Scandinavia is renowned for being expensive. But you shouldn’t let that put you off. No matter where you go, there will always budget activities, food choices and travel options. So to help you enjoy Stockholm, I’ve pulled together a list of 8 activities that are super budget friendly; totalling £40. How can you argue with that?
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m getting married next year – eek! While I’ve been keeping wedding chat to a minimum, I’ve had quite a few of you tell me you want to hear more. So I’m going to pull together some – hopefully – useful guides.
First up: shopping for my wedding dress.
Not gonna lie – this was stressful. Not because the actual shopping experience was stressful, but because holy s#*! I’m getting married. It was a realisation moment. Sure, we’d sorted our venue and a bunch of other suppliers, but all of a sudden I needed to make big decisions without Lee by my side to talk things through. And we talk about everything.
So first up, I had to decide where on earth I was going to start looking…
Copenhagen is an amazing city to visit. Initially, it was just a stop off point for us to get to Stockholm and Oslo, and we seriously underestimated how much fun we’d have there.
Originally a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen became Denmark’s capital in the early 15th century and is now home to nearly 800,000 people. What I love most about it is how small it is – while using a foreign city’s public transport is always an interesting experience, I actually love cities that are small enough to walk everywhere (and if you’re not a fan of walking, Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world).
It’s a colourful, vibrant, welcoming city and was named Lonely Planet’s number 1 city to visit in 2019. We instantly fell in love with the place and I will definitely be going back!
If you’ve seen photos of the interior of our house, then you’ll know we love bold patterns and bright colours. In fact, there’s only one room and the downstairs loo that use a neutral colour palette.
Slowly, we’ve been getting more adventurous with our DIY projects over the years. Combining my crafty skills and Lee’s vision, we’ve found that we make the perfect home decorating team.
When we first bought our house in 2018, we decided to try something different in the living room; big, bold, turquoise diamonds – what’s the worst that could happen, right? If it looked rubbish, we’d just paint over it.
WARNING: READING THIS LIST OF BINGEWORTHY NETFLIX WILL DEFINITELY SEND YOU DOWN A RABBIT HOLE OF GOOD TV AND YOU WILL LOSE HOURS OF YOUR LIFE
With the pandemic putting travel aspirations on hold and forcing me to work from home, it’s been a prime time to catch up on all those Netflix shows that have been on my Watch List for as long as I can remember.
The downside; I have been binging the hell out of some amazing (and also pretty terrible) shows. Which has made me super unproductive when it comes to getting stuff done around the house – but we all need a little downtime, right?
Let’s face it; we’ve all been there. Sometimes no amount of planning can combat a travel hiccup. But the important thing is to remember the lessons so you can hopefully avoid a similar fate in the future.
Granted, I haven’t found myself stranded in the middle of a country (except that time when I was 8, had no money and no phone, and was on a school trip to the Netherlands…) and luckily I’ve never been mugged or a victim of a tourist crime – so in that sense, my holiday hiccups aren’t all that extreme. But chances are, I’m betting a few people out there have done something similar.
I hope some of these stories make you laugh – or gasp – and I hope you’re able to learn from them so you don’t make the same mistake.
These days, my destination wish list is longer than ever. At one point, I had the next 4 years’ worth of holiday destinations planned and scheduled…yeah, thanks COVID.
But back when I was just beginning to get a taste for adventure, the world was such a big place – add to the fact that I’d never been abroad without my parents, it was a pretty scary concept.
Where do you go when suddenly you have the pay check to go anywhere*?
* by anywhere, I mean somewhere low cost and probably in Europe
Probably THE most iconic hotel on the Vegas strip, the Bellagio is famous for its elegance, luxury and dancing fountains. And I’m sure we’d all love to stay there too, right?
It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go – the Bellagio that is, not Vegas. If I could just spend one night there, I’d be a happy gal.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Lee gifted me the booking confirmation for Christmas!
It did not dissapoint.
If anyone tells you Vegas is expensive, they lied.
Okay, so they only lied a little bit and yes, it does depend on what you want to do. But we categorically proved that a 2-week trip to Vegas doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Lee had been to Vegas before – twice – so we had expert insider knowledge on where to stay and what to do. If you’re looking for a budget option, there are a few hotels available:
- Circus Circus – comes with free circus acts daily and is a great family option (circa $16 per night)
- The Luxor – a little more expensive but still a budget option and closer to the main part of the strip (circa $32 per night)
- Flamingo – one of the oldest hotels on the strip and has its own flamingo habitat (circa $35 per night)
- Excalibur – if you love King Arthur and want to experience daily medieval tournaments (circa $27 per night)
- The Strat – of course – (circa $28 per night)
Now if you really want to do Vegas on a budget, the Downtown hotels are so much cheaper but you’ll have to work out how you’re getting to the strip, although Downtown definitely has it’s perks and own entertainment too.
A trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. Not wanting to miss out on a true African experience, we booked a day at Aquila Private Game Reserve.
When researching nearby safaris. Aquila was one of the closest and one of the more affordable. Many other reserves were quite costly, and were easily too far for a day trip.
There was so much we wanted to do in Cape Town, which meant that we didn’t want to be travelling too far, and Aquila was the perfect place. We had an amazing adventure, one I don’t think I’ll ever forget.