Norway has always been a dream destination for us. It is a place that conjures up thoughts of fjords and forests, and little red cabins. So when we found a cheap flight to Oslo with Ryanair we just had to go. Even better was when we started looking at accommodation, and stumbled upon a cheap, well priced hotel. And so we thought we were going to have a budget weekend getaway. We were wrong. There is a reason Google comes up with a predictive “is Oslo expensive” suggestion. Oslo is really expensive. But it is also really beautiful with so many amazing attractions and so much natural beauty. We really wanted to provide a frank and honest guide for people thinking of spending a weekend in Oslo. Here are our thoughts.
Month: July 2017
I have been lucky enough to live abroad a lot in my life. The first time in my early twenties I moved from Australia to England for a study abroad semester. The second time I spent a year in Canada on a working holiday. And now I have spent the last several years living abroad back in the UK. It is something that everyone should consider doing at least once in their lives. For me living overseas was life changing. I had to work hard to adjust to my new life abroad and in the process learnt so much about myself. Here are our 10 reasons you should experience living abroad.
The first time we visited Whitby we fell in love. It is one of those places you must visit in England. For starters it’s quaint, it’s quirky and it’s really really picturesque. If you haven’t been to this coastal gem then you have been missing out. Take a look at our post below and see for yourself the reasons you must visit Whitby.
My first experience away from home was when I went to study abroad in the UK at the ripe old age of 20. It is probably fair to say that this was one of the best experiences of my life. So when it came time to come home I had mixed feelings.I was so used to living abroad and doing my own thing that moving back home was hard. And so I experienced reverse culture shock. The definition of reverse culture shock or re entry culture shock is a period of difficulty in readjusting to the culture and values of your home country. This is because what was previously familiar has now become unfamiliar.Here are some of the points that I struggled with upon coming home and that led to my reverse culture shock. Please feel free to add your own experiences in the comments section. Continue Reading
Iceland is fast becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations. So chances are if you are heading to Iceland one of the things on your to do list will be visit the Blue Lagoon. Sure you have seen the Instagram pictures and yes it is as amazing as it looks. So here we provide you with everything you need to know about visiting the Blue Lagoon.
Seeing the Northern Lights was something that had been on my bucket list for years. So when we visited Iceland in November I knew this was the perfect time to make this dream a reality. We booked a tour and set off in search of this natural wonder. And we got really lucky. We managed to see them and it was so amazing. But it is not always possible to see the lights and there is actually a lot to factor in when searching for them. Here is our list of things you should know about seeing the Northern Lights. Continue Reading
It seems that everywhere you look on Facebook or Instagram someone is posting a picture of Iceland. It is usually during an out of this world road trip. And there are usually travel tips on exploring the more remote parts of Iceland. But what happens if you are tight for time? We spent 4 full days in the country which is why we raise the question: Is it possible to experience Iceland in 4 days? Continue Reading
Welcome again to the Wanderlust & Life diaries. A place where we document our own personal travel experiences. Today I wanted to talk about our worse hostel experiences. In my early 20s I used to always stay in hostels, scouring the internet for good and bad hostel reviews. Now I am nearly in my 30s things have changed a bit especially with regards to my accommodation preferences. Don’t get me wrong, staying in a hostel can be amazing. I have met some of my best friends in hostels. In fact Dave and I met in a hostel in Toronto. However, there are some things about staying in hostels that I definitely do not miss. Here are my 10 most awkward hostel experiences. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
A few years ago under a different political administration I had the opportunity to visit Washington DC. I wasn’t really into politics and it seemed like a lot of the most visited places in Washington DC were political. But Washington DC tourism is so much more than just the Whitehouse or Capitol Hill, although these are important places to visit in Washington. There are so many museums and parks to see and so much to learn. So even if you don’t like politics or you don’t like who is in charge, it is still a city you should visit. Here are our reasons why, and a list of what to do in Washington DC. Continue Reading