In July 2016, a really good offer ticked into my Facebook feed. It was a plane ticket with British Airways from Gothenburg via London (and with a short stop in Bangkok) to Sydney i Australia. The price was 3200 kroner.
It was simply too tempting to ignore and I just had to see if I could find a ticket for the price they had found. I pushed myself a little back and forth on the suggested dates and there was bingo.
Well enough, there was only departure 10 months later, but that was only an advantage, because then there was plenty of time to get the travel plans fitted in with other plans.
Now I do not live in Gothenburg, but from Copenhagen it is quite easy to take a train via Malmö, and if you book through Swedish channels, you even save a little there.
In addition, I had a sinister plan not to take advantage of the last leg of the trip home, but instead hop off in London and stay there for a few days or three. It is still cheaper to come home from London than from Gothenburg.
Basically, the trip was 11 days in Sydney, but I'm way too restless to be in a single place, so of course something more was needed. First thought was to split the trip up with half the time in Melbourne, but when I looked at bus, train and air fares between Sydney and Melbourne, something else popped up at the same price: Launceston in Tasmania.
Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city - but still nowhere near a big city - and the airline Jetstar flies back from Sydney for about 500 kroner. Then I had to go to Tasmania!
Now the plan was for 3 days in Sydney, where I had been before, 5 days in Tasmania and then 3 more days in Sydney. It is not long as fascinating a place as Australia, but then you just have to set the pace high while you are there.
Jens is a happy travel nerd who has traveled in over 60 countries from Kyrgyzstan and China to Australia and Albania. Jens is educated in China Studies, has lived in China for 1½ years and is a member of the Travel Club. He has extensive experience with the travel world as a tour guide, lecturer, advisor, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jens often goes to places where it is also possible to watch a good football match in the company of other incarnated fans and has a special fondness for Boldklubben FREM, where he sits on the board. For most people it is obvious to look up to Jens (he is barely two meters tall), and then he is a 14-time champion in the TV quiz Jeopardy and still single, so if you can not find him out in the world or on a football stadium, you can probably find him out touring in the Copenhagen quiz environment.