As with any new city, I was very excited to visit Stockholm, but I must say, Sweden’s capital surpassed my expectations! Stockholm is rich in history, food, culture, and lots of great shops! Here’s how we spent 2 days in the city.

Planning a trip to Stockholm? These are the things you should put on your list!

Day 1 // 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This day technically started in Copenhagen, where we hopped on a 5-hour train direct to Stockholm! By the time we actually pulled into the Stockholm train station, the sun was already starting to go down (which happens around 2 p.m. in winter) so we hustled over to our hotel to check in and drop our things.


Arriving at Stockholm’s Central train station, we were literally steps away from our hotel, which made it incredibly easy from a (non) transportation perspective!

Day 1 // 2:45 – 7 p.m.

The first thing we wanted to check out after dropping our bags was Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town! In the midst of wandering, we ducked into a cafe for a pastry + cappuccino and to plan out the rest of our evening since the weather was starting to take a turn (rain, rain, go away).

In Gamla Stan, we located the Nobel Peace Prize Museum (unfortunately it had just closed for the day), a cute Christmas market, and lots of fantastic little shops to duck into!

For dinner, we found a quaint restaurant that seemed like a popular locals spot, and were excited to finally try a dish with Swedish meatballs that wasn’t at IKEA! This was the real deal and oh so good!

Day 1 // 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Despite the on/off rain, we opted to stick with our original plan of joining a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan after dinner. The spooky stories are always fun to hear, but the tour also featured a lot of history and fun tidbits about the Old Town area, so it was definitely worth it to us! Plus, our tour guide was a hoot and a half, dressed in old timey clothes and carrying a lantern around. Gamla Stan is one of the oldest preserved “Old Town” areas in all of Europe (fortunately it remained out of harms way during the wars), so you better believe there was a lot of ground to cover!

Day 2 // 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

After fueling up at our hotel’s delicious breakfast buffet, we were off to Gamla Stan (again) for our free city walking tour. Since there is a separate walking tour for the Old Town area, we didn’t spend long here and quickly started making our way over to Parliament, The Royal Palace, Opera House and many other major city sights.


One of the coolest sights? A statue of Margaretha Krook, one of Sweden’s most beloved actresses of the 20th century. It’s said that Krook didn’t want a statue made, since statues are usually cold and unapproachable. So to honor her, the statue was designed to be heated year-round! Visiting in winter, we definitely appreciated that! Everyone was clamoring to stand next to the statue!


My favorite part was learning about the origins of “Stockholm Syndrome” and seeing the location where it all took place! In case you’re not familiar with the story, bank robbers took some hostages and the hostages ended up bonding with their captors while holed up and defended them once they got out! Even crazier, the hostages ended up marrying their captors! Wild!

Day 2 // 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Next up for us was some lunch! We popped into a cafe that had a medieval-era cellar (but obviously spruced up) for a couple sandwiches + dessert and enjoyed being the only ones in the downstairs area with the cozy Christmas decorations!


Then we hailed an Uber (I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have this service in Europe and work just like it does in the US) over to the museum side of town, where our first stop was the Vasa Museum. This had been on the top of my list of things to see in Stockholm and there are no words to describe seeing the Vasa ship in person. The ship set sail in Stockholm in 1628 and sank before it even left the harbor. 300+ years later, the ship was located and was still in tact. AFTER 300 YEARS! Of course some restoration needed to be done, but it’s completely mind-blowing that something so big and so old could still be around in the shape it is!

Day 2 // 5:15 – 7 p.m.

We were so relieved that the last museum + big attraction on our list was open a little later, because it was definitely something we had to see before leaving. The ABBA Museum! Hands down one of the biggest and most influential groups in pop music, ABBA originated in Sweden and is clearly a group the country still holds near and dear to their hearts. And I must say, I really liked ABBA pre-visit, but post-visit I’ve downloaded even more songs and have a new appreciation for the group! The museum had several interactive exhibits too – we had a BLAST singing and dancing our way through it!

Day 2 // 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

We hadn’t thought ahead to dinner but by the time we got out of the ABBA museum we were starving, so we pulled up our trusty TripAdvisor app to see what had good reviews nearby and settled on Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Ironically, my Timehop pointed out that exactly 2 years prior, we had visited Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant. How crazy! To me, you can never go wrong with a pasta dish!


