Visiting the “Game of Thrones” destinations

The HBO drama Game Of Thrones has had an incredible effect on modern culture. As you probably know, the show itself has become one of the most popular television dramas of all time (and the show is not done yet).

Game of Thrones has launched careers, catapulted HBO to even higher levels of prestige, and before it’s all said and done it is going to lead to even more TV shows. The show is a hit almost unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the industry!

The drama also played a role in promoting the book series upon which it is largely based. Many people probably don’t realize that A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, the first book in the series A Song Of Ice And Fire, was actually first published in 1996. It was essentially another forgotten fantasy novel (and series) until it
got picked up as a TV series and millions of people around the world realized how deep and thrilling the novels were.

Naturally Game Of Thrones has also inspired a fair amount of activity in the gaming world. The longest running game might just be a slot arcade on the internet, which Microgaming calls heart-stoppingly exciting. That’s quite an exaggeration,
but it sure is a game that’s true to the spirit of the show. Other games, including a noteworthy series from Telltale, do more to help you feel as if you can control your own narrative within the Thrones world.
The most surprising impact of Game Of Thrones, however, might be how it has inspired people to leap into the world of the show in a more literal sense. One of the things that makes the show so compelling is that it takes place in absolutely breathtaking locations. Many of them have been altered through CGI so that castles and walls and the like
can appear in the show, but most are still essentially real world places. Most of those places have been seeing tourists who are there specifically because of the show.

These are a few of the destinations people are frequenting (and which you might want to visit)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is undoubtedly the main Game Of Thrones tourism destination, if you will. Already an incredibly picturesque Mediterranean getaway, Dubrovnik has been used as the basis for King’s Landing, one of the most important and iconic Thrones sets. The city is actually taking steps to curb tourism following an unprecedented surge. But it’s still amazing to visit should you get the chance!

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Seville, Spain

Seville is another destination that was popular long before the show, and will remain popular long after its run comes to an end. The city is known for old Moorish architecture, beautiful cathedrals, and even the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
But its royal palace of Alcazar was also used for one of the prettier locations in the show: the water gardens at Sunspear.

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is listed here as a whole country because it’s actually responsible for a lot of the better-known shots in the show. The beaches of Downhill Strand were used to film scenes at Dragonstone (and do make for a fantasy-like beach view). Dunluce Castle on the coast was turned into the Castle of Pyke on the Iron Islands using CGI. And the
so-called Dark Hedges that line Bregagh Road in County Antrim were used as the Kingsroad in the show.
These are more sights to see than destinations to travel to, but if you’re a big fan of the show and/or its scenery, a tour of Northern Ireland is vital.

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Doune Castle, Scotland

Doune Castle isn’t the most picturesque destination on this list, but it might be the most important pilgrimage for true fans of the books and show. It is a 14th century castle in Scotland, and incidentally may be best known now as a film location for Monty Python And The Holy Grail. However, where this show is concerned, Doune
Castle was the underlying fortification around which the visual teams built Winterfell the home of the good guys, so to speak.

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Split, Croatia

Split is one of the true hidden gems of Europe not in that it’s unknown, but in that it some how seems to escape tourists bucket lists (probably because of the spotlight on Dubrovnik). Split is basically a peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and a
sprawling, gorgeous city that was once the home of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Game Of Thrones used the hillside ruin of Klis Fortress to build up the image of the fictional city of Mereen, and in doing so sneakily showed off one of the more beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean.

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7 Ways for Women to Stay Safe While Traveling

Guest post by Jeff (blogger, Cabulous.com )

Undoubtedly traveling alone is empowering and makes you confident but sometimes solo traveling can cause you a very big trouble. Therefore, everyone should take precautionary measures in order to safeguard themselves from all sorts of problems and troubles. When a woman is traveling alone then it is mandatory for her to take some extra precautionary measures in order to be safe throughout the journey. Nowadays it is seen that many women are traveling alone either for business purposes or to spend some quality time alone. Some of the safe traveling tips are as follows.

Give Details to your Family Member:

Before leaving home you should give proper details about your destination. At least one person in your family should know where you are going and where you are going to stay. This will help you and your family in case something goes wrong.

