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!
On our road trip in Romania we visited three beautiful cities in Transylvania; Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. The cities are located quite close to each other, and a couple of days are enough time to visit the trio. Because of our limited time in Romania, we chose to spend a half day in each city, with overnight stays in Brasov and Sibiu. We only focused on the charming old towns in the cities.
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.
I just came back from an amazing road trip in Romania – a country that must be one of the most underrated destinations in Europe! The road trip couldn’t have been better; we had nearly 30 degrees and sun most of the days, and everything was just perfect.
We spent most of our time in Romania driving around in Transylvania, and our route was Brasov – Sighisoara – Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Bucharest. We had four full days in the country, so we didn’t have much time, but it was enough to see these places. I will write about the charming cities Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu in a later post and focus on the road trip itself here.
In August I went to Albania for the first time. We went to Saranda, a coastal town surrounded by beautiful beaches. For most of the time, we just relaxed on the beach, but there were also a few other things to do in the area.
I have been to Poland several times, but I have only visited Krakow, Gdansk and Sopot. In August I decided that it was time to explore the capital, Warsaw. Warsaw might not be as picturesque as Krakow and Gdansk, and there aren’t that many tourists visiting Warsaw. I still found the city very interesting and beautiful!