Walk the walk

Grasshopper, grasshopper, I am ready for my jump. It’s scary, and that’s why I have to and will do it. That’s how I do things. Everything I ask for happens. Everything I pray for happens. Everything I believe in becomes the truth. I asked for it so I better walk the walk, and not just talk the talk.

Have you ever been so close to what you want, what you always dreamt about, what you prayed for, what you said was all you ever wanted and then, when it’s right there, you are closer than you have ever been, you know it because you can feel it, you can see it, you can almost reach out to it, touch it, smell it, taste it, it fills your whole body and soul, and then something inside of you just stops completely? You are paralyzed. This is where I am, this is normal, but what is it?
It’s just fear and fear is something to conquer, grow from and to achieve success from.

“What if I’m wrong? What if I make a wrong decision? What if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to? What if I am screwing up my life?” That’s when you have to sit down and actually use the brain we were so lucky to get and develop. What on earth is it that I personally have been doing up until now? All I have been doing, working on, has prepared me for what I asked for from as early as when I was 5 years old. Time is not what you think it is, time is not time, it goes back and forth, you go back and forth, in and out, you ask for something? You better be sure that you are going to get it.

I know it’s hard to understand what on earth I am talking about when I speak so secretly, but you guys just gotta give me a little bit more time. I have crawled up from the dirt, I have made life changing decisions over and over and over again, I have traveled the world, I have done all that I said and it takes some time. In one year my life has turned completely upside down, and without me even realizing it, it happened because I asked for it. Now I’m complete, happy, strong and most important: I am free. Sometimes you ask for it without even knowing. That’s why it’s so extremely important to be aware of how you feel and think. Your feelings will always tell you if you are on the right path. Listen to yourself, listen to your heart, use your intuition, be brave and dare to do the jump – You were made for it! It’s all right there for you, for me, for everybody. Have a fantastic, inspiring and lovely weekend guys! Go out there and make all of your dreams come true!

 

Monkey Flower Villas at Turtle Island – Koh Tao, Thailand


Are we talking Villas or are we talking Villas? Monkey Flower luxurious Villas are located in gorgeous Koh Tao – The turtle Island in Thailand. Have you guys heard about this place? This is the absolute most luxurious experience when you are traveling to this beautiful Island. When and if you are heading to Thailand you should definitely also take a local boat and visit this stunning, small, adorable paradise Island. You will never forget this place, and you will never forget Monkey Flower Villas.

The Villa I stayed in has as much as 4 bedrooms (!), 3 floors, a giant pool, a big living room and kitchen, a outdoor balcony with a view over the entire Island, and not to mention – When you stay here, you get a personal driver for your whole stay. Can you guys believe that? I am smiling big only thinking about it, and I remember I even had challenges leaving the Villa because staying there is a whole vacation experience itself. At Koh Tao you can go Scuba diving, enjoy amazing food for a very good price, rent a motorbike and have some fun, hike and so much more! I have to admit that I started feeling just a little spoiled, and I can’t say I hated that part. I have been traveling in so many different ways, stayed at so many different accommodations around the world and I absolutely love the feeling of it. I love it all, I love to experience new things, I love to explore and I love exotic, beautiful countries. Thailand is a country I am definitely going back to and I will for sure head back to this Island, see the rest of it and spend some more time at Monkey Flower Villas. Who else loves Thailand?

 

Backpacking – What to pack?

You are ready, the time has come, the moment is here, it’s exciting, you feel adventurous and ready to go ahead on the trip of your life. Let’s go backpacking!

Suddenly you realize that you have never done this before and you have no clue how to fit everything you need in just one backpack.
In this post I will give you guys tips on how to be smart when you are packing for such a trip where most of the places are warm countries. I learned a lot during my 5 months of traveling with a giant, blue backpack on my back, and a small black and yellow backpack on my front. Was it hard? Oh yes! Did I listen to all of the good advises from so many people about packing before I left Norway? Oh No! Have I learned from it? Absolutely.

1. You don’t need more than one, maximum two bikinis. I brought ten (!) with me and the only reason I did it was because of my blog and Instagram. I wanted to be able to change and I knew that when traveling in Asia, Australia, Indonesia and Fiji a lot of my photos would be in a bikini because of the temperature.
2. Don’t pack clothes you care about. It’s better to have clothes you can throw away when you find something else you wanna buy instead of doing like me – Buy all new clothes for the trip and then having problems fitting everything in the backpack when I went shopping. Remember that backpacking is not a trip for shopaholics going crazy, so you want to make sure you have as much space as possible for when you find something you really want to buy.

