Published By, KAYDEN PHAN
Colorful landmarks and expensive everything are the first things that come to mind when I think of Copenhagen! Prepare for your bank account to take a little dip if you're on a budget. My mouth almost dropped every morning as I heard the barista give me my coffee total. After you get over the shock of how expensive this country is, you can off set the expense of food by exploring this city on foot. I personally chose to walk to save a couple pennies on a bike rental but if you want the full experience of a day in the life of a local, you can opt to rent a bicycle. Everyone and I mean everyone rides bicycles here! What a great way to save gas and get a workout at the same time. I visited the pentagon shaped fortress of Kastellet which I found so beautiful. The water was calm and glass like with perfect reflections shining off them. The grass was perfectly manicured and the grounds were kept in the most pristine conditions. I made my way to Fredrik's Church and the little mermaid before my tummy started to growl. I was directed to Papiroen which is Copenhagen's street food under one roof. This is something you wont want to miss! What a great place to grub! It's hip and trendy with creative menus. I was in heaven! This place alone will have me wanting to come back! I just loved the vibe and atmosphere!
I must admit, Denmark wasn't high on my list of countries to visit but the allure of a $6.00 USD flight from London to Copenhagen got me! I turned to good old couchsurfing.com for a free place to stay and luckily an Indian man living in Copenhagen accepted to host my friend and I. Just as a safety measure, do your best to verify the people that are hosting you. I check their references and I'm not afraid to turn an open couch down. Listen to your gut. If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't. My cheap flight and a few extra moments finding an accommodation made it possible for me to see this country. You don't have to be rich to travel, you just need to plan a little if you don't want to break the bank.
TIP: Don't buy souvenirs, send post cards. They're more personal, can save you from overweight baggage fees and having to haul what you bought all the way back home.