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  • Helsinki, Finland Expenses

    Here’s what we spent during our 2 days & nights in Helsinki, Finland. Costs are in USD and include both of us. Accommodation Radisson Blue Hotel: free (on points) Transportation Flight from Oslo (purchased in advance): $243.76 Ferry to Suomenlinna island: $11.37 Bus from hotel to airport (the machines were broken on our way in): $12.52 […]

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  • Traipsing Around Transylvania: Sighisoara and Sibiu, Romania

    You might’ve read about our time in Brasov, our favorite place we visited in Romania. From Brasov, we traveled to two other cities in Transylvania: Sighisoara and Sibiu. While they didn’t steal our hearts quite like Brasov, they were still pretty magical. Allow me to explain… Sighisoara Sighisoara (pronounced siggy-shore-ah) is a small, medieval-looking town […]

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  • How Much it Costs to Visit Svalbard

    We spent three glorious nights in Svalbard, a notoriously pricey destination. But how much does it actually cost to travel to Svalbard? Let’s see how we did! Expenses are in USD and include both of us. Accommodation Radisson Blue: free (on points) Transportation Roundtrip flight from Oslo: 198.60 Roundtrip bus ticket from airport: 28.77 Total: 227.37 […]

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  • Oslo Expenses

    Coming from Bergen, a very expensive, but adorable town, our pockets were feeling a bit empty and we were fairly determined to spend less money in our next city. We spent 3 nights in Oslo – let’s see how we did! Transportation Train ticket to Oslo: $119.24 Train to airport hotel: $22.06 Total: $141.30 Food/Drink […]

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  • Romania Expenses

    We spent a lovely 9 days & nights exploring the cities of Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, and Sibiu in Romania. Here’s what we spent during those days. Unless specified, the prices include both of us. Transportation Taxi from airport to Bucharest hotel: $37 Train from Bucharest to Brasov: $24.16 Bus to Bran, round trip: $6.90 Train tickets […]

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  • Malta Expenses

    We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 days & nights in Malta. Here is what we spent while enjoying the islands of Malta and Gozo. Prices include both of us. Transportation Buses to hostel & Gozo ferry: $9 Buses to & from Ramla Bay: $6 Total: $14 Food/Drinks Dinner at Parthenope: $80.46 Breakfast in Paceville: $21.69 Water & Gatorade […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • Copenhagen Expenses

    We’re going to let you guys in on all of our expenses, embarrassing or not, because we want to share how affordable (or not affordable) traveling can be! These posts will be under the “Travel Costs” category. Here’s the breakdown of what we spent in our first country, the notoriously expensive Denmark, during our 2 days/nights […]