Itinerary: How to spend 10 days in Sri Lanka

I had dreamed about going to Sri Lanka for years before I finally booked a trip for Easter this year. I only had ten days to see the beautiful country, and I wanted to experience everything; the nature, the beaches, the culture, the cities. By planning the trip well, I managed to experience all of this in less than two weeks. Here is how to best spend ten days in amazing Sri Lanka!

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12 things to do in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires isn’t the standard big city with dozens of famous tourist attractions. Actually, the city is rather the opposite as it is all about exploring the city’s neighborhood and soaking up the culture instead if hunting down the biggest sights. For me, my amazing Buenos Aires experience centered around the food, the wine and the lively culture. Buenos Aires is a happy city that never sleeps and deserves a visit! Here are 12 things I recommend to do when visiting Buenos Aires – and I recommend to spend at least four days in the city. Continue reading

Backpacking the Balkans

A few of weeks ago my study partner Vilde and I realized that we had some extra time before we had to hand in our Master’s Thesis. We therefore decided to book a spontaneous trip to somewhere in Europe. We started looking for relaxing beach holidays, but suddenly we were planning an adventurous backpacking trip in The Balkans! As usual, I like to travel around and not spend a lot of time each place – so this time I managed to visit Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo.

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12 things to do in Lisbon

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.

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Latvia: 5 things to do in Riga

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!

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How to spend a layover in Amsterdam

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!

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72 hours in Oslo

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Planning a long-weekend in Oslo? After spending my summer working in Oslo (I normally live in Trondheim, which you can read about here). Here is how I would spend 72 hours in Oslo. Oslo is the capital of Norway and the biggest city in the country, but compared with other capitals around the world, Oslo is actually quite small. I think 72 hours is the perfect amount of time to spend in the city.
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Travel Guide: 48 hours in Trondheim

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Trondheim, my hometown, is the third biggest city in Norway, located in the middle of the country. I grew up in Trondheim, and I am currently living here as a student, as it is the major student city in Norway. Lately a few friends from other countries have been visiting me, and I have gotten to explore my own city as a tourist. Here is how I would spend two days as a tourist in Trondheim!

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Vietnam on a shoestring

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Two years ago I went on a week-long trip to Vietnam. As you may know, I love Asia. The culture, the nature, the weather, the people – what is there not to love? Before this trip I had already visited many countries in Asia, but not Vietnam. A good friend of mine is Norwegian-Vietnamese, and after hearing her stories about Vietnam and the culture, I was really excited to visit the country.

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A weekend in Krakow

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I first visited the Polish city Krakow when I was 14 years old, on a school trip to Auschwitz. I enjoyed the city so much that I went back the year after. At that age, what attracted me the most was Krakow’s cheap shopping. Recently I decided to go back to Krakow and see what I thought about the city now, almost ten years later. Not surprisingly, I still find the city awesome. Not because of the shopping, but because of Krakow’s charming old town.

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Beautiful Tanzania

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In 2011 I had just finished high school and I decided to take a year of to travel. That is the best decision I have ever made. During my gap year I did not only get to see the world; I also learned a lot about my self and I learned to see things in different perspectives. In the fall of 2011 I spent three months volunteering at a hospital in Tanzania. I also got to see a lot of the country, and here is a list of my favorite destinations in Tanzania. I really recommend a trip to this beautiful country!

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Oman: Things to do in Muscat

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Muscat is the capital of The Sultanate of Oman and the biggest city in the country. When you are in Oman, spending a few days in Muscat is a must; just the name itself makes the city sound exotic. Oman is not a country we hear a lot about, and the average Norwegian would probably not even know where Oman is on the map. Oman is actually growing as a tourist destination, and tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Oman. In addition to the oil, of course; as the rest of the Gulf states, Oman is quite dependent on oil. At the same time, Oman differs from the other Gulf states. Omanis actually have regular jobs and the foreign workforce is smaller than in for example Kuwait and Qatar. One explanations to this can be that Oman’s oil reserve is smaller, but also that the government has a big focus on creating other sources of income than oil.

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Eat & Sleep in Marrakech

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Staying in a «riad» in the medina of Marrakech is essential if you want the real Moroccan experience. A riad is a traditional, Moroccan house with a courtyard in the center. Most hotels in the medina are riads – they can be everything from expensive 5 star hotels to cheap hostels.

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