Safety Mechanism:

While traveling solo as a woman you should have every safety precaution. The safety mechanisms like cat key chains and pepper sprays should be present in your hand-carry. This will make you feel safe and protective because you know that if something goes wrong or someone tries to harass you then you can use these safety products to protect yourself.

Selfie Stick:

If you don’t want to hand over your phone or camera to someone else for capturing your pictures then you should carry selfie stick with you. It will benefit you in many ways. You will be able to take your pictures by yourself without handing over your camera or phone to a stranger. You can also use as a safety tool which will benefit you in self-defense.

Never Appear Alone:

Even if you are traveling alone you don’t have to tell anyone that you are traveling solo. When you tell strangers that you are traveling with a bunch of people they will think hundred times before harming or hurting you. And when you tell them that you are alone on your journey then they will harm you without any fear. Therefore, you should not identify anyone that you are traveling solo.

Carry Torch:

No matter where you are going you should have a torch in your handbag. Sometimes people got stuck in dark places and they don’t have a thing which can provide light to them. Therefore, you should have a torch or light bar and the best 44 LED Light Bars are perfect to provide you very bright light.

Keep Money at Different Places:

Most tourists get robbed and mugged. In order to be on the safe side, you should not keep all your money in one place. Keep some amount of your money in your handbag and keep some in your pockets. This will help you even if you get robbed.

Dress Normally:

If you will dress in an extraordinary and outstanding manner then everyone in the surroundings will stare you and some will even try to mug you. So it is better to dress like local people. This will prevent you from getting robbed as well as prevent you from unwanted attention.

Author Bio:

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Jeff lives in New York with his wife and 2 kids. He is obsessed with LED light bars ever since they came out and over the last couple of years he has been testing and reviewing LED light bars. He regularly blogs at Cabulous.com

How to visit 4 European Capitals in a week

As much as I love my occasional road trips – the longer, the better – there’s one way of traveling I love just as much. Yes, I love sitting in the passenger seat next to my partner, while being in charge of the Spotify playlist, blasting my music out loud, only to get interrupted by the female voice of the GPS, silencing my favorite tunes to tell us to turn left or right in French.

What I love just as much as loud music and road trips,  is interrailing. If you’re not from Europe, chances are you might not be familiar with that term – although you are most likely  very familiar with the concept!

The Interrail Pass is a railway ticket available to European residents. Residents from countries outside of Europe can purchase the Eurail pass. You can purchase your travel pass from Interrail.eu – and yes, it will be cheaper and way more convenient than traveling from one airport to another to visit different cities in Europe. You’ll save time, money and energy – and the possibilities are endless!

You are free to do whatever you want. Whether it’s Scandinavia that caught your interest or you’re daydreaming about French cafes or Spanish flamenco or eating pasta in Italy, the choice is yours and there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s one possibility that includes none of the suggestions listed above, but something a little different – an easy way to start your interrail adventure if you’re a Eurotrip-rookie.

Warsaw (Poland) – Berlin (Germany) – Prague (Czech Republic) – Vienna (Austria)  and if you have 3-4 extra days, add Bratislava (Slovakia) – Budapest (Hungary) to the list.

Side note: Vienna will be the most expensive out of the four destinations, and Warsaw the cheapest, so spend your money wisely.

 

How to spend 2 days in Warsaw, Poland

The central train station is not located in the Old Town, but public transportation is great in Warsaw and it will take you approximately 10 minutes to get to the Old Town from the station. If you’re staying near the Palace of Culture and Science, you’re only a short walk away from your accommodation. Click here for more information about Warsaw Public Transport.

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Where to stay: If you’re a backpacker on a low budget, chances are you’re looking for a hostel rather than a hotel. Hotels are generally not that pricey in Poland, but it’s probably still more than what you’re looking to spend. Hostel Kanonia has good reviews and is located in the heart of the Old Town. If you’d rather pay more and stay at a hotel, you might as well stay at a 4-star one. After all, at Mercure Warszawa Centrum you’ll get a room for 50 euros per night, and for only 45 euros at Novotel Warszawa Centrum. These hotels are not located in Old Town, but a thirty minute walk will get you there (so  will the buses and trams). The hotels are close to the Palace of Culture and Science.

