Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan, Bali, Indonesia, is very different from any other place I have been before. I think the picture below speak for itself. I got a feeling of being taken back in time..
imageDinner with a beautiful view! Heaps of resturants and bars at the beach line.. Enjoy and relax right next to crystal clear water <3 Love it
imageOne of the resorts we stayed at that was really nice! Coconut Garden Resort. The location was not the best, a bit far from everything – but with the bikes we could rent from the resort, it was ok. Good food and nice staff :)

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Chillin and getting some work done in the hammock outside our cottage – One problem for me on this Island (since I’m working online) was slow wifi. But if you don’t have anything special you have to do online, you should use your time on this Island to relax and turn off your phone/computer – as it’s a very peaceful place! Enjoy it!

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I love them…And I think they kiiiind of like me aswell 😉

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Kids playing in the streets. So primitive and different from what we’re used to. A reminder for us who have more then enough of everything, but still we want more, and are never satisfied. We have a lot to learn from other countries and cultures… Be grateful and appreciate what you have.

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Beautiful Sunset.

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What’s better then ending the night with some local street food and beer! Yummi!!!

imageReally recommend this Island – Very simple, primitive and beautiful. Great to go out and snorkle, a bike ride to explore the different parts of the island (it’s a small island, takes you around 1 hour to cycle around it!) heaps of good food and a great nightlife if you’re to restless to just relax 😉 – Berit

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What everyone should do at least once!

When I first started to think about travelling – I heard about my friends friend, that was Backpacking Asia by herself. I remember I said that I would LOVE to travel, but NEVER by myself.

After High School, I ended up going to Australia with 2 girlfriends. After 6 months in Sydney, we ended up wanting different things. I decided to go for what I wanted, which lead me in to travelling by myself. I had met some people in Sydney, who were travelling by themselves, so I thought: ok, if they can, I guess, so can I!?

The first week was scary and I felt lonely. And with a great start of missing my bus didn’t make it any better. I remember I was standing in the middle of the bus station crying – The next bus was not untill the day after, and I had already booked accomondation and paid for a tour going out from the new place, the next day! But, no matter how upset you are, if you are forced to find a solution – you do. I ended up getting on a train, then catching another bus, and arrived at the hostel I had booked super late at night. The other people in the hostel were sitting outside together, drinking beer – I just went straigt to bed, cried a bit more, felt VERY sorry for myself and thought “This decision was just stupid..!”

Today, that decision, is one of the best decisions I have ever made! I got pushed out of my comfortzone, and after I started to get comfortable travelling by myself, it’s one of the things I enjoy the most!!

I think travelling by yourself is one thing EVERYONE should do atleast once in their life. Why? I’ll give you 10 reasons!

(All pictures are from my trip in Australia 2011, when I first started to travel by myself)

image1 You become independed
When you travel with other people, it’s very easy to rely on them. Let someone else be in charge and take control.
When I’ve been travelling with friends, there have always been one in charge and in control of the tickets, the time we have to leave to catch the train, where to go, the map ++ To be honest, when I have travelled with others, I have always been the one just “following”, literally walking behind them!
When you’re alone, YOU have to fix it. You have to have control and know what’s going on. You have to have the alarm on and get yourself up in the morning to catch your flight…
After a while when you see that you can do all this yourself, you realise you don’t need other people to do anything you want to do in life – you are capable of anything and you can do it by yourself.
image2 You’re the Boss!
You can do exactly what YOU want to do! You can go to a place, and if you like it, you can stay! You don’t have to argue with your friend because he/she wants to keep going. Or if you don’t like it – move on! You’re the master of your trip – In the beginning it’s scary, but after a while it’s FREEDOM. AND you will be very satisfied with your trip in the end.
image3 You become good at making decisions
If you’re two or more, you can discuss, and find out together what’s best thing to do. Not only where to go, but what is safe? Should I do this? What hotel/hostel should I choose? Do I choose this location or is the other one better?
When you’re by yourself, You’re the one and only making dicisions. Sometimes you will make wrong decisions, but atleast, it was YOUR dicision – and my experience is that when it was yours, it’s also a bigger chance you learn from it, take the experience with you and it will help you taking better decisions in the future.
image4 You will Start to trust yourself
As a results of making decisions yourself, you also start to trust yourself. When I first started to travel alone, I called my mum for help, as I was unsure what to do. Now, I make desitions myself. Because I trust myself and I trust my stomach feeling.
image5 You will make new friends
When I travelled in a group with others, we bearly met anyone. We were always sticking together. Why? Because it feels safe! And you don’t have to leave your comfortzone, because, well, you have someone to hang out with anyway!
After I started to travel by myself, I have made SO MANY FRIENDS! I can’t even count them! All over the world! And because of social media, it’s super easy to stay in touch. Some of them have become a huge part and impact in my life, and we have met again in different parts of the world.
(The most awesome thing about knowing people all over the world, is when you are going to travel to a new country, and you happend to know people there! How awesome is it to go around with a local, and get to see and experience things that other tourists don’t? I LOVE IT!)

