Faraway Files #40

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FORTY WEEKS OF SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Faraway Files is forty! Forty weeks old anyway. And how fun it has been to see how many places this fabulous travel community has visited. Need holiday inspiration for your next vacation? Look no further. Check out the link up below. Are you a travel writer? Take us somewhere. Link up your travel related post. We’d love to see.

As Faraway Files hosts, Katy, Clare and I love our link up and this supportive travel community. With over 130 contributors, we have read about 80 countries and territories around the world. If you join in and leave a link please reciprocate and comment on the hosts’ posts as well as at least two others that spark an interest. If we see a pattern of people not joining in, sadly we have decided to remove the links of those posters in the future.

Today I’m sharing the first of many posts from our recent Northern Norway trip. My heart is full of nature and wonder and awe and I have so much to show you. Ten days above the Arctic Circle in summer. It was epic. All of it. But one of my favorite experiences was the day we drove to see the world’s strongest maelstrom. Only 30km outside of the darling town Bodø, here you can witness 400 million cubic meters of churning, swirling and surging aqua awesomeness. You really should Visit Bodø and see Saltstraumen. Let me show you why.

FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #40
WANT TO JOIN IN?

Jump in! The water is fine! Faraway Files is a creative community of travel bloggers who inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

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Faraway Files #38

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THIRTY-EIGHT WEEKS OF SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Hej from Copenhagen! We’ve had a blast in a summer house on the Danish island of Bornholm right as school set out, but our real summer vacation starts this weekend and I am feeling free as a bird. My husband and I will soon be soaking up the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. What a long strange trip it’s been. In all the best ways.

That is a long time. And we’ve been around the world. I feel so grateful that we have been able to share some of it with our children. But this trip. It’s just for us. We’re headed to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway. I am seriously excited. And apparently, we seek out islands to mark important dates in our relationship.

We spent our honeymoon in the Cayman Islands; our first real holiday that we saved and paid for our own selves. For our 10th anniversary, we explored stunning San Juan Island in Washinton State. I can’t definitively tell you where the next 10 years will take us, but I wish only for a continued sense of adventure, curiosity and wonder. Together.

 I’ll be updating my Instagram stories from the road if you want to come follow along! I see mountains and fjords in my immediate future. What about you? Off to somewhere fun? Just back from an amazing experience? Do share! Take us some place far away! Today I’m sharing a little lesson in how to hygge in a Danish summer house. Don’t worry, these rules aren’t strict. Just there to help everyone enjoy. As it turns out the Danish concept of hygge has a lot to do with community.

As Faraway Files hosts, Katy, Clare and I love our link up and this supportive travel community. With over 130 contributors, we have read about 80 countries and territories around the world. If you join in and leave a link please reciprocate and comment on the hosts’ posts as well as at least two others that spark an interest. If we see a pattern of people not joining in, sadly we have decided to remove the links of those posters in the future.

Here are my favorite posts from last week!


Favorites Week 37

Do you ever feel like everyone you know is in one place and you aren’t? That’s how I feel about Greece this summer. Seems like everyone has been blown in that direction and when you catch the beauty of Kos – you can see why. Cathy of Mummy Travels shows us what to see and where to feel the bubbles at the beach. Curious? Check out her post!

11 THINGS TO DO IN KOS WITH KIDS | Mummy Travels

If you haven’t met Nicky and Dave of Go Live Young, pop over and say hej! They took their three boys around the world and this week shared what to do in and around Beijing. Beautiful and inspiring pics!

FIVE DAYS IN BEIJING | Go Live Young

Do you ever get a little bit obsessed with a place because you see it all over your social media accounts or in every must do list that floats over your news feed? Svalbard is one of those places for our family, mostly from my teenage son who has put it at the top of his travel wish list for awhile now. But thanks to Vanessa at Snow in Tromso for keeping it real and giving us the low down on what to expect and where to stay when planning a visit to this far north Norwegian territory.

This week I’m teaching a little about that oh so Danish concept of hygge and how to find it in a summer house. There are a few rules on how to rent a sommerhus and how to make it happy for all when here visiting Denmark. Don’t worry – everyone can handle these rules. Happy summer from Scandiland!


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #38
WANT TO JOIN IN?

Jump in! The water is fine! Faraway Files is a creative community of travel bloggers who inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

LINK UP HERE TODAY ON OREGON GIRL AROUND THE WORLD

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Faraway Files #37

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THIRTY-SEVEN WEEKS OF SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Hello travel fans! A day later and a euro short, but I’m here for Faraway Files number thirty-seven. Yes, it’s Friday – but there is still time to check in, link up and catch up on some amazing travel inspiration. Me? I’m just back from Berlin to see U2 in concert at the Olympiastadion. It was fantastisch! That’s German for fantastic. I’ll be sharing more about big bold Berlin later, but I didn’t want the week to pass without throwing a few shout outs to some of the great posts from last week. So without further ado, here are my favorites from last week’s linkup. Missed it? No worries – check in here.

