Summer is the peak season for vacationers, but with the covid-19 still lurking in the air causing a pandemic in the world, anyone would be thinking twice about where to go on vacation. For obvious reasons, though how frustrating it can be, flying is out of the question. But it’s not something we put ourselves in a fret when we think of spending time in the country we live in. A week-long staycation on the island or scenic countryside is suitable in this unfortunate time of coronavirus. Although Sweden has an immense nature with its ten million or so population finding a less-crowded staycation spot can be tricky considering the present pandemic situation.
I live on the west coast of Sweden, but my idea of a staycation is usually a bit farther from home. Most preferably, I would go on a staycation in Stockholm. We went on a weekend trip to Stockholm a few years ago, but we stayed on the mainland. However, during this time of coronavirus, it is required that people should keep distance and the mainland usually attracts both local and distant travellers so it may not be easy to find a place with ample space. But the islands in Stockholm Archipelago are just a boat-trip away and the most suitable itinerary when one deemed social distancing necessary.
I particularly like taking a walk in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town) and admiring the colourful buildings in the narrow streets in the mainland. It is like walking along the streets that belong to the Middle Ages. The shops, churches and museums seem to be calling the attention of every passer-by. Luckily though the Old Town was less-crowded because it was a gloomy day, it can be extremely crowded during warm days. We had been to the ABBA Museum, The Vasa Museum and the amusement park, Gröna Lund. Those places are always jam-packed so taking precautions is necessary during this time of the coronavirus.
Seeing the main attractions and going to museums should not be the only reason for visiting the city. Going on a trip to the archipelago islands will make for an enjoyable long staycation in Stockholm. There are approximately 24,000 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago, but we plan to visit at least two of them, Sandhamn and Vaxholm. Sandhamn is known for its lively island life and its white-sand beaches. Vaxholm is an idyllic island known for its picturesque cottages and houses. Most of the islands in the archipelago have hotels and restaurants that are open all-year-round. Furthermore, the islands are within reach by boats from the city centre.
Considering the pandemic’s presence these days, it has been recommended that anyone travelling within the country should take precautions and follow the rules of social distancing and maintain proper hygiene. In addition to these recommendations, the Public Health Agency of Sweden advised travellers within Sweden to choose an alternative means of transport where there’s a possibility to book a seat in advance (boat, train, etc.)
In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.