Merry Christmas from Vietnam!

Just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas !! Hope you’re enjoying yourself with friends and family, stressing down from the everyday life, and all the other things you “should have done”. Forget all the things you just HAVE to do, live in the moment and enjoy the people around you :)

I’m currently hanging around in Vietnam – not much xmas feeling for me, but I’m enjoying life, drinking a lot of Mango shakes and making plans for 2017 ! It will be a great year, with some great trips comming up to parts of the world I havn’t been yet, some awesome business plans and also new ideas/thoughts for this blog/site. Stay tuned <3 Berit
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Better late then never…

It takes time to change habits and I’m really working on getting this site up going! Last weekend I wrote that I was going to blog ATLEAST once a week (every Sunday) and more if I have time. So, even if it’s late, here is an update from my last travel experience in SE Asia!
15216224_10157825375180164_1198641975_oSiem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Most people travel to Siem Reap because of Angkor Wat. For me it was the opposite. Poor/no planning and a spontaneous choice was the reason I suddenly found myself in Siem Reap. And Thanks to social media and some traveller-friends I realised: ANGKOR WAT IS ONLY 15 MIN AWAY FROM ME! haha15271726_10157825374425164_546816685_o
Apart from Angkor Wat, there’s not much to do in Siem Reap. If you’re a “normal” traveller you won’t need more then a few days there + a few days to see the temples.15216131_10157825374305164_792145894_oYou can book a guided tour in advanced/from your hotel, but if you’re the type of person waking up in the morning thinking “today I wanna go to the temples” (like me..) you can super easily go to Angkor Wat with a Tuk-tuk – just walk out on the road and wait for it 😉
We paid $20 (you can probably get it cheaper) for a guy to take us from temple to temple, and he waited for us and drove us the whole day. This was genius, as the area is HUGE! A good idea could also be to hire bikes and bike around (we were going to do it but I guess the laziness took us… NEXT TIME!)
15205825_10157825374910164_1435215917_oIf you want to know more about the story of Angkor Wat you can hire a guide when you arrive the temple ($14? – Check his/her english first!!..so you don’t end up with a guid you can’t understand.. talking of experience here, hehe). The ticket itself to access all the temples was $20 (1 day) or $40 (2 days).

You buy the ticket/entrance pass on the way the way to the temples, your driver/guide will take you to the information center where you can get it (And yes, they take the photo for you, no need to bring any – just show up & smile… like me:P… )15205692_10157825533510164_505247651_oWhen I first heard about Angkor Wat I thought it was just one temple, but it’s actually a huge temple complex!! And all the temples are amazing and very different/unique. Really impressive – how it’s build and preserved, and was super cool to walk around, and inside the temples while woundering about how it was back then and how they did it! Really worth a visit, I can promise it will be totally different from any place or temple you have ever seen before! – Berit
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“What do you like so much about Southeast Asia?”

Okeeei – don’t know how many times I’ve got this question recently. The last year, I’ve ended up “living” in Southeast Asia for over 6 months in total (..still counting!), in 6 different countries, (going to be 7 next wednesday ;)) AND I LOVE IT. And for all of you who’s asking WHY? Here you go!

13 reasons I keep hanging around this Paradise!

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  1. NO alarms, NO stress

    You wake up when you wake up. Usually because the sun rises or the rooster crows. Waking up naturally is unbelievably AWESOME and provides an absolutely fantastic start to the day. No stress


  2. You’re never late for anything
    If you were born 10 minutes too late ( or like me, 1 hour too late) – you would LOVE this place! Myself, I’m always super optimistic with time, and therefor I’m always running late! AND YES, I hear you, it’s disrespectful… – that’s why I live here! 😉 I guess this goes together with the one above: NO alarms, NO stress – when you’re meeting someone at 4pm, is more 4:30-45… so: never late for anything!!


  3. You can party in thongs…
    This should have been the top 1 reason on this list!!!! haha – I love my havaianas – and here, I never have to take them off! No dresscode when you’re going out for beers! Big + !!!!!!!


  4. Non materialistic – Happier life :)
    I’m just so tired of society when it comes to the pressure and focus on having the finest and most expensive things. They feed your brain with: you need to have this jeans, and that car, this brand, and the right shoes etc to be happy! We forget what really matters, and from my own experience – you reach a different type of happiness when you realise: THINGS ARE THINGS!!!!! They are dead, and in 10 years from now you will not remember and talk about your cool, new Iphone 7 that you had back in 2016 – you will remember and talk about the people, the experiences and everything you DID! not the stuff you HAD

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  5. The People, culture and experience
    I love how the people here are so open, helpful and friendly. They talk to you (even if some of them speak little or no english) like you are a friend or even a family member. The culture is so relaxed and casual, and to learn and experience this just gives you a different perspective on the way you live, and life in general!