After dinner we thought we needed to do some serious walking, and followed Stockholm’s Path of Light, where we could see beautiful Christmas light displays as we made our way back toward the hotel. So, so beautiful!


And we couldn’t end our time in Stockholm with one last stop for dessert, so we popped into a popular Scandinavian coffee house chain for some blueberry pie!

I started my first job a few weeks before my 12th birthday and it was hands down, the coolest job experience one could have. I worked in promotions, wrote and recorded commercials, and hosted a weekly talk show on Radio Disney. I loved meeting new people and learned so much from the interviews I conducted. But recently, the tables turned and I found myself sitting on the other side of the interview table… as a guest on a podcast (which also ended up being a really fun experience)!

Since podcasts have been on the rise, and in light of my new guesting opp, I wanted to share some tips for anyone thinking of hosting their own podcast or being a guest on one!

Whether you're hosting or interviewing, here are 4 tips to help you rock your podcast or radio interview!

Know Your Audience

This first one is just as important as knowing the content for the show! You need to know what kind of demographic you’re talking to, so you can tailor your content to them. Are you speaking to millennials? Moms? Business owners? You can craft your talking points based on who exactly you’re trying to reach and what you want them to know.

Brush Up on the Topic

You’re likely pretty knowledgeable about your interview topic, but be sure to brush up on it anyway. You never know if there’s a stat or some other helpful tidbit that might come in handy during the interview. This will also help save you from that “Ugh, I know I saw something on this somewhere once..” moment. Plus, you want to make sure you’re able to confidently speak during the show!

Write Down Key Talking Points

The beauty of radio and podcasts is that you’re not on camera! This means you can have a little cheat sheet in front of you with words or phrases to help you remember things you want to talk about, which is especially helpful if you think you might freeze up or forget some things you want to say. This will also help you have the key takeaways for the listeners handy so you can repeat, if needed!

Be Yourself

This generally applies to all of the life things, but BE YOURSELF! Seriously. I know it can be hard to relax in these situations with your nerves jumping all over the place, but take a breath and treat the interview as a casual conversation with a friend. Once you get into that mindset and you start talking about a topic you love, all of the nerves will fade away.

Travel-Planning-Made-Easy-Podcast

I also want to take a minute to thank the 29 Minute Mom podcast for inviting me to be on the show to talk about travel planning resources – you can listen to the recording here! Hope you enjoy it!

Have you hosted or been a guest on a podcast or radio show?

Radisson Blu is one of the biggest hotel chains in Europe and I’ve been really interested in staying in one for quite some time. In planning for a visit to Stockholm, I was excited to finally make it happen, with our stay at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is the place to stay!

Location

The Radisson Blu Waterfront is located right next to the central train station, which was perfect for us, as we arrived via train from Copenhagen! The hotel is also adjacent to the Waterfront Congress Center, so if you’re visiting on business, it’s in the perfect location as well! The popular Gamla Stan (Old Town) area of the city isn’t far away either – a quick 15-20 minute walk, with plenty of shops to duck into if you’re in the mood to shop or need to warm up in the winter!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

The Room

I really love the Scandinavian concept of minimalism, and our room embodied it perfectly! The design and decor were simple, but exactly what we needed for our stay. Not to mention, the beds were super comfy!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

The bathroom kept the minimalist theme and had plenty of counter space for both my mom and I to get ready at the same time in the bathroom (super important when you’re sharing a bathroom)! The toiletry brand was thisworks (UK-based and all natural ingredients), which was new to us, but we really liked!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

Staying true to the hotel’s name, our room overlooked the water and Gamla Stan. Admittedly, we didn’t get to take this view in much since we were on the go and there were only a few hours of daylight during our winter stay, but nonetheless, it was always fun to look out and see the hustle and bustle of the city below us!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
We also loved the welcome note with a bottle of water and fruit platter waiting for us upon our arrival. When you’ve been traveling all day, it’s even more refreshing! Little touches like this are the best!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

Service + Amenities

The service at the hotel was fantastic! At check-in, we were provided with a number of brochures, maps, and tips on the top things to do while visiting Stockholm. While we had several things planned already, this was incredibly helpful, as we ended up doing some additional things from these that weren’t on our radar pre-trip. A lot of hotels have brochures out for you to choose, but the Radisson Blu Waterfront handpicked these for us from behind the desk and explained each one. Definitely the best proactive service I’ve received at a hotel check-in!

