Category: Travels

How to afford travelling as a student (even when you’re broke)

As Im writing from my third travel destination this summer, some of you have been asking me how it is possible to travel so much as a student? We all know, now is not the time we as students have a lot of money, even with student jobs. But I’m here to tell you it is possible to see the world while being broke all the time:

The first thing I wanna talk about is priorities. We all have them, and they’re all different. Its what we’re passionate about and what we put before anything else. For some its music, instruments, concerts etc. For others its education, assignments, putting school always first. For others its make up, social life or clothes. For me, its travelling. I don’t really spend a lot of money on e.g. clothes or make-up. I might buy a new dress now and then, but its definitely not where most of my money goes. And just by maybe spending bit less on the things you buy from month to month, it can actually end up being enough for a flight ticket!

When I go abroad, Im always looking or possibilities for being to able to stay somewhere without having to pay. Whether its staying with a friend, doing it for charity or volunteering, its really a money saver – as Im volunteering here in Israel I get a place to stay AND food, and ad you read in my last post, it really helps since food is so expensive here. You might not want to having to work or help while you’re travelling, but I gotta tell you it can be a way to make it cheaper for you. And there are so many different kind of volunteer jobs out there, so its just about finding something you’d really like to do. In some ways I believe volunteering or staying with someone you know, can teach you more than just staying at some fancy hotel somewhere. Its definitely one of my favourite ways to go new places.

When looking for flight tickets, it can always be a good idea to go to an overall page, which resembles all flights and find you the cheapest one. I personally prefer Momondo, but there’s loads out there for you to use.

Coachsurfing or hitchhiking are both great alternatives as well. With couch-surfing you can get lucky and get a super nice host who will take you around the place, sometimes you even get your own room! Other times you really do just get a couch, but when its for free thats really nothing to complain about. I know a lot are afraid of hitchhiking, especially girls. I used to be one of them. And Im not saying you shouldn’t be careful, but as long as you’re being sensible and smart, its really a great way to travel!

Moreover, if your preferred destinations are cities, google the things you wanna see before hand. A lot of cities has free days for turist attractions, or are student friendly. For example, in Paris most turist attractions are free for European citizens and students between 18-26. The only thing I really had to pay for while working there was practically the Eiffel Tower – and even that was only like €16!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll be able to go on many travels from now on! – if you have any questions, feel free to comment below 😉

The 6 things Israel have taught me so far

As another warm and early day started here in Haifa, Israel, Ive spent some time thinking about what Ive experienced so far. Israel is definitely a completely different world, but maybe not in the ways you’re thinking. It is located in the Middle East, byt yet so different from what I experienced in my travels in Saudi Arabia. It is probably one of the biggest political discussions that is going on, and it is a case thats far from black and white. But I wanted to let you know the 10 things Ive learned by volunteering here so far, side by side to Jewish and Arabic people.

  1. I believe Israel will for long time still be a country with issues, and there will always be people who have opinions about the conflicts going on here. But thats far from all thats going on here. Israel is a country of so much history, beauty, vibrant food scene, undiscovered beaches and so much more. Just because Israel is a place of great conflicts, doesn’t mean its not safe to visit or worthy to see. Ive walked through the city at night and day, been through remote areas and still haven’t stumbled upon anything that made me feel unsafe.
  2. It is expensive. And thats coming from someone from Denmark you guys! It’s at least as expensive as in Denmark, if not more. I bought a shawarma the other day, and it was 40 shekel! Id say thats the double of what I’d have paid back in DK.
  3. The Sabbath. Whether its through Jewish or Arabic religion, the Sabbath is a special day. For the jews it starts friday night and lasts until Saturday night. No one does anything, most shops are closed, no one is working. Even the secular jews save this day for family and friends, and nothing is allowed to come between this. I think we in the western country could learn something from this. Just having 24 hours each week with nothing to do.
  4. Tel Aviv plays, Jerusalem prays. Whether you’re religious or not there is something special and “holy” about Jerusalem. In several religions it is the, or one of the, most holy city. To stand by the Western Wall, visit Jesus’ tomb or see the Dome of the Rock will definitely make you feel small and walking around here even as a non-religious tourist you will definitely feel the Holy Spirit.
  5. There is diversity for everyone. After by travels to Saudi Arabia, I wasn’t sure on what to be expecting about Israel. Would men stare and give me looks if Id go to the beach in a bikini? Yell something at me if I was wearing short shorts and a crop top? If I smiled at a stranger on my way would he take it the wrong way and start approaching me? But none of my worries turned out to be needed. Maybe because the diversity in religion, the country has grown into acceptance of other people travelling around in the country – but still staying within their own beliefs and laws.
  6. It is amazing. Many friends were surprised to see me going here, sending me messages telling me to be safe, stay out or harm and to come back asap. Most often I think that is because they do not truly realise what is going on here. Im not saying terrible things aren’t happening, and I cant even start to describe how my heart aces when I hear about the terrible things going on by the Gaza. But that is not all of Israel, far from. It is such a beautiful, gorgeous and special place to be. I feel so blessed to get to experience all these things and I will definitely be coming back in the future.