  6. Cheap awesome food – healthy!
    You get cheap, awesome and healthy food! I have never taken care of myself, my body and health like I’m doing in Asia. Fresh fruit & veggies – AND they are naturally grown! love it, and so does my body and brain.15126218_10157792971630164_15255550_o
  7. Cheap beer
    I’m not going to lie. I eat healthy so I can drink as much beer as I want. haha I love beer… Cambodia: 50cent… (my body and brain: not so much.. :P)


  8. …AND – you can get it when YOU want!
    Food, drinks, clothes, massage, girls, guys… drugs… haha jokiiing! 😛 ANYWAY, you get my point. You can get what you want, when YOU want it.15133679_10157793664280164_797828738_o
  9. Nature
    Beautiful beaches, montains, islands, villages and hidden, nice spots to explore! You NEVER run out of places to see, and all of them are different and unique in their own way!15152423_10157793664710164_1478312562_o
  10. Cats and dogs everywhere
    This is super convenient for me! I really miss having a pet, but when I travel as much as I do it’s almost impossible (nothing is impossible but would be a lot of stress, and take a lot of planing.. and I’m not a fan of any of them.. :P) SO – I love all the dogs and cats hanging around so I can pretend it’s mine for an hour or so. And they love me aswell… when I pet them..15145250_10157793664400164_1025486149_o
  11. Climate
    I hate to freeze. When I get cold my body HURTS, and my brain stops working! haha – BIG PROBLEM!!!!! I hate to get up in the morning, scrape ice off the car windshield and get chilblains because of it..
    So, this is simply perfect! I don’t mind rain, as long as it’s warm and I can walk out and get breakfast in just t-shirt and shorts..15134030_10157792972065164_622672338_o
  12. You learn to FEEL grateful!
    To be honest, I havn’t really FELT grateful until I visited Sout-east Asia for the first time November 2015. My life was good before, it always have been – don’t get me wrong – but the last year, my life has turned from good to great! And I’m  100% sure it’s because my mindset has changed. I’ve started to appreciate all the things that really matters in life, I have realised how lucky I am for having: my family, friends, health, my work and all the opportuinities I have in my life. Southeast Asia, the culture, the people, their way of living has really teached me something! I feel different and I have a different perspective. If I could, I would pass this feeling and perspective on to every single person I meet – but, it’s something you have to see, feel and experience yourself..


  13. Safety first!15184046_10157793663635164_1662918364_oKidding.No safety :P…

    ….GET IT ? (Except the last point!) Have you already been to Southeast Asia? Would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment about your experience!!! And if you havn’t been yet, it’s about time 😉 !!– Berit

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Be very specific of what you want…

Be very specific and accurate about what you want – how you want your life to be, and look like.

Believe it or not, but it is actually up to YOU to decide. If you are not specific about what you want, you will actually end up with the “left-overs”, with something random, that no one else asked for.

Be absolutely clear when you define your goals – if you don’t know what you want, how can you expect to achieve it?
– Berit
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I’m back!

Hey, long time no see!

I’ve spent this summer back home in Norway. It’s been super nice, after almost 2 years away from home, to see friends and family. BUT, I’m going to be honest: It has not given me any inspiration at all to write or post on this blog. And if I’m not inspired, I’m not going to PUSH myself to post, just to post. I want this blog to be honest, real and I wanna write because I feel like writing, and are inspired. That is the only way I can inspire others aswell, which is the idea behind this blog!

The feeling is strange, when you go home after travelling. I’m sure all you nomads out there know exactly what I’m talking about – You feel so different, you get home and everything is exactly the same as when you left. And it’s strange because when you travel, 1 month out there is personally giving me more energy, inspiration, experiences and impressions then 1 year (OR MORE!) back home. Not saying that people back home have boring lives, not at all, BUT the normal life home is not for me. We are all different, and we want different things in life based on perspective and experiences. I want to travel :)

ANYWAY! I’M BACK OUT HERE!! YEY! Currently in Cambodia! And I’m feeling better then I have felt in a long time! SO, I’m getting back into this, wanna share travel tips, advices, thoughts about lifestyle, mindset and business – back to being inspired, and to inspire others (hopefully) <3  Thanks for dropping by, and also: Follow me on instagram/snapchat – beritvengan – for more updates inbetween my posts on this website!

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This freedom… I’m back in Asia!

