7 THINGS TO DO ON KOS

Hi guys! It's been a hot minute since I posted here but I'm trying to move my blog to my own platform but between working full-time and dying from the heat here in Sweden it's taking a while. But today I'm back with the first proper post from Kos. 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 10 things to do on the island of Kos!
 
1. RENT A BIKE
 
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! 
 
 
 
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...
  

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LAST MINUTE TRIP TO GREECE

WHAT I AM PACKING FOR A WEEK ON A GREEK ISLAND

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I did an Instagram-poll the other day (@strokeofadventure) and you seemed interested in knowing what I'm packing for my week on Kos, Greece. Can't believe it's almost time to go. But anyways let's get in to my suitcase. My suitcase is from Epic and my model is called Crate EX Wildblossom. I have the medium size and I really like it. It has a hard shell and fits everything I need. I haven't used it in a while though since I've only been on weekend trips the last year haha. It's nice to finally use it again. I couldn't get a picture of it for this post though since it's still at my relatives' house and I'm picking it up on Wednesday. 
 
SWIMWEAR

Let's be honest. You can't go to a greek island and not bring swimwear. So that's what I'm going to talk about first. I bought two new pieces of swimwear for this trip. The first one is a bikini top from Stadium and I think it's so pretty. I didn't buy the bikini bottoms because I didn't like the way they looked so I decided to pair them with a high waisted bottoms from H&M that I bought like two years ago...
 
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The other piece of swimwear that I bought is this long sleeved swim suit from Boohoo. I rarely get a tan and I almost always burn in the sun so I thought that a long sleeved option would be nice to have when you're in the sun all day. Also I thought it looked awesome. It was very hard to show on camera since I forgot my tripod at my parents house 3 hours away from here. But check it out on the website for a better look!
 
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Other than these two new pieces I'm bringing my high waisted black bottoms from H&M (similar here) and a plain back bikini set also from H&M several years ago. I'm also bringing cyclops and a snorkel which can be found here and a pair of flippers that can be found here.
 
CAMERA GEAR

Woho, my favourite part! I'm of course bringing way too much camera gear since that's just who I am haha. Besides my main camera, a Canon 6D, I'm bringing my GoPro Hero 5 Black that I haven't really had the chance to test out yet! I'm also bringing way too many accessories for the GoPro like a selfie stick, a floaty selfie stick, an arm strap etc. For my main camera I'm only bringing my 50mm f/1,4 since I'm too lazy to carry around my heavy wide angle lens haha. I'm also bringing my laptop and my external hard drive.
 
 
OTHER STUFF

This means clothing, skin care and other things that I really don't care about haha. For clothing I'm only bringing t-shirts, shorts and a beach dress haha. I don't really care about fashion that much and this is not a fashion blog. Skin care and make up I'm more interested in and this is what I'm bringing. 
 
 
1. Foreo Luna Play Plus - This I what I use to clean my face together with number 2. Your face feels so clean after using it and you can literally see all the dirt on the Foreo after scrubbing your face with it so it must be good!
 
2. Lumene Daily Cleansing Gel Cleaner - As you can see I've almost used all of this. I love Lumene and have been using their products for several years. It removes all dirt and makeup in just one wash so I'm impressed. 
 
3. ACO Sun Spray - Sun screen!!! So important and since I burn very easily this is a must for me. This one is SPF 30. 
 
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - I love to use this both with and without foundation. When I'm just going to work or school I put a tiny bit of this on my nose and chin and my pores are gone with the wind. When I use it with foundation it makes the skin look so smooth! 
 
5. Neutrogena Nourishing Body Lotion - After being in the sun all day I like to moisturize and this is my all time favourite lotion. 
 
6. Superdrug Naturally Radiant Cream - I ran out of face cream when I was in Edinburgh and I ran to Superdrug to buy the cheapest thing I could find. This was it. It's okay and it does what it supposed to do but it's nothing special. 
 
7. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I have been using this stuff for YEARS and I love it! It's SO cheap but still the best concealer I've ever used. I always buy several when I'm in the UK since you can't get them in Sweden haha. 
 
8. Isadora Grand Volume Lash Styler - A mascara right up my alley. It seperates the lashes beautifully and gives lots of volume. I'm happy with it. 
 
9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Really like this. It's pricey but I've tried cheaper versions but never been satisfied with any of them. This is the best one I've tried so far!
 

 
But that is everything I'm bringing. I have a lot of extra space in my suit case and that's usually the case when I'm travelling. I always travel super light but that's just the way I like it! And I never pack my camera gear in my check-in bag. I always bring it in my hand luggage since I don't want to loose it if my bag is lost. 
 
I hope you liked this post as it was really fun to write! Now I have to get back to studying for my finals so I can go to Greece with a good feeling. 
 

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NEXT UP: GREECE

It's been about a month since I got back home from Poland and I've already booked another trip haha! For those who say that you can't afford to travel when you are a student: you are WRONG! I booked my next trip about a week ago and I've already announced it over on my Instagram (don't forget to follow me there!). But anyway; I'm going to Greece! To Kos more specifically! I've never been to Greece before so I'm so excited. We are leaving on the 7th of June and will be gone for a week! 
  
 
Picture from when I visited Cyprus in 2014. This was the last time I visited a warm destination haha, since then I've only been on city weekends.
 
I can't wait to swim, snorkel and dive in the ocean again, it's been too long! Speaking of snorkeling and diving; I'm planning to take my diving certificate this summer/early autumn so that I can scuba dive on future adventures, how cool?! Does any of you got a scuba certificate? Apart from snorkeling I'm also very excited to try out my GoPro under water! I got a GoPro in September and haven't had the opportunity to try it out under water yet, so I'm really looking forward to that. 
 
Picture by A Greek Adventure
 
If you have any tips or recommendations about Kos, Greece; please leave them in the comments below!
 
Now waits another 20 days filled with school, exams and working at my "regular" job before I head off to Greece. Please let these 20 days fly by faster than ever because I can't wait to go!
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