3. Pack a “pharmacy” but only pack the things you know you will need. Examples here are a “emergency kit” for travels or buy singles like I did. Band aids, a small scissor, disinfectant, cremes, medicine, painkillers etc.
4. Depending on where you are traveling, some places there won’t be anywhere to do your laundry and therefore it’s a good idea to bring a “multi wash” small bottle for laundry, showers etc. I literally showered in the jungle several times. Amazing!
5. Bring samples when it comes to makeup and skin care. Buy more on the way if you have the money and need for it.
6. Always bring one warm sweater made of preferable wool. Good to have on the plane or chilly nights.

7. Sunscreen! This is very important. Bring small bottles with high SPF and buy more on the way if you need to.
8. Mosquito repellent spray for both clothes and skin. It’s also a good idea to bring a mosquito tent if you are traveling where there is dengue or malaria.
9. All your papers. It can also be a good idea to make a couple of copies of your passport. Papers you need to bring is travel documents, flight tickets, vouchers if you have programs, vaccination card, driver license, insurance papers etc. Always keep your insurance card with you at all times as well as your passport.
10. World wide adapter for your computer, camera, mobile phone etc. Remember that the outlets are different all around the world.

11. A body tight belt that you can keep your passport, credit card and the most important things at all times in. This belt is suppose to be hidden under your clothes at all times. Never walk around without this. If you wanna use this belt for money as well just remember not to have too many coins so that it won’t be too full and visible.
12. Earplugs is a good idea if you are sensitive to noise like me, also bring eye mask if you are sensitive to light.
13. A good pillow for flying and traveling. You will most likely use plane, train, bus etc over many hours so a good pillow is a must.
14. Bring one pair of good sneakers and one pair of sandals. If you are going to more colder countries try to schedule the cold countries at the end of your route so you can buy what you need in these countries. I did this when I came to USA.

15. Bring one pair of comfortable shorts and one pair of comfortable pants.
16. Bring underwear you can throw away if you want to, underwear that has a good breathable fabric and that feels good on your skin.
17. If you want to you can bring a water bottle that has a filter inside. Always remember to be aware about drinking tap water and ice cubes, especially in Asia, but also other parts of the world. Do some research and bring medicine for upset stomach just in case.
18. A notebook and a pen. Don’t trust technology fully when traveling as a backpacker.

19. Hand sanitize. I used this all the time when traveling around the world. You can also buy a spray you can use on cutlery. I used the spray mostly in Thailand and Indonesia.
20. Bring an extra backpack as a carry on if you are traveling with electronics. You don’t wanna put your Mac book in your big backpack.
21. Don’t forget tags and locks on your luggage!
22. If you wanna pack smarter and get more space you can buy customized bags where you roll your clothes instead of just putting them all around in your backpack. This doesn’t only give you more space, it also helps you keeping everything in place so that you won’t have to mess up your backpack every time you need something.

23. Bring safety equipment. Safety on the trip is extremely important. I had a spray and also an alarm placed around my wrist.
24. Bring moisture safe bags. You can get these in travel stores. This is smart when you have dirty laundry / wet towels, or if you wanna protect your electronics a little extra. I had three bags – One for my Mac book, one I used to keep clean clothes or to put my camera in if it was a humid day and one for laundry.
25. Bring a microfiber towel. These are better when it comes to bacteria and they also dry faster.
26. Bring silk sheets/ silk sheet bag to sleep in. When you are backpacking you are traveling on a budget and you wanna make sure that you have something nice and clean to sleep in if you end up in a place that is not as clean as you pictured it. Silk also feels great on your skin when it’s hot.

27. Don’t forget raincoats for you backpacks! There is nothing worse then having your luggage wet after heavy rain. Be extra careful when it comes to electronics.
28. Sunglasses, cap and a flashlight are good to have!