Most people automatically set a goal in life when young, to buy their first apartment, their first car, and all these things that you grow up thinking that you should get. I used to be the same, because, that’s what everyone talks about: after school – work and save money so you can buy your first apartment…

I’ve been confused the last few years about what I want, after starting my own business my mind has been “fighting” between: “I wanna be free and do whatever I want”, and “I want to settle down and buy an apartment”. THEN a friend, which just bought his first apartment said to me: No one told me about this “trap”! Yes, I have my own place, but now I have to work to pay off my loan, and, I’m stuck here!
It’s not necessarily like this for everyone, but, for alot of people it is. And after this, I’ve realised that for now: I want to be free.

I’m not writing this to tell you that this way of living is “wrong”. and I’m not trying to tell you how you should live your life – What you want is up to you, and we all have different desires in life and different ideas of how we want to live our lives.
I’m writing this because I keep getting in contact with people that are sick of their life, because they feel stuck. They feel trapped in a place they don’t want to be, and that they have to go to a job they don’t like, just to pay off their loans and bills. So, I’m writing this just as an inspiration, to share that it is possible for you to do what you want, even if the rest of society tells you something else… If you want a change in your life, stop thinking about it and DO SOMETHING!

For me, the freedom of having no loans, no dept and no house or car to take care of, has taken me to amazing places. I’ve met some beautiful people that will be in my life for forever, and I’ve learned so much about myself and life. I have the freedom to be wherever I want to be. There is no place I have to be tomorrow, or next week. I’ve been able to travel around, and I book my flights to new destinations just few days before depature. And I can stay as long as I want (if the visa allowes me ofcourse) – It’s like being on a never ending vacation. If I only travelled for this long, I would probably get tired and sick of this lifestyle. But because I’m bringing my work with me, I work aswell – so I never get bored! And if I do get tired, I can extend my stay and chill in my room for a few days without anyone telling me what to do.. And the most amazing thing for me is:
I can’t remember last time I woke up to an alarm.. I go to bed and I sleep for 6-7 hours and I wake up by the daylight through my window.. Grateful? YES.
Ofcourse I want a home later, and I want my own place – I’m just not willing to do it the “normal” way, to get that loan and be stuck somewhere to pay off my dept. I want my own place when I’m ready for it and can pay for it.
imageSo, I’m back in Asia again for a while. Back to the good, relaxing vibes, hot weather and tasty, cheap food! Ended up with a not planned weekend in Bali, which was awesome (for the third time this year! I love it) And now I’m in Bangkok, for the first time. Bangkok is a bit crazy but I like it – will write some tips and advises later..
So grateful for this freedom, and, yes, it’s far out of what used to be my comfortzone, and yes I’ve been doubting myself many times – but today I’m so grateful I’ve been pushing myself to overcome the fears and all the doubts  –  it’s the only way to get somewhere. If you want a change in your life, you have to change aswell. Just go for it! – Berit

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All you need to stay in Asia for 5 months

November 2015 I travelled to Asia to be a guest in my friend’s wedding. The plan was to stay a few weeks extra after the wedding, maybe for a month. I therefore packed a VERY small bag to bring with me, and left the rest of my baggage in Sydney.
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I fell inlove with Asia. The cultures, the vibes, the food, the weather… EVERYTHING! Working online has given me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world as long as I have wifi – and that’s how a 1 month trip with a small backpack to Asia, turned into a 5 months stay instead…
Most people I met along the way, specially girls, asked: How have you managed to travel with that small backpack for so long? What do you have in there??? HOW MANY BIKINIS? haha..

So, here comes the post: All you need to stay in Asia for 5 months (OR LONGER!)

Clothes:
– Underwear
– 1 bikini
– 2 shorts
– 10 tops & tshirts
– 3 dresses (yup, I had my wedding dress in there aswell;))
– 2 skirts
– 1 pants
– 1 jacket
(You get quite a few different outfits of this actually! And for those of you who are tired of the struggles of “What should I wear?? I have NOTHING to wear!!” when going out – this is the solution. Trust me, been a pleasure to get dressed – “either this one, or this one..” lol ;))

For work:
– Ipad with keyboard
– Schedule/ideabook
– Postits (I can’t live without them ;))

Other stuff:
– Toiletries & makeup
– Music speaker
– Headset
– Charger
– Sunglasses
– Passport, insurance cards/papers, extra creditcards +++
– 1 pair of shoes (CONVERSE <3)
– Flipflops
– A Sarong for the beach (use towels from your hotel)
+ A Small Hand Bag for money and phone+