Where to eat: I’m telling you, you have to go to the restaurant chain Zapiecek and try the traditional Polish pierogis (dumplings). You can choose between boiled or fried dumplings, with filling of your choice + sauce of your choice, on the side. Also try the platzki (large fried potato pancakes). If you’re planning to walk the distance from Novotel or Mercure to Old Town, you’ll walk past a Zapiecek restaurant on your way there. It’s just across the street from Louis Vuitton.

Zapiecek is already quite cheap, but there’s one restaurant concept that is even more cheap – and no, it’s not fast food. Nor am I talking about somewhere where you can get yourself a sad little sandwich and some tap water. No. I’m talking about what once were state-run canteens serving cheap meals during the communist era. What has now made a comeback and is considered something retro and somewhat chic. The Milk Bars. Traditional Polish food, generous portions – and yes, it’s actually really good! My favorite Milk Bar in Warsaw is Mleczarnia Jerozolimska .

What to do:

  • Explore the beautiful Old Town and its architecture dating from the 17th and 18th century. Learn the history behind the city that was almost completely destroyed during Word War II, but rose from the ashes and blossomed into the UNESCO heritage site and beloved tourist attraction it is today.
  • At the entrance to the Old Town, there’s the Royal Castle, a castle residency that formerly served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. Take the “Royal Route” and discover beautiful parks, architecture and learn about the history of Poland – way, way back in time.
  • “The Royal Route” will take you to the Wilanów Palace – a Royal Palace and one of Poland’s most important monuments. Built for King John III Sobieski in the 17th century and later enlarged by other owners.The gorgeous palace and its beautiful garden is as picture perfect as it gets and it makes you wonder what it would have been like to be a Polish princess.
  • Close to the Wilanów Palace, there’s another part of the “Royal Route” worth visiting. The Lazienki Park, the Palace on the Isle, the Myslewicki Palace, the old and the new Orangery, the different temples, the Chinese Garden – this park is full of treasures.Take your time. There’s a lot to see here!

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How to spend 2 days in Berlin, Germany

You might wanna study this metro map  and buy yourself a day-ticket, because you’ll certainly need it. That is, of course, unless you wanna walk for hours to get from A to B. Berlin is a big city and there’s a lot to see and a lot to do in the German capital. 

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Where to stay: So, when I was in Berlin, we rented an Airbnb apartment somewhere on the outskirts of the main center of the city. If you’re traveling alone, you’ll probably prefer something cheaper and maybe less isolated? I haven’t stayed at any hostel in Berlin, but this one, ONE80, seems to have a great reputation and good reviews. Also, it’s located right next to Alexanderplatz, which is right in the center of the city.

Where to eat: PraterGarten for traditional German cuisine – and all that beer. There’s plenty of options for meat lovers as well as for vegetarians. And as always in Germany, the portions are very generous. It will keep you full until the next day. I promise.

If you’re a meat lover, you might wanna try some curry wurst as well. Just go to any hot dog stand and look for it on the menu. It’s a popular, local specialty – and a cheap meal!

When in Germany, don’t miss out on the traditional German bakeries and cafes. In other words; eat cake. Some of the cakes on display are so beautiful to look at, it’s almost a shame to eat them. Others – the rustic pastries – taste better than they look. So if you find yourself craving something sweet, take a trip to the nearest Bäckerei!

What to do: 

  • When in Berlin, you have to see the most famous landmark in Germany; the Brandenburg Gate, an 18th century neoclassical  monument. Stroll along the square and continue to the Reichstag building. The Reichstag building was constructed in the 18th century, to house the Imperial Assembly of the German Empire. It was severely damaged after it was set on fire in 1933, and was not used for its original purpose for a very long time – that was until it was reconstructed and reopened again in 1999. It now serves the Parliament.
  • Opposite direction from the Brandenburg Gate, is the Memorial to Murdered Jews in Europe, a unique monument dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. And whatever you do, please don’t take selfies there. Yes, the monument makes kind of an edgy backdrop, but no, it’s not cool. It’s disrespectful.
  • Visit the Berlin Cathedral Church, or Berliner Dom as it’s called in German.
  • Take the “7 lakes tour” from Wannsee, a relaxing boat trip where you can sip a refreshing bright green or red beer (local fruit beers) while viewing the gorgeous scenery and enjoying the calm atmosphere.

