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.
- 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?
When my mom asked what I wanted for christmas, I told her the only thing I really wanted and needed was a contribution for saving up for a new computer, as my old one was dying a slow and annoying death by deleting my files and constantly showing me its blue screens of death. She knew I`d always wanted a Macbook, but I didn`t mention it because it had never been something that I could afford. I was thinking about one of those cheap computers that lasts 2 years, tops. But one day she had one of those funny smiles on her face, when she has some good news she wants to share. And that`s when she told me she wanted to give me a Macbook, seeing I needed something more solid for my schoolwork.
I`m just so happy for this incredible gift, and I`m definetely going to make the most of it, and it`ll hopefully last for many years! Have to say it`s a relief not having to worry if mandatory essays suddenly goes missing, or losing some research because the computer says adieu. I`m already feeling much more inspired to write my bachelor thesis. Though ask me again about that in a couple of months when I`m all swamped with schoolworks and obligatory essays.
That`s right, been watching some Downton Abbey. Ever seen it? It`s superb!
- Finish my take-home exam next week.
- Spend a lot of time on the beach
- Have long breakfasts on the balcony while enjoying the view of palm trees
- Take long walks with our two dogs
- Visit the island`s capital, Las Palmas and take a walk in the old town.
- Make some more Christmas sweets
- Play and cuddle with the dogs; they`re just the cutest ever!
- Spend quality time with my family
- Go shopping for some much needed new clothes
- Plan a strictly food-blog project
- Drink a lot of ice-cold Diet Coke
- Have long talks with my mom
- Go to church on Christmas Eve
- Write more exciting posts on travelling
- Eat a lot of Chinese food
- Donate christmas gifts to charity
- Make the Christmas-dinner
- Try new recipes and share them with you
- Help my brother with finding an apartment
- Eat the best ice-cream in the world
- Order curricula for the spring semester
- Celebrate new year`s Eve with my best friends
What are your goals for this Christmas?