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Thats it!
For those who have known me for a while, and know how I used to be, probably think this is a lie. Just a few years back I would probably have packed 15 pairs of high heals and 20 different dresses just for a weekend trip.. And back then, if someone told me I would do this, and live like this – I wouldn’t believe it.
BUT It’s the most fantastic and fun thing I’ve done, so easy and simple! It has been so insanely AWESOME to be free from all the STUFF that doesn’t really matter anyway.. So when I came back to Sydney and picked up my baggage, I actually went through all my stuff and sent almost everything home, back to Norway to my parents.
I love this lifestyle and think it’s something everyone should experience. Just to feel how awesome it is not being attached to materialistics at all – Berit

 

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The best way to travel the world

What do you think is the best way to travel the world ?
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After a lot of travelling, I have no doubt: Road trips. Rent a car, stop wherever you want, whenever it suits you. You can follow other routes than the typical tourists ones, and get an unique experience! I love road trips!
I just came back from a short road trip here in Australia, so just wanted to share some experiences and tips with you. If you come to Australia and you plan to visit any of the places below, you might get some ideas of what/where you can go if you keep reading.

Sydney

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I Include Sydney, where I currently live, as it’s one of the cities most people visit while being in Australia.
I Never get tired of this city – It’s always alive! Always things to do!
I love this spot and view of Circle Quay, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It’s certainly worth a visit. Go for a walk around the Opera House and in to the Botanical Garden – or have dinner at the Opera Bar.

From Circle Quay you can catch a ferry to Manly, which I will say is Sydney’s surfing paradise. When I go there I feel like I’m on vacation.
Otherwise, The Rocks , located just off Circle Quay, is worth walking through. Have a drink at The Glenmore Hotel, incredibly cool place with rooftop dining, with views of the harbor.
Other places I think is worth seing (besides trudge your way through CBD, Chinatown and Hyde Park):
– Darling Harbour, where you find IMAX , the world’s largest cinema screen
– Oxford street & Surry Hills. Lots of small second hand shops, cafes, resturants, great food, pubs&bars. Go here for food and drinks! And Walk around to have a look at all the different terrace houses, I love how they are all so unique!
– Glebe is also cool, with a great vibe – Close to town but yet it’s different. Good cafes, bakeries & food. And check out the weekend markets if you’ve got time.

Then the “Obligatory” Bondi beach- Coogee beach coastal walk. Breathtaking..

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Melbourne

For this trip, we (My mum, brother and I) flew from Sydney to Melbourn, and started the road trip from there.
Melbourne has a completely different pace and vibe than Sydney – It reminds a bit about Europe, with its style and culture. More at ease, things are quieter and less crowded.
The Picture below is taken from the Shrine of Remembrance, on st. Kilda Road – One of the largest memorials in Australia, for all men and woman that have served in war.

13278035_10156972256710164_465352689_nAside from road trips and driving, I love to walk when I’m in cities or places where I don’t know the area. Then you have the opportunity to find places that is not mentioned in tourbooks/city guides. Melbourne has a lot of small, unique and cosy cafes and bars, and you find them by WALKING around – I LOVE IT. One of the places we came across was “Two little pigs”, on Sydney Road, in Brunswick.
13293327_10156972256280164_1280967056_nI never take pictures of my food, but, OH MY GOD. This Breakfast made us come back for more the morning after: “Open Ciabatta” – Grilled halloumi, Olive oil confit red peppers, slow cooked eggplant, Avocado, spinach and house made Hommus. YUUUM. And the coffee was great!
13296041_10156972256365164_55312025_nWalking around in the CBD of Melbourne is great. Lots of small streets, things to see and cute coffee shops. (I’ve heard that the shopping is good aswell – I’m not a shopaholic, so you will have to read about that somewhere else..)
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Then – St. Kilda. This place is amazing. It’s known for being cultural with a lot of history and landmarks. Great Markets, resturants and coffee places, and it’s the place where you find Melbourns most popular beach, St. Kilda Beach.

13288826_10156972256660164_2052832722_nI really recommend to go to St. Kilda around sunset time. These pictures are not even showing how beautiful it gets (as my phone died) – so, now you have to go to experience it yourself 😉
Walk out at St. Kilda Pier – You get a great view of the city, and the harbour even host a small penguin colony that you might be able to see! (YES I said Penguins. YES in Melbourne. hehe! Walk all the way out at the pier, past the Pavilion, to the rocks – that’s where they are.. It was very windy and cold when we were there, so we didn’t wait for them to come out – but I was in Melbourne for a few days back in 2011, and I waited. AND I saw them – SO CUTE!)
13281831_10156972255885164_1062718962_nAfter your walk, you can get a coffee, or a glass of wine (or both?) at one of the resturants right on the beach, with a view & sunset:)
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Great Ocean Road & The Twelve Apostles – The road trip begins!

