Unexpected Places (I’m Going to Norway!)

on June 2, 2016

Everyone travels in a different way, but I’m a planner.

I’m more relaxed once I get to a place – I love roaming and exploring – but before I travel, I like to know what flight I’m taking, how I’m getting there, where I’m staying, where the best places to eat are, what the important sights are, etc.

Where does this come from?

For me, this has a lot to do with budget. As wonderful and whimsical as it is to just show up somewhere without an agenda, it’s a lot cheaper to plan ahead. Transportation is always cheaper if it’s bought ahead of time, there’s more availability in accommodation, you’re less likely to have to crawl under the barriers in the Paris metro because you didn’t know when they close (see below…)

Similarly, because I have to eat gluten free I often worry about where I’ll find my meals, will people understand me, will I get sick, etc. That’s where the planning and research comes in. (Below, observe the pure joy of highly researched gluten free croissants in Venice)

There’s also FOMO – fear of missing out. I don’t want to spend all my money to go to, say, Egypt, and then find out when I get home that I didn’t go to the best Pyramid.

And finally, it’s just a personality trait! Planning my travels ahead of time reassures me.

SO WHY ON EARTH DID I JUST BUY A PLANE TICKET TO GO TO NORWAY ON TUESDAY?!?

Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, and at the end of the semester and after a trip to Morocco and Spain, I am currently broke.  It’s the middle of the term, I have essays to write and work to do, but I’M GOING TO NORWAY ON TUESDAY.

But it just felt right. I’ll be staying with some Norwegian friends who I met on placement, so I’ll get a more local experience. Also, flights to Norway cost only $12 from the UK! Throw in some overnight trains and lots of hiking, and I’ve got myself a week of Nordic adventure! I just thought…when else am I going to do this? My Masters course is 24 months with 7 weeks off…so I need to start taking advantage of my time in Europe before it’s too late. Because I’ll say, it is not $12 to get to Norway from the USA!

I’m so excited to be heading to the gorgeous land of fjords and mountains. Wish me luck! (And if you’ve ever been to Norway, throw some advice my way!).

 

Sarah xx

  • WOW a trip of a life time! I’ve always wanted to visit Norway! So excited for you I hope you have the best time and I can’t WAIT for your gorgeous photographs!! xxxxx

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    • Yes it’s turning out to be! It’s been gorgeous so far and SO WARM! Lots of photos coming soon 🙂

  • I studied abroad in Norway (in Bergen) a few years ago and I’m still convinced that Norway is easily one of the most stunning countries on earth in terms of nature and if good hiking is what you’re after, you certainly won’t be disappointed! 🙂 It’s true that many things are expensive, but luckily the best thing – the mountains – is free! 😉 Which part of Norway are you visiting?

    • I’ve heard Bergen is unbelievably beautiful! But I don’t think I can fit it in on this trip… Next time! I’m going to Oslo and Stavanger and hoping to do lots of hiking in Stavanger. Have you been to Pulpit rock?

      • Pulpit Rock is a great hike! A bit busy, but not too hard and the views are really amazing! There’s also another hike in the area to a place called Kjerag that I have heard amazing things about, but I sadly haven’t done it myself yet… Hope you have an amazing trip! 🙂

  • great! I’ve only been to Oslo.and yes, it’s expensive!

  • Wow, talk about spontaneity! That is going to be an amazing trip, especially if you get to see the great Norwegian outdoors.

    • The best, and cheapest, part of Norway!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Clare Thomson

    Even more exciting given that you’re usually so much of a planner! Can’t believe you got such cheap flights from the UK – that’ll pay for some of the costs in Oslo at least.

    • Yes it’s almost unfair how cheap flights to Norway are from the UK! And then a big shock to the wallet when you arrive haha ? thanks for reading!!

  • This is amazing!! Good luck and have a blast! You cannot say no to $12 flights and friends to show you around. I used to be such a planner as well, but I’ve learned that being more spontaneous can also be wonderful. I don’t feel like I’m missing out, although that was always my fear, because I always have such a blast. I hope you feel the same way!!!

    • Very true! I think you need a mix of both… but I just got back and I’ll say that I’m liking this whole spontaneous thing!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • OMG This is amazing!! YOLO! I cannot wait to see your adventures!

    • Hahahah YOLO exactly! Lots of YOLO photos coming soon 😛 Thanks for reading and having the link up!!

  • Whoop! What an exciting decision – great stuff! I’ve posted a bit on Norway here if it’s the right area that you’re heading to: http://www.twofeet-oneworld.com/category/europe/norway/ Look forward to seeing how your time there pans out!

    • Thanks! I checked out your posts… I would’ve loved to go to Bergen, how lucky! But I ended up staying in Stavanger…I also did the Pulpit Rock hike though.. can’t believe you sat over the edge!! crazy! Thanks for reading 🙂

      • Haha yeah I can’t believe it either now! Such an incredible spot 🙂

  • Jen Isaac

    I’ve read your most recent posts on your trip to Norway, looks absolutely amazing ? I’ve recently moved to the UK from Canada and am planning a trip to Amsterdam next month. Do you have any tips on where to find cheap flights? Thanks!

    • Yay for expats! I always look at skyscanner.com to track flight prices! I like the app better than the website as you can see the whole month and compare prices each day. Also, you can search “UK” in general to Amsterdam if you’re flexible about which airport you fly from. An even cheaper (but very long) option is the overnight megabus to Amsterdam! And finally, there’s a ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam if you’re in that area 🙂 Good luck and let me know if that helps!! Do you have a blog?

  • Jen Isaac

    Thank-you!! I’ve just downloaded the sky scanner app, and found a great price 😀 I think if I didn’t live in Plymouth the New Castle ferry would be perfect for me otherwise. And I haven’t gotten around to the wonderful world of blogging yet, but soon!

    This has been extremely helpful, thanks so much for the tips 🙂

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