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Travel Resources

Welcome to my travel resources page!
Most people agree that travelling is amazing but it can also be very stressful and hard to navigate.
Where should you go? How do you find the cheapest hotel? And could you get a better deal on this flight somewhere else?

I'm here to help you! So I've put together a list of my favourite travel websites that I use when I travel. These websites inspire me, help me keep track of everything and find me the best deals

 

Airfares

Momondo is my go-to search engine for flights. It always seems to find the best prices and makes it really easy to specify your requirements for the trip.
Another great thing is the "Take Me Anywhere" function which helps you find the best travel destination for your needs. 

Skyscanner is a great alternative or addition to Momondo if you want to double check the prices you found and make sure you got the best deal.
It compares flight prices across multiple sites and also has an explore function so you can get inspired to visit some new places. 

 

You can't say search without saying Google, and now that they have Google Flights, travelling is no different.
It's the fastest way to look up flight times and prices - just do the search on Google and they will show you all the available results or press the link to their explore function. 

AirWander is the perfect way to make the most out of your trips or long flights by adding stopovers.
A stopover is a layover that is more than 24 hours, which gives you the possibility to explore multiple destinations on your trip or make those long flights bearable by adding a break in a nice city.

 

Hopper is my favourite app to track the flight prices on a specific trip or just to get notified when there's a good deal.
I always set up a tracker for the weekends I know I'll be travelling and Hopper notifies me when it is the best time to buy the tickets, but I also use it to get inspiration.

 

Accommodation

Hotels.com is my go-to site for booking accommodation when I'm travelling. I always find very nice and affordable places and with their reward system, every 11th night is free (based on the average of your previously booked hotels). (If you are new to Hotels.com, get $50 off your first booking)

Airbnb connects you with homeowners who rent out their apartment/house. It is a great way to get a feeling of how the locals live or to get a chance to stay in the non-touristy parts of the city. (If you are new to Airbnb, get $35 off your first stay!)

TRVL is a new way to look for hotels. It searches the top hotel search engines for the best prices and lets you be inspired by local experts or other travellers.
Click the link to see my favourite destinations or use the search bar at the top of the site to find the best price for your own dream destination.

Hostels aren't for everyone, but they are very affordable and a great way to meet other travellers.
Hostelworld is the best way to search for hostels around the world with their database of over 35.000 properties in 170 countries.

Couchsurfing is a unique concept where people offer their spare room or a couch to travellers from around the world for free. It is not for everyone, but if you don't mind the idea of sleeping on someone's couch it's a great way to meet the locals and save some money on your trips.

Hotel Tonight is a great app if you are the impulsive type or if you are on a road trip and don't want to book accommodation in advance.
It gives you a list of available rooms for the night and often saves you a lot of money because it's cheaper for the hotel to give you a discount than to have an empty room. (If you are new to Hotel Tonight, use my code ANMRCK to get $25 off your first booking)

Travel Planning

TripAdvisor is a great all-around travel planner. It lets you search for activities, restaurants, flights, and hotels and you can add all of it to a personal travel plan that you can share with your friends or family, so you can plan together. 
I use it to keep track of all the things I want to see and do and to read other people's reviews of a place.

 

Just like TripAdvisor, TribHobo lets you create a custom plan for your trip and suggests the best hotels and activities.
You can even ask it to fill out the itinerary for you, and it will come up with the best plan for the time you have. 

 

Roadtrippers is the best site out there if you are planning a road trip in the States. It lets you plug in the things you want to see and automatically calculates the best route. It also helps you find things to do, restaurants, hotels and gas stations near the route.
If you want inspiration you can use the pre-made guides and adjust them to fit your own needs.

 

Tripit is my go-to site for keeping track of my trips. It automatically imports all of your plane tickets, hotel reservations, etc., and creates an itinerary that syncs with your calendar so you never miss a thing. 
The pro version gives you real-time flight alerts, helps you find the best seat, checks if you can get a fare refund, and many other things.

 

Most people know Lonely Planet for their amazing guidebooks, but they also have a ton of online guides with beautiful pictures and very useful maps. 
If you prefer to be inspired visually instead of through reading, check out their videos which will definitely bring out the wanderlust!

