Posts Tagged ‘budget travel’

Stockholm: A City So Chill It Has Mandatory Coffee Breaks

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After Copenhagen, we hopped on a super short (1 hr 15 min or so) flight over to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, another country and city known for being almost scarily pleasant, and already living in the Bernie-esq superworld we wish we had. On the plane, I actually found an article in Wired about a guy from ABBA in the process of turning Sweden into a cashless society. As someone who hates an ATM fee or credit card charge, I’m onboard. When I find out Stockholm has a population of 900k and the entire country 10million, it makes a little more sense how they have it so good, but I’m still jealous and insanely curious.

Where we stayed: This was my first experience staying at an AirBnB shared apartment, and I’d definitely do it again. Typically I rent the entire apartment, but this cute spacious bedroom within an apartment on the island of Sodermalm (Stockholm is made up of a bunch of little islands that are both neighborhoods with subneighborhoods within them) worked out great for us, and was a prety good deal.

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New Nordic Cuisine & Anarchist Communes in Copenhagen

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A month or so ago I finally went on a trip I bought (semi drunk?) at 2 am. It’s very like me to buy a flight 9 months in advance and sort of sit on it. In my mind it somehow feels free this way? (It definitely isn’t and wasn’t but I can dream.) Anyways, Drew and I hopped on an 11 hour insanely reasonably priced Norwegian Airlines flight from LAX to Copenhagen for the first time. The crisp early Spring weather paired with the incredibly liberal sensibility definitely made me a fan of the capital of Denmark. I also loved that being (as what I think is fair to call) a less traveled European city, I felt less pressured to go to a million sites and had actually less recommendations coming my way, which prompted me to do a little bit more research and explore on my own.

Where we stayed: 

Another Air BnB success story, we stayed in this cute studio apartment in the neighborhood of Vesterbro, which I totally recommend. Super walkable area filled with boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars, and more.

Where we ATE!! (YASS! Copenhagen is a food capital!): 

*DISCLAIMER* The infamous NOMA was closed. I knew this about 6 months before we arrived, and basically got over it immediately until as soon as I was in Copenhagen people were suggesting that I go, as if you could just pop in…..

One note about my eating experience in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is expensive. I’d say 35% give or take more than equivalent places in LA/SF/NY. That being said, tipping, especially 20% is not customary, so it sort of evens out or is 15-20% more. Because of this, fine dining was a LOT less expensive than I expected. This may also be some sort of competition with NOMA which is world famous, or because NOMA is closed, I’m not sure. But if you consider a kabob and a soda is USD $15 or a coffee, juice, and pastry is $20, why wouldn’t you have a three course meal for $50 when you have a chance.

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How I Plan a Budget Friendly Vacation

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I leave for Hong Kong and Tokyo in about a week and a half and before I start flooding my feed with travel pics, I wanted to share some insight into what goes on in my brain while planning a trip and figuring out how to make a seemingly unrealistic multi-country trip fit in my budget.

This upcoming trip, like all the ones I have planned in my last two or so years of being travel obsessed started from random browsing. I was staying at my Grandma’s house in December when I first moved to LA as I waited for my stuff to get shipped from NY. One night I just started planning a fake vacation in my head to visit my friend Sam who is living in Hong Kong and then going to Tokyo, which I thought was nearby but is actually 4 hours away. I picked a range of possible dates I was into, and started plugging them into Kayak. I was pretty open since I would be taking my vacation days at work and have paid vacation days that don’t roll over, so what could be more motivation. Below I break down how I plan where to go, when to go, where to stay, and how to fly.

Please leave any of your tips and tricks in the comments! Both about saving money, taking trips, and vacation ideas! 

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Keep Tijuana Tasty – A Weekend in TJ

Tijuana, like Vegas, is one of those places I somehow had not been to despite being a Southern California native. Though now I’m hooked, I’m glad I didn’t go in my party days and saved it for now. Valentines day weekend also happened to land on a three day weekend, so my savvy self rented out my apartment on Air B&B, (If you haven’t used it, its amazing for both renting places or renting your own place- get $25 off your first time )

OK so back to it- Tijuana is a 2.5-3 hour drive South of LA, so Drew (and I- I actually got my drivers permit and helped!) headed down there early Saturday morning and came back midday Monday. To quote Drew who I overheard saying this as I swooned “we came here for the food.” The motto.

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