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Anniken Englund Jørgensen’s best travel advice for young people

“Being able to travel is a gift,” says Norwegian blogger Jørgensen. Here she offers some advice on how to travel without it costing the earth.

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Getting away. As I said, I’m always getting away from something or someone. Today, I go traveling to find something or someone. Traveling is something I value, and I often think what a huge gift it is. It’s not long since you couldn’t actually do this. To taste, feel, see and hear things anywhere in the world. It’s almost too good to be true when I think about it. Before we didn’t even know there was such a thing as a pineapple. Or my god, tacos!

Traveling is something I value, and I often think what a huge gift it is.

What is your dream destination?

Gosh, I’ve not been to a proper Asian country yet, incredibly enough. So next on my wish list is Tokyo, followed by Seoul and Scotland (I’m a bit of an Outlander fan), or maybe I’d like to go back to Sydney. Fantastic place

A cherished travel memory?

So difficult to choose, am almost more afraid of making the wrong choice. However, my travel fever actually started when I went on a language vacation, believe it or not. That was the first time I went traveling alone, I was 15 and went with EF to Malta. That was probably where it all started, even though I was pretty wild and uninhibited. I’d like to say I spent all the time in the classroom there, but we did a lot of bunking off. We actually ran away from a teacher on one of the first days, and a friend stopped right in front of me without me noticing. I ran straight into her and broke a toe. But Malta was also my first kiss, and my first boyfriend was an Italian called Ricardo. Happy memories.

 

Here is Anniken Englund Jørgensen’s best travel advice for young people

Book on Airbnb

Airbnb is brilliant when you need to find a place to stay and want to save money. Hotels are often boring and samey. Sometimes I want to travel purely because I’ve found a place to stay that is pretty unique

Go food shopping in stores instead of eating in a restaurant

I’m quite happy to eat at home. Head to a local store and check out the food counters abroad, that’s really fun. If you eat breakfast at home, pack something light to keep you going through the day, you’ll then have saved enough money to eat out somewhere. In some places, it’s really cheap to eat all your meals out. Check out things like this before you set off.

Order a coffee instead of a full meal.

Sit in a restaurant and just have a cup of coffee. People watching is undervalued when you’re away from home. Give yourself half an hour just to sit and watch the world go by.

Good free things to do

I love visiting museums, and most have free entry as a rule. Window shopping costs nothing and the best things in life are usually free. The sea, parks, architecture, music, benches.

Good, cheap places to eat

I must mention Bien restaurant in Bergen, it’s a little gem with unpretentious food and a good selection of natural wines. Pleasant personnel and a fun atmosphere. Otherwise Shiso burger in Berlin is fantastic, try the tuna or king prawn burger. I can promise that this is amongst the cheapest, fastest and best food you’ll ever have tasted. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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Shopping on a budget

Vintage!! I always search everything I can about vintage stores before I head to a destination.

Discover your own country

I’ve traveled a great deal, much more than my parents ever have in all their lives. I’m 22 and extremely fortunate to have been able to travel for both work and pleasure. But I have to say, that Lofoten here in Norway, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We forget to travel in our own country, but Lofoten is absolutely special. It really is. If I were ever to dream about somewhere, it must look something like this.

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Last edited: April 1, 2019

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