 

Transportation

Rome2rio lets you look up the fastest or cheapest way to get from one place to another. Just simply put in your departure and arrival locations and it searches for all the available routes. 
I often use this tool to figure out how to get to smaller cities that don't have their own airport or to travel distances that aren't long enough to fly. 

Citymapper is my favourite transportation app. I use it almost every day in Copenhagen where I live and if it is available I use it when travelling too.
Citymapper gives you a complete overview of the public transportation with live arrival times, prices and multiple transportation methods.
They are constantly adding new cities, so keep an eye out for your hometown.  

Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. I chose these links because I love them and they make travelling easier and more enjoyable for me. The links add no extra cost to you, I just earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Win-win!
Feel free to ask me any questions and send me an email if you have any great travel resources that belong on the list. 

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2017 in review

Now that we have said goodbye to 2017, I decided to look back at the year that has past. At this point last year I was finishing up an internship at the company where I now work fulltime and I was moving into a new apartment. 2017 was also the year I graduated from university and started my Instagram and this blog. It is crazy to think about how much can happen in a year and how much you can change.

I have also been fortunate enough to travel around 12 countries over the past 12 months and I decided to sum up my favourite moments in this post.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

January: Canada and US East Coast Road Trip

Last New Years Eve I spent at Niagara Falls in Canada with my boyfriend Jake. Before flying to Niagara Falls we had spent 3 days in New York City exploring the big city and staying at the grossest hotel room I have ever seen!

The fireworks at Niagara Falls were very disappointing and I would not recommend this to anyone - but then again, I did grow up in a country where fireworks are a very big part of the celebration and everyone fires them in their own yards, so I'm used to seeing a lot of fireworks! 🙂
We did, however, get a table at a restaurant with a view over the falls, which was really nice. We ended up having a great night.

The following day, we visited a friend in Toronto and got to see all the main highlights the city had to offer. Unfortunately, we didn't spend more than a day since our road trip schedule was very tight.
The rest of the trip we used driving from Canada to Miami and back up to New York City, where I flew home from.

It was my first time in both Canada and the States, so I got to see everything with fresh eyes. We visited 9 states during the two-week road trip, which I would probably rank among the top 3 best trips of my life 🙂 

March: Paris and Oslo

At the beginning of March my boyfriend flew in to visit me in Copenhagen and we decided to do two weekend trips. One to Paris and one to Oslo.

Paris

It was my third time visiting Paris and to be honest I was never the biggest fan of the city. I never fully "got it". I think it has so many beautiful parks, streets, and buildings, but the atmosphere just isn't appealing to me.
It was Jake's first time in Paris, so we spend the weekend walking around the entire city, seeing the main highlights, and eating at nice restaurants.

Oslo

The following weekend we made an impulsive decision and went on a 2-day cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. I wrote a post about the cruise and our time in Oslo, that you can read here.

It was my first time in Oslo and I fell in love with the city. With the cruise, you only spend half a day in the city, but it was just enough time to walk around the streets and look at all the beautiful old buildings. 

April: Fanø Island

In April my parents took me to the small Danish island called Fanø. My mother's side of the family is originally from the island, but since our last close relative passed away before I was born, this was my first time visiting. 
We decided to go because my mother got in contact with some distant family that invited us to come and see the place.

It's probably not a place many people know about (especially if you're not from Denmark), but I really recommend that everyone spend a few days visiting Fanø if you are travelling in Denmark. It has some really unique buildings and nature - just take a look at the sandstorm in my video below. 🙂

May: Miami and the Caribbean

In May I went on the most exotic trip of my life. I booked a flight to Miami where I spent a day hanging out with a friend that lives nearby and exploring the city. 
It was my second time in Miami in 2017, and while the first one in January was amazing and had very comfortable temperatures, the weather in May was simply too hot for me coming from cold Denmark. 🙂 
We spent the day visiting Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Everglades, which were such a cool and different experience.

The following day Jake and I departed on an 11-day cruise of six Caribbean Islands. We visited the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had some incredible experiences snorkelling with sea turtles and manta rays, explored a beautiful limestone cave, and swam in the bluest water while planes were flying right over our heads.

