In order to get a good deal on tickets, I’m willing to fly a bit out of the way; okay a lot out of the way. My flight home from Sweden was not only long, but ended up being longer than anticipated.
The journey started out decently. I found a cheap flight to Istanbul on AtlasGlobal which arrived late on the Saturday night, with plenty of time to make my connection. Since these were two separate tickets I wanted to allow for a lot of time in case something went wrong; luckily, it didn’t. AtlasGlobal is a discount carrier based in Turkey, but they are much better than any other “discount” airline I’ve flown, such as EasyJet or Ryan Air. The flight from Stockholm to Istanbul was on time, and fairly pleasant. With free food, free drinks, and a row to myself, it was a lot better than many flights in North America. I will say that someone was allowing their children to run up and down the aisle, jumping on seats. Some people just have no clue. I was close to saying something, but then the drink cart came by and blocked them in the back of the plane for a while… and the wine also helped. Continue reading
While planning my visit with my friend, we had discussed what there was to do around Stockholm and had compiled a decent list. Of course I was a bit wary of spending a whole week in one place, so I started looking for super cheap flights that we could take… long story short (details to come) we ended up heading to Finland in the middle of my stay.
But first, there was Stockholm! For those unfamiliar, Swedes love taking coffee breaks with friends in the afternoon. They actually have made up a term for sitting and chatting with friends while having a coffee and perhaps a snack: Fika. So of course, after meeting up with my friend at the train station and dropping of my bags, it was time for fika. We ended up heading to a nearby mall, as they just outside of the centre of town. We did a bit of wandering through the mall, grabbed some necessities (like some food and wine… and some more wine) and had a quiet evening at home with some board games. Continue reading
So if you remember from one of my previous posts (Stockholm for a Whole Week!) I had a trip planned to visit my friend in Stockholm; well I’ve finally gotten around to typing up our adventures!
Firstly, the trip over went fairly well. I made all my connections, got to check out a number of lounges and made it to Stockholm just under 24 hours later 🙂 My voyage started bright and early (well not really that bright) in Vancouver as I had booked a separate ticket down to SFO to start my international trip. Luckily I was upgraded on my SEA-SFO flight (thanks Alaska!) and got a few other surprise things (free Starbucks card!) which made this a great start to my trip.
If you can’t tell from the title, I’ve been a bit swamped recently. A lot of it has been work related, but I haven’t gotten much down time either. Between a quick wine pick up trip to Seattle, puppy-sitting my bestest puppy, taking part in “bike to work week,” and generally trying to catch up on life, I’ve had limited time to put all my recent trips to paper (not sure I can really say paper… keyboard?)… and I’m still trying to catch up from August 😮
I have been putting up a few things on Vegan Travel as I go… you can check out my blogger page here: https://www.vegantravel.com/vegan-travelers/vegan-traveler-blog-jenn/
I am hoping to make some serious progress this weekend, and maybe get a post up this week, but I’m making no promises. I though I would share a few pictures from my recent trips to tide you over. Enjoy!
So I’ve got another crazy trip coming up! If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you would not find this shocking. The surprising part is that I’m actually spending a whole 6 days in Stockholm! The crazy part is just they way I get there. I never spend that much time in one place, so it should be fun! I’m going to visit a friend who just bought a house there (although I really don’t need a reason to visit) and I managed to get a fantastic deal on airfare!
It’s a bit convoluted…My routing is as follows:
- YVR-SEA-SFO on Alaska
- SFO-AMS-ARN on KLM
- ARN-IST on Atlas Global
- IST-CDG on Air France
- CDG-SEA-SFO on Delta
- SFO-SEA-YVR on Alaska
Okay, so I might have done a bit of a bad thing. I bought another airline ticket. I know this doesn’t seem bad, and it was a really good deal, so I should have just gone for it, right? Well I did.
If you’re thinking of heading over to Europe in the fall, there are some great business class deals! Most of them seem to be on KLM/Delta/Air France and are about $1500-$1700 CAD round trip, which is an AMAZING deal for business class. It usually costs just that much to do a last minute upgrade both ways. So I’m heading to Stockholm to see my friend’s new house! and perhaps meet up with some other peeps along the way.