If there is something I have forgotten about – Please share in the comments guys! Backpacking is the most amazing trip of your life and by preparing a little bit you are making the whole experience a lot better! Xx

 

Unfiltered

The plan was to publish a “packing for backpacking” article on my blog, my almost dead blog, which I already have finished written but for some reason I cannot publish it. Not yet. It’s all in my mind. My mind stops me. I am currently sitting comfortable in bed in LA with a glass of wine, the cutest dog in the world by my side, posting on my Instagram and thinking and philosophizing about life. I’m lucky to be here, to breathe, to still be able to laugh, to walk, to be safe. Everything has been halfway lately, or less, but I’ve decided not to beat myself up over it because I know the reasons for it, I know how I have been fighting to survive, I know how lucky I am to be alive. I also know what is waiting and what is closer than ever. Something big, something bigger than I could ever imagine, something that was meant to be and I am ready to share and do whatever it is I am suppose to share and do in this life.

I feel a deep yearning to be me, unfiltered, 100%, honest, open, giving and putting my story, my heart and my lessons in life out there to everyone who wants to receive and learn from it. Motivating, inspiring, helping. I know what it means to feel hopeless, I know what suffering is, I know what physical and emotional pain is, I know what trauma does to the brain but I also know what love, healing and happiness does to the brain. I know how anger and bitterness feels. I know how it feels being so scared and traumatized that you feel you are taking your absolute last breath. I know how to lift myself up from the bottom because I  had to do it so many times, and this is something I wanna share with the world. I also know how to help and this time I needed help myself as well. I was so low, that there was no way I could do it on my own. Life is not easy. Life actually sucks (!) badly sometimes. If life can be just a little bit easier, a little bit more joyful. If more people can see the reasons to continue, see what they are capable of, see how lucky we all are in some way or another, learn appreciation of themselves and see the light in the end of the tunnel – That’s more than amazing. That’s beautiful. That’s something to work hard for.
To do what I need to do, I need to be me.
Unfiltered.

It’s scary, it’s different, it’s completely out of my comfort zone. But this is the only way I can continue. There’s no mask for me to put on anymore, I don’t want to and I can’t if I wanted to. With this I say goodbye to my mask, my insecurities, my fears, my traumas, my past – I am gonna spread the love, the lessons, my story and I am going to show the world all of the beauty, love and strength that is inside everyone of us – Because I can, because I care. I care about it all and that will never be taken away. Wait for it. I feel it coming. Xx

 

Back in the City of Angels

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I can’t believe I’m back – again. This if my fourth time traveling to LA. I’m a fighter and even if this city knocked me down hard and fast a couple of times too much, I’m not quitting traveling and coming back. LA will always be my favorite city. I don’t even know exactly why. From the first time I walked along Santa Monica beach, looked at the Pier and the ferris wheel, tears came streaming down my eyes and cheeks, I got chills and I thought to myself “This is my city!”. Actually, I screamed it out loud. Of all the places I’ve been in the world so far LA is a winner and there’s no apparent reason for it. There are places I’ve been that is truly like paradise with the most beautiful ocean you could ever imagine and a wildlife only seen in my dreams before, there are places I’ve been that are so much more cleaner and safer, there are places I’ve been that are much cheaper and more luxurious, there are cities that are exciting, big and full of adventures, but nothing and nowhere beats LA in my heart.

I will tell you guys more about the city in my heart and what to do ( and not to do! ) here. I will tell you how to travel as cheap as possible to the city who has it all – The beaches, the weather, the clubs, the parties, the celebrities, the history and the opportunities.
LA is a city you never forget.

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Jeg kan ikke tro jeg er tilbake her – igjen. Dette er min fjerde gang, jeg kjemper alltid og selv om denne byen slo meg hardt ned et par ganger for mye slutter jeg ikke å reise hit og å komme tilbake. LA kommer alltid til å være min favoritt by. Jeg vet ikke engang helt hvorfor det er slik. Fra første gangen jeg gikk langs Santa Monica beach, kikket på piren og det berømte pariserhjulet kom tårene rennende, jeg fikk frysninger og tenkte “Dette er min by!”. Faktisk så skrek jeg det høyt. Av alle steder jeg har vørt så langt er LA vinneren for meg og det er egentlig ingen åpenbar grunn for det. Det er steder jeg har vært som virkelig er paradis på jord med knallblått hav og et dyreliv jeg bare har drømt om, det er steder jeg har vært som er mye renere og tryggere, det er steder jeg har vært som er rimeligere og mer luksuriøst, det er byer jeg har vært i som er spennende og store men ingenting eller ingen steder slår LA i mitt hjerte.

