I am thinking about taking a trip to Stockholm for the weekend. I have never been. I found some relatively reasonable airfare and the weather forecast for the timeframe in question is approximately 50-60 degrees warmer than Chicago is queued up to be. January is quite a busy time for me at work, so I’d probably only be on the ground for about 48 hours (Friday morning through Sunday morning).
I’ve never really taken a big trip like this by myself either — I’ve always traveled with a friend, a co-worker or just tagged along with MS when he was on a work trip. Last January I spent 26 hours flying to spend 52 hours on the ground in Shanghai – and I loved it.
My other biggest concerns:
- I hate having to connect for these weekend trips – so many things can go wrong with a connection. On this itinerary, I’ll have to connect in Newark.
- I’d be flying across the Atlantic in a B757 – I love those planes going from ORD-PDX — not so sure about spending 8+ hours in this single aisle aluminum tube.
- Will I have as much fun traveling alone as I would if someone else was with me? MS use to take these type of trips all the time and he’s good at it. I don’t know if I will be.
- The days will be very short — about 6.5-7 hours when I’m there. Will that encourage me to explore or to just sleep?
What do you think? Am I nuts? Honestly, I wanted to go to Brazil with MS (he’s going for work), but the Airfare is nearly 3X the price of Stockholm and I’ve got a bit of the travel itch right now. I am going to try to make my decision today…