Living in an expensive city like Copenhagen tends not to leave you with much money for a rainy day. Whilst this may be a bit of an inconvenience, it’s actually made me very good at budgeting. It’s an incredibly useful life skill and it takes away that dreaded task of mustering up enough courage to look at your fast declining bank balance every few weeks if you know exactly how much you can spend.
You’ll notice when you go abroad that some people somehow find the time and money to go travelling every week. If this is you- that’s so cool and I’m so jealous! However, if this isn’t you- don’t be disheartened. I’m in this position and it really doesn’t bother me. First of all, there is so much to explore in Copenhagen- and the bulk of it is free! This is a link to an article listing all the free things to do in Copenhagen. It’s been 3 months and I’ve yet to complete this list.
That being said travelling cheap is possible. I managed to travel to Norway with my friends for 4 days and it came to just under £200 which is really good! I thought I’d talk a bit about my experience and the small adjustments that were made to the trip that made it so much cheaper.
Our Norway trip started with travelling to Oslo, staying for one night and then travelling to Stavanger to hike in Priekestolen. We stayed in Stavanger for 2 nights before travelling back to Copenhagen.
If we had bought plane tickets from Copenhagen to Oslo, then from Oslo to Stavanger and back again it probably would have cost around £500. Instead, we all took an overnight coach from Copenhagen to Oslo. This took 8 hours and while is was considerably less comfortable than a plane ride it was only £20 each way.
It’s a really good idea to travel with a larger group because we were able to hire a car and split the hire and petrol costs 7 ways. The car got us from Oslo to Stavanger and back again for £60 which is incredibly cheap as we covered about 750 miles in total! We were also able to split the cost of the cabin we stayed in for 2 nights in Stavanger which was around £50. Food was also split during Stavanger as we all cooked together. We were very lucky with our night in Oslo as one of the people in the group was actually from Oslo so we stayed at her parents and were treated to a traditional Norwegian meal which was so insanely fun as it was pretty much a once in a lifetime chance to truly experience life in Norway!
I highly recommend travelling as much as you can whilst studying abroad, because that is half the point of this experience, but sometimes the realities of finding the time or money seem a bit daunting. However, as you can see with my experience, it can totally be done and even if you do have to take that bumpy 8 hour overnight coach ride with some guy sitting at the back shouting in Norwegian- it’s totally worth it!