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How to spend 2 days in Prague, Czech Republic

The central train station in Prague is not located in the Old Town. Prepare yourself for a 20 minute walk or taking the metro. The train station is located in a neighborhood that is, based on my own experience, completely safe. However, the station itself is like any other central train station in any capital city; a haven for pickpockets – and not somewhere you should hang out on your own, late at night. Here’s a guide to Prague Public Transport.

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Where to stay: When I was in Prague, I stayed at Falkensteiner Hotel Maria Prag – a hotel just across the street from the central station. I paid 99 euros per night, with breakfast included in the rate. It’s neither cheap nor expensive for Prague. It’s average. You can easily find something cheaper if you’re traveling on a low budget. One of the hostels I’ve heard a lot of good things about, is the Hostel Florenc , located next to the central bus station – and only a metro station away from the central train station. The hostel is newly renovated and have special options for vegans in the breakfast buffet. If you’d rather stay in the beautiful Old Town, there’s a lovely hostel only a 5 minute walk from the heart of the historical city center. Ahoy! Hostel has as many returning guests as new ones, and is known for its friendly staff, clean rooms and a lot of special facilities – such as free hot drinks, free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen.

Where to eat: My favorite restaurant in Prague is located close to the central train station. I first discovered it while wandering around looking for somewhere to go for dinner. A thing that really bothers me in Prague, is that people smoke indoors – everywhere. I remember entering a few restaurants that looked kind of nice from the outside, only to be greeted by a thick fog and the awful smell of cigarettes. After nearly twenty minutes of searching, I was seconds away from Googling the nearest McDonald’s. But I wasn’t ready to give up just yet. I wanted goulash. And just down the street to the left of my hotel, there it was. A restaurant called Sherwood. A restaurant with a non-smoking section with clean, fresh air. A restaurant with delicious food and good drinks – and low prices, unlike the restaurants close to the tourist attractions in the city!

If you’re a beer lover and want a great night out (and can handle heavy cigarette smoke lingering in the air) or just wanna enjoy a couple of draft beers and a pub meal, check out Prague Beer Museum . They have 30 Czech craft beers on tap!

When in Prague, you might want to try the local street food, the sweet specialty called trdelnik. You’ll find it everywhere in the city. It’s dough rolled around a thick rolling pin, grilled on live coal and sprinkled with sugar. Basically a Czech doughnut.

What to do: 

  • Admire the amazing thirty baroque statues situated on the famous Charles Bridge. Cross the bridge and continue to the spectacular Prague Castle – the most significant Czech monument and an important symbol and cultural institution in the country. The castle, dating from the 9th century, is currently the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of former Czechoslovakia.
  • Every hour, you will see big groups of tourists gathering in front of the Old Town Hall to see the mechanical performance from the beautiful Astronomical Clock. The procession of Apostles, the music, the moving statues – it never fails to amaze people. If you want to catch the performance, I recommend you do it in the evening. The night sky adds a little extra magic to the experience!
  • Do you like graffiti? Then you might have heard of the John Lennon Wall in Prague. Since the 80’s, what once was a normal wall, has been filled with John Lennon-inspired street art and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.
  • If the Prague Beer Museum seems like a perfect place for you to hang out, chances are you will either hate or love the concept of a Beer Spa. All treatments are made using beer – and while enjoying your massage you get to drink as much beer as you want. I suggested the idea for my partner, but it was too weird for him. Oh well, maybe next time.

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How to spend 2 days in Vienna, Austria

The central train station is located in the Favoriten district, which is a heavily populated urban area with many residential buildings – but also parks and recreational areas. Many hotels are located here and in surrounding neighborhoods. The station is only a few blocks away from the Museumsquartier, which is the eight largest cultural area in the world. I stayed in this area, and I loved it. The beautiful baroque buildings, side by side with Modern architecture. I assume you wanna see the rest of the city as well, so here’s a guide to Vienna Public Transport.

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Where to stay: I stayed in the artistic Musemsquartier, at Hotel Viennart. I found a great discounted deal on Booking.com and went straight ahead and booked it. The hotel was lovely and the breakfast buffet had a wide variety of foods. If you’re lucky to find a similar deal, go for it. The regular rate listed on the website starts with 65 euros for a single room, breakfast excluded. A cheaper option in the nearby area is the Kaiser 23 – Hostel & Guesthouse , where you’ll get a private room for 37 euros per night – breakfast included.