 

 

Crete and other Greek creations

After having travelled for the culture and experiences lately, I just went on a real charter vacation. It was AMAZING! As much as I do enjoy exploring, organising and learning everything there is to know when I travel somewhere new, I gotta say it was nice to do nothing but relax for a week. We had sun, warm, water and sooo much delicious food! Crete is such a beautiful place and I would love to come back (soon pls)

Crete exists of many splendid beaches, cities, dreamy villages and incredible landscapes in he glitteting Mediterranean. Though what I did mostly consisted of staying at the hotel getting fat from barely moving a feet and eating the amazing food, I did get a wee taste of the very friendly locals, traditions and wonderful cuisine.

I discovered the wonders of the 16km hike through the Gorge of Samaria, which included a drive in the only national park on Crete. I tasted dishes such as tzatziki(of course), Gyro, Paidakia and so much more. The beaches were amazing and it was definitely needed to take several swims in the heath of 35 degrees in summer.

Crete is the biggest of the Crete islands, and it probably has the most diverse landscape. The South Coast is more rugged and less visited than the North, containing many wonderful hikes, isolated villages and gorges. The western part contains the White Mountains, which soar to over 2,000m os the island (which Im hoping to see more of next time)

So after my first time ever on Greek lands, Im definitely planning going back, what a threat that trip was!

Finland: fair, forests and familial ?

To be honest with you, a year ago from now I did not have many thoughts on the wonders of Finland. I knew there was a country somewhere over there, that got pretty cold in winters and could have warm summers. Not exactly my first travel destination to choose. But thats what I love so much about travelling, you meet so many people from all around the world and for each time you get more and more knowledge. I went from not knowing anything about Finland basically, to, by befriending a Finnish girl, go travel there and see the country myself, experience the culture first hand and leave with an understanding of yet other country.

Finland is the home of many beautiful lakes, forests, mountains, waterfalls and in general a very beautiful and exciting nature. But furthermore it has great cities with so much history from its bloody wars, occupations and viking visits. Though I did not make it to the wonders of the Lapland, I still got a small taste of the nature, as just by going from Helsinki to the city of Turku, there was so much more nature than we have in Denmark and so many other places. It is so green, so grand. I would stand next to a tree so much taller than me, or at the edge of a huge lake, and feel so tiny. I know they say the world is a small place, but when you go places that can make you feel so small, I cant help but to think that it is the opposite, it is in fact so big.

Though Finland was a completely new country for me to visit, with a new and very different (read: difficult) language, I somehow felt at home as well. I guess because we nordic countries do stick together on a lot of things, there were so many familiar things such as shops, banks, buildings, welfare and customs. The way things were done and said were quite similar to Danish customs which made me feel as if I knew the place already. Just a bit more interesting than Denmark perhaps. 😉

As you my dear readers do know, I love history so much. And the history of Finland is definitely something with knowing about. And if you are planning on going to Finland, especially the cities, you will be able to tell from what you know about their history when you’re travelling around. Whether its the Russian made capital Helsinki, or the very first city of Turku, you can tell by the magnificent buildings, churches, monuments and viking ships, you can learn so much about the events which the country has been defined by.