I was very sceptical before going on the cruise, as I had never seen myself as a cruise person and I normally like more adventures trips and spending more than a few hours at each place. But I did have an amazing time and I would definitely do a cruise again. 

August: Lake Geneva, London and Scotland Road Trip

In August I took some time off work and took 3 individual trips.

Lake Geneva

The first trip of the month was a long weekend to Geneva where I went to visit two friends that live in Rolle about an hour from Geneva.
We spent the weekend driving around the lake and I was blown away by the incredible nature they have in Switzerland. 

London

Later the same month Jake and I took an impulsive trip to London. It all happened because he missed a flight from France, which meant he couldn't make it to Copenhagen before the following week (very stressful day!).

It was Jakes first time and London and I was really excited to show him all my favourite places.
London is, without doubt, my favourite city and since I've visited more than 10 times and lived there for a year, I will put it one of my top priorities in 2018 to make a post about London, so I can share it with all of you. 🙂

Scotland Road Trip

The last week of August my parents and brother joined me for a road trip around Scotland, starting and ending in Edinburgh. I was very pleasantly surprised by both Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

I will definitely get around to make a post about this trip too.

September: Rochester, New York City and Toronto

In September I was lucky enough to go back to the States as I got a scholarship to study 3 weeks at Rochester Institute of Technology when I graduated from my own university in June. 
I was very excited to get a short taste of the American college life, as the universities in Denmark are very different. 
Just seeing the huge campus which had everything from their own hockey rink, swimming pool, and gym to a ton of different restaurants was incredible to me. 🙂

I spent the weekends revisiting my friend in Toronto, New York City, Niagara Falls and Jake's parents in Buffalo. 

October and November: Leicester

While I was in the States Jake moved to Leicester, UK and started studying at the University of Leicester. So in October and November, I spent a few weekends in one of the last cities in the UK I would have expected to travel too.

It has been fun seeing another side of the UK after spending so much time in London and I am excited to go back in 2018 and hopefully get time to visit even more Britsh cities. 

2017 in review

When I look back at all these trips I can't help but feel blessed. In 2016 I had never been to North America and this year I travelled there 3 times!
People are always commenting on how much I travel and how I do this with a full-time job, but since I'm always looking forward to and planning the next trip, I don't have much time to stop and appreciate just how much I have experienced.

I hope you all have had a great year and are determined to make 2018 even better.

Happy New Year!

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10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Athens

The capital of Greece is a beautiful city with so much to do and see.
I've put together a few of my favourite pictures for you and hopefully, they will inspire you to visit Athens - cause it's worth the trip.

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The Iconic Acropolis

Acropolis is a must see when visiting Athens and to many people the main attraction of the city.
It consists of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance and is located at the top of a hill, so you will also have an amazing view of the entire city.
Try going early in the morning, as it does get pretty crowded during the day.

 
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Acropolis seen from the city

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The Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium was home to the first ever modern Olympics held in 1896 and is still occasionally used for different sports today.
Make sure to walk all the way to the top, to get this pretty amazing view.

 
 
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The Caryatids at Acropolis

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The Theatre of Dionysus at Acropolis

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Palm trees at The National Athens Garden

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The Ancient Agora

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Athens From the Top

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The Ancient Agora

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Camera equipment used: Sony A55

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Weekend trip to Oslo

I recently took an impulsive weekend trip to Oslo - the very beautiful capital of Norway. This was my first time visiting Oslo, even though it's super easy to get there from Copenhagen. With DFDS you can take a mini cruise which leaves Copenhagen in the afternoon and arrives in Oslo the next morning.

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When you wake up in the morning, you're in the middle of the Oslo Fjords. They are absolutely breathtaking. You can eat breakfast while enjoying the view or go up to the deck to spot the Oslo Opera House when you arrive at the port.

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The Oslo Opera House opened in 2008 and is located next to the water. You are able to walk on the roof of the building, where you get an amazing view of both the city and the Fjords. The Opera House is a must-see when in Oslo and a good place to start the day.

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After visiting the Opera House we sat down to get something to eat. Oslo is filled with cute cafés and there are lots of options no matter what you are in the mood for. We had some traditional Norwegian cinnamon buns; they are absolutely delicious and you should definitely try them if you get the chance.

