One of the biggest lessons I learned while traveling solo is that I don’t have to see every museum, palace, or other such major attraction when I visit a new city. Previously, when I traveled with friends we usually crammed in as much sight seeing as we possibly could into a span of three or four days and this was okay in that situation. We moved through 15 countries and 9 months and had the time of our lives and we were lucky to see as much of Europe as we did.
However, since traveling solo for the first time my philosophy on touring a town has changed. I didn’t do everything in Stockholm and Copenhagen not only because there just wasn’t enough time but also because I wanted to take my time and only see the attractions I really cared about like the Fotografiska in Stockholm and the Kastellet in Copenhagen. And the nice thing about solo travel is that you can make up your own schedule and change it at the drop of a hat so if I wanted to take a break in a cafe or a park with the locals, I did that instead of rushing around from site to site with the tourists.
I’m glad I’ve experienced both methods of travel but I have to say some of my favorite photos from my Scandinavian adventure are those of myself and others doing absolutely nothing, beautiful nothing.