{Travel} #Take12Trips Travel Challenge ~ Month Five

It’s that time again when I share with you the #take12trips travel challenge, currently month five and if you want to know more about this challenge click HERE. I am so blessed to be in a position where I can travel as often or as little as I deem fit, I have friends telling me that of us all I am the “grown” up not because I travel lots but because I seem to have my “sh*t” together and I am glad people see that though I do at times feel I am lacking in some respects but I chose to be happy with that too and continue living my life.

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I recently read a post which totally pissed me off (not a good way to start this post but any who!!) but I realise this person wanted some page views badly that he decided to go on an insult all travelers regardless of the type and I will not even bother linking to this post as I would rather they get views for the right reasons not to go on a rant and insult travelers but it also made me realise what an ignorant world we live in. The writer wrote “when you travel you don’t learn anything or create anything you just see” now if this isn’t ignorance or lack of understanding about what traveling is all about then I don’t know what is. I felt that writer lived in a bubble because when you travel you’re opening your mind to what is on the other side of the world, the endless possibilities, learning about new cultures and many more. Whoever told this person you just travel to ‘see‘ should be held accountable for this type of ignorance anyway done with the rant.

The #take12trips travel challenge has been such a blast for the last 4 months and very excited to add in more travels for the rest of the year. Month five of this challenge saw me head to Oslo in Norway for a couple of days and sees me heading to Seoul at the end of this month. This is the first month in the year I am doing a weekend getaway plus a longer trip in the same month, obviously my trip to Seoul will be included in the month six post but for month five I am only including the Norwegian visit.

Month Five (5)

Our planing to visit Norway was like the last few ones I have been away with the girls. We booked the Norway visit whilst we were still enjoying Brussels & Amsterdam at the end of February. Both girls and I had separate travel plans for March so April looked like a good time for us three to travel and explore Oslo. Like with most of the travels, I do the booking of tickets flights or otherwise and reserving the hotels or B&B via booking.com. I booked our flights with Ryanair (£15 return each) at an affordable and enviable price then reserved a hotel for £205 (applicable local tax included) which was our biggest expenditure for the entire trip but totally worth it.

I had been forewarned by my works colleagues that Norway is an expensive country and I didn’t realise just how expensive until we were actually there. Ok to be honest I started to get the sense of how expensive it was when I started to search for private taxis to pick/drop us to/from the airport. Just to give you an idea, most places in the UK they would charge £30-50 tax to airport if you live about 30-45 minutes away from airport. About the same distance in Norway, taxis were looking to charge us between €350-€400 to go and come back to the airport. This is a lot of money to spend on a taxis even for me, I know I talked about how as a solo traveler it’s important to consider “airport transfers” but honestly since we were three of us we opted for the public transport and paid under £10 each to get to Fredrikstad where our hotel was located. Whilst at the airport waiting on our bus, we got hungry and went to order some food. We paid £9 each for a hot dog, this is without any fillings just the bun and sausage, can you imagine that in the UK? Let’s just say after that we were cautious about our eating habits and thanked heavens I had booked a hotel with all you can eat breakfast included and at night you got to make your own waffles.
When visiting expensive countries like the Scandinavian, it is important to know your budget and check with the hotels/hostels what is already included or have already at the hotel so you know what you need to carry and plan accordingly. In a future post I will share some tips on how to save whilst on holiday and still have fun.

I will also be sharing a post of places to visit in Norway soon but for how that’s all for month five. Have you ever been to any part of Norway? If so, what did you think of the pricing and the country in general?

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  1. May 20, 2016 / 5:17 am

    never been to Oslo or anyway in Norway though I had the chance to live in Denmark for six months. I needs a lot of planning in able to save your cost in traveling. But Norway is definitely in my bucketlitst!

    • May 20, 2016 / 5:33 am

      I would love to visit Denmark and I wonder what it’s like living there

  2. May 17, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    This is such an amazing challenge and one I would totally take part in if I could! Enjoy Oslo!

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      It’s an amazing one indeed

  3. May 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I’m desperate to visit Norway. Not with my toddler… I’ll wait until we can go alone… may be able to save up for a few hot dogs lol x

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Hahaha you better save up

  4. Helen Clark
    May 17, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    What a great challenge and an amazing life experience to travel so much. I definitely disagree with that writer! £9 for a hotdog is crazy!! Hope it was the best hotdog you’ve ever had haha

    • May 17, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Hahaha I wish I could say it was the best but it wasn’t lol I have had better homemade lol

  5. May 17, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I love travelling alone and 12 trips in five months is pretty incredible, I would love to go to Norway and Seoul would be an exciting cultural trip and a visual feast for the senses!

    • May 17, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      It certainly is that, it’s eye opening and the #take12trips travel challenge is an awesome challenge

  6. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    May 17, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I’d love to visit Oslo in Norway but goodness, it’s expensive! £9 for a hotdog!? Whoa. Although, the flights were cheap, which is always a bonus. The #Take12Trips Travel Challenge is a really great challenge! 😀 xx

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      It’s an awesome challenge indeed and yes £9 for a hotdog

  7. May 17, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Thanks for the travel tips, I’ve been looking to visit Norway but I don’t want to end up spending a lot of money. Maybe I will postpone that trip for sometime in the future 🙂

    • May 17, 2016 / 10:18 am

      You can certainly visit Norway without breaking the bank you just need to be smart about it and comprise where necessary

  8. May 2, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    I am Looking forward to reading about all the trips you do. How exciting to be able to do so many trips.

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:09 am

      Thanks Nayna, can’t wait to share

  9. April 30, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    £9 for a hot dog it is expensive but not more expensive than London, i got a hot dog with fried onions from soho the other day it was £9.50. Love that challenge travel as much as u can life is too short. x

    • May 1, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      For real? In London too, I would never have guessed

  10. April 29, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I knew Scandinavia was expensive, but I didn’t realise it was *that* expensive! Very envious of your travels, I definitely want to do more travelling when the boys have left home!

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:44 am

      Aww bless, thanks Sally

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      Glad to have inspired and yes flight made the £9 hotdog tag less painful lol

  11. April 27, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Wow that is expensive! At least you were forewarned and didn’t just get landed with a huge taxi bill!

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      I was happy I checked before hand

  12. April 27, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    £9 for a hot dog?! That is so expensive. I always thought that Norway would be fairly cheap

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Yep £9 and as delicious as it was I won’t be buying any time soon

  13. April 27, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    SCandinavia is just so expensive. I’ve never been but a friend lived out there for a year at uni and I was amazed how much everything cost

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      I can not imagine living their but I can see myself visiting

  14. April 27, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I would love to take the 12 trips challenge but its not feasilble with a family of school age children. You are doing so well and good luck for the rest of the year

    • April 27, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks so much, I bet it can be tricky

  15. April 27, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I live in Denmark for a year and I knew that it was expensive in Scandinavia but Denmark was nothing compared to Norway it seems! I would love the go to Norway though – seeing the northern lights from there is on my bucket list =)

    • April 27, 2016 / 10:49 am

      I hear Denmark is better than Norway and Sweden on the expensive radar

    • April 27, 2016 / 7:45 am

      It we pricey but worth it I think

  16. April 27, 2016 / 1:00 am

    Woah I can’t believe how much money taxis are, thats absolutely ridiculous! xxx

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:38 am

      You’re telling me lol

  17. April 27, 2016 / 12:41 am

    I had no idea Norway had the reputation of being expensive. Some tips on saving in places like that would definitely be nice!

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:38 am

      It’s crazy expensive but it’s Scandinavia so it’s to be expected

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