Explore Sweden’s stunning capital city on a solo trip to Stockholm with Petite Adventures in this week’s Women Who Travel Solo.
How did you get started traveling?
My family traveled a lot when I was a child, so I think I was bit with the bug early but it lay dormant for the early part of my 20s. Around age 25 I was itching to go travel, but had no one to travel with. I decided I couldn’t wait any longer, so I booked myself a trip to Stockholm.
What inspired you to take a trip and solo travel in Stockholm?
I’d been fascinated with Sweden and Swedish culture for years, so when it came time to book my first trip I knew it had to include Stockholm. Thankfully, I managed to find a really great deal (a really great deal to someone who is used to the outrageous prices we pay to fly within Canada) from Toronto to Stockholm with Finnair, so I was able to make my dream a reality.
Tell us about your experience with solo travel in Stockholm.
Stockholm was an amazing location for my first solo travel experience. I really had no clue what I was doing, so it was great to be in such a beautiful and welcoming city. The people were amazing – very friendly, helpful, and quite fluent in English. I spent my days wandering the city, sampling the foods, and really just marveling at the beauty of the Swedish capital.
What recommendations do you have for solo travelers in Stockholm?
Stockholm is expensive. I definitely overpaid for my accommodations, but as I mentioned above I didn’t really know what I was doing. I would recommend doing a lot of research into the different neighborhoods, as they all have their own personalities. Find the neighborhood that fits you, your budget and what you like to do, and the rest should fall into place.
What was the best part of your solo travels in Stockholm?
Getting to go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Stockholm is a beautiful city and I loved that I could spent as much (or as little) time as I wanted wandering the streets of Gamla Stan, lounging by the water taking it all in, or just visiting the restaurants I really wanted to try.
What advice do you have for women who are contemplating traveling alone?
Just do it. Stop thinking about it. Book the ticket and go! This is the advice I would give to any traveler—and to my past self. Seriously, travel is the one purchase and splurge you will never regret!
Kate is a wanderluster, fashion fiend and list maker extraordinaire. After six years of working in not-for-profit communications in Canada, Kate and her boyfriend decided to take a year off and relocate to Madrid, Spain. When she’s not exploring the city (well, getting lost) and trying to learn Spanish, Kate can be found sharing her experiences (good and bad) as an expat in Madrid, and her stories and tips from her travels on her blog, Petite Adventures.
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