**Fun fact, writing this blog post made me accidentally book a weekend trip to Stockholm.
The beautiful thing about the EU is that everything is so close to each other, and if you have an EU passport, you don’t really need a visa. All you’d need is a plane ticket. Traveling is how I ease out my stress. Being a pharmacy student is a no joke, and sometimes I feel trapped in my own country. So I travel.
I love getting lost in a city or two with complete strangers, and this is how to plan your next last-minute weekend-trip:
Check your calendar, how much time do you really have?
More often than not I hear people saying “I wish I traveled more, I just don’t have the time or money to do so. I used to think like that myself, until one day I realized it wasn’t really true. The reason why I never traveled is that I never made the time for it and spent my money doing other things.
Traveling is super cheap and easy to do in the EU, as long as you are doing it the right way. All you truly need are three days to explore another city – in other words.. all you need is a weekend off.
On my trip to Tallinn, I was gone for 4 days.
For Berlin, I was gone for only three days,
and now I am going to Stockholm for only two days.
Finding time to travel is easy when you want to travel.
Check for planes/buses/trains
Personally, I find the most expensive part of traveling is getting to the other side. It is time-consuming af. For the love of God we have figured out how to travel to the moon, but we can’t seem to get it together when it comes to teletransportation? Really science? Really?
When it comes to booking flights, Momondo is the best. They have a way of showing you the cheapest flights in the area you are looking for. Later on, I will write a post about the whole process of picking where to go, because I truly am I, the most random person, when it comes to traveling.
On my everyday life, I use my Norwegian credit card for everything, something that gives me travel points, that I can later use to buy a plane ticket. That, and because Norwegian is awesome, I would preferably travel with this airline.
Lastly, there is Omio, tho I usually just use it to double check that I am taking the cheapest route somewhere, Omio is awesome because it lets you compare the prices of the available trains, buses, and planes you can take.
For instance when going to Stockholm next week I will be flying there (didn’t cost me anything because I used my travel points from Norwegian) and I will be taking the bus back (thanks to Omio, I figured it was the cheapest route) All in all, my transport expenses for this trip costed me 355 nok.
Check for accommodations
I am a hostel kinda girl. Not only it’s cheap, but you get to meet a lot of awesome people on your stay. My favorite (and only) site I use for this is Booking.com. In fact, I have used this site so much I am now a proud Genious member and get extra discounts on my stays. Choosing hostels is an art though. I love hostels but not all hostels are worth it. It is important to read as many reviews and to not let yourself get fooled by the pretty pictures.
In Stockholm, I will be staying at Generator Stockholm and for two nights I paid 987 nok. Rounding my whole trip to 1160 nok.
Not bad for a high season, last minute trip.
Have fun. Stay Curious.
– Tia ✨
I am sick again. A fever.
Always between 39-40C°
The not-so-glamerous behind the scene of a serial traveller.
Seeing the world for what it is is amazing and all, but health comes first.
I get to catch up on writing,
Catch up on school work,
Catch up on health detox,
And most importantly recharge.
Recharge for my next adventure.
I’ll be back.
Have fun. Stay Curious.
– Tia ✨
Six hours to go, and you my dear, you just finished packing your backpack and this is what’s in it:
Headphones. Enough said. A water bottle. Got to stay hydrated. My passport. It’s safer with me than in my hostel room. DO. NOT. LEAVE. YOUR. PASSPORT. UNATTENDED. A selfie-stick. Why? … I am not sure, I have never used it tbh.. but I always carry it with me. My glasses. Yes, I can’t see from afar. No, I will not wear my glasses all the time. Yes, I will only pull them out if its life and death and I need to see it coming after me. My Polaroid camera. I have expensive hobbies. A pencil case. Filled with a lot more than pencils. See below.
WHATS IN THE PENCIL CASE?
A power bank. I totally stuck “LOVE” stickers to it and I am not ashamed to admit it. A backup power bank. can never be too safe right. Backup Film pack. You never know what inspires you that day. Three chargers and adaptors. One for each power bank and one for my phone. If I found a port with several holes I am using all of them. a highlighter. For my school textbooks (yes I study on the run). Two pens. Honestly.. one of them writes well the other just looks pretty.
BONUS BAG IN MY BAG::
EMERGENCY AID MINI BAG. Tampons. you never know what might surprise you. Painkillers. four ibux and four paracet. Bandaids. four of each size. waterproof bandaid. You can never be too sure. Drops for a sore throat. I like being prepared for anything.
And that’s it!
Not much for a day of adventure is it?
Have fun. Stay curious.
Worth it. Forget everything you think will happen, leave your expectations at home. Your fears of something going wrong. Your doubt. My love, the best thing you ever did for yourself was stay at a hostel.
The staff was friendly, the people were nice and because you were brave and fearless you made a friend for life. It’s not random tales. It’s not something people just say to keep you ‘hyped’ on travelling. It’s reality. On your first night, you stayed up until 3AM talking about the wonders of the world, who you were, who you wanted to be and how it was all possible. That night, between the two of you, you solved mysteries you’ve been pondering on for so long over beers and snacks.
Enjoy your stay here. Not everyone snores. Not everyone is loud, and yes the place is probably cleaner than your home. Feel comfortable. Feel at home. This experience is what you make of it.
Don’t think you need to keep a tight grip on everything you own. People usually don’t steal despite the internets belief. I mean when you leave the building – sure keep things tidy and place everything in your locker. Not because someone will steal anything, but rather for respect for others. Don’t leave the place messy, clean up after yourself.
There are some items that are a dead necessity:
This are the four items you can not forget when staying at a hostel.
My next trip is in less than a week so I’ll be writing a Whats In My Travel Bag post soon.
Have fun. Stay curious.