* This article is originally featured in the travel site, Two Monkeys Travel.
When planning a Europe tour, most of us would only stick to the popular cities. However, if you want more of an Eat, Pray, Love trip to Europe, you should consider visiting the Scandinavian region. These areas are perfect for those who want to take pleasure with the city life but still enjoy the incredible beauty of nature. Honestly, incredible is an understatement! Earlier this year, I was able to visit Sweden. The country has the tag line “Visit Sweden”. Most of the time, I would hear others say “It’s so cold there. You won’t be able to do anything!” Luckily, I went there during spring time so it’s not as cold as it usually is but still cold for a girl from the tropics. Despite the cold weather, there are a lot of things you can do, sites to visit and things to enjoy. Here’s a little fun fact: Even though Sweden is overshadowed by many other European countries, it is definitely a powerhouse in many areas. It is the home of Volvo, Ikea and your favorite, Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) and popular stars such as Alicia Vikander and Alexander Skarsgård (new Tarzan). The iconic Abba and Avicci are also Swedes. I think it’s extremely important to know to know a thing or two about the place where you are headed and I like digging fun facts. When visiting Sweden, you will not be able to correctly read some of the names of the people places. You will sound ridiculous when you try to pronounce it but I guess you are forgiven if you are a first timer! I visited my sister and her family in Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. Although it is sometimes left in the shade by Stockholm (Sweden’s capital), this place is remarkable on its own.