Travel and sport in Sweden

Sweden has good reputation for seasonal and appealing sports and advanture combining all over the world. The later spring and summer arriving in the north and Swedish Lapland in comparison with central and southern Sweden make the activities more distinct and attractive.

Summer choices

Some suggestions for Swedish adventurous sports are canoeing, kayaking in Stockholm, riding bicycles from the Kattegattleden along West Sweden or hiking in Swedish Lapland. Everyone can join the outdoor activities in the country.

You could find nowhere in Europe as natural and remote for canoeing and kayaking as Swedish Lapland is. The midnight sunlight every day in summertime at the Arctic Circle gives you double time to enjoy this marvelous place.

You will find in Swedish Lapland a true wild experience with rivers cutting through ravines, across giant Arctic plains and marshes. The Kalix and the Torne rivers are the well-known name rivers here, even hundreds more for you to choose from.

Bike rentals are available mostly everywhere in Sweden. Both private bike rental companies and City Bike schemes could be found in big cities. Out in the countryside, a lot of bike rental companies provide the services, many of which will deliver bikes to your location and pick up the bike when you’re done. Many also offer service packages, which come in handy if you are in situations such as getting a flat tyre or in trouble.

Winter advantures

In Sweden you can enjoy skiing, ice-skating, dog-sledding, snowmobiling and other winter sports in wintertime.

Åre is Northern Europe´s biggest and brashest sports resort in central Sweden, offering virtually every skiing style and a huge range of other winter sports. It is generally known for the best downhill ski runs in Sweden or the Åre-Björnen part of the resort is excellent for newbies.

Åre offers awe-inspiring black pistes, highly challenging off-piste slopes and Skistar Snow Park Åre. It also has an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. You could find world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving in Åre and nearby Duved (10 km). Heli-skiing is also available.

In addition to skiing there´s a lot of of other activities, such as snowmobile safaris, dogsledding, ice fall climbing and much, much more.

Sweden is famous for its nightlife so you won´t find many places in Europe that party as regular as Åre during the season. Bars and live music venues, Tott Hotel, Fjällgården and Åregården are busy from 3 p.m. on and there is a mini-city-sized offering of luxury restaurants and eateries.

Snowmobile safari can be tailored and can include wilderness meals in Sami teepees, saunas, hot tubs, mountain lodges, campfires, ice fishing, even rally car, quad and cross bike on ice.

Some tours are designed for beginners but you should be in good physical condition and have have tried with snowmobile at least once before in order to enjoy the entire tour.

Travel to Europe: Things need to be prepared (Part 4)

7. Buy your airfare

You’ll want to book your flight before anything else (such as , car rental, etc.) because it will probably be the most expensive part of your trip. This will allow you to save money on your flight which is a great way to be more flexible with your dates. You can often fly on international discount airlines like Norwegian or Aer Lingus and spend less. Check multiple booking sites to make sure you’re seeing a wide range of options, including traditional booking sites such as Expedia and meta-search sites such as Skyscanner. You’ll be notified when the price of your flight drops as you can also set up fare alerts using SmarterTravel’s sister site, Airfarewatchdog.

Consider a layover in a different country spicing up your trip. Icelandair has a long-running program to take a free stopover in Reykjavik for up to seven nights which allows passengers flying elsewhere in Europe.

8. Think about travel insurance

There are several kinds of travel insurance: medical insurance, flight cancellation insurance, trip cancellation insurance, etc. Right after you put down the major deposits on your trip is the best time to buy insurance, whether that entails a package, airfare, or prepaid hotels. Many travel providers and airlines sell insurance which you can purchase along with your tour package or flight. If you’re covered overseas check your medical insurance coverage to see. If not, you may want to cover situations for emergency care like the cost of transportation back home or purchase supplemental medical insurance.

Before you make a purchase always, always read the fine print in your insurance policy and compare it with other travel insurance policies. You can insure your trip if you so choose once you know you’ve paid up front how much money.

