Denmark – land of the Vikings, now ruled by Michelin-starred chefs of “New Nordic Cuisine.” Home of Copenhagen, frequently rated as one of the happiest places on earth - sorry, Disney! Danes invented their own word for how amazing their lives are – hygge - that feeling of coziness that oozes out of every adorable nook and cranny in the country.
The kind of travel I dreamt of required living in the moment. It couldn't be had by excessive planning or reading other people’s travel blogs or following predetermined itineraries. I wanted to be a traveler, not a tourist. I craved authentic experiences, which only a perfect combination of chance, openness, and spontaneity could bring about.