Jeg skal fortelle dere mye mer om byen i mitt hjerte, hva som er gøy og et must å gjøre her ( og hva som ikke bør gjøres! ). Jeg skal fortelle dere hvordan dere kan reise så billig som mulig til byen som har alt – Strendene, været og temperaturen, klubbene, festene, kjendisene, historien og mulighetene.
LA er en by man ikke glemmer.

 

Oslo, Copenhagen, Barcelona


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Norway, Denmark, Spain – Thank you for now. I’ve taken a little stop by a few beautiful countries before heading back to My favorite City of Angels. It’s getting warmer and warmer in LA, the days are longer, the California sun feels good on my skin. I need the sun in my face and I am not very good at loving the Norwegian winters. After my round the world trip I met some people here in LA that I wanted to come back to see as soon as possible. I guess when you travel the world you can’t avoid it, and I have to say that I really did meet tons of wonderful, fun and amazing people but I didn’t know that someone who shows up out of nowhere would make such an impact on me. Life feels great, and I am ready for whatever challenges coming my way this year. I have had too many heavy, dark and scary ones last year – This year I’m ready for the good scary feeling, the out of my comfort zone challenges. Just by traveling around and spending time in different countries and cities you get to challenge yourself as you experience and learn different cultures, meet new people and learn other ways of life. I find it highly interesting and extremely giving. That is my absolute favorite thing about traveling. New experiences, new people, new places, new cultures and last but not least – freedom.

Norge, Danmark, Spania – Takk for nå. Jeg tok en tur innom et par av Europas vakre land før jeg satte snuten tilbake til min favorittby i verden, Los Angeles. Det blir bare varmere og varmere for hver dag som går i LA, dagene er lengre og solen i California er upåklagelig. Jeg er et menneske som må ha sol daglig og jeg må være ærlig nok til å si at jeg aldri har taklet norske vintre særlig godt. Etter reisen min jorden rundt møtte jeg noen mennesker her i LA jeg bare måtte dra tilbake for å se så fort som mulig. Når du reiser rundt på den måten kan du ikke unngå dette og jeg må innrømme at jeg virkelig har møtt tonnevis av fantastiske mennesker og hatt det mer morro enn noensinne tidligere, men jeg ante ikke at noen som dukker opp helt ut av det blå skulle gjøre et så enormt inntrykk på meg. Livet føles fantastisk og jeg er klar for alle utfordringer som kommer dette året. Forrige år ble det litt for mange tunge, mørke og skremmende utfordringer – I år er jeg klar for å ut av komfortsonen og ta imot gode utfordringer. Bare det å reise rundt og bruke mye av tiden min i forskjellige land og byer er en fantastisk måte å utfordre seg selv på og å vokse. Andre kulturer, nye mennesker og forskjellige måter å leve på. Jeg elsker det, det er noe som opptar meg ekstremt mye og det er svært givende. Det må nesten være min favoritt ting når det kommer til å reiser. Nye opplevelser, mennesker, nye steder, kulturer og sist men ikke minst – frihet.

 

Welcome home Jeanette

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“Welcome home Jeanette”
5 months has passed by.
I’ve seen some of the worlds most beautiful places, I’ve met people I will never forget, I’ve experienced things I never thought I would, I have survived the best and the worst and I have lived life to the fullest.
If there is something my journey around the world has taught me it is that life is truly unpredictable, scary and amazing, all at the same time, and that every single one of us should follow our dreams as long as we are so lucky to be here on the planet. It doesn’t matter what the dream is, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what limits you think you have. This is your life, this is your time – Make it happen and don’t stop until all of your dream comes true.

I’m back in Oslo these days and are checking in at wonderful Grand Hotel in the middle of Oslo city for the week. Norway is a truly beautiful country and I feel blessed for growing up here and being born in Oslo. I always knew I wanted to travel and see the world. I never felt completely Norwegian (Which by the way isn’t so strange since I’m half Pakistani and half Norwegian) but after traveling around the world I treasure my own country and the people here more than ever. That still doesn’t mean that I will stop exploring and I already have my next destinations planned out. Backpacking is traveling on another level of excