Budget adventure- good clothes for stealing croissants
Adventure planning is underway and though I am super excited about this trip, the Goldberg- Woods curse has bitten us. It's like the moment we bought our plane tickets, my husband suddenly had no work! Hopefully, this issue will turn around next week, but I am putting my budget travel skills to use in the mean time. Even though we will be visiting Karen's daughter in Copenhagen, the main reason for this family adventure is that Karen's son is graduating highschool this year. It's our family reward that we've told the kids about since pretty much the day they were born. You graduate, you go to Europe, it's that simple. We had a grandmother who took us around the world as a reward for graduating, but since Karen's kids have no living grandparents, my husband and I are happy to continue the tradition with them.
Since this is a budget adventure, we are going where the tickets were cheapest, where the temps will be low, and where breakfast is included with the hotel room. We needed warm coats with big pockets. Even though it is 80 degrees in LA today, I know it is freezing everywhere else. Maybe a good time to tell you about the warm clothes I got!
Over the holiday weekend, I took full advantage of the Eddie Bauer clearance sale and got both of us packable down coats. I am sure it will shock nobody that Karen and I got the same coat. The girls will be in this and the men in this. I really was doubting that the thin coat would keep me warm so I wore it around the house, had a hot flash, and became a believer. These coats were our major splurge and we can use them in winter here.
Next, we did a lot of searching for good fleece jackets to layer. Many people gave me conflicting advice: get fleece, get cashmere, get wool, get nylon. We went with the fleece option because my number one rule of budget travel is not to spend a fortune on clothes I may have to ditch in favor of souvenirs if my suitcase is too heavy.
Karen and I both got the Columbia Benton Springs Long Hoodie ($22.50 on amazon) and the Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip ($27.93 on amazon). Both with free shipping on Amazon Prime. I am pretty sure I will live in the long hoodie forever. So comfy! As with everything, I have to get both of these altered to fit (way too long sleeves), so I had to budget in $10 for that. Still, not too bad since the jackets were normally $75 and $60. Both of these jackets have pockets with zippers, perfect for hiding croissants we will swipe from the breakfast buffets.
I have been saving all our texts and photos from the planning of this adventure and am starting the Scandinavia 2105 journal before we leave. I love all the little back and forth of the planning stages, especially the photos from our early morning texts.
Now, I need shoes that are good for walking miles and miles but that are also warm. Any suggestions?
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