image6 You will Understand people better
I would never have met all the types of people I have, in my age, if it was not for travelling by myself. I’ve been in a few situations that have not been fun at all, but today I’m so grateful! Why? Because I have started to understand the different types of people that are out there, and who I should stay away from. I’m so grateful for these happenings, and that they have happend to me in my early twenties – so I don’t have to waste more time of my life with toxic people, and can spend time with those who are genuine.
image7 You will be more open minded
When you travel by yourself, you learn to open up and get a bigger understanding and respect for other people. You understand that your opinion is not necassary right – and when you understand this, you open up for other ideas and thoughts. Sometimes it’s actually a bit scary, because you realise that what once used to be the “truth” for you, was just YOUR perspective on it.
This can ofcourse happend if you’re travelling with a friend aswell, but it’s easier to open up when you don’t have any around you to impact your new thoughts about all the new impressions and happenings around you.

image8 You will be more grateful
I’ve been grateful before, but not like I am today. By seing other cultures, seing how other people live and work – have made me really FEEL grateful! To look outside your own “life-bobble” – a busy life with work, family, a nice house, expencive cars, shoes, clothes, your BIG everyday problems, like “what you’re going to buy for your boyfriends birthday?”…+++, and understanding that what you have is not a matter of course around the world – does something with you.
image9 YOU time
I have found myself through travelling alone. Not that I havn’t been myself before, but when you’re by yourself, you find out what you like, and what you don’t like – without anyone next to you, and their opinion. I have found my values, and what’s important for me – so now I spend more time on what’s important for me, instead of other things! and because of this, I feel happier then ever and I’m so grateful.
image10 YOU WILL BE MORE CONFIDENT
When You gather all of the above, you end up with more self-confidence!
You know better who YOU are, what you like, your boundaries, your values, you trust yourself and become better on making your own decisions based on YOU and what YOU want. You get to know your limits, and you understand that your limits can be pushed if you’re willing to leave your comfortzone!

A big reminder for me, is what I started this post with: I was once scared of travelling alone – now it’s the most peaceful and comfortable thing I know. What does this leave me with?
What I’m scared of today, is just a limit that I have, and that can be pushed if I want to 😉
I have understood and started to trust that I can do whatever I put my mind into – without relying on anyone! This has changed my life.

So in my opinion, that alone is reason enough for you to go out there by yourself and explore the world – Berit

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I’m back where I first started

I left Sydney November 2015 to Bali to attend my friends wedding. It’s my first time in Asia, I loved the vibes and culture straight away and ended up staying longer then planned. Since November I’ve been to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand – and now I’m back to where I started. I’m back in Bali!

Some pictures from my month here back in November/December.
My friends wedding, in Uluwatu.. SO BEAUTIFUL!
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Street food. People keep telling me to be careful so I don’t get sick, there is a reason”bali-belly” is a word, haha. But I like to think that I’m a viking that doesn’t get sick 😉 so far so good! And I LOVE IT! So many different flavours and spices, I’m trying to tast as many new and different things as possible while I’m here.

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Have seen so many beautiful sunsets while being here. This picture is taken at Legian Beach, in Kuta.

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Bali has many temples that is worth a visit. This is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.

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Another Temple: Tanah Lot.

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Sunset from my hotel in Kuta.

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Bali is beautiful, but there are also so many unique Islands just a few hours on a speed boat from Bali. These pictures are from my visit at Nusa Penida.

imageIf you want to get away from all the tourists, and see something different – I really recomment you to go to Nusa Penida. It’s a small Island, a bit more expensive then Bali – almost no tourists, clearer water and nice beaches – amazing.
You can hire a scooter and drive to different spots, just drive carefully, as this is the main road on the Island:

imageThis visit really did something with me. I have realised how lucky and easy my life has been, growing up in Norway. Seing other cultures and how other people live have really teached me to appreciate my life. This is a typical local home in Nusa Penida.

