Update: As of now, I’m back from our adventures with beautiful pictures and exciting experiences of my own! Check out these posts to see all about our trip!
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Back in this post on starting our research process, I mentioned that we’re currently in the phase of researching the coffee industry, our surrounding market, and other coffee shops for information and inspiration. This is the fun part where we get to explore other shops and get a feel for what we want and don’t want, and find what needs we can fill. Ernest and Pop actually just got back from a week in Portland (a post on that is coming soon!), and I said I would let you know on where we decided to travel internationally to continue gathering research and inspiration, and to see the world!!!
Well the tickets are bought, and the planning has begun!
Ernest and I have been planning this trip for a while with our friends Meghan and Ryan back when we actually started talking about legitimately pursuing our coffee shop idea. They were so encouraging about us stepping towards these dreams (read about it in this post), that they decided why not add some traveling into them as well? And why not go together? Where did we decide? Northern Europe!! By the way, hear Meghan’s side of the story on her blog! She’s a better storyteller =P
The most north in Europe Ernest and I have gone is Switzerland, and we LOVED it, so we are really excited to see what’s in store for us. We actually found a few sites (such as this one on Buzzfeed: “25 Coffee Shops Around The World To See Before You Die“) that feature top coffee shops in the world in countries such as England, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden… so why not combine our current business venture with traveling adventures?
We may be crazy for wanting to take on so many countries! We want to visit as much as we can while still enjoying where we’ve chosen (maybe we packed it a little too much for three weeks?) Our itinerary includes: Scotland, England—including London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, and a couple days’ layover in Iceland! We’re beyond excited!!!! We can’t wait to check out coffee spots, but I love history and nature as well.
Here are some things capturing my attention on our list. If you’ve been to any of these places, do comment and let me know your input! I love suggestions and can’t wait to hear your favorite spots as well! Most of these pictures are taken from pinterest–click on the picture and it will take you to it’s website!
Our first stop is Glascow, Scotland!
We’d then like to explore some scenery up in the Highlands of Scotland: Glencoe, the Isle of Skye, and Inverness for the Loch Ness monster of course!
We’ll also stop in Edinburg, and hope to see several castle besides the one here? Any castle must-see suggestions?
Next stop is England!
York, Oxford, East Sussex and Worcester captivate me the most… but I don’t know if we’ll have time for all of them? What do you think?
London, of course! For history, culture, and coffee shops!
(I don’t even know where to start with the pictures… what is there NOT to see in London)? Do suggest must-see’s and coffee shops please!
After London, we want to spend a couple days in Copenhangen, Denmark.
Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway are next! More coffee shops and lovely sites…
And we’ll finish up our adventures in Iceland!
Note: None of these pictures are mine, but links are provided to their sources! These are places we’re planning to visit and see, and I’ll hopefully have my own pictures of where we choose to go soon enough!
By the way I’m open to coffee shop and cheap food suggestions in these locations, as well as beautiful scenic nature and historical areas! We can’t wait to share our adventures with you!