Why Norway Should Be on Your Bucket List

Why Norway Should Be on Your Bucket List

Deep fjords, northern lights, beautiful valleys, and an incredible coastline are some of the things that come to mind when thinking about Norway. Instead of trying to describe Norway’s natural beauty in words, we wanted to share a video that says it all. When people ask us why they should travel to Norway, we just show them this video. If you are considering traveling to Norway, we hope that this video convinces you to buy a ticket.   NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure from Rustad Media If you know somebody who should travel to Norway, share this video with them below.  Dohop blog –...

10 Photos That Prove Norway Is SO Ready for Spring

So it snowed in Norway last night… and they were just SO ready for spring. As these photos clearly show. Let’s just all go to Florida. I think Mr weather is pretty fucked up!! ???? WTF?! Lots of snow!!?? ???? Want spring now!!! ???????????? #herewegoagain#snow#norway #wantspring#fucksnow#winter #weather#fuckedup#spring#sun A photo posted by Lilly ???? (@lillta73) on Mar 26, 2015 at 3:33am PDT Everyone hopes that spring will be here soon. #snø #ustabil #måned #mars #leiavsnø #utenfor #vinduet #hjemme ???????? #snow #again #goodbye #spring #unstable #month #outside #my #window #iwantspring #Norge #norway A photo posted by Alex (@frk.alex89) on Mar 26, 2015 at 3:59am PDT And this guy… he didn’t even try starting up the car. The feeling of being #outsmarted…. ???? #hegesmat #stuck #snøkaos #utsiktfrabilen #8kmt #skitiljobb #snow #winter #skiing #rushhour #vinter #kaos #norway #skitowork #dnt A photo posted by Hege Nordlie (@hegesmat) on Mar 26, 2015 at 1:10am PDT Of course, not everyone hates the snow. Gøy med snø ?????? #Snø #gøy #glede #aketur #morro #for #voksne #og #barn #sørlandet #kristiansand #Norge #Norway A photo posted by Lena Hansen (@lenahansen89) on Mar 26, 2015 at 4:03am PDT Even the machines have had enough… #Snøfreseren ga opp! #toomuchsnow #tbno #spring #norway #march26 A photo posted by @sofenja on Mar 26, 2015 at 4:03am PDT “Sorry, Spring has been cancelled” Lavooen har tatt på seg vinterkåpa og våren er avlyst???? Spenn skia og kom innom for varm mat og drikke! ???????????? #mathallen #lavoo #iglo #myevær #vulkanoslo A photo posted by mathallenoslo (@mathallenoslo) on Mar 26, 2015 at 2:17am PDT Heading to work, nothing to see here… #still #winter #snow #caos ??...

Family fun in Edinburgh

With just 36 hours to explore the history-rich city of Edinburgh during my family’s stopover in Scotland last summer (while we were sailing with Semester at Sea), I knew we had to see the sights efficiently if we wanted to spend time at key landmarks. Also high on our agenda: Walking a lot, preferably uphill and close to nature, since I knew I’d we’d be indulging in Scottish specialties such as haggis and shortbread on shore. Thankfully, my husband and kids (then ages 14 and 12) were game for an action-packed trip. Here are the sights and activities we managed to hit (and enjoy!) during our short time in Scotland’s capital city. The Royal Mile. Measuring the length of one Scots Mile (an ancient unit of measurement; a bit longer than the mile we know today), the Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare through Edinburgh’s Old Town. It’s actually a set of centuries-old connecting roads, and it stretches from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scotland residence of the British monarch (currently, Her Majesty the Queen), all the way to imposing Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Mile is lined with pubs and restaurants and lots of touristy shops. You might find a tartan kilt or cashmere scarf cheaper elsewhere, but the Royal Mile is a convenient place to shop for souvenirs to bring home. Plus, it’s fun to stroll the wide street, people-watch, and duck into the historic “closes,” small alleyways and courtyards, to see the historic buildings. Viewfinder Tip: If the Palace of Holyroodhouse is on your agenda, check the website for closures to make sure the Queen is not in...

Expedia tech profiles: Greg Mushen

One of the great things about working at Expedia is the company’s passion to make travel easier. Scratchpad is a tool we released last year that allows you to store your travel searches and quickly pick up where you left off. I recently chatted with Greg Mushen, who was on the team that developed the concept for Scratchpad and helped turn it into a reality, to learn more about the feature and about how he got started with the company. Tarran Street (TS): How long have you worked at Expedia and what made you want to work here? Greg Mushen (GM): It’s coming up on 12 years; it’s hard to believe. Doesn’t seem that long. I was really interested in what the company was doing—at the time it was very different from how others were approaching travel. I’ve always loved travel, and working here has allowed me to help offer tangible improvements to a passion of mine. TS: Tell us a bit about your role as a principal product manager. GM: My job is about three things repeated over and over: Formulating hypotheses based on problems travelers face and how we think we can make it easier, making adjustments to our product to test these theories, and gauging the response so we can scientifically make new hypotheses. Right now, I’m really focused on Scratchpad, which came from an observation we had in our research testing. We observed that travelers were taking notes while doing travel research. So we made a hypothesis that if we took notes for our customers, they would want to come back! Our hypothesis is proving...

Golfing Saint Andrews

This post is the sixth in a series we have published based on stories from a correspondent in the U.K., Kelly Convey. This particular story is based on an article Kelly wrote after a recent trip to St. Andrews, in Scotland.  The story originally was edited by Brenna Holeman, then adapted here in the United States. We are proud to partner with Visit Britain for this series. St. Andrews is a tiny seaside town located on the southeastern coast of Scotland. Just more than a one-hour drive from Edinburgh, it is also accessible by train and bus from all major cities in the UK. World renown as the “Home of Golf,” it is home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which is highly regarded as one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world. Even non-golfers surely will be impressed by the history of the clubhouse in the center of town. I absolutely loved my time in St. Andrews. Not only is the town full of cute shops and cafés, but it also has the beautiful green of the golf courses and the view of the sea to enjoy. Most of all, I felt incredibly welcomed by the people of St. Andrews, making me pine for a return visit. St. Andrews is the perfect location for golf as the terrain is on links ground, meaning it never gets waterlogged. Paired with the fact that there are six 18-hole golf courses (plus one 9-hole course) squeezed into this tiny town, there is no wonder why St. Andrews is the home of the sport. With the Open Championship (also...