• {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.


    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?



    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

    18. April 26, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      Wow at those taxi charges! The public transport sounds pretty decent though. One of my favourite things about travelling is having more public transport to complain about / compare with the UK, lol. 🙂

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:37 am

        Hahahaha that is so true and since Norway was so much better we were happy

    19. April 26, 2016 / 11:24 pm

      £9 for a hot dog?? Hope it was the best hot dog ever!! Such a brilliant idea for a challenge, I wish I was able to get about as much!

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:36 am

        Hahahah can’t say it’s the best I have had but it was close

    20. April 26, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      I’d never heard of this challenge before but it is such a great idea. You guys got amazing deals on your flights!

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:36 am

        We sure did get an amazing deal

    21. April 26, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Mad prices!! It’s great that you are doing this challenge! You are so fortunate to see as much of the world as you do! Enjoy it xxx we’ve just got back from Ireland and love living in the moment xx

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:35 am

        I love living in the moment too and thanks, I have Ireland on my list too

    22. April 26, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Wow it does sound expensive there, 9 pounds for a hot dog is a bit excessive.

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:35 am

        Tell me about it

    23. April 26, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      £9 for a hot dog!!! After getting over my initial shock of that I think what you’re doing is amazing and it has really inspired me to try and do something like this, I really want to travel more and I have the flexibility to! xx

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:35 am

        Hahahah yep, if it was not for the hunger I would have left it lol. Glad to have inspired you and hope you get on board

    24. April 26, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      I’d love to visit Norway. We’re not big travellers as there is a family of five here!

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:34 am

        Aww bless, hope you get to visit one day

    25. April 26, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      I would love to go abroad but think Im going to wait until the kids are in their teens so then they can see things for more than just a holiday

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:33 am

        That’s so true and practical

    26. April 26, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      What a great challenge. I would love to travel around the world!

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:33 am

        It’s an amazing challenge indeed

    27. April 26, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      I look forward to reading more about Norway. I’ve never been but have done Iceland and Sweden and the prices were crazy

      Cat x

      • April 26, 2016 / 6:45 pm

        I am yet to visit Iceland and Sweden, the prices are crazy indeed

    28. Hannah
      April 26, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Ive never been to norway but I would love to visit one day and explore!

      • April 26, 2016 / 4:33 pm

        You should indeed it’s awesome though it’s expensive

    29. April 26, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      I remember looking to book a trip to Norway back when I was a student and the expense when we were there meant we decided to do a cheaper trip to Cyprus instead! I’d love to go to Norway now though, I can’t imagine the expense with all of us!

      • April 26, 2016 / 4:32 pm

        I want to visit Cyprus, and yes Norway is expensive

    30. April 26, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      I can’t believe what that other travel writer said about travelling! What an ignorant remark. Are you sure that person is really a traveler? Maybe just a poser 😉 I love that you are living your life to the hilt 😉 Can’t wait to hear about your list of places to visit in Norway 😉 xxx

      • April 26, 2016 / 4:29 pm

        Thanks Dean, I was really annoyed but I agree they are more of a poser than an actual traveler

    31. April 26, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Blimey £9 for a hotdog, I hope it was the most amazing tasting hot dog there ever was x

      • April 26, 2016 / 4:27 pm

        It was amazing but I would never buy it again lol

    32. April 26, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Crazy prices! The Scandi countries do have a reputation for being pricey. I’d love to go, but I can see you need to plan things like transport and meals.

      • April 26, 2016 / 4:27 pm

        I know right, definitely requires planning

    33. April 26, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Wow those prices are crazy £9 for a hot dog! Amazing challenge though and hopefully the experience makes the crazy prices worth it 😉 x

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm

        The experience certainly does

    34. April 26, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      This sounds like the sort of challenge I can get behind! I do love going on a city break 🙂

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm

        You should so join in its awesome

    35. April 26, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      A lot of people said to me that Copenhagen and Sweden were expensive when I went to visit but I didn’t find them that bad (although not cheap cheap). I didn’t realise Oslo would be so expensive, maybe that’s why the flights are so cheap x

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm

        I don’t realise how expensive Norway was until I actually got to spend there

    36. April 26, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      what an awesome challenge. I would in the future when I am well or in another life..if i had energy so do this. I love travelling and enjoy reading about the places you visit. 🙂 Angela from Daysinbed

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:49 pm

        Wishing you the best Angela

    37. April 26, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      It sounds like a great challenge, and you can never travel too much. it’s the best education a person can get I think.

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:49 pm

        I couldn’t agree more

    38. April 26, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Never been to norway. I wish i had done more travelling,. Good on you for getting out there 🙂

      • April 26, 2016 / 1:45 pm

        Thanks Cassandra

    39. April 26, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Oh I love to be in your positions right now. I love to travel and see the world and discover new things that you can take home with you. I have not been to Norway at all but gosh! it’s ridiculously expensive and I wonder how much is pizza for a takeaway. Also thank you for the tips on budgeting and research more about the country.

      • April 26, 2016 / 11:45 am

        You’re most welcome and thanks

    40. April 26, 2016 / 7:11 am

      Gosh, I knew Scandinavia was expensive (having been to Stockholm a few times) but that taxi fare was astronomical! I’ve never been to Norway and would love to go, but I think I’d better make sure I’ve saved enough pennies first!

      • April 26, 2016 / 8:27 am

        Tell me about it, i will need to save up enough to visit the rest of Scandinavia

    41. April 26, 2016 / 6:50 am

      I think you’re so lucky to have these opportunities. I too disagree with that writer who annoyed you – travelling certainly broadens ones horizons and opens the mind. So much to learn.

      • April 26, 2016 / 8:26 am

        Thanks so much Elizabeth

    42. April 26, 2016 / 6:31 am

      What a fab challenge, you are lucky! I thought we were lucky managing two family holidays this year, but you have taken it to another level 🙂 x

      • April 26, 2016 / 8:26 am

        Awww thanks Laura, you guys are a family I am a solo traveler

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