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Beautiful beaches and clear water at Crystal Bay.

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Broken Beach

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Angel’s Billabong. You can park your scooter just 10-15 minutes walk from this beautiful spot. If you’re warm and sweat when you arrive, you can climb down the rocks and go for a swim 😉

imageIf you wanna see more travel pictures and great spots – you can follow me on instagram: Beritvengan :) Thanks – Berit

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Back to KL

Back to KL after having a lot of fun in Thailand for Easter. Thailand has been amazing and I have absolutely found my favourite Island there – I’ll share it with you later!
On top of the beautiful beaches, sun, great food and culture, I Met up with a lot of friends from Norway that I havn’t seen for many years!

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Kuala Lumpur is ok, but really, nothing special. Really hot, humid and no wind – and not really a lot to do. There are a lot of other places I would visit before going to KL if I had to choose. My reason for being here (AGAIN, actually the third time this year) is just to see a few friends, to work and relax a bit before my next destination :)
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imageAnd, before I left Thailand, I did something I should have done for a long time ago – DIVING! Been more then 4 years since my last Dive! The visibility was SHIT, saw nothing and it was cold, haha, but was SO MUCH FUN to dive again! :)
imageWe went out from a place close to Patong Beach, Phuket. It was 2000 bath for 2 dives, 1000 bath for equipment – And on a “normal” day, they say these spots are amazing for diving! Guess we just came on the wrong day…
imageSo whats next? I’m the worst on planning while travelling – I love the freedom I have to take it as I go, so havn’t booked the ticket for my next destination yet – But I know where I’m going, and will update you when I get there  -Berit

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Phuket, Thailand

I left Phi Phi Island last Saturday, and took a ferry over to Phuket. I’m currently at Patong Beach.

imageChillin on my balcony – Detoxing my skin while having a Kiwi Fruit Shake. I’m addicted to the Fruit Shakes here! LOVE IT
imageFor those who know me – You know I love dogs, and in Asia they are everywhere! Love to pet them, and they love when I do it 😉
imagePatong Beach – I think I’ve been spoiled with nice beaches the last few years. I like Patong, but I don’t LOVE IT. So if you’re going to Thailand, there are a lot of other beautiful places I would visit before going to Patong.

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Lunch time at the beach. Getting some work done while waiting for my food :)

imageAnother Thailand Sunset <3 A bit cloudy, but still beautiful!

imageHope you all had a great day – if not, Another day is about to start, so make sure you make that one AWESOME :) -Berit

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It took 4 hours on a small speed boat..

To go from Koh Lipe to this Beautiful Place…
image..Phi Phi Island, Thailand. Crystal clear water, good food, great night life, nice beaches and so many Islands and good spots around that you can visit by a short boat trip or even by kayaking.
image<3 Fresh Mango Shake, Have to have atleast one every day!
imageTodays office. I travel around but I do work aswell – but what is better then doing your work from an ipad, with this view..?
imagePhi Phi by Night. Full of life! If you like drinks and fire shows at the beach – this is the place for it!
imageOne of the beautiful spots only 30 minutes with a Long tail boat from PhiPhi: Maya Bay (The Island where the movie “The Beach” was filmed). You can get a Long Tail boat for a half day (3 hours) or a full day (6 hours).
imageMet up with my friend from Norway and her boyfriend in Phi Phi – They are on easter holiday in Thailand. Thanks for a great time guys <3
imageLong Tail boats at Maya Bay
imageIf you like kayaking you can rent one for 200 bath pr hour, and go around to some nice beaches and bays close to Phi Phi. We rented a kayak for 2 hours and went to Monkey Beach.
imageThere is a big chance to see Monkeys on this beach, unfortunatily we didn’t.. Also, this is one of the best snorkling spots in this area – so bring snorkling gear!
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I just arrived…

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When I first started this blog, I desided it would only be a blog to share my thoughts and ideas when it comes to mindset and business. But I have changed my mind :)

The REASON I started my online business in the first place, and ended up starting this blog, is my passion for travelling and my burning desire to be free. It’s a huge part of my life, so it feels right to share that on this blog aswell.

