Choosing Where to Stay in Stockholm – Old Town or Not?

If you are planning a trip to Sweden, odds are good you'll spend some time in the country's capital city, Stockholm.

While it would be easy to say you should spend three or four days in this gorgeous city, the immediate question that should follow is “where do I stay?”. But picking where to stay in Stockholm is tricky because the city is sprawled out over not one, not two, but 14 islands.

In this instance, our first instinct was to stay in Old Town Stockholm on Stadsholmen Island. Historic buildings, a central location, and museums we wanted to visit made this island sound quite appealing. But when it comes to getting the most out of the city, especially when it comes to having accessibility to delicious coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, you may have reason to pause.

Other islands and neighborhoods in Stockholm may be worthy spots to consider instead!

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The Vasa Museum is One of the World’s Coolest Museums

When we told friends we would be visiting Stockholm, one recommendation came up time and time again- go to the Vasa Museum. 

In fact, many of those recommendations were followed up with the claim that “it is the coolest museum I've ever seen.” The claim seemed a bit surprising as these were coming from fellow travel bloggers who have seen their fair share of epic museums and attractions. A museum dedicated to a shipwreck is one of the best museums on the planet? We were interested.

After visiting, we can safely say they were right.

To put it bluntly, the museum dedicated to the Vasa shipwreck is not only one of the finest museums we have visited but also one of the most fascinating stories of naval history the world has ever seen.

You must visit this one when in Stockholm.

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Tanzania Journeys Review – An Incredible High-End Safari

We always struggle with hiring a small company for private safaris in Africa because you simply never know what you may be getting yourself into even with a robust review of their website, customer reviews, and more.

Generally speaking, we have almost always found our private tour companies via word of mouth- either from friends or other travel bloggers who have had a positive experience with a particular company.

This is how we stumbled upon Tanzania Journeys for our luxury safari in the country (via our friends Green Global Travel), and after speaking with them about their tour options, we knew we were in the best hands for our tour and booked right away.

To put it bluntly, this may have been the most luxurious safari we've been on (most expensive too), and we'd do it again in a heartbeat given the chance.

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How to Read Aurora Forecasts When Chasing Northern Lights

When we decided to go on a trip to view the northern lights, we went down the science rabbit hole of how aurora forecasts work. We thought that if we had a good understanding of how all the measurements are made, we could increase our odds of seeing the northern lights.

As it turns out, reading aurora and solar activity charts is not easy (and I say this as Angie and I hold a small stack of engineering degrees between the two of us and I've taken an entire year's worth of astronomy for good measure). For those who are not as nerdy as we are, looking at these charts can be quite daunting and may cause you to simply stick to the analog of the KP Index and call it a day.

So in this one, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite things to watch out for on aurora tracking sites like Space Weather Live to help you better understand the charts that you may be looking at!

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