the sunset over Mandraki Harbour

The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen.

This was insane my friends. Watching the sun set over Mandraki Harbour is a must. We were blessed with the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. Everything was pink and orange. We ended the night with watching the blood moon (how cool?!) from the harbour, which is a once in a lifetime experience. But I can assure you, that the sunset is beautiful, blood moon or not haha!

Europe

Seven Things To Do On Kos

Hi guys, I’m back with a travel guide from Kos, Greece! Finally! Kos was an amazing island and if you’re looking for adventure I would recommend Kos! If you are planning to go to Kos soon (or in the future) this is the right post for you. Here are 7 things to do on the island of Kos!

 

1. RENT A BIKE TO GET AROUND KOS

This is a must! Everyone rents a bike on Kos and you will understand why. The island is quite small and if you’re staying in Kos town the easiest way to get around is by biking. There are bike roads all over Kos. So rent a bike and explore your surroundings! We payed €18 for the entire week.

 

2. THERMA BEACH

One of our favourite places to visit was Therma beach. Therma beach is a beach up in the mountains with hot springs! And amazing snorkelling! We didn’t swim in the hot springs (because it was TOO HOT in the middle of summer) but we swam outside in the ocean. Because of the hot spring water running out into the ocean there’s plenty of fish hunting for fish in the area so it’s perfect if you like snorkelling. It is possible to bike there but beware that it’s on the other side of a mountain and that you will have to bike over the mountain. We biked there and were fine but you can also take the local bus, rent a car or a buggy for the day.

 

 

3. TRY THE LOCAL FOOD

We tried to find as many restaurants as possible that were mostly visited by the locals instead of eating at the tourist restaurants. Our rule of thumb was: if they got pictures of the food on the menu. It’s bad. We were right every single time. My favourites were Alla ki alla, Never on a sunday and Ali!

 

READ MORE: RHODES TOP 3

 

4. RENT A BUGGY FOR A DAY

One of the most fun things I have EVER done was driving a buggy around the island! It was so much fun. We rented the buggy for an entire day and drove to so many different locations that we would’ve missed otherwise. We checked out different small villages, beaches and we even drove up in the mountains. I believe we payed around €50-60 for the entire day + some gas. It was totally worth it!

 

 

5. GO TO ZIA

Zia is a small village up in the mountains and the view from up there is amazing. We were recommended to watch the sunset from up there but unfortunatley we didn’t for various reasons, but I would believe it’s stunning! From Zia you can also hike up even further in the mountains as there’s a nature reserve. We were planning on hiking up but realised that it would be dangerous in the hot sun as it was almost 35°C during our week on the island. Pro tip: Go to Zia on a Sunday! There are no local buses or tourist buses to Zia during Sundays but everything is still open = no tourists and you will have the small town to yourselves!

 

 

6. SCUBA DIVE

I did my first ever scuba dive on Kos and began taking my certificate! So I will never not recommend it when I talk about Kos haha. Kos has a lot of wildlife and a lot to see. At one dive site we did not only see plenty of fish but also ceramics and antiquities from veeeeery long ago! So long ago that the authorities in Greece made it illegal to touch or swim near them. If you have the opportunity to scuba dive, I recommend that you do!

 

7. GO TO TURKEY

If you’re staying in Kos town there are several daily ferries to Bodrum in Turkey! So why not make the most of your vacation and visit two countries at the same time. From Kos town to Bodrum it takes only 45 minutes. If I visit Kos again, I would totally do it! We were planning on going but ran into some major problems. I explain it more in the video below. Make sure to watch it so you don’t make the same mistake…

 

If you want to see more from my adventures on this beautiful island. Check out my instagram @strokeofadventure.


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Travel Tips

Five Ways to be a Tourist in your Hometown

I grew up in several places but the small town of Landskrona in south of Sweden with approximately 30,000 inhabitants is what I call my hometown. You might have grown up in a similar town and still live there or like me; moved away. I realised after I moved that I really don’t know that much about my actual hometown. So everytime I go home to visit my parents I try to explore a bit. Right now I’m home for a couple of days before I head off to Greece so I decided to make the most of it and explore something new whilst I’m here. I can’t be the only one that sucks at exploring my hometown, are you the same? So to boost your interest in your hometown here are five ways to be a tourist in your hometown.

#1 Visit the local museum 

Almost every town has some sort of a museum with history of the said town. I have visited the local museum in my hometown several times and it has really given me more understanding of the history of my hometown. It also made me feel closer to my relatives and ancestors since I can now understand what it was like for them to grow up in the same town as me. Many local museums also have free entry!

#2 Go on a city tour

As I wrote in my GUIDE TO COPENHAGEN; I recommend everybody to go on a city tour. You might think that it sounds boring and that you already know everything about your city. But I bet you don’t. Last summer me and my parents did a tour around the castle in Kalmar (where I live now) and even though I lived in Kalmar for quite some time now, I learned a lot! Next time I come home to visit I hope to have some more time to do a tour around my hometown.

#3 Stay at a local hotel

Have you ever stayed at a hotel in your hometown? Probably not. Get the whole tourist experience by acting like a tourist. Get a room or rent a local AirBnB even if it’s just for a night!

#4 Get outdoors!

If you really want to be a tourist in your hometown you can’t stay indoors. Get outdoors and do things that your hometown offers. Does your city have mountains or amazing nature? Go on a hike or rent a MTB and explore the surrondings for a day. It doesn’t have to be expensive or in the city centre.

#5 Take photos

You can’t be a real tourist in your hometown if you don’t take cheesy tourist photos in front of tourist spots. Bring a friend and visit all of the tourist spots in your city. Don’t miss out on them just because you happen to live in that city.
I hope this inspired you to get out and experience your hometown as a tourist! I know I’m definitely going to make a better effort to experience my hometown and my surroundings. I realised whilst looking on my harddrive for photos of Landskrona that I don’t have a lot, I need to get out and shoot my hometown more often! It would be fun if you would like to share ways that you explore your hometown in the comments! Now I’m going to move on to packing my last things for Greece, can’t wait to go. Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

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