Travel to Europe: Things need to be prepared (Part 3)

5. Prepare local transportation

Ride the Metropolitana when in Rome. Find out the way local people get around the destination to which you’re traveling, and follow accordingly. In places which bike-friendly with its convenient underground Tube such as Amsterdam or London you won’t need a car rental, if you don’t plan to go outside the city.

If you’re traveling to locales which can’t be easily reached by plane or rail, a car rental is your best bet (such as the Irish countryside). Be mentally prepared for driving in a foreign country, which can bring a frightening experience when faced with narrow streets, incomprehensible traffic signs, or sheep roadblocks.

Examine your rail options to get from country to country or city to city, in comparison to European discount airlines’ routes and prices offerings like easyJet or Ryanair. Purchasing a rail pass from Rail Europe which permits unlimited train travel within a specified region may save money for travelers embarking on extensive travel within Europe.

6. Have accommodations

It’s time to fill in some places to sleep after you go back to that rough itinerary which you jotted down. As the earlier you make arrangements, the better is the case with pretty much everything you book for your trip especially during summer high season.

Sure, you can be done with just booking a room at the local Hilton. By doing a bit of research you could discover some funky lodging which is almost as exciting as the attractions you plan to visit. Keep your eyes open for eco-friendly hotels, historic castles, houseboats, tiny bed and breakfasts, or organic farms. Take note budget travelers for some accommodation options such as homestays, house-swapping, farmstays and vacation rentals which even free.or can be shockingly affordable.

You should shop around on multiple hotel sites as with airfare, and to see what the experience is like through reading reviews from past guests to make sure you’re getting the best deal. a few good places to start such as Booking.com, TripAdvisor (SmarterTravel’s parent company), Hotels.com and so on.

Travel to Europe: Things need to be prepared (Part 2)

3. Prepare documents

it will take at least four to six weeks to receive a passport from the time of application. an expeditor such as Travel Visa Pro or expedited services  through the State Department will cost you an additional fee and trim the process down to a week, so it’s best to take care of it well before your trip.

You shoud check for expiration date if you already have a passport. The last thing you need is while you’re in line at airport check-in, you find out your passport has expired. Remember that your passport to be valid for six months beyond your trip dates in some countries.

In addition to passports U.S. travelers to Russia or Turkey must have valid visas; start early because obtaining one which can take weeks is a complicated process that even after you have been approved.

You’ll also need to check the expiration date of your license because drivers need to have valid licenses in their home country required by all car rental companies. in addition to a valid driving license for European rentals some car rental companies also require an international driving permit. in Canada these can be obtained through the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). For U.S. citizens, try the American Auto Association (AAA).

4. Choose a rough itinerary

If you want to go to Switzerland, you should sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your perfect trip to Swit before you book a thing.Don’t go ahead and buy a roundtrip flight to Geneve and book a hotel room right immediately. Research cities and sites you really want to explore, and then decide which ones you have enough budget and time to reach. Book a group tour with a company such as Trafalgar,Intrepid Travel, Rick Steves’ Europe or G Adventures if you’d rather not do the work of your own itinerary creation.

Check out various ways to travel in Europe. If you are on a tight budget but still want to see multiple countries or cities, you should consider a cruise (U.S. citizens naught exchange rates onboard American ships).

Travel to Europe: Things need to be prepared

Before you can experience beautiful places in Europe, you have to prepapre an important to-do list. To plan a trip to Europe may make you overwhelmed, but the more you prepare carefully, you have more chances to meet your expactations and have a successful trip. It is neccessary to set up all preparations before you travel.

You can spend time to enjoy your trip instead of worrying about your travel arragements. Then belows we should see how to make schedule for a travel to Europe.

1. Choose a destination

You should make clear the place you want to go. Europe owns lots of beautiful and amazing places and it is very tricky for you to choose your destination.

Make your must-see travel list and pick a particular site from that list, then plan your vacation around it. For example a trip to remote Skellig Michael Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ireland centered if you dream to visit it for many years. Emerald Isle road trip will bring you an unforgettable experience.

Another choice is to pick your destination in special time. See tourism websites  of European countries and look for seasonal events like local holidays or festivals and plan a trip if you want to join. And remember to check the weather before you decide on your destination.

