The Trip that Didn’t Go as Planned
Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and it’s really stressful. I just got home from two weeks in Sweden, Denmark and France and I have to say that there were a few negative instances that made me question what I thought was a solid-proof travelling plan, and made me grow as a traveller – even if it did cost me an uncomfortable amount. So instead of talking of what I wore and what I did, I want you to know what I learned.
(But of course you can always email me if you want to learn more about my trip (: )
Your health needs to come first. I forgot that my body is affected by weather and coming from hot and humid Maryland to brisk and cold Scandinavia triggered my allergies. It was stressful being sick in another country and not knowing where to go, but I waited until I couldn’t sleep or breathe to go to la Pharmecie and ask for some allergy meds. Because of this, I messed up two of my day trips to Helsingor and Egeskov Castle and missed out on them.
If you’re unsure, read and ask questions. Because I was sick, I missed my train to Odense (a city in Denmark) and had to buy new train tickets, which ended up costing me a lot of money, but it would be worth it, right? Well, I got there and went to the H.C. Andersen House and looking at my map, walked through the populated part of town, which was the western part, and it was the most boring town I’d ever been in. I could have sworn they had a more extensive H.C. Andersen museum as well as an old town, but it was not there and wasn’t coming up on my phone, so I slugged back to Copenhagen disappointed.
What disappointed me more is that when I got back, I realised I was right – there was an extensive museum and old town in the eastern part of the city. And no, it did not come up on my phone. I had to look up the address of the museum and the name of the town square – Storebrødre – for it to show up on my phone, and it looks marvelous. If only I had put more effort into researching, or had asked someone at the first museum I went to, I would’ve been able to get my visit’s worth of Odense and wouldn’t be stuck 4,000 miles away wanting to go back! (Though I’ll hopefully return to Denmark one day.)
Your bank account will be replenished but your life will not. Sometimes you have to keep telling yourself this when you spend more than you allotted yourself. My hostels didn’t charge me until I checked in so a lot of the money I thought I had for spending actually went to something I thought was already paid for. In addition to that, I missed two of my trains in France – and these were not cheap tickets. So in addition to the amount wasted on missed trains, I had to buy additional tickets which cost even more money than I’d like to think about right now. However I would not have gone on this vacation if I had nothing to come home to. I will shortly be making an income again but if I hadn’t bought the extra tickets, I wouldn’t have gotten to see Dinan or St-Malo in Brittany, which were two magnificent cities. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and remember that.
And of course, you are always learning about yourself abroad. I feel like my next vacations should be less structured and should include more time for leisure because it was an exhausting two weeks and the itinerary I had made for myself sometimes did not align with my mood or my health, but that’s just me. No life experience is ever not worth it.
I’m glad to be back in a Halloween-celebrating country and honestly the weather here lately has been beautiful, so I hope to take advantage of this next week as much as possible. I hope you all are having a wonderful Halloweekend I will post again shortly. Until then!