Where to eat: My partner and I tried – yes, tried – twice to book a table at a restaurant called Fromme Helene. We never succeeded in our mission and the restaurant seems to be fully booked every single day, so you might wanna send them an e-mail and reserve a table quite early in advance if you wanna be one of the lucky chosen ones. The food there is supposed to be amazing!

When in Vienna, you have to try the local specialty; the Schnitzel, or at least eat at a restaurant that specializes in this and other traditional Austrian dishes. At Schnitzelwirt you’ll find all of that – and a lot of vegetarian options as well.

What to do: 

  • Visit the Historic Center of Vienna and admire its stunning architecture, including the Baroque castles and gardens and the 19th century Ringstrasse (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the numerous monuments along the boulevard.
  • The most frequently visited tourist attraction in Vienna is the beautiful Schönnbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence. The palace itself is gorgeous, but so is the sculpted garden. The garden contains, among other things, a maze (in case you’d like to pretend you’re Alice in Wonderland), an Orangery, a palm house and a Zoo.
  • Take a few pictures of the gorgeous Belvedere Palace, the former residence of the Price of Savoy – which now houses the Museum of Medieval Austrian Art, the Museum of Austrian Baroque, and the Austrian Gallery.
  • Channel your inner Austrian princess and listen to some Mozart while comfort eating some delicious cake. Not any cake, but the local specialty, Sachertorte. Comfort eating, because you’re probably broke by now. And if not… Those classical tunes will sound way better in concert ( Wiener Mozart Konzerte ).  Enjoy!

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My Travel Highlights of 2016

2017 is already here and my New Year’s resolutions have been made – along with an even larger bucket list than ever before. Seems like the more I travel, the hungrier I get for more. And the more I learn, the more I realize how little I once knew about the great world out there and all the people living in it. While 2016 was the year I traveled only within the borders of my continent, Europe, 2017 will take me to at least two others – and who knows where else destiny decides to take me this year?

2016 was a year filled with great highs as well as some lows. Unstable economy, feeling lonely as an expatriate in a foreign country, death in the family, losing touch with friends, pitching article after article to magazines with little result, getting criticized for putting so much time and effort into my blog when I “should be spending my time doing something more useful” – these events have caused a lot of stress, sadness and feeling of hopelessness for me. Traveling – and the love and support from my partner – gave me the strength I needed to be able to look back on 2016 as a great year instead of feeling like a complete failure.

Because…

I welcomed 2016 by watching the beautiful fireworks display in Warsaw, Poland with my family and my partner. We visited the Christmas market in the Old Town and danced the night away at the New Year’s gala in our hotel.

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I visited London, England for the first time in many years, and had a great time catching up with a friend who moved to London for work. We went salsa dancing, salsa eating (nachos) and visited all the touristic sites together.

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A romantic weekend trip to Copenhagen, Denmark was the Christmas present from me to my significant other. We stuffed our faces with Danish pastries, laughed our asses off while the fish tickled our toes at a duo fish spa, visited the castles and the little mermaid and enjoyed the snow – although I would have been happier if my partner hadn’t kept throwing snowballs at me.

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I visited Belgium for the first time…and second…and third. My partner and I embarked on plenty of amazing road trips this year and visiting certain destinations in Belgium was part of those trips. Romantic Bruges, charming Antwerp and multicultural Brussels. I’ve fallen in love with Belgium – and Belgian beer!

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And then there was the trip to Luxembourg in May. The surprise birthday present from my partner. We visited Luxembourg city, two castles elsewhere in the country and saw Hans Zimmer live in the amazing concert venue Rockhal. Probably the best birthday I’ve ever had.

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Late June and early July was spent traveling by train with my mother. From Oslo, Norway to Karlstad, Sweden – then back to Norway to visit Sandefjord and Kristiansand, before returning to Stavanger to spend a couple of days relaxing at home before returning to France. Photo below was taken while visiting Tungenes Fyr (lighthouse).

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The weekend of Bastille Day (14th of July) was spent visiting Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel, Dinan and Rennes in France. My partner and I watched the fireworks in Saint Malo, drank cider and ate delicious crêpes (the local Bretagne/Brittany specialty). Calories and carbs taste better in France than anywhere else.

