I often get emails from people asking me about my time as an exchange student. For those of you who do not know, I was an exchange student in Hong Kong in 2013 and in Sydney, Australia, in 2014. I did the exchange as a part of my bachelor’s degree in business administration. In this post I will answer some frequently asked questions and tell you some of my thoughts about life as an exchange student.
Cascais is a beach town just 45 minutes from Lisbon, which makes it a perfect city escape on a hot day. The earlier fishing town has several high-end hotels and resorts for those who want to stay a bit longer. Because, even though Cascais can be explored in a day, the town has a lot to offer when it comes to attractions, culture, tasty food and stunning beaches.
Sintra is a charming town 40 minutes from Lisbon and is a popular destination for day-trippers from the capital. The town is famous for its many castles and romantic architecture, and used to be the home of Portugal’s monarchs. Today, Sintra is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is favored by tourists. Sintra is located in the mountains, so the nature is also a reason why people go here.
During Easter, I went to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Going to Lisbon was a rather random choice; we wanted to visit a European city with nice weather in April, and I had never been to Lisbon. I did not have the highest expectations, but Lisbon really impressed me and fell totally in love with the city! Here are my 12 top things to do when visiting Lisbon.
There is no doubt that the travel bug has bitten me a long time ago; I am addicted to travelling and I never get enough of exploring new places. People keep asking me why I do travel as much as I do. I am busy as everyone else with studies and work, but still I manage to do ten or even more trips a year. Is it easy? No – but here is why I keep doing, and why you should travel more often!
Still have not decided where to go for your summer vacation? No worries, it is still time! Here are my top seven destinations for summer 2017. In this post, I will focus on European destinations – even though I love to travel as far away as possible, nothing beats Europe in the summer!
In January I spent a week in Tel Aviv, and I went on a day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Bethlehem used to be a part of Israel, but from 1995 the city has been under Palestinian control. As our Israeli guide said; “I have been to Bethlehem more than 1000 times, but now I am not even allowed to guide you there”. Personally I do not know a lot about the conflict between Israel and Palestine and I do not want to get all political here – but everything seemed so strange and complicated.
This weekend I will be traveling to Copenhagen to attend a kick-off with my new partner, momondo. momondo is a travel search engine where you can find and compare flights, accommodation and rental cars. Already before I started my cooperation with momondo, it was one of my favorite platforms when I was looking for trips, so I am looking forward to being their ambassador!
In May I am graduating uni after five years. Once I have handed in my master thesis, I am going to celebrate the graduation by going to Central- and South-America for two months before I move to Oslo and start working in August. I have not been on a long trip like this in a very long time. I am so excited!
I have been to London nearly ten times, so when I went to visit a friend in February we decided that it was time to explore some other areas than the usual tourist sites. Luckily I had a local to guide me, and I got to see several new neighborhoods in the city!
In February I went on a weekend trip to Riga with a group of 18 friends. I have never travelled in such a big group earlier, so it was quite a different travel experience! I still managed to do some sightseeing (along with a lot of partying!). I visited Riga in June a few years ago, which was an even better experience, as the weather was amazing – but I really love this city. Here are five tips for a weekend in Riga!
Jerusalem is probably the holiest place on earth; the city is sacred for Muslims, Christians and Jews. It is also an amazing place to visit for tourists; the UNESCO World Heritage Site has so much to offer. As I was on a family vacation in Tel Aviv, we only went on a day trip to Jerusalem. Guess who regrets not spending more time in Jerusalem?! What an interesting city! The culture, the religions and the history – I loved it!
Schiphol is a major flight hub in Europe as KLM has its base here. After spending hundreds of hours at airports around the world, I honestly have to say that considering how big Schiphol is, it is a very boring airport. Food is expensive and crappy, the airport is old and dirty and there is not much to do. On my way home from Israel I had 5,5 hours at Schiphol, so I decided to go into the center of Amsterdam instead of waiting at the airport. I highly recommend doing this, so here are a few practical advises and some suggestions for what you can do!
Tel Aviv is a very popular tourist destination in Israel, with its long beaches and great shopping opportunities. The city is often said to be Middle East’s New York, and after spending some days in the city I absolutely agree. It is a very modern city with all the facilities you can wish for. But, it is also a city of contrasts; in-between the skyscrapers and shopping malls, you can find street vendors selling amazing falafel and hummus, old men fishing and historical neighborhoods like Jaffa.
Long time no see! Again, I have been stuck at uni for a few months. I have finished all my exams now (40 exams over 4,5 years!), so I will hopefully have more time to travel in the nearest future as I am going to write my master thesis for the next months. Even though 2016 has been a year filled with studies and internships, I have managed to travel quite a bit. Here are my travel experiences in 2016!