This article is part of the “Journey to Denmark” series and will explore some tips that helped me make the most out of my time in Copenhagen.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRIP
Planning to go to a lot of attractions like Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Castle, or the SMK museum?
- You may be able to save money with the Copenhagen card. Paying for the card means that you aren’t paying for attractions. To calculate how much you will or won’t save, use their calculator here. In addition to getting access to 85 attractions (at the time of this writing), you will also get free transport around the city. Be aware that the calculator uses the assumption that you will use $20 worth of transport per day.
Traveling on a budget?
Even though Denmark is more expensive relative to other vacation destinations, there are still things that you can do cheaply or, in some cases, for free.
- Pick up on a free walking tour. I found details about them in my hostel, Generator Copenhagen, but you can also take a look here. There is an inherent expectation that you tip at the end of the tour as that is how they make their money. It is as cheap or free as you make it (and I do advocate tipping at least a bit).
- Save money on food by getting it from grocery stores like Netto and Aldi.
- Certain attractions can be seen for free. Examples are the Kastellat, Little Mermaid statue, and Nyhavn (a scenic canal full of boats and beautiful restaurants).
Solo traveling or looking for social interactions? If you are solo traveling then you are also likely looking for ways to make social connections on the trip.
- The free (and not free) walking tours are great ways to meet new people who are traveling.
- The Copenhagen Pub Crawl was great for 2 reasons (besides beer): it puts you in a group of travelers to socialize with. You then go the pubs where you can socialize with locals. There are two wins right there.
- By staying in a hostel you are placing yourself among other travelers both in your room and in the common area. Furthermore, the hostels keep a lot of information about the area and host their own events. It was at my hostel that I discovered the free walking tour.
- While it is more expensive, traveling at the height of tourist season will ensure a large volume of people for you to mingle with.
- I found that apps were not overly effective on my trip, but they may serve you better.
How I did it (Putting it all together)
I was solo traveling on a budget and looking for ways to expand my perspectives.
To that end, I saved money by visiting 1 attraction a day and walking only. Grocery stores were also a key part of this and became my breakfast and lunch shopping spot. Dinner was eaten at restaurants. Social connections were made with my hostel roommates, on free walking tours, and at the Copenhagen pub crawl. At other times, I struck up conversation with strangers on the street while waiting for food. Perspectives were changed and expanded through genuine curiosity about other people’s world views. I went to places that I viewed as challenging the status quo, such as the free town of Christiania.
In the end, I remained under the $500 discretionary funds budget indicated in my “Journey to Denmark: Introduction” post at $420.97 USD and made many friends. One of these friends ended up altering the course of my adventure and will be discussed in a later post.