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.
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!
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.
“How can you afford to travel as much as you do?”. This is a question I get all the time. The answer is not simple. I am only a student, and no, my trips are not sponsored – nothing is free. Because the question is asked frequently, I think it is appropriate to dedicate a blog post to it!
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.
The last week my mum and I went on a week-long holiday to Marrakech. I have always dreamed about Marrakech; it seemed like such an exotic and magic place. Marrakech did not disappoint me; it was as exotic as I had imagined. Marrakech is different from every other place I have visited – even though the city somehow reminded me a bit about some Indian cities and Istanbul. The streets are full of donkeys and motorbikes, the streets are filled with the smell of spices and you never know what you will meet around the next corner.
Cuba is one of the countries were nothing goes according to your plan. I also found it a bit difficult finding information online before I left, because everything changes so fast and information is only valid for a short period. The whole accommodation thing is also a bit confusing. Because of this, I made a small guide based on my own experience – this is the information I wish someone told me before I left!
The Polish city Gdansk has become a very popular weekend getaway among Norwegians lately. The cheap flights with Wizz Air may be some of the reason why so many go to Gdansk – as well as the charming old town and the comfortable price level in Poland. Last weekend, I went to Gdansk with my boyfriend. We only stayed for three nights, but I feel it was more than enough to see most of the city. Gdansk, together with Gdynia and Sopot are together known as the “tricity”. We stayed in Gdansk, but took the train to Sopot for a day trip.
Gdansk seems like a small city, but it has suprisingly almost 500.000 inhabitants. I think most tourists (as me) only check out the old town when they are in Gdansk, and I think that the old town itself is a reason to visit Gdansk.
When I was studying in Hong Kong in 2013, I spent a lot of time exploring the city. Hong Kong is the city where East meets West, and you will find everything from beautiful beaches to old temples to amazing skyscrapers here. You can spend weeks exploring the city, but if you only have a few days, here are my advices for your stay:
After living in Shanghai for a few months in 2012, I’ve gotten to know the city quite well. Shanghai is an enormous city with its 24 million inhabitants, and it has a lot to offer for visitors! Here are my Shanghai favorites.
Last week I went to Scotland for five days, where three days were spent in Edinburgh. The reason I went to Scotland was to meet up with some friends I met while studying in Hong Kong (having friends abroad = good excuse to go travelling!).
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, but I found the city quite small. But small can be good! If you like London, you will love Edinburgh. It was like a smaller and cuter version of London. It is a lot to see, but you will have time to see everything in a few days. I loved that you can walk everywhere and don’t have to think about transport, and I also found it easy to find everything.
Etter noen måneder i denne byen har jeg laget en liten reiseguide. Sydney har mye å by på, men om man kun er her i noen dager må man prioritere riktig, så her kommer noen tips!
Sydney har et par store og kjente sights som man må se. I tillegg er det litt av hvert å oppleve, men det kommer an på hva man er interessert i. Det ligger også en del museumer her, men de har ikke jeg sjekket ut. Sydney har også en svær dyrehage (Taronga Zoo), et stort og kjent akvarium samt et par andre alternativ om du ønsker å se dyr.