After university I spent two years working in Japan, where I saved a ton of money but also felt totally directionless in my life, which led to me buying a giant backpack and spending several years traveling.
Eventually I found a place to call home and have now settled in northern Norway.
I blog about life as an American-Norwegian in Norway (my father is American, my mother is Norwegian, and I’m a dual citizen), as well as my continued travels around the world.
My aim is to find a balance between my eagerness to see ALL the places, and my newfound desire to build a permanent home somewhere.
I believe that it’s totally possible to continue to reap the benefits of long term travel even when traveling on shorter trips with bigger budgets – and I’m sharing everything I discover about how to do it!
So if you’re a former backpacker who wants to continue to see explore the most beautiful corners of the world with a touch more luxury, while still getting off the beaten path for authentic local experiences, this blog is for you.
But who am I?
I’m Silvia. I’m from Worcester, MA USA, but I like to tell people I’m from Norway.
In January 2015 I decided to leave Asia and for 6 months I traveled overland to a new home in Europe. I passed through places like Burma, China, Mongolia, Russia (Siberia in winter, yup!), the Baltics, and finally the Balkans.
And then I decided to make a home in Norway! I’m still here, currently living in Tromsø, in northern Norway. But travel continues to play a huge role in my life, and I continue to write about my adventures in Norway and abroad, as well as more thoughtful pieces about travel in general (you know, the blog posts with all the feels).
I will eat anything and probably enjoy it. I may have weakened taste buds or something.
I tap dance when I’m nervous, much to the amusement of many an armed border guard.
I don’t feel super comfortable writing about myself so… I’m tap dancing right now.
I’ve lived in seven countries and visited over 80 countries on six continents.
When I told my grandmother this she was all “that’s all? Not even a hundred?”
I come from a family of travelers. Probably because I’m from Norway.
And this is me in Japan!
Okay fine, that was me in Japan when I was six, but I was so much cuter back then!
Here are a few of my most popular posts about travel:
Here are a couple of my travel videos:
You can find all of my recent travel videos and vlogs on my YouTube channel.
Here are a few of my most popular posts about Norway:
And you can see my Norway posts by category on this page, or by clicking on areas of this map:
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