2. Set a budget

Travel to Europe may cost a lot, so you should set a budget soon—even before you choose your destination, itinerary or travel dates. Establish your budget as early as possible, and you’ll avoid forging a fabulous itinerary which can make you disappointed.

There are some cheaper destinations than other, and you can save money by planning shorter trip, picking budget accomodations and travelling in the off season. For instance, Travel to London is quite expensive, but in winter you can find cheap air deals and affordable vacation packages.

Visit Finland in Autumn 2019 (Part 2)

3. Lapland – The land of the white nights

Why is it called the land of white nights? It’s very simple because this place during the summer months, the sun never sets in about 60 days and nights. Therefore, when traveling to Finland in autumn 2019, you will have memorable experiences and unforgettable moments when watching the sun in the middle of the night.

At the same time, Lapland is also an amazing place for many interesting activities, especially in the winter. For sports such as skiing, terrain motorbike racing, or enjoying the feeling of crossing snow fields, the river has been frozen on cars pulled by the mighty Siberian Husky puppies.

4. The ancient capital of Turku

Turku is known as an ancient Finnish city. It brings a romantic beauty as well as remote Europe. Going along the banks of the Au River, you’ll stop by the Sibelius Museum. This is the only museum devoted to music in Finland.

Those who love nature and want to admire the beauty of the sea, the best choice is Ruissalo. You will experience exciting activities such as relaxation, swimming, picking mushrooms … If you travel to Finland in the autumn of 2019, you cannot miss the attractive place, the ancient capital of Turku.

5. Porvoo Old Town

This is an attractive and interesting place to visit, which is Porvoo old town. Porvoo is named after the Porvoonjoki River that flows through the city. In the winter the river is frozen and the snow is so thick that you can go from bank to shore easily. In early spring, the glacier begins to melt, creating a very unique sight.

There are bungalows typical of urban chalet architecture, with bright reds lining the Porvoonjoki River. Visitors come to Finland in the Fall 2019 will have relaxing moments, to walk along the streets, and zoom in to admire the very simple and familiar scenes. Such as a vase hanging from a window, or stopping at Porvoo church to see the whole city.

Visit Finland in Autumn 2019 (Part 1)

Finland is a country with a long cold period, so that the autumn and summer are the most popular time for residents and visitors of the year. Traveling to Finland in Autumn 2019, you will enjoy the warm and fresh atmosphere, as well as the natural scenery. In today’s article, we would like to introduce to you some places to visit when traveling in this country.

1. The capital of Helsinki

Referring to the beautiful, attractive capital of Helsinki, with lots of green trees, along with unique architecture, makes anyone attracted. This place has become a famous tourist destination of Europe. Traveling in Finland in Autumn 2019, visitors will be surprised at the magical change of the city. No longer the gloomy and quiet of the cold winter, but instead, the bright yellow spread across the streets. From there brings a peaceful space and sexier than ever.

Finnish territory is mostly covered with forests, so when the autumn comes, this place will be like a huge, warm and brilliant golden silk strip. The journey that you should not miss when coming to Helsinki is Esplanadin Avenue, Puisto this place is considered as the miniature Parisian Champs Elysees. When Summer comes, the most attractive and ideal place of tourists is Suomenlinna island. You will discover and walk among ferns with cool green, and experience the ferry ride through the small streets between the islands.

Those who love to explore the museum, art and culture should not miss the Finnish National Theater, Aternum Art Museum, National Finnish Museum. This place displays many famous collections in the world.

2. Aland Islands

Located on the border of Finland and Sweden, the Aland Islands are a combination of two different cultures, creating interesting for visitors. Especially those who love the quiet and peaceful, you should choose this place to stop. Above are some Finland 2019 travel destinations, we wish you the most interesting and impressive experiences.

Travel around the world (Part 2)

2. If you have never traveled then this is your chance

Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in a family that has conditions to travel regularly. Many people in their twenties, thirties and even more have never had the opportunity to leave their homeland. This sometimes makes some people afraid to go away from where they live. However, you should take this “disadvantage” to create opportunities and motivate yourself and start your journey.

