During he last few years we have experienced ups and downs during our travels, we’ve also fell in love with so many places, but never really hated one.

 

What’s our favorite place(s)?

When we travel we kind of fell in love with so many places, but some places get a special place in our hearts and become a destination we want to visit again and again – a place we long for and think of when we’re planning a new adventure.

Rome…

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has become our favorite city of all we’ve visited. It’s a city with so much history, beautiful architecture, great food, lovely atmosphere and not to mention gelato – who doesn’t love gelato? It’s such a great city to explore, but also to relax in a small restaurant or café, stroll down the streets, go shopping, toss a coin in the Trevi fountain, walk and take in all the impressions of the Colosseum.

Beijing

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The next one was quite a surprise, but we really loved Beijing! We had heard so many bad things about the city, but we like to experience places on our own and make up our own mind, and it turned out to be a great destination, a place with a totally different culture than we’re used to that we really enjoyed!

Mexico

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Mexico is our country #1. We loved the Riviera Maya and the surrounding areas, we love that we can relax at a 5* all inclusive hotel and still experience so much at the same time; we can go deep in the jungle, swim in sacred cenotes, explore ancient maya ruins, go scuba diving, be like kids again and have lots of fun in activity parks. The food is great and the people are friendly . What more can we wish for?

Australia

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Australia is right there behind on the list. Such a big country and so much to see, and after our last road trip we felt we got to see so much more of it. We still miss some parts of Australia, but that’s something that gives us a good excuse to go back. Australia kind of feels like home; we love the relaxed atmosphere in the smaller cities, we love the freedom of traveling the roads alone and all the possibilities…

 

 

The highlights…

When traveling we got to see and experience so much, so just let us take a look back at our highlights of 5 years of traveling

The helicopter ride we took on Tenerife to see the island from above
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That day we woke up to this breakfast table set for two in Iceland
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Our visit to Chichen Itza
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Tandem skydiving in Australia!
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Trying scuba diving for the very first time (in Australia)
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Riding camels in the desert of Wadi Rum
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Sleeping in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
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Staying in a castle 
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Diving in Cenotes
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Walking through the Siq in Petra to find the ancient Treasury at the end
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Get close to the wildlife in southern Africa
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Bungee from Victoria Falls Bridge
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Celebrate NYE on a beach on Bali
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The day we got to witness the sunset at Uluru in Australia
(after 1000km on the road the very same day)
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Flying over the Twelve Apostles
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The day we visited The Great Wall of China
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To get a story published in a book (!)
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The list can go on and on and on… and we could probably write a book about all of them.

 

Bad travel experiences?

We’ve experienced so much and the list of highlights is long, but have we had any bad experiences?

The answer is yes!

  • The first one isn’t that bad, but it was our first time to Rome, and we only had a short weekend. Our flight was delayed and we didn’t reach our connecting flight in Frankfurt and had to stay the night. But the airline company arranged hotel and meals, and we got on the first flight early the next morning. So we didn’t loose that much time.
  • We took the public bus to Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and when we finally got to our bus stop right outside the city all the taxi drivers approached us and was really aggressive and all of them tried to fool us for so much money as possible. Luckily we got in touch with a nice Italian man that got a great deal and we took a shared cab with him. To get back to the bus stop we found a taxi to a reasonable price, but it turned out he didn’t wanted to drive us there straight away, and he drove here and there before he let us off.
  • That day we missed our flight home… Who doesn’t want a bonus night? We were tired after a run back to the hotel as the taxi driver didn’t want to drive us all the way to the hotel after we had been to the market that morning, the shuttle took forever and the security to get into the airport took a couple of hours. Then we had to stand another hour or two to check in (sorry for being the assholes who sneaked in line that day)… Finally it was our turn, Jon was put on stand by, but we were told that we probably wouldn’t reach the gate in time. We ran towards the security check, and that one took an hour… My pants had missed an button and I didn’t have time to put on my belt, so there we ran to our gate, almost loosing my pants, so stressed out, and we arrived 5 minutes late. Everything was chaotic, and we had to stamp “in” to the country again, find the right place to figure out the situation (not much help at that airport), we went here and there and everywhere, communication now and then with another Norwegian couple in the same situation as us. We finally found the right place and they got us on the next flight (the next morning). We were so tired, but now we had to find a hotel and a taxi driver that could take us there… We found a driver outside the airport, we asked if he knew a hotel close by, and he said it was 5 minutes away. He drove and drove, we got a bit upset and asked him if we were there soon, but he just said “relax relax, 5 minutes…”, that happened twice before we arrived a hotel too far from the airport. We got the feeling of being abducted, so we were just glad to finally be at a hotel, eat dinner and relax. The next day we got home trouble free…
  • When we travelled to China earlier this year we went with our guide to the summer palace where she were about to buy boat tickets for us, but she came back to us to let us know that our money were fake. We couldn’t believe it because we had exchanged the money at home before we left, so we first though we were experienced a well known scam in China (they take your money and change it to a fake one), but then we looked at another banknote in our wallet and it was identical with the same serial number… It turned out that we got fake money at the local forex home in Norway!
    It all has worked out subsequently and they gave us the money back for the fake ones.

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There has been an incident here and there, but it’s really just trifles. In the end we look at all of our experiences; good and bad as, yeah, travel experiences. Travel isn’t just easy and glamorous all the time, but I’m so thankful for having each other in all those moments.

 

The name of the blog

We call it We travel together (the domain is without the ‘e’ in ‘we’ only because the other was taken and we wanted it to be written in the same way in all channels, from our blog, to facebook, twitter and instagram. It makes it easier!). And you might think we called it We travel together only because we are a couple traveling together, something we do. BUT, the story behind this dates back to the day we got engage: We were standing in the jewelry store to measure the ring size, and then we had to pick out the text. Omg.. We hadn’t even thought about that part. What should we have written in our rings? Some put a date, some each other’s names, and other have a text. We know the date; we don’t needed that to be written in metal, so we had to come up with something different. Then we thought of our interest; travels… And we found the perfect text, it doesn’t just mean that we love travelling together around the world, but we’re on a life long journey together in life. The text says “Vi reiser sammen”, which in English is translated into “We travel together”. And when we decided to create our blog to share all about our adventures it felt completely natural to use the same text. So that’s the story behind the title on our blog.

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Our blog is all about traveling together as a couple; sharing every moment and new sights, sharing the joy of booking a ticket to a foreign country and support each others and push the boundaries. We love that we can talk about a special moment and we both get what the other is talking about, we immediately get the same feeling… We love that we have this common interest, the interest of seeing the world, to visit new places, to experience new cultures and growing together. We’ve both learnt so much by travelling and I hope that just continue in the future. We feel fortunate to have this opportunity!

 

…The home is where we are together…

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