Copenhagen – But is it Still Lit in January??

Copenhagen - is it still lit in January?
[Typical perfectly perfect street in Copenhagen]
So the answer is a resounding YES. I could actually live in Copenhagen. And I could totally deal with the winters!

Like I actually, really could and might someday in the future. Who knows! My friend actually wants to move there now so I might just hop on board (literally) with her and make it easier. Especially because I thought I would die in the winter, but I didn’t, and it actually really wasn’t that bad, sooooo I have no excuse now!

Bikes at TORVEHALLERNE MARKET in Copenhagen in January
[Bikes are literally EVERYWHERE in Copenhagen! Everyone was riding them, even in winter]
I didn’t have to use my giant puffy jacket like I did in Stockholm, and I think it stayed in the 40’s Fahrenheit (about 4.5 Celsius). It also only rained a little bit – not sure if we just got lucky, but we had a great time! I don’t even remember being cold walking to bars at night (and trust me, I am not one of those people that stays warm from drinking).

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Abisko, Sweden in the Middle of Winter

Red buildings from the window at Hostel Haverskog in Abisko, Sweden in JanuaryOkay, so – WHY exactly would I want to go to Sweden in the dead of winter (with minimal daylight) and call it a “vacation”?

Well, the main reason: stupid stupid cheap tickets. Like $440 round trip cheap from San Francisco to Stockholm. Not too bad, eh?

So, we went in January, and I was real worried that the lack of light would leave us bored to tears (when I looked online, it said it would only be light out from like 10AM-1PM), but I thought it was fine! It actually ended up being light from more like 9-2ish, and I had blog stuff to work on, so it wasn’t a huge deal. Plus we just had so much fun hanging out in our hostel, and met so many cool people!

It’s also not that bad walking around in the dark though, as long as you have a head lamp. However, if you still want to see the northern lights but want longer days, go during February!

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Meteora, Greece is Just as Magical as it Looks

The Roussanou Monastery on a cliff surrounded by trees and giant rocks in Meteora in Greece
[The Roussanou Monastery]

This’ll be my last Greece post…BUT OH MAN you should 10000000% go to Meteora if you’re in Greece.

I don’t care how out of the way it is for you (It’s about a 5 hour bus/train ride from Athens), or how little time you have – YOU. NEED. TO. GO. Like stop what you’re doing right now, buy a ticket to Greece, and go to Meteora. Then probably an island, because it wouldn’t be a trip to Greece without going to one.

Okay, actually, maybe read this guide first – THEN buy your ticket.

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Santorini, Greece: Perfect for Solo Female Travelers

View from Santorini caldera of Blue-domed Church and ferry on water - Santorini is a perfect destination for solo female travelers!
[I got this perfect Santorini shot by wandering alllll the way up the Caldera from Fira; I even saw a wedding shoot taking place later on!]
Santorini is a lovely island, but maybe not what you expected! At least it wasn’t for me. I thought it would be all sandy beaches and annoyingly romantic and gross.

BUT surprise, surprise – the beaches were not all that great! If you want beautiful beaches and whatnot, get your ass to Paros or Naxos.

Santorini does have beaches, don’t get me wrong – I went to the red beach, which was cool and all, but it didn’t have that super soft sand that you may picture. It was more like fiber-y chunks of tree bark.

The black beach and white beach are supposedly cool, too (I didn’t go) – but again, not what you expect. Santorini is a raised island, so it’s up on a platform. Hence the not so great beaches and rockiness.

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Greece is Perfect

White buildings and blue water in Paros, Greece[Harbor in Paros – I don’t remember the exact name of it, so if someone does let me know!]

Because it totally makes sense that I’m posting this in winter, when I’m currently in the middle of planning a trip to Stockholm. LOLZ.

But I miss Greece so so so much. And thus I’m going to talk about my trip there from like a year ago. There is something in the air in Greece that just screams CHILL (just like that, in all caps).

Especially Paros. I could go back there again and again – they spray Xanax or beaver tranquilizer vapor in the air. How legal that is, I’m not sure, but how super CHILLED out I was, that I am sure of!

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solo travel doesn’t mean lonely travel

Solo travel doesn't mean lonely travel: a guide to making friends - girl standing in front of beach in ireland[Look at me and all my friends!!!!!! I just can’t help it that I’m so popular…]

Okay so – I was terrified that I would make zero friends if I traveled solo. I’m an introvert, and can easily sink into hermit mode if I’m not feeling motivated to socialize.

I can be outgoing when I want to be, but I don’t always want to be – I was afraid I’d end up having a major pity party while everyone else was laughing and having a great time.

But – spoiler alert – that DID NOT HAPPEN! For the most part. There were definitely a few nights where I felt like a big ol’ lame-o (it’s a vicious cycle: I feel like being alone so I don’t try to meet anyone, but then I hear people laughing together and I feel bad for myself. SIGH).

But most of the time, it was easy to meet people and I’m now super hyped on solo travel!

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My Favorite ‘Popular’ European Cities

my favorite 'popular' european cities - the cathedral in florence
[The Cathedral of Florence, aka The Duomo, is absolutely gorgeous]
So, by ‘popular’, I mean the cities you’re most likely to go to on your first whirlwind European tour, i.e. Rome, Barcelona, London, etc. Those cities you’d have to be living under a rock a la Patrick from Spongebob to not know about.

This list is all just my personal opinion, and keep in mind that I definitely based the list off of my experiences, too. That said, here are my favorites (along with some I’d like to visit):

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Ireland Logistics

Ireland: Let's get down to logistics[As seen from the Howth Cliff Walk – yes, you should definitely go]

So I didn’t want to include this in myYou Should Probably Get Your Ass to Ireland guide because that would be really long. (But you should probably read that, too, because it’s chock full of information and hilariousness.)

OKAY. So let’s talk logistics and other super duper fun things.

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Visiting the Land of Leprechauns: Ireland

grassy hill with stone fences and houses on slea head drive in ireland
[Scenery from Slea Head Drive – read on for more info on that!]
Ireland is soooo much more than Dublin! When I hear that people only went there it literally pains me (especially because I was not the biggest fan of Dublin).

I’d say spend like 2-3 days in Dublin (depending on what you want to do) and after that get the heck out of there! IMO it’s overpriced and overcrowded with tourists (especially Temple Bar area – avoid at night at all costs!!!!).

And also – yessss I’m that girl that went to Ireland a year ago and is STILL talking about it. Ugh. But if you read on, you’ll understand why…And also, why not start off with a bang with one of my favorite places ever?

Want to learn more about the logistics of getting around, currency, where to stay, etc.? Go here.

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