Norway has stunning natural beauty that takes weeks to truly absorb. While cruises through the fjords of Western Norway have become a popular option for viewing Norway’s magnificent scenery, there is an alternative way to see the country: by train. The public train system in Norway, operated by NSB, provides a fantastic way to make the entire country your destination. While most fjord cruises are limited to touring Western Norway, NSB service provides access to nearly every part of the country, including the fjords of Western Norway. In fact, Lonely Planet lists two of NSB’s routes through Western Norway as the #1 and #2 most scenic train routes in Europe. With a Norway-by-train itinerary, you can see the gentle sandy shoulders of Norway in Kristiansand, the ever-growing metropolis of Oslo, the mountainous heart of the country in Eastern Norway, and the fabled Viking capital Trondheim. If you are feeling adventurous you can also explore the hem of the Arctic Circle in Bodø, from which you can take a ferry to see the famous Lofoten islands.
As the holiday season nears, shoppers will want to think about gift buying. On a limited budget, it can be agonizing to stretch your money yet still give something meaningful. Do you cross someone off the list? Overspend so no one gets left out? Here are a few tips on how to spread cheer without going into the red.
Has anyone ever told you not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? Well it’s true, and most people will agree. You crave almost everything you see and in the end you buy unnecessary items. There is a better way to cook and shop while staying on a budget. Buy these staple foods and learn to get creative. Living on a budget does not mean you have to eat ramen every night, but it does mean you need to be smart about what you buy and what you make. Convenience foods are a lifesaver when it’s 6 o’clock on a weekday and you have no dinner plans. Be aware that this list does not take into account food allergies or restrictions.
You got your first job out of college and if you nailed the job before graduation you are probably feeling pretty good about life after college. You decide to live with some other grads in order to save some money. You have no more homework, you are all grown up and independent and ready to conquer the new job. But wait, you have to pay bills, buy groceries, regularly buy gas to drive to work and find nice furniture for the apartment. And, don’t forget that student loan payments will be starting soon.