• Europe
  • Bergen, Norway

    We were enchanted by Bergen upon first glance, during the flight in, when we saw the majestic fjords* & adorable houses dotting the hilly inlets. We stayed at the Radisson Blu in Bryggen, Old Town Bergen, on points. We really liked it; check out how we got the points & our mini review within this post. […]

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  • “Flashpacking” the Nordic Countries

    We recently heard of the term flashpacking, which means traveling while being a bit less frugal (in perhaps a more flashy way) than the average backpacker. We like this term because we’re not always comfortable calling ourselves backpackers, since we stay in hotels and spend more money than a typical backpacker, but we are literally traveling with all […]

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  • Stockholm Expenses

    One of the main reasons we visited Stockholm was to visit Peter’s family: his aunt, uncle and cousins live in Stockholm, and his Grandma & Grandpa live on Rindo island (see more about visiting his family in this post). Peter’s family was beyond generous, so we had a lot less expenses than we predicted. 4 […]

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  • Bergen Expenses

    We absolutely adored the quaint city of Bergen, especially Bryggen, the area where we stayed, despite this being the most expensive town we’ve visited so far. We managed to score some free meals from our hotel upgrade; even with this perk, our stay was still pricey (as expected). Here’s what our Bergen expenses looked like; […]

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  • Visiting Family in Sweden

    My father moved from Sweden to the United States after college to get a job in California, which is where my father and mother met. Eventually they moved to New Hampshire to be closer to the rest of my mother’s family (my mother grew up in Massachusetts). However, my dad’s family has remained in Sweden, […]