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

Breakfast was included in our stay and took place in the hotel’s restaurant, RBG Bar & Grill, and was absolutely delicious! There was a wide variety of pastries, meats, cheeses, fruits, and much more to choose from. Still dreaming of how amazing this breakfast was! Seriously everything you could’ve asked for and more!
If you’re interested in working out during your stay (which you might feel you need to do after indulging in this yummy breakfast), you can also take advantage of the hotel’s on-site gym.

Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!
Planning a trip to Stockholm? Radisson Blu Waterfront is the place to stay!

Overall, we were very happy with our selection of the Radisson Blu Waterfront for our home-away-from-home while visiting Stockholm. If you find yourself planning a trip to Stockholm, this is the place to stay!

Interested in learning more about the Radisson Blu Waterfront? Check out the latest from the hotel on Facebook and/or Twitter!

I received a discounted rate for this stay. All opinions are my own.

Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, first hit my radar when I was in seventh grade, watching a film in my geography class. I distinctly remember telling myself, that’s one place I definitely want to make it to at some point in my life. Nearly a decade and a half later, it finally happened! Here’s how we spent 2 days in Copenhagen!

Considering a trip to Copenhagen? Here's what we did in 2 days!

Day 1 // 10-11 a.m.

We landed in Copenhagen around 10 a.m. and despite how crowded it was, found ourselves out the door and in a cab to our hotel in no time. Unfortunately, our room wasn’t ready for us to drop our bags and freshen up, so we checked our bags and were out the door to start exploring the city.

Day 1 // 11 a.m. -1:15 p.m.

First up on our list was Nyhavn, the famous landmark on the water, with lots of colorful buildings! It was about a 25 minute walk from our hotel, but along the way we discovered quite a bit to explore and the cutest shops to duck into. Who knew we’d end up in the middle of the biggest shopping area?! If you’ve watched any movie with a scene in Copenhagen, there’s a good chance you saw this background in it! We also LOVED this fantastic polar bear party Christmas display happening on the side of one of the nearby hotels!

We decided to stop into a restaurant here for lunch, since Nyhavn is such a cute little area (and a fantastic lunch backdrop)! Our meal was ok, but I’d recommend grabbing a snack in the area versus a meal, if anything. Since it’s obviously a bigger tourist area, prices are a bit higher and the quality wasn’t nearly as good as some of the other food stops we had in the city!

Did you also know that famous author, Hans Christian Andersen, spent most of his life living and writing in Copenhagen? In fact, Nyhavn is where he called home for many years! You can find signs of his influence all over the city!

Day 1 // 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Post-lunch we were off to find Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid statue. I was incredibly excited for this since I had seen the statue in a documentary way back in seventh grade and had wanted to visit Copenhagen to see it myself. Over a decade later, it finally happened! We had to duck into a couple places along the way though because winter + walking by the water? FREEZING! Well worth the trek though! We planned to do a walking tour this afternoon of the city’s more “alternative” neighborhood, but ended up nixing it since our hike to the Little Mermaid took longer than expected and we were ready to get warmed up!

Day 1 // 3:45 – 6:30 p.m.

We Ubered back to the hotel to check in at this point in the day because the freezing wind was no joke and walking 30 more minutes just didn’t sound appealing. It was a great time to do so though! People were starting to leave work and school so we saw a glimpse of Danish life, plus got to see an entirely different area of the city from the warmth of the car!

Due to some issues with our initial room at the hotel, we ended up hanging around there longer than we hoped, but once we settled into our new room and warmed up with a couple cappuccinos, we were ready to brave the winter air for a night outdoors under the city lights!

Day 1 // 6:45 – 11 p.m.

To end our first day, we hit Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, which is one of the oldest theme parks and located in the middle of the city! There is an entry fee for admission, but it’s totally worth it! There’s so much to say about Tivoli, so I think I’ll have to write a separate post dedicated entirely to it, but it’s a MUST do for anyone visiting Copenhagen! And of course, visiting during the Christmas season, it’s even more magical, all lit up and with Christmas market stalls lining the walkways! We were thinking we’d only stay 3 hours or so but ended up staying until closing. SO MUCH FUN.