Even better, I did not feel like the cities had been destroyed by over-tourism, but could actually enjoy myself discovering the history and beautiful places almost feeling as I got it all to myself. Finland was a great experience and I will definitely be going back again. x

Scotland – where to go?

After I’ve lived in Scotland for about a year, I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with a lot of the scottish culture as well as country. Though I’ve been studying at the university and thereby been busy attending lectures and so on, Ive had a few trips around in the cities and highlands, and I wanted to make a list for you with my favourite places so far. I also want to highly recommend a vacation trip to Scotland, though it is might not be the most popular country when you think of where to go in your summer holiday. But if you do enjoy a breathtaking nature, a very charming culture and something different from another beach holiday, Scotland is the perfect place. Flight tickets are not too expensive, rent a car or get hiking, there’s loads to explore!

Highlands

I think very few people have not heard of the wonderful nature of the Scottish highlands by know, Whether its the highest mountain of Ben Nevis, the wonderful Isle of Skye or famous Loch Ness the iconic landscapes of Scotland is very well known. Though it can be quite rainy and cloudy most of the year, I have never experienced a nature and sceneries like in the Scottish highlands. Even touristy places like Loch Ness or Inverness echos with the history and myths very known by the Scottish folks. Glenfinnan Viaduct is a hidden gem Id recommend taking your time finding, as well as the fairy pools, The Bow Fiddle Rock near Moray and Glenfinnan Viaduct. But to be honest you can just jump in a car and start driving north, and I can promise you, you will find nature worth seeing. If there’s one thing that’ll take your breath away, its hiking the Old Man of Storr – thats a view worth seeing!

Cities & castles

Whether you’re thinking about Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness the cities in Scotland has a lot to offer! Almost every time Ive visited any of the bigger scottish cities, Ive immediately felt myself surrounded by the scottish culture. Whether its been back pipes playing, men walking around in kilts, beer talk and laughter in a pub, or a guide telling thrilling stories of the myths and legends well integrated to the history of the country. The castles such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle or Eilean Donan Castle can definitely still give you an idea of the great and proud kings and queens and clan leaders that used to rule Scotland. If you’re into castles theres enough to begin with, but the cities in themself are an amazing experience as well.

If you have any other topics or places you’d like me to write a post about, feel free to leave a comment! x

 

Packing my life in boxes.. again

2 years ago I had the challenge of packing what had been my entire life for the last 19 years. I moved out of the house I had called my home for my entire life. I left everything I had ever known, my comfort zone, where I knew every km of the city I grew up in. And what a feeling that was.

Here I am, 2 year later in another country. Ive called Scotland my home for the last year, and will do so for another 3. But my time in student halls only lasted for a year, and Ive been so grateful for all the experiences Ive had here. Though it have been challenging at many times, and might not be the living condition Id chose again in the future it has been such a great year. Not only did I start a new chapter of my life as a university student, I also found myself to get to know a completely new city, a new country and a very new accent (scottish was not easy to understand in the beginning I can tell you!)

So even though its a quite different experience since last time, as I know I will come back soon and Im not leaving with the uncertainty I had when I left Paris, its always something different when you reach the end of something. To stand around in my nearly empty room, probably cleaner than it has been the entire year, and somehow so empty. Its almost hard to imagine that this 13m has been the place Ive found rest and felt most myself for the past 9 months. Having said goodbye to so many people, I do not know if Ill see again. And soon Ill be living in a new place that will somehow end up giving me the exact same feeling. Of course your home isn’t just a room or a flat, but the fact that a place that I entered as a complete stranger ended up being the place I loved cuddling up with a book in on a rainy Sunday, had my friends over for pancake mornings or even just woke in with my morning cup of coffee every single morning, feeling happy while looking over my 5th floor view. Its something. Something to wonder about when you’re at the end of it all, wondering if you got the best out of it you could. If I wasted too many moments in front of Netflix, too many talks complaining over my messy flatmates or just too many wishes for the future to happen sooner.

But no matter how many thoughts go through my mind as I sit here on my very last evening on 76 Old Hawkhill in Dundee, I have to be honest and tell you, surrounded by suitcases and empty drawers, that this year has been sich an incredible year and a truly great start to university life in Scotland. Im looking forward to coming back in September for sure (though I will definitely enjoy the next 2 months stress and essay free.