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Stockholm Ė A Great Destination That Is Kind To Your Budget
by: Marc A. De Jong
Sweden is one of the most affordable travel destinations in Western Europe. This
statement would have raised some eyebrows a few years back, but it has become
reality. So why not go to Stockholm this year?
Leaders from both continents may have different opinions about world politics,
but US travelers love Europe, just like Europeans love to see the US. Some
American tour operators and travel agencies even expect to sell more trips to
Europe this year than ever before.
That is remarkable. The dollar-euro exchange rates make a European vacation far
from cheap nowadays.
If you want to see Europe without losing too much money, you should pick
destinations that have not switched to the euro.
Sweden is a great choice. Sweden is an EU country (no visa required for
Americans), but the Swedes still pay with crowns, not with euros.
To check if prices in the Nordic country are really that much lower, I compared
prices of three well-located three-star hotels in the Swedish capital Stockholm
with similar hotels in the popular capitals of two euro-countries, Paris and
The difference was incredible. Rates in Stockholm started between 113 and 125 US
dollar per night. In Rome you had to pay between USD 155 and 184 and in Paris
between USD 167 and 222 USD.
And those are just hotel rates. Restaurant prices in Stockholm have gone down in
recent years as well, at least for foreigners.
I also went to a popular airline ticket seller and searched for the lowest
airfare. The cheapest ticket from New York to Stockholm cost USD 851, while the
best tickets to Rome and Paris cost USD 897 each.
But hey, youíre not picking a travel destination because of money alone! You
want to see something too!
Well, donít worry about that. Stockholm is often called the most beautiful
capital in the world, and rightly so.
The city is built on 14 islands and has another 24,000 just around the corner.
Wherever you go you will always get a glimpse of water. Itís a very green city
too. Stockholm is the only capital in the world with a legally protected
national park within the city borders.
And thatís not all. Thereís a well-preserved old town centre with medieval
streets and alleys. The city has about 100 museums that are all different and
appealing to all ages Ė and many even have free admission.
The vibrant nightlife and modern shopping district keep you busy after
sightseeing, while the relaxed atmosphere and stunningly clean streets only add
to your holiday mood.
See you in Stockholm this year? You should be there already!
About The Author
Marc A. De Jong is journalist and editor of http://www.stockholm-sweden-travel-guide.com
which tells you all about the major attractions, events, how to get there, where
to stay, and gives lots of other practical tips. Including blog and RSS feed.