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.

The trip is getting really close now.  View Post

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.

A Swede Abroad

OK, let’s start this blog with a presentation of.. well, me of course.

So who I am? I am Mia, a 20-something expat at heart. I grew up in a smaller town in Sweden, got bored with my current life and booked a one way flight to London. It was tough in the beginning, but I also fell in love in the city, the roughness, the unexpected turns of life and the everything-is-possible-atmosphere. I could see myself living there for a very long time, but life had other plans for me. London was my home for almost 5 years, but I emptied my room an moved back to Sweden in December 2013 to finish my studies.

I’m currently in some weird transition period between my old life and my new. It feels strange to once again live in Sweden and I’m feeling a little lost. Most of my old friends in Sweden have moved/faded away over the past few years and my current London life is just too far away.

However, all things will pass and so will this. Me and my boyfriend (that I left in London) will soon move to Australia for a new phase in our lives. We’re starting in Brisbane/Gold Coats and will just take it from there. There’s no work/studies/similar lined up for us when we move, so we’ll need to solve all of that when we get there. We are mostly looking forward to do something different, get new experiences and are not ready to settle down yet.

We’re going there on a one year “work and travel”– visa that we are planning to prolong for another year. We might stay in Australia for the full 2 years or we might leave beforehand. It’s not that planned out and will just see what happens since neither of us has ever been in Australia before. I’m not worried though. I’ve already made a similar move to London 5 years ago and that turned out well. Europe is also just a flight away, so we can always come back if Australia didn’t turn out the way we wanted.

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My Australia move is finally getting really close. I’ve been planning the next few weeks since 6 months (which is a new record since I’m an extreme last minute-person) and my crazy schedule is about to start. I’m writing this at the same time as I’m emptying my old room in Stockholm and are packing for my London-trip. This is the starting day of the next few months that will eventually lead me to.. Australia!

I just need to move, visit and say goodbye of London, attend two graduations parties in just 3 days, visit Växjö (5-6hours drive from here) to carry my brothers furniture down 3 flights of stairs and somehow manage to finish my dissertation in the next 2 weeks. Phew, I’m getting stressed out just writing it all down.

I’ll take 3 well deserved days off to catch up on some sleep after my dissertation/my youngest brothers graduation (yup, it’s on the same day) before boarding a plane to Barcelona. It’s OK though, since it will be nine days of sun, beach and parties! We’ll be back on the 18th and then it’s just 3.5 week left to sort out everything that has to be done before flying to Bangkok.  5 days later and I’ll be on a plane to Gold Coast, Australia to start our new life. I’m feeling really excited and hopeful.

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SENDMYBAG.COM REVIEW

I recently moved back to Sweden after 4.5 years in London. It was a complete nightmare to deal with all of the things that I had accumulated over the years! I kept finding clothes that I haven’t used for years, soft toys from endless arcade games and Swedish books that I couldn’t sell in the UK. It felt like a never ending nightmare.

So there I was, with what seemed like a million things on an island in the North Sea. About 1500 kilometres away from my new home. Driving wasn’t practical so I eventually decided to use SendMyBag.com as a freight carrier.

This is my review of SendMyBag.com, but let’s start with a disclaimer– I have never used any similar services, so I have no idea what to expect and how well they performed compared to other companies. Anyhow, this is my experience of SendMyBag! View Post