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Japan for dummies

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When I was planning a trip to Japan, I got some really good advice from friends who had travelled there before. These were just small things that made our trip so much easier. I want to pass them on, and I also have some advice of my own.

So here it is: Five practical Japan-tips, that I think you might appreciate.

1. PORTABLE WIFI

If your addicted to Internet or GPS (Google maps helped us a lot - it suggests train routes etc. and is amazing), I suggest you rent a portable WIFI from the airport. Unfortantely I don't remember how much we paid, but it was reasonble and absolutely worth it. I travelled with a friend so we just shared one - BUT next time I'm gonna rent my own WIFI - 'cause sharing one kind of made us dependable on each other, and if you're a person like me who need space... Well, you know what to do.

  My face when I don't get space, documented by my lovely friend Sverre.

2. CASH
Need cash? We only travelled to Tokyo and Kyoto, but we had no trouble findin…

A magical place

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This weekend I attended one of the most magical weddings I have ever had the honor of experiencing in Nibe, Denmark. I also got to stay at a magical place, and if you somehow find yourself at Nibe (not too far from Aalborg), you should definitely try to book a room at this manor called Waar Hovedgaard, a romantic Bed & Breakfast with plenty of charming features. Here's a little clip of the manor, built in the late 1500s, from the outside.

We were greeted by a cute, fat dog, and even though I'm not a dog person, I absolutely fell in love with the dog. But then we were greeted by Lykke who runs the place (she grew up there), and then I fell in love with her too. Running that place is more of a hobby for her, but it's a hobby she's nailing!

At Waar Hovedgaard they only have four rooms, and Trine (one of my travel partners) and I were lucky enough to get "the yellow room" aka. the bridal suite. Look at this baby!


We were planning on getting a tour in the bas…

How to pick the right travel-buddy

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Disclaimer: Dear friends whom I've travelled with. Please do not get offended. 

I've travelled alone and I've travelled with different friends, and during this time I've found out that we're not supposed to travel with ALL of our friends. You might have great chemistry when you're just hanging out playing Playstation or whatever, but it's a whole new game when your spending time together almost 24/7, sometimes even in stressful situations.

And if you've had a bad travel experience with a friend, this doesn't mean that you no longer can be friends, it just means that maybe you shouldn't travel together, ever again. Unless something changes.

Once I travelled with a group of 7 girls. I learned that I'm not a group-travel-person, at least not with a group that is so big. Some of them thought that we had to do everything together. I especially remember us arguing about where to eat until I couldn't take it anymore and said "Hey! How abou…

Solo travelling - Why you should try it

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Everyone should travel alone at least once in their lifetime! My first big solo trip was to LA, California, USA, and I learned so much from that trip.

I learned that I enjoy my own company, that I'm adventurous and that I like to talk to strangers, unless they seem shady (but sometimes I can end up talking with shady people too). Often when I'm travelling with someone, they always end up being that "map-reader". I just go along with it, and never learn the metro-system and stuff like that, but when I was travelling alone I found out that I'm a decent map-reader too, and I'm not as "clumsy" or "lost" as some people might think. 
Sometimes certain people get annoyed over my impulsiveness and my "everything's gonna be alright"-attitude, but it turns out that these attributes lead to unexpected adventures. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for planning, but I believe in not making too many plans, and being open to making decis…

5 music videos that will make your travel-heart beat faster

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I love it when music can inspire travel. So here are some music videos that show the world, and that will make you wanna travel.

1. M.I.A. - Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than A Border"

This video was shot in Kolhapur city of Maharashtra, India, and in Ivory Coast in West Africa, and portrays different dance traditions. You'll see female dancers performing with swords and sticks, and an African dancer with a bad ass outfit and impressive footwork.


2. Solange - Losing You

So this is actually one of my favorite songs and music videos of all time, and it takes place in Langa, which is a township and suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. I tried to learn the dance moves that starts about at 2:13 and lasts only a few seconds.


3. The Chemical Brothers - Go

This video features women marching and making shapes, with the shopping mall Beaugrenelle, located in Paris, as a back drop. It's futuristic and retro at the same time, and makes me wanna explore more of the non-traditional pa…

Instagrammable Pakistan

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Pakistan is beautiful. My Instagram-account was breaking the Internet when I was posting pictures from my last Pakistan-trip. But for some reason it doesn't seem like an attractive destination to travel to, even though it has a lot in common with India (which is a very popular destination).

I've been to Pakistan a bunch of times since I have relatives there. Because of this I've gotten the opportunity to check out Sialkot, Quetta, Islamabad, Sahiwal and more. But visiting your family is quite different from visiting a country. My ancestors are from Kashmir, and I'm extremely attracted to the northern parts of Pakistan. Unfortunately, none of my relatives live there. There are so many places I want to see, that I haven't, YET. Like Gilgit, Swat, Hunza etc.

The positive side of visiting familiy in Pakistan, thus not travelling as a "tourist", is that I get to experience the real thing. The negative side is that I don't get to do all the touristy stuff …

How to do Japan

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I am an impulsive person, and sometimes my planning suffers from that. But hey, learning by doing, am I right?

One thing I learned from my Japan-trip, that I want to share with you, is: Travel to more than two cities, like travel around, book that Shinkansen or whatever they call it. 'Cause my friend and I didn't and I regretted that. We only travelled to Tokyo and Kyoto, and I wish we had travelled to Osaka, Kobe, Okinawa and some other cities too. Having said that, this trip was pretty off the hook! And OMG the food!

On one of the first nights in Tokyo we went to a ROBOT SHOW - which was a bit pricey and bad, but we laughed so much, that it was absolutely worth it. We were expecting to see real robots, but mostly it was humans in robot costumes. It was weird and wonderful. I don't want to give away too much in case you decide to do this, but here's a little something from the waiting room. PS. We did not eat the food there...




OK, moving on. Here are some of my favor…