Favorites Week 36

Living in Scandinavia, we’ve become a little Viking-obsessed, so I was fascinated to read Bryna’s post about the Viking explorers who settled in Newfoundland, Canada. Head over to Dotted Line Travels and say hej!

L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS: VIKING SETTLEMENT IN CANADA | Dotted Line Travels

Juliette from Snorkels to Snow shares 17 great tips to consider when planning your first trip to Japan. From saving money at lunch to making sure you have cash and taking off your shoes when inside, they are great ideas to tuck in your travel planning. And – SUSHI.

17 TIPS FOR VISITING JAPAN FOR THE FIRST TIME | Snorkels to Snow

Time to head to Spain with Charly of Pod Travels and see all the amazing things to do around Aragon with or without a family in tow. From stunning architecture to natural wonders to dinosaur discovering – there is something for everyone. I personally would LOVE to do the white water rafting!


And finally – walk with Sharon of Exploring Our World over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful day out with stunning views of the Bay.
WALKING THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE | Exploring Our World

FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #37
WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

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Faraway Files #36

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THIRTY-six weeks of Sharing travel stories around the world

Happy summer! Or to those down in the southern hemi – happy winter! Does anyone actually say that? Hemi? Or. Happy winter? Now I want to know. But in case you were wondering, up here on the north shore we definitely say happy summer. Technically I don’t live on the north shore of anywhere, but my internal American movie references are strong today. Bonus points if you can name the movie! Go ahead – comment below!

Maybe because it’s summer, or maybe because we’ve been on holiday all last week, or maybe because all three of my children are home with me and I’m already feeling a little punchy trying to balance getting stuff done and entertaining them… I’m really ready to go far away. Even my segues are punchy right now. No? Stay with me.

We’ve been to Bornholm and back. And while not really that far away from us here in Copenhagen, it did feel like a world away. Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, about three hours from the capital. It is the furthest eastern point of Denmark and ironically you have to drive through Sweden to get there. And while the weather did not hold the promises as the sunniest spot in the country, it well may have been the most idyllic. I loved it. Beautiful fields of grains dotted with red poppies and purply-blue cornflowers to run through, delicious smoked fish to taste and tons of history to explore.

I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks, but today I’m taking you to find the last three forgotten giants in the hills around Copenhagen. Where will you take us? The Faraway Files travel blog community link up is right here today. We’d love to have you play along. Drop a link. Add a badge. Say hej on a few blogs. (That’s Danish for hi.) Join the community. Cheers from Copenhagen! Erin

Day out In Denmark Finding Giants | Oregon Girl Around the World


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #36
WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

I’M BACK AND HOSTING RIGHT HERE THIS WEEK

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Faraway Files #33

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THIRTY-THREE weeks of Sharing travel stories around the world

It’s almost here. Summer holiday! Or summer vacation as we call in the States. One more week of school for my kids and then we’re off to the Danish island of Bornholm for beautiful beaches, bicycling and bit of nature. What are your summer plans – do you have them all settled?

Are you a plan months in advance and line it all up kind or do you leave some room for summer spontaneity? I’m a little of both. Tell me where you’re off to if you know!

We’re all going on a summer holiday
No more working for a week or two.
Fun and laughter on our summer holiday,
No more worries for me or you,
For a week or two.
We’re going where the sun shines brightly
We’re going where the sea is blue.
We’ve all seen it on the movies,
Now let’s see if it’s true.
Everybody has a summer holiday
Doin’ things they always wanted to
So we’re going on a summer holiday,
To make our dreams come true
For me and you.
For me and you.”
FAVORITES WEEK #32

Thanks to everyone who added their post last week to the Faraway Files Travel Blog community Link Up. Shout out to a few of my favorites. Missed it? No worries. Check them out here.

Ruth from Tanama Tales always takes wonderful pictures and offers comprehensive posts about her Faraway destinations. You may know the famous German castle Neuschwanstein, but don’t rush there and back – Ruth shows us views like this and how to make a day exploring the beautiful region around Fussen.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A DAY TRIP TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN | Tanama Tales

Please welcome Faraway Files community newcomer Annie from Penny and Her Thoughts. Annie is a fellow Oregon Girl in the Nordics. Based in Finland, she is offering the best places to cheers with sweeping views of Helsinki. I’ll toast to that!

BEST PANORAMIC VIEWS OF HELSINKI (WITH A BAR) | Penny and Her Thoughts

Kat from Kat Pegi Mana takes us on a colorful walking tour of Little India neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A vibrant and interesting area with what looks like an amazing food culture! I’m hungry from here.

LITTLE INDIA, BRICKFIELDS – SELF-GUIDED WALK | Kat Pegi Mana Where is Kat Going?

This week, I’m offering 10 Super Fun Sustainable Activities for Summer in Copenhagen. Get outside, enjoy and keep it sustainable! It’s easy to do when in the Danish capital.


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #33
WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

CLARE AT SUITCASES AND SANDCASTLES IS HOSTING THIS WEEK

TWEET US YOUR POSTS

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