If you dream of seeing the outside world and traveling for a long time, start now because this is your chance.

3. You can freely follow what you really like

When you work 50-60 hours a week and are always busy with family problems, pursuing your passions seems impossible. There are very few people who are fortunate enough to balance their work and passion. That’s why if you’re not among those lucky people, making a journey around the world is your chance to pursue your favorite things.

Have you always dreamed of teaching yoga? Want to learn how to dive? Do you like taking photos but don’t have time to do it? You want to play guitar in beautiful lands? You want to volunteer in distant lands? … Everyone has a dream and a journey around the world is the time for you to fulfill your dream because this is the time for you to be free about time and not confined to the frameworks of society.

4. You will learn more from experiencing different cultures

Although schools and companies play an important role in our lives, it is not necessarily the most important. Educating yourself and expanding your vision to the outside world will bring more positive effects than just sticking to your office or class. You can experience different cultures, different environments and have time to look back and educate yourself better from the journey to the outside world. You can imagine yourself that talking to people and their daily life experience will make it easier for them to absorb their culture than sitting at home and reading a book about residential life of that place. Exposure to many different cultures will make your knowledge more extensive.

Travel around the world (Part 1)

Have you ever heard of RTW (Round The World)? If you are a travel lover, an adventurer or you are simply wondering what you like in this life, then maybe it’s time to start learning about RTW and start up. Plan your journey around the world.

Some people think it is crazy, that it will never be possible, that I myself will not be able to do it … Leave your reason behind and ready to hit the road to start your life-changing adventure right now.

So why should you start the trip as soon as possible? A tour around the world will bring you many things you don’t expect

1. You will get older

I was 18, or 22 or any age, this is the reason many people make and think that they are not young enough to begin a journey around the world. Don’t set yourself an age limit to suspend both your desires and your passions. There are countless people in the world who start long journeys even when they are in their 30s, 40s or even 60s, not only that, the age of tourists also has no rules. Even 18, 19 or 15 years old is not a problem if you really want to travel.

Whether you are 17 years old and sitting in a lecture hall or you have retired and are sipping a couple of morning tea, one thing is still irreplaceable, you will get older very soon. So the problem is time limit, no need to care about age. Only sometimes the older you get, the less you want to adventure than when you are in the spring age. So take advantage of the time as soon as possible, start your journey as soon as you are able to enjoy the most complete travel experience.

5 reasons to travel with your darling before getting married (Part 2)

Discover new things that you never knew before

No matter how long you have been with that person, there will still be new aspects of your partner you’ve never known. Imagine when you come to a new land, it will be very bad to find each person a different personality.

No matter how long you are together, you cannot know everything about that person

For example, you just want to curl up lazily in the blanket to enjoy the holiday, and your half must definitely go to the street, discover all the local culture or vice versa. If that happens, then the two of you share your views together, make compromises, and make the trip complete and not a bad sign for your future relationship.

So this is an opportunity to discover each other‘s new things. And if there is a difference, it is possible to share and compromise together so that the trip as well as the future will always be good.

Together accumulate life experiences

One of the next reasons that you should travel before marriage is to accumulate more life experiences. With the experience of many new things in different lands, you will learn quite a lot of experiences with him such as experience cycling, climbing, experience talking with locals, experience facing hard…

Working together with challenges, difficulties will help each other out of their own boundaries.

Warm up feelings together

Surely you have to admit the fact that the love period is so funny, but then that emotion will gradually “erode” with time, right? Especially when you two have been in love for a long time, you will inevitably stereotypical dating sessions at the same place, the same journey …

Admit that love at first will never remain intact over time

But only you and your darling can hold hands to go to any new place, walk on the beach, or cross a vast desert or wander around the mountains, watching the picturesque countryside. If you think about it, then it is certain that romance and love will immediately return to your relationship.

There is no better way to warm up feelings than to travel

In short, there may be many other reasons, but I think it will be enough to make you excited about 5 small reasons above. So what are you waiting for, bring your suitcase and go now!