We rented a car with Jucy rentals, with pickup location Melbourne, drop off location Sydney – very simple: km and insurance included. We had the car for 6 days, which was a little to short as we drow from Melbourn – Adelaide – and all the way over to Sydney! …Anyway – it was fun AND we made it!

Starting off: 1.5 hours drive south-west of Melbourne: the Great Ocean Road. We were little unlucky with the weather, it was raining and very windy, and we had to drive through a storm..

13293018_10156972255635164_914111988_nBut when it finally cleared up, it was incredibly beautiful.
13288592_10156972255005164_1200166246_oThe Twelve Apostles. From the beginning of Great Ocean Road, there’s about 2 hours drive till The Twelve Apostles (3,5-4 hours drive from Melbourne). You can park your car at the Visitor center and walk down to The Apostles.
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Many beautiful spots and lookouts on the way, we couldn’t stop at all so we had to pick – This is at Loch and Gorge. I liked this one, as you can park your car, walk down to the beach and enjoy the waves that are comming in… Peaceful :)

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Adelaide (..and all the small country towns on the way back to Sydney!)

Adelaide was really nothing special (I can’t even find any interesting pictures from it to put up lol so the picture under is from a lookout we found while driving)
Anyway, we ended up having a great day there as we walked ourself into a food and beer festival “Tasting Australia”. Enjoyed the festival, good weather, and walked around in the city before we started our drive towards Sydney.13288962_10156972255765164_1131996333_nOn the way, we stopped in a few small country towns to sleep over (as the drive from Adelaide to Sydney is aprox 15 hours) – one of them was Renmark.
If you’re not into beer and/or wine, you should probably just keep driving, as that was the only thing we could find to do in Renmark- visit some breweries/wineries.
We went to The Woolshed Brewery, and it was really good. 20 minutes drive from Renmark, easy to find and really good beer :) AND while tasting beers, you get to enjoy the view of Murray River – which is Australias Longest River (+ 1000000 cockatoos and 1 Pelican…)
13288954_10156972255065164_1963353283_nRenmark had lots of river cruises and houseboats. If I ever go back (which I probably wont..) it would be so cool to rent a houseboat for a few days and just chill on the riverside! :) Would be a different and fun experience!
Just had to take a picture of this houseboat… I guess, Why rent one when you can build your own..? 😉
13285864_10156972255155164_1795999871_nAND The freedom of driving – you can stop wherever you want. I love driving in Australia as there are no limits of what you will see and meet on your way! All from nice beaches, huge cliffs with big waves comming in, cities, green valleys…and before you know it, you’re in the middle of NOWHERE – with no cars, no houses, no people, NOTHING – just you and the wildlife.. and beautiful sunsets! <313285865_10156972256880164_1969248644_nOut of experience after a few road trips in this Country: Be careful when driving at night. It can be very dangerous as there’s A LOT of kangaroos out there, and they are difficult to spot in the dark… AND remember to fill up your car with fuel when you see a gas station… You never know how far it’s till the next one 😉

We booked all accomondation through www.hotels.com – the same afternoon as we arrived the place. We might have been lucky as it’s low season atm, as we had no problems at all finding a place to stay for the night – but might be smart to plan A BIT more then we did if you’re going during the summer :)

Hope you got some tips, and feel free to get in contact. I love to share travel experiences and get advises aswell, and if I can help with anything I’m more then happy to do so :)

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Back to Timtams and Vegemite – I’m Down Under!

I’m back in Australia!
I’ve been in Asia for 5 months, so it was awesome to get back to Oz to catch up with friends that I havn’t seen for so long! I’m currently in Brisbane.

image Such a beautiful day. I’ve been to Brisbane twice before, but havn’t really seen much of the city as it has just been short visits. But really nice to walk along the riverside, and relax at “the beach”.
imageBrisbane By night – View from Kangaroo Point. Stunning!
imageThis weekend we drow down to Byron Bay for one night. Byron Bay is just a 1,5-2 hours drive down from Brisbane. If you go, I recommend you to go to the Lighthouse Lookout, and watch the sunset from there. It’s beautiful! And there is a big chance you will spot dolphins or/and whales from the beach or from the Lighthouse.
Great place to relax, and also to have fun after the sun goes down! Good vibes and nice people!
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Love these pictures of my friends in the sunset <3 Byron Bay is Awesome. – Berit

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