Keeping a Sense of Freedom When You’re Travelling with Someone

Freedom travel isn’t about always travelling solo. If you always “have to” to be alone to feel free that doesn’t seem much like freedom to me. Here are some tips for feeling free, when you’re sharing travel planning and activities with others.

1. Get cell phones.

It’s much easier to not worry about losing each other etc if you have an easy method of communication. Don’t skimp on cell phones or you’ll find yourself super stressed about losing each other and not being able to get back in touch. Being able to easily txt back and forth makes all the difference in you feeling like it doesn’t matter if one of you inadvertently wanders off, or if you each want to do your own thing for a while .

2. Know the signs you’re getting on each other’s nerves and need some alone time.

Alone time can be as simple as heading to a gallery but wandering around separately and agreeing to meet up in an hour. When you meet up again, why not plan to take each other on a tour of your favorite things that you found.

3. Bring other people into the mix.

It’s easy to get sick of one person if you’re travelling together and not spending time with other people. Hanging out with more people can change the dynamic between the two of you, even if you’re still hanging out together.

Try not to hang out with others in a way that makes your travel companion feel like a third wheel or left out. For example, if they’re not big into drinking then don’t go on drunken benders and expect them to be cool with that. Always be respectful of the other person and their comfort. Travelling somewhere unfamiliar induces vulnerability in us and it’s always important to remember this and take care of whoever we’re travelling with, even if we are getting on each other’s nerves.

4. Be open.

Be open to trying things your travelling companion suggests, even if they’re not what you would’ve picked. Virtually the worst type of travelling companion is someone who doesn’t express any of their own preferences and is just negative about the things you suggest. When someone else is coming up with ideas that is a good thing.

5. Pick your travelling companion carefully.

From the outset, try and pick a companion with the same level of travel experience as you, who will be comfortable with you splitting up and doing your own thing from time to time. If less experienced people want to travel with you, that’s cool, but expect you’ll be doing a bit of tour guiding. Your first trip with a novice travelling companion should be for only a few days rather than a long trip.

6. Travel with people for some of the trip rather than the whole time.

Travelling for a few days with folks you meet while travelling can be a lot more fun than travelling with someone from home for the entire trip. It also gives you a ton of flexibility, and can lead to you checking out things you normally wouldn’t. You’re also less likely to get grumpy and impatient with someone you don’t know well than with someone you’re very close to.

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Cocktails in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of those cities in Europe that feels effortlessly cool. This low rise city seems to
be defined by light, water, and an openness that is incredibly appealing. Tall and blond, the Danish
understandably seem pretty satisfied with life in this sophisticated and stylish city – it’s clearly a
pretty good place to live. One of its major attractions is its nightlife. Copenhagen is one of those
cities that has distinct neighbourhoods and getting to know the different neighbourhoods and the
best bars in each district is a big help – you will probably need the help of a local for this, but work
out which neighbourhood you want to go out in and that will help narrow your search for the bars
that you want to drink in. In this article we take a look at some of the best places to go drinking in
Copenhagen.

The Meatpacking District
In Danish the Meatpacking District is known as Kødbyen but English is widely spoken in Denmark
so if you ask for the Meatpacking District they will know what you mean. This is a fantastic precinct
for bars and restaurants. You can’t go past dinner at Fiskebar which has a really energetic vibe and
is serving up great seafood. I used to really love the bespoke cocktails at Karriere bar but that has
recently closed, but there’s a lot of other good options here – the bar called Jolene is very good ,
relaxed and boisterous, but I’ve had some really top nights at Bakken which is fairly small inside
but has an outdoor terrace where everyone seems to congregate. The young and the cool of
Copenhagen seem to flock to this place and the music is great and it’s a lot of fun. I usually drink
beer here so it’s probably not a cocktail recommendation but it’s a great place to hang out.

Vesterbro
Vesterbro used to be a fairly rough part of town and it still is a bit of a red light district, but in recent
years there has been a bit of gentrification and it has become one of Copenhagen’s best places to
live. Bars to check out in this area include Simpelt V where they specialise in Mojitos (and are
proud of the fact that this is a bar where you can smoke inside); and Cafe Dyrehaven (which
translates at Cafe Deer Park – there are a forest of deer heads mounted on the wall) – this is a cafe
that turns into a bar and it’s good fun.

Nørrebro
If I was going to live anywhere in Copenhagen it would have to be the ultra cool neighbourhood of
Nørrebro. Jægersborggade is my favourite street – stunning restaurants, cool shops, and amazing
cafes such as the Coffee Collective and also Grød (where they just serve porridge – genius). In
terms of bars, I really like The Barking Dog – it feels a bit like an English pub but somehow more
grown up and sophisticated.

Copenhagen will always be one of my favourite cities in the world. Not just because they have
great bars and know how to serve great drinks and cocktails, but it certainly does no harm to their
reputation.

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