Budget Friendly Vacation; Visiting Family

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)

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What are your thoughts about visiting family? Do you find it a good experience or can complicated family relations make it difficult?

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Goodbye crappy old PC, Hello Macbook Pro

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.

ImageThat`s right, been watching some Downton Abbey. Ever seen it? It`s superb!

My Christmas Goals

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  • Finish my take-home exam next week.
  • Spend a lot of time on the beach
  • Be happy
  • Read a good book
  • 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
  • Practice my Spanish
  • 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
  • Take a lot of pictures
  •  Eat a lot of Chinese food
  • Donate christmas gifts to charity
  • Make the Christmas-dinner
  • Plan my 2013 budget
  • 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?