well now that school is over I decided to buy a one to Copenhagen with my trusty 19l tom bihn backpack in and thats it. I will probably be meeting up with a friend in a couple of weeks and keep europe hopping from there. So if anyone is in europe let me know.
A couple of thoughts:
1. Travelling light rocks. I'm walking around with my 19l backpack that has EVERYTHING and see all these people with 60l+ backpacks + a day pack and maybe even a yoga mat or w/e. Absolutely insane. I have no idea how these people do it. I got off the plane and immediately went to go hit up some sites, chill at a cafe and just organize myself for a couple of hours. With a huge backpack I would not be able to do that.
2. Cameras are pretty much pointless if you have a top-notch camera phone or aren't a serious photographer. I love taking photos, and taking raw photos and editing them on Lightroom can't be beat. But with camera phones being Good enough for most instances nowadays the only time i feel i need a good quality camera ( I use a cannon s100, but any prosumer point and shoot, or god for big a big dslr is what im referring to) is at night or in dark situations where i can really push the aperture/sensor. Although even the iphone has a pretty solid aperture nowadays ( I have a samsung s5). But in terms of just taking photos and sharing them you can't beat camera phones.
3.If you are travelling with friends Private hostels rooms are a REALLY good deal imo. I still haven't done this, although i have reserved some for when i do meet up with some friends in a week from now. But for the most part u can get a two bed private hostel for 30-60 a person depending where in europe you are. If you are travelling with 4 friends you could probably also sneak in some NICE hotels in europe and divide by 4 and end up paying maybe a bit more than a hostel for really good service.
4. Scandinavia is expensive. Especially alcohol, eatings out, and coffee. In copenhagen I ended up paying 6-7 dollars for a cappuccino that would cost me 4.50 at a good coffee shop in nyc or LA. A pint of beer 11+ and cocktails at a solid bar 17+ even in expensive nyc i can find 8 for a pint and 12-14 a cocktail at super good places like ECC cocktail club or pouring ribbons. Also 20+ dollar burgers seem to be the norm.
5. train passes are defintely worth it. I havent used mine much having just landed here, but if you are like me and like to set up shop in a major city spend a couple of days seeing said city, then a couple of days day tripping to nearby places before taking a longer trip, its totally worth it. I got the 2 month infinite travel pass because in places like Spain, Italy and germany I know I will be criss crossing borders and day tripping a lot, which are usually the passes that add up fastest.
6. Idk why people (or maybe its just the people i hang out with) are so against or weirded out by travelling alone. Everytime i told someone i would be alone for 1-2 weeks they would say "what are you going to do alone for two weeks?" or something of the like. Whats interesting is notice how they are not asking "what are you going to do those two weeks?", but instead emphasize alone. I find it funny because I am going to do EXACTLY what I would do if i was hanging out with someone. I would of course prefer to travel with a friend whenever possible, but for the most part when i travel that is just an extra. Alot of people say its not where you go but who you go with. I really think that depends on what your travel goals are. In my case Iike to just walk around in the culture, possibly go see some natural sights or museums, eat out and try the local fare and then maybe meet other people or focus on getting work done, which leads me to next point.
7. Getting work done is very... weird. For one It can really depends cause at times you are factoring in a lot of random factors. For example what the weather is like, which museums or exhibitions are open today or might have discounts, and other random stuff. also sometimes you might not have good internet, or a good working environment, for exampe if you are staying at hostels. other times its just hard to come back from walking and biking around for 6-8 hrs+ and then getting to work. ultimately unless you really wake up and approach the day looking to get work done from the get go I think it can be difficult.
8. Meeting people on the road can really depends on your situation and the country. I found meeting or interesting with Danish people colloquially was somewhat difficult. They are very introverted when out and about and seem to stick to their close friends much of the time. Coming from Puerto Rico and living in California its astonishng to see the lack of conversations going on in public. people are very quiet. That is not to say they are rude or awkward. at least in denmark and sweden people have been very coutreous, speak very good english, probably the BEST english as a second language ive ever seen, and are very happy. Meeting other travelers is another story, that can be as easy as going to a hostel lounge and just sitting down and saying hi.