January 12, 2011

Tip #18- A Repeat!

I'm gearing up for a couple of weeks vacation, but before I take my leave I thought I would repost one of my better tips (in my humble opinion) from 2010. It's not that I am lazy! Just that I think this tip bears repeating... and I have updated the information as well!

I am a firm believer of doing some research before travelling to a new place. I always think it's good to know a little bit about the history, geography, language, traditions and cuisine of a place before getting there... makes the visit much more enjoyable. I also feel that it helps to know what there is to see/do beforehand, so I don't have to waste time figuring it out during my visit. Thanks to the internet, doing the research is free and easy. Here are some great websites, besides my world fabulous blog, to help you do some research before arriving in Stockholm... I use many of these websites in my day-to-day work.
I always check the weather of the place I'm heading to a few days before departing (helps with the packing!). Weather forecasting is not an exact science... so it is good to check several forecasts. Somewhere inbetween you'll get the correct forecast!
Facebook is also a great tool. The Rival Hotel has two pages, one for the Bistro and one for the hotel itself. Click on "like" and you can get updates of things going on at the hotel as well as special offers. Another good Facebook page is the one belonging to Visit Stockholm:
 There are free maps to get at the tourist information center and the hotel, but sometimes it is good to take a peek at a map before arriving to get your bearings.
A few sites in Swedish (for those that speak the language):
  • Dagens Nyheter One of Sweden's leading newspapers. Their supplement (På Stan) on happenings in the city.
  • Allt om Stockholm The newspaper Aftonbladet's version...
  • What's Up Stockholm Entertainment guide to the city (Google translate available for website).
Happy surfing!

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