So I’m going to start to share more from my journey. Travel pictures, how I work, the good times, but also the challenges of being an entrepreneur – working for my goals and dreams.
Believe it or not – but it’s terifying for me to open up like this – it’s SO FAR OUT of my comfortzone… If someone told me 5 years ago I would sit here today, writing a blog…. No way..
But, I’m going to push my limits and do this anyway, to hopefully inspire some of you to go after what you want, and live your dream aswell..

And, I just arrived Koh Lipe, Thailand.
– Berit

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Want to be your own boss?

How would you feel if you knew you would never have to have a JOB again? Would it be nice if you could “fire” your boss?? So you could be your own instead, and never again go into the office every Monday?

Does these thoughts make you excited? keep reading!

imageA few years ago, I had no idea what to do with my life. After I finished High School, everyone around me went to University or started to work. I wanted something else, I just didn’t know what or where to start.
I ended up going to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. This changed my life. I lived a life with a freedom I had never experienced before. I travelled, Had casual jobs, met people, had fun and learned so much more about myself and life, then I ever felt I did back in school.
In 2011, after 1 year on this Visa, I was broke, had no job and my Visa was running out. So, I saw no other option then to go home. Back to Norway. Back to reality. For the first time in my life, I started to work Monday to Friday, in a 9-5 job – And I hated it. I looked at the calendar, 2 weeks went by that felt like 2 years, and I asked myself: Is this what I’m going to do, the next 40 years of my life? Is this all life is about? I hated Mondays and looked forward to every weekend.. I felt like going to bed at night and stay there for forever.
I have always looked forward to be an adult, so I could make my own desitions and do what I wanted – but at this moment, I remember I felt that the saying “Dont grow up, it’s a trap” was true..

Then I was introduced to an online, international business. It didn’t take me long to deside if I should do it or not. For me, the thought of being free, working online over sosial media, after my schedule – was almost to good to be true! I saw that I would have to put in time and effort, and that it would take work to make it happend – something that was totally fine with me. I thought, I have to work anyway? So why not put in time and effort in my own business?
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The company I’m with, has allowed me to quit my 9-5 job, to be wherever I want to be, work online through social media. The business has made it possible for me to follow my dreams, so in 2014 I went back to Australia, and been based in Sydney since.
Even if I work – and I work strange, and probably longer hours then a lot of my friends, but because I’m so passionated about what I’m doing, because I love the people I work with, and because I’m having so much fun building my business, for my life and my future – I feel like I’m on a never ending vacation!

My passion is travelling – How would you feel if you could book a one way ticket to a new country, and stay as long as you wanted? Wouldn’t it be awesome?? That is one thing this business has done for me! The last few months (nov.2014-feb.2016) I’ve been to Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and atm I’m in Malaysia! After this I’m meeting a friend in Thailand, then catching up with a few friends in Bali before returning to Sydney – I NEVER Thought a normal person like me could have a freedom like this..
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I’m sharing this, because I know there are so many young people out there, with the same thoughts about Work and life as me. Maybe you are stuck in a job you don’t want to be in, in a place where you don’t want to be.
Also, the security around having a job is not the same today as it used to be. It’s hard to find a job today, and even if you do – are you 100% sure your job will be there tomorrow..? Do you have a plan B?

The only reason I’m not there anymore, is because someone told me something else excisted! Teached me how to create an income, without being employed or without having a boss! Am I Grateful? Oh yeah!!! And thats the reason why I’m sharing.
The reason this is possible today, is because the WORLD IS CHANGING!! New doors and opportunities that we never knew about before!! It might be a good idea to think outside the box!
I know, with all my heart, that this is possible for you aswell. Why? Because I have it, and there is nothing special about me! The only difference between you and me, is that I’ve already made my desition. Other then that – we’re the same.

Are you hard working, passionated about life, travelling, meeting people and want something else then a Monday- Friday, 9-5 job for the next 40 years? Do you have a dream? And do you want to put in time and effort in YOUR business? Feel free to get in touch with me. Always nice to connect with like minded people, and maybe we can help eachother out.

If you want something else then what you’re having, the timing is NOW! All you need is Wifi & a Dream!!
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– Berit

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How would you feel..

image..If you went on Holiday with a one way ticket, for you to return whenever you wanted??

Do you already have this freedom? ..Or would you like to have it?

Please share, leave a comment or inbox me.

Picture from Beautiful Thailand, Koh Lanta, January 2016 <3
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– Berit

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