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One of my biggest highlights of the year was to volunteer in Moldova. I got to know so many lovely people – volunteers and locals – and my host family was the nicest I could  ever have asked for. I also got to taste some amazing wine from the Purcari Winery while I was there. I’ve been spreading the word about how great Moldovan wine is, ever since.

 

Another great highlight was the writing retreat in Barcelona, Spain with Pink Pangea where I got to know like-minded travel writers – all women – explored the city of Barcelona and did a lot of soul searching as well. We laughed, shed some tears, plenty of hugs and shared our most personal stories – travel related and non-travel related. It was therapeutic and inspired me to not just become a better writer but a better person as well.

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In September my partner and I embarked on yet another road trip to a different part of France. This time to the southwest. We explored some spectacular caverns, enjoyed the local wines and visited idyllic and picturesque little towns. I have never taken as beautiful photos as I did in the southwest of France. No wonder so many people dream about this country, and so many writers find inspiration here.

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We didn’t spend longer than twenty-four hours at home before we were back on the road again. Well, towards the airport this time to catch a flight to Athens, Greece. The week in Athens was filled with food, historical ruins, food, more history and even more food. Greek cuisine is simply just too good!

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Winter Beer Day, Christmas markets and celebrating my parents wedding anniversary and my stepfather’s birthday was how we spent our long weekend in Hamburg, Germany…And taking pictures from the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. What a windy affair that was.

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And then there was December and all those Christmas markets. Paris (France), London (England), Reims (Champagne, France), Cologne (Germany) and Oslo (Norway). I didn’t get a white Christmas this year either, but I got so much more. So much more that mattered a lot more to me than snowflakes. Spending time at these markets with the people I care about, laughing, smiling and cheering while tasting local specialties – now that sure got me into the Christmas spirit! Photo below is from Oslo, Norway.

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Now, excuse me while I pack my bags to go to Marrakech, Morocco tomorrow. 2017 started in Trondheim, Norway and after a few days of rest in France I am now ready for new adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo travel and Social Anxiety

We all have dreams. We all have a passion for something. But do we all have the guts to follow our dreams and face all the obstacles? Do you ever find yourself thinking “I’m not smart, extroverted or talented enough to make it”?

Is your passion the same as mine? Do you want to travel the world, write about it and inspire others to get out there, see the world and live the life they’ve always dreamed of? Did you just say “yes” to all these questions, but deep down inside you know you’d never be able to expose your life and share your deepest thoughts on a blog like this? And although you like the idea of traveling solo, you’re sure you’d pee your pants before even getting to the airport?

Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, I’m still there. People who don’t know me very well usually mistake me for an extrovert, as I talk a lot when I’m in a social setting where it’s expected of me to participate in the conversation. Some may notice how awkward and nervous I am when I talk, while others think it’s just the way I am. Trust me, there’s so much more going on in my head than what I’m able to say out loud. I’m always anxious in big groups of people, because I always feel like I’m the one who doesn’t fit in. The outcast. The weird one. Yet, traveling solo doesn’t bother me at all anymore. It was scary the first time – just how everything is scary the first time you try something new. Being alone doesn’t bother me. But being labeled as someone who is brave, just because I went places completely on my own – now THAT’S what bothers me.

I am not brave because I travel solo. I am brave when I manage to go to birthday parties and other events where I’m surrounded by a lot of people I don’t know and I try my hardest to act normal, when all I want to do is grab my jacket and run away. I am not brave because I dine alone in restaurants or spend a week alone in a hotel. I am brave when I manage to make a phone call, when all I want to do is hang up immediately and lay down in fetal position to calm my nerves. I am not nervous about flying alone, taking the train alone – and I probably wouldn’t have a problem with going on a cruise by myself either (I have to try that one day). I am not scared of unknown places. I am not scared of blogging about my travels and sharing my tips. I am not scared of sharing photos and updates from my trips online.  What does scare me is what people I already know, think of me. I am scared of their judgement. But I’d never let social anxiety or shyness get in the way of my dreams. And neither should you. My fears will never be the boss of me. And neither should yours.

A lot of people have told me they envy me for traveling solo, running a travel blog and making a little money from it, from time to time. Now that you’ve read this post, remember that I am not braver than you. We are just fighting different battles.

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These photos were taken by my boyfriend – my current travel partner (most of the time) – in Étretat, Normandie, France