Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Many of us love to travel and when we decide to do so mistakes are unavoidable. I've made mistakes and propaply you too. So here are some travel mistakes you should try to avoid!
Planning too much
Trying to plan out your entire trip is tempting since nowadays you can get so many tips and recommendations online. But be careful not to plan too much, usually the best and most memorable moments are spontaneus and not planned in advance. So try not to plan and follow the guide book too much. Plan in moderation and then explore the location more when you get there. Ask locals for recommendations or just walk around and try to find your own hidden gems!
I've not always been a light packer but oh boy has it saved many of my travels! On recent trips I made an effort to just bring a carry-on bag and a backpack since that's usually all I need. Of course if I'm going on a longer trip than just a week or a couple of days I would probably bring a check-in bag but I try to avoid it for as long as I can. Whilst packing I try to do some research on the weather so I don't pack clothes I won't be using. I try to bring as little as possible and in case I run out of clothes I can always do some washing up at the hostel or where ever I'm staying. 
Experiencing your trip through your camera
Sometimes you just need to put your camera away and actually experience your travels. This has been very hard for me especially since I am a photographer but the older I got I realised that photos to show everyone back home or to post on Instagram isn't everything. So put your camera down and explore some more! Also, don't forget to back-up the photos you actually take! You'll be devastated if you loose all you pictures...
Forgetting to check your passport
You probably already made sure that your passport hasn't expired BUT you must be aware of that some countries require that passports must be valid for six months past the date of your flight home, and 26 European nations require that passports must be valid for three months past. So check your passport once again to make sure you'll be fine!
Following everyone else
If you're traveling with someone or in a group there will always be discussions about what to do. Some might want to go shopping whilst some of the group might want to visit a local museum. Don't follow everyone else, split up for the day and do what makes YOU happy and do want you want to do or you'll regret it when you get back home. There's nothing wrong with having different interests and wanting to see and experience different things or parts of a location but make sure you get what you want out of YOUR trip. 

My Travel Diary: Edinburgh

This post was planned weeks ago but exams and Christmas came in the way... But better late than never I guess!
I'm back home from Edinburgh and it's time to conclude my trip! I had never been to Edinburgh or Scotland before and I LOVED IT! Even though it reminded me of England it was completely different. We spent 3 nights in Edinburgh and we stayed at the Britannia Hotel West End. The hotel was nothing fancy or extra ordinary but it was a bed to sleep in and breakfast in the morning. It was actually the only hotel availabe relatively close to the city centre during our stay so we didn't have much choice haha. But it was super cosy since we lived in the "old part" of the hotel and not in the recently built part. 
On the night we arrived we also went to a really nice pub called The Grosvenor on Shadwick Place which was only a 5-8 min walk from our hotel. The perfect distance after traveling the entire evening (our flight was of course delayed...). 
The first day we spent Christmas shopping! We were all very excited for Primark since we don't have that in Sweden. And I will admit that I spent a bit more money then planned haha. But the highlight of the day was the evening as we went on a ghost tour around the city! It was so interesting! I learned a lot about the horrible history of Edinburgh. This was my first time doing a guided tour (except at like museums with school when I was younger) and I will totally do it again! I doesn't have to be expensive either. In fact, the tour we did was free but we of course paid tips at the end since we really liked it. The tour started on the Royal Mile and took circa 1hr 15mins. 
On day 2 we decided to explore the area around the Royal Mile some more. One of our favourite discoveries was a super cute vintage shop called W. Armstrong & Son. If you want to see more of the shop, check out the video below! The area where the vintage shop is located is called Grassmarket and of course there was a market as well. Not very big but so cute!
One of the highlights of this day was our visit to Greyfriars kirkyard. Both Sandra and I are big Harry Potter fans so obviously we had to visit Voldemorts grave. Definitely a must-visit if you are a HP-fan! Hope you like this very touristy picture of me next to the stone haha.
That same day we also walked up to the Edinburgh Castle and oh my gosh the view from up there! Beautiful! But waaaaay too many people for my liking. There were people EVERYWHERE. Not a big fan. We didn't go inside the castle this time but if I visit Edinburgh again I would love to. 
On the last day we visited the Christmas Market again and it felt so nice getting into the Christmas spirit. There was mulled wine, hot chocolate, handy crafts and many other things. I bought a hot chocolate and a hand made wooden lantern for my mum for Christmas (she really liked it!). This concluded our trip to Edinburgh as we traveled back home the day after. But before we went to the airport we hade some time to visit the National Museum of Scotland (they have a roof terrace with a panoramic view over Edinburgh!!!). Big recommendation if you visit Edinburgh! 

If you want to see the entire trip in a video, you're in luck! I made a video for my YouTube. If you like it, don't forget to like and subscribe HERE. Also don't forget to follow my adventures over on Instagram! @strokeofadventure 
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