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Where do you want to go?

Desert City

Desert City

This blog entry got me inspired this morning. In my previous life, I had a list of 100 places to see before I die.

Now I can’t remember where I put it and haven’t really been ticking places off as I went over the years. However, I still very much would like to go to:

Angkor Wat

Taj Mahal

The Australian Outback

Macchu Pichu

Vulcano National Park in Hawaii

Havana, Cuba

Krüger National Park

Timboktu – when the civil war is over obviously, We often refer to this city in the Saharan desert when we want to stress that whatever is really far away.

Antarctica – to accompany my son on his quest to meet penguins.

What’s on your list?






Time a scarce commodity – also for the traveller

Making the most of your trip also applies to travelling and vacation time. Much emphasis is placed on travelling efficiently : check-in online, fast track through security, travel light to avoid checking in your bags and thus avoid the wait alongside what seems to endless conveyor belts moving the same not claimed pieces of luggage forever.

Planning ahead, making bookings and reservations for restaurants, attractions, amusement parks. Some parks even offer fast track. Instead of waiting in line to get in, buy a ticket, get in line for a ride and go – the signs at the entrance will inform you of the wait time – you spend your time in line for your reservations, rushing to get in line to get fast track tickets and then checking the time to make sure to make your fast track slot time, and finally you are in line with the other fast trackers to access the ride.

I wonder whether this desire for efficiency leaves room for enjoyment or new experience? Travelling to stand in line and rush – pretty much like your day job – instead of taking in new impressions and having the pleasure of unexpected encounters and discoveries.

In line for a Royal Wecome

In line for a Royal Wecome, Frozen Fest, Disneyland Paris July 2015

How to make the most of your travel budget

Thrifty Nomads have compiled a list of advice on how to find cheap tickets. Cheaper fare equals more adventure!

Find your next flight using these tips.

I could add a tip on code shared flights: Check the price with all airlines. A flight operated by SAS and LuftHansa, book with LuftHansa. It may be 50% of SAS ticket price.


On the move.

Dalai Lama said that the one thing that remains constant is change. In my world, it has been translated into constantly being in transit. We are always between things and places.

Nomad in Transit relates to the feeling I had when I was living in Canada with my family. We were settled, yet only for a short period of time. We were making new friends – knowing that it would take a little extra to get involved in our new neighbourhood. We were consciously touching base with friends and family at home to nurture the friendships we would be returning to. Somehow it felt like being in transit. You are not really here to stay.