Day 2 // 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The next morning we woke up feeling well-rested and ready to explore more of Copenhagen! We popped down for a quick breakfast in our hotel and then were out the door for one of our favorite activities, a city walking tour! We learned SO much about Copenhagen’s history, plus life as a Dane and quite a few governmental policies that we would LOVE to see implemented here in the US. The tour ended up running a little over too because the group was small enough to gather ’round for a pretty lengthy Q&A sesh with our tour guide.

Our guide even ended the tour at Copenhagen’s Food Hall (one of the best lunch hotspots), which we couldn’t resist popping into for a bite to eat. This is also where I found the absolute BEST Danish pastry! I’m kind of kicking myself for not buying the whole inventory before we left. SO GOOD.

Day 2 // 1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

After lunch we hightailed over to Christiansborg Palace to catch a tour of the grounds where the Queen of Denmark carries out her official duties, and where the country’s Prime Minister lives! With an 800+ year history, this was such a cool place to explore! Plus, we were able to go up to the Observatory (the highest point in Copenhagen), where we got a phenomenal 360-degree view of the city!

Day 2 // 4 – 8 p.m.

At this point, we knew we had just a few hours left to explore, so after a quick stop to drop our shopping bags off, we made our way to Andersen Bakery (one of the top-ranked bakeries in the city) for a light dinner and lots of pastries! I’m sure the staff thought we were crazy with all of the desserts we were ordering, but when else are you going to have pastries from THE city of pastries?!

We needed to do some serious walking (walking off of the desserts that is), so we went back to the cobblestone streets lined with shops one last time, ending our adventure at the original LEGO store (yep, LEGOs originated in Denmark)!

And with that, we headed back to the hotel to pack up and prepare for an early morning train to the next stop on our tour of Scandinavia… Stockholm!

If only money grew on trees… am I right?! While there aren’t really any legit “get-rich-quick” techniques, there are some easy ways you can save more money. Are they easy? Depends on your willpower. But can they be done? Absolutely! Whether you’re just looking to save more in the short-term or long-term, here are 6 easy ways to save more money.

6 Easy Ways to Save More Money

Dine Out Less, Cook in More

I think dining out is the biggest culprit for most of us. Whether it’s going out to lunch with coworkers a few days a week or picking up dinner to-go on your way home, this adds up FAST. Try to do some meal prepping early in the week (Sunday is the best for this) or cook a little more than you need for meals to give you an extra meal or two during the week. It’s amazing how much you can save doing so!

Contact Providers for Best Deals

Just because that phone or cable plan you signed up for a few years ago was the best deal at the time, doesn’t mean it’s still the best plan for you today. Reach out to your providers to see if there’s something that better fits your current usage needs. I recently did this with our mobile phone provider and ended up not only saving $20+ a month, but also getting even MORE data on our plan! If you’re really feeling brave, you can also “cut the cord” on your cable. I haven’t been able to bring myself to do that though. Some TV I just really enjoy watching live!

Get Books at the Library

Reading can be an expensive hobby! So instead of purchasing new books at the store all of the time, sign up for a library card and continue to read all of the books on your list for FREE! Plus, if it ends up being a not so great book, you don’t have to feel bad about shelling out the money for it.

Make A Grocery List + Don’t Shop Hungry

These two go hand in hand. First, make a grocery list. Check out the circular and see what’s on sale. I often map out meals for the week based on what’s BOGO (buy-one-get-one) at the grocery store. Also, having a specific list of what you plan to pick up helps keep you in line so you’re not wandering aimlessly and throwing unnecessary items in your cart. And on that note, don’t shop hungry! Even if you have a list, it’s a lot easier to throw more things on the end cap in your cart since when you’re hungry, everything looks good!

Ditch the Gym, Do Workouts at Home

While we’re all constantly talking about how we need to exercise more, are we really getting the value out of those gym memberships we shell out good money for each month or year? If the answer is yes, power to you! If not, maybe it’s time to reconsider. You can invest in some at-home equipment and not have to worry about making sure o

Unsubscribe from Email Lists

Our inboxes get cluttered up enough with all of the mailing lists we’re signed up for, so if you’re feeling tempted to buy all the things each time a sale email hits your inbox, just click unsubscribe! This is more of a proactive money saving tip, but if you never see the “big sale” message then you’ll never have to worry about the money that you would’ve been spending!

 

Do you use any of these methods to save more money? Any others to add to the list?