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I am a child of the north at heart and I yearn to visit Sweden each year (at least once). I also love water. I learned to sail big and small boats as well as wind surf as a small child and love it all to this day. Also the “rolling rocks” to me are more beautiful than almost any other landscape and I would guess those who grow up in desert landscapes feel the same way about those types of surroundings. Anyway, when I saw this amazing drone video of Sweden I just had to share. Please watch it on the largest screen you can because it is just amazing! WoW right? As an AVgeek I love anything from the air and one day may have to get a drone and strap my  GoPro  to it and see what I can film (thinking next summer maybe). Have you…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. This November I will have been blogging for 5 years and by then the blog will have been viewed over 7 million times. One of the main reasons I started the blog was due to my flying Skyteam for so many years on my many trips to Sweden and understanding the Delta / Northwest system inside and out. Having said that, I also have a fairly good understanding about Sweden having spent most summers of my life there as well as a full year in high school (it’s funny, in Sweden “High School” is college). I was…

When you travel it is often either very convenient, or even possibly necessary, to have some local currency. From tiny purchases to remote little shops that don’t have a credit card machine, you just need real money vs plastic. Last summer, for example, my wife and I took a week holiday in England and had a blast visiting a flee market and found lots of bargains – cash only. But there are countries where cash is almost pointless. Sweden, for example, could become a cashless society one day and maybe sooner than we think. People there, just like here nowadays, pay for even super tiny purchases with a card and they all use chip-N-pin for the transactions. Simple, quick and easy. But notice what is happening at the end of this month. Sweden is changing their bills and old bills will no longer be valid for spending (you can, for…

This is truly a sweet price to get from Scandinavia to Houston. I have found the same pricing from Gothenburg (GOT) as well as from Stockholm (ARN). Wide open dates starting in April for 1 day turns or staying for a while. You can use THIS google flights link to play with dates and airports that could work for you. At these prices it could be worth flying to Sweden for a vacation, taking the run in the middle, then a few more days in Sweden? So many choices and a nice way to pick up a huge chunk of MQMs along the way. BTW Sweden in April can be amazing or a bit cold. The month of May is better as spring is usually on the way and flowers are blooming. June is when summer really begins and you have the amazing light. Enjoy! – René

Let’s face it, Sweden is an amazing country. The people are great. The country is clean and safe. The summers are fantastic with twilight lasting almost all night long and sunrise just a few hours after midnight (and not setting at all up north). They speak better English than most of us do. The public transit is fantastic and works. Plus, they are more techno savvy than most nations. Part of that being techno savvy is that they have everywhere, and I mean everywhere, functional chip-N-pin payments. Cash truly is going away and going away fast in Sweden. And not just cash, but even checks are gone as payments go digital as well and you have a “digipass” unit that you put your card into at home to generate a safe one time code for banking. Simple. Elegant and brilliant. It all just works and is secure. So the tech…

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