I`m having a winterbreak from Uni and I`m currently visiting my parents in a town called Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway, so I thought I`d share a list of how visiting family can be budget friendly and a positive experience.
- It`s the cheapest vacation there is. As long as I`m a student, my parents have decided to help me with airplane tickets, which I really appreciate, because I`d probably never would`ve had the chance to visit if it hadn’t been for their financial help.
- Accommodation is free, as you`ll probably be sleeping in your old bedroom!
- Family is important. Either your family is one big happy one or a complicated one. Family relations can be quite difficult, as I`ve experienced with my siblings, but I`m really close with my parents and I am so thankful for this, as I know not everyone is as lucky.
- The thrill of travelling. I love to travel, no matter how short or long a journey.
- Quality time with your loved ones! I get to spend some quality time with my family`s dogs, two super cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniels while taking long walks with my mom talking about everything between heaven and earth.
- Eat for free!
- It`s good for you! Being a student makes me feeling guilty for every hour I`m not studying, so getting away from everyday life for a couple of days or more, can be healthy for mind and body.
- Having no-spend days is great for the budget.
- You can splurge a bit! I can drink as much Diet Coke as I want to, because my mom always makes sure to have it in the fridge when I visit.
- A change of scenery. I get to visit another part of the country or Europe (my parents switch between living in Spain, the westcoast of Norway and Northern Norway; no their not vagabonds or gypsies; my dad works in the oil business)
What are your thoughts about visiting family? Do you find it a good experience or can complicated family relations make it difficult?