view from aloft bangkok hotel

We’ve left Pattaya for Bangkok and just checked in on the 25th floor at the Aloft Bangkok hotel. I’m going to take a quick shower and then head out to explore the city.

I love the view from our floor here! There’s a big floor-to-ceiling window by the elevators where I took the above photo. Our room is facing the other way, but it’s still a good view. Just not as good as from the other side. I’m sitting by our large desk and have the perfect view of a stranger’s bedroom among other things.. Hm.

We haven’t seen much of the city so far since we only walked 10 minutes from the bus stop to the hotel, but I instantly felt at home. Big cities are defiantly my thing and Bangkok seems a little big like an Asian version of London.

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We’re alive and in Thailand! I’m dead tired and super excited at the same time. I can’t believe that we are finally here and have begun the first part of our move to Australia. It’s actually happening for real. We’re moving to Australia in just a few days!! It’s exciting times my friends, but there’s an entire country to explore first before we’re boarding our last flight in a few days.

Bangkok Travel blogI’m tired though. No, I’m beyond just being tired. I’m dead exhausted to the point where I can’t even make sense of my own thoughts, let alone expressing myself to anyone else. Arriving in Thailand after a 12 hour overnight flight with hardly no sleep and a +6 hour time difference was much harder than I had expected. We were both tired and frustrated. And then we got lost in a country where we can’t read the street signs or use our phones (google maps). All while the sweat was pouring down our bodies from carrying, what seemed like, a ton on our backs. It was not a proud moment of our relationship, but we finally made it to the hotel and collapsed on the bed without even taking off our clothes.

We went straight to bed. I don’t even have any memories of falling asleep. All I know was falling on top of the bed and later waking up several hours later. This is a pretty hardcore jetlag and we’ve already slept through most of the day so the next few days might be a little tough.

It doesn’t matter though. I mean, we’re in Thailand and are about to embark our biggest adventure so far!

Swede Expat blogThe last few days have been a emotional roller-coaster and very hectic. V arrived on Friday evening and well, let’s just say that my packing/etc. wasn’t quite ready by then. I’m very much a last minute person. My last few days in Sweden have been packed with saying goodbye to everyone, hanging on the local beach, taking a midnight swim in the moonlight, BBQ, playing KUBB (a Swedish game), drinking Piggelin-drinks, family day out on the lake and LOADS of last minute packing/sorting out bits/doing paperwork/research. It feels very weird to say it, but I’ve finally completed the last preparations before the moving abroad.  I’m just gonna take a shower and double check everything before we leave at 12:00.

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The last few days have been a emotional roller-coaster and very hectic. V arrived on Friday evening and well, let’s just say that my packing/etc. wasn’t quite ready by then. I’m very much a last minute person. My last few days in Sweden have been packed with saying goodbye to everyone, hanging on the local beach, taking a midnight swim in the moonlight, BBQ, playing KUBB (a Swedish game), drinking Piggelin-drinks, family day out on the lake and LOADS of last minute packing/sorting out bits/doing paperwork/research. It feels very weird to say it, but I’ve finally completed the last preparations before the moving abroad.  I’m just gonna take a shower and double check everything before we leave at 12:00. The trip is getting really close now. 

I’ve been through so many emotional phases for the past few days. The hardest part have been to say goodbye to everyone and everything. Australia feels so insanely far away and I’m not sure if I will come back/see everyone within the next 2 years. It will most likely be worse knowing that Europe is so far away than it actually will be though. Europe will still only be 2 flights away if we want to come back/visit and there is a few good deals on flights. I’m not nervous about the move. I’ve already gone trough almost every emotions and feel very calm now. And tired of course, but that’s due to some jet lat planning. I can’t wait to start my life again since it’s been a little bit on pause during the past 6 months in Sweden.

Today is the day. I just need double everything before we’re going to the airport in about 3  hours and then that’s it. We are starting off with a 5-day holiday in Thailand before landing in Australia in exactly 7 days.

We’re moving to Australia in just a few days. Me and the bf have been planning this for a long time and quickly got our visas sorted out and told our friends and families. One of the things that we didn’t do for a while was to book our flights until a few months ago. It took a fair bit of research, but I’m very pleased with our flights.

We’re planning to be away for two years (work and travel visa 1+2), so we’ve decided to book a one-way flight. It would naturally be a lot cheaper per flight if it’s booked as a return, but hey, I’m still very happy. We got a good deal and this post is for anyone that is looking for a cheap flight between Australia and Sweden.

My best tip is to try different routes and companies. Our total price landed at £422 per person to Australia, but the truth is that we didn’t choose the cheapest tickets available since we didn’t want to be more flexible on the dates. The cheapest flight tickets that I found from Stockholm, Sweden to Gold Coast in Australia was £270/person. I’m not kidding! That’s about half the price compared to most other airlines. It’s not the best route to take if you are very limited on time, but it’s a good alternative if you are a little flexible.

How to find cheap flights between Australia and Sweden? 

Well, we are going to break up the almost 23 hours long flight into two more manageable parts. A lot of people manage to travel for almost 24 hours nonstop, but it’s something that I would rather avoid. Anyhow, this is how you can find cheap flights to Australia on a budget;

1. Stockholm, Sweden –> Bangkok, Thailand for £130 (we paid £288)
Airline: Norwegian Airline
Yes, that’s right! We’re going to start our move with a vacation in Thailand! The best part is that the flights was A LOT cheaper with a few days break in Bangkok. That’s money that we can spend on a hotel, cocktails and massages (the normal kind) instead of just giving it away to a airline company. +It would break up the almost 23 hours long flight into two more manageable parts. I would say that’s a WIN-WIN! 😀 We’re flying with Norwegian Airline so it’s not a fancy airline that will spoil you with hot towels, but it’s OK. Their cheapest prices to Bangkok is currently £130!! This may not be a good option for someone with a very limited time, but it’s good for anyone on a budget that can be more flexible.

2. Bangkok, Thailand –> Gold Coast, Australia for £140pp (incl. Checked-in luggage)
Airline: Air Asia
It’s once again, not a fancy airline so I would recommend that you bring your own favorite snacks and don’t expect a fabulous service. I still think it’s worth it, because I’ll rather spend my money on more fun things than a flight. +It’s a night flight so I’m planning to sleep most of the journey anyway.