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On the way to the Royal Palace, you pass Karl Johans Street, which is filled with restaurants and shops. It is also right next to the beautiful  National Theatre that had its first performance in 1899. The Theatre is definitely worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. 

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The Royal Palace was built in 1849 and is home to the Norwegian royal family. It's a beautiful building with a just as beautiful park surrounding it. As the palace is located on the top of a hill, you also get a view of central Oslo when facing away from the Palace.

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After spending only one day in Oslo I fell in love with the city. Everywhere you go there's a special vibe, and the buildings are old, charming and colorful. The street in the picture below is a good example of the general look of the city.

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For everyone living in Scandinavia, you haven't been able to go on one day without hearing about the Norwegian TV-show SKAM. SKAM was originally made for Norwegian teens but quickly took everyone by storm. In Denmark, this has been the most talked about show in years, so I couldn't go to Oslo without stopping at the school where the show is filmed.

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The last stop of my day in Oslo was the Ankerhus Fortress. It was built in the 1290s to protect Oslo, but today it is open to the public as a museum, so you can learn about the history of the city.

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After leaving Oslo we sailed back through the Fjords while the sun set in the horizon. It was a perfect ending to our weekend trip and I would love to go back to Norway another time to explore the beautiful nature of the country.

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Videos from my weekend trip to Oslo

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9 must do stops on The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometer long road along the southeast coast of Australia. It's a beautiful trip which takes you along the coast and past some big cliffs. Here you'll find a list of 9 must do stops on The Great Ocean Road.

1. Point Danger

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The first stop is Point Danger, which is a limestone headland on the coast of Torquay. There's also a beautiful beach with big waves, and it's a perfect spot for a beach break or a view of the amazing Australian coastline. 

2. Bells Beach

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Next stop is just a short drive from Torquay to Bells Beach - a world-famous surfing beach. Bells Beach is the home of the world's longest-running surfing competition, and the water is filled with surfers taking on the waves year-round.

 

3. Split Point Lighthouse

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Next stop on the way is the beautiful old Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. The lighthouse was built in 1891, but still allows people to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony. You can also spend some time enjoying the view from the nearby beach.

 

4. Teddy's Lookout

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The next stop gives you the iconic view of The Great Ocean Road. Driving on this road is an absolutely amazing experience - it's so beautiful, and you'll definitely end up stopping every 5 minutes because something looks cool. The lookout point is called Teddy's Lookout and is one of the best views along the route.

 

5. Kennett River

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One of my favorite stops along the route is Kennett River, which is known for its koala walk and the many birds living in the area. The place is filled with colorful birds that will flock around anyone carrying food. The koala walk is one of the best places in Australia to spot koalas in the wild, and it is definitely worth a stop.

 

6. The Twelve Apostles

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The Twelve Apostles is considered by many people to be the main attraction of The Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. Currently, there are only eight stacks left after the ninth stack collapsed in July 2005, but it was still a spectacular sight that you can't miss.

 

7. The London Bridge

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Very close to The Twelves Apostles is a natural arch formation called London Bridge or London Arch. The arch used to be connected to the cliffs on the left and got its name because it looked like London Bridge. In 1990 the left arch collapsed, leaving just one. That being said, the London Bridge is still a beautiful sight and I could have spent hours watching the waves hit the cliffs.

 

8. The Grotto

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After leaving the London Bridge, The Grotto is just a short drive away. The Grotto is a sinkhole that makes you think of The Little Mermaids Grotto from the Disney Movie. Wooden steps take you down to The Grotto, providing visibility of the sea beyond a pool at low tide.

9. Port Fairy

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Last stop is Port Fairy. Port Fairy is a tiny little place with cute local restaurants and shops. Griffiths Island is only a short walk away from the town, and a walk of the islands takes you to a nice beach and to this beautiful lighthouse.

 

All in all, The Great Ocean Road is an amazing experience filled with natural wonders and cute little towns along the route. If you have the time, there are a lot more stops worth exploring.
The Great Ocean Road is a must do for anyone in the Melbourne area and I recommend that everyone rent a car and get going.

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