“This is why once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but the language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn. Then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown than you did in the most foreign place you visited. This is the hardest part about traveling, and it’s the very reason why we all run away again.” –Unknown
Denmark >> Scotland >> Ireland
Spending about 24 hours in three countries, back to back, may sound crazy. And it is. I’m not sure why we decided to do this or why we thought it was possible. Things go wrong all the time when traveling… right? Planes get delayed, plans get messed up, and time gets cut short. All of these things are true, and happened to us, but we only had a limited amount of time in Europe and wanted to jam in as many places and things as possible. We were crazy, but we had a crazy amazing time.
I’ll save you the sob story of what went wrong, and solely focus on what went right. Here’s what to do if you have 24 hours in any of these cities.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen is very walkable. We spent a lot of time wandering around and enjoying the view. We stayed at the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel and it was a blast, I’d definitely recommend staying here if hostels are your thing.
- The Round Tower: great view of the city
- Nyhavn Canal: (what you picture when you think of Copenhagen; it’s beautiful) Get lunch/dinner. Take a canal cruise. Walk around. Sit on the edge of the canal and drink some coffee.
- Freedom Christiana: a hippie commune…
Glasgow, Scotland: We went here solely to do a tour of The Scottish Highlands through Discover Scotland Tours. Other than this tour, there’s not much to do in Glasgow. If you want to see The Highlands, I’d look into a tour departing from Edinburgh instead; there’s a ton of stuff to see and do there (you can check out my post here).
Loch Ness, Glencoe, & Highlands Tour: Scotland is gorgeous! Everywhere you look is postcard-perfect. Search for Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, see some highland cows, hear stories about Scotland’s history, and enjoy the view. Warning: This tour consists of a lot of driving, so be prepared.
Belfast, Ireland: Ahh Northern Ireland, just as beautiful as Southern Ireland, but not nearly as touristy. We went here because they offered an AMAZING tour of Giants Causeway. I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone.
- Want a drink?: Filthy McNasty Bar
- Titanic Belfast: Belfast is where the Titanic was built and shipped, so they have a dedicated museum.
- Giants Causeway Tour: Your first stop is the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery where you get a free sample. Then you head to Giants Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (if you want to cross you have to pay a small fee).
So anyways: I’m glad I did it, I have no regrets, but I always wish I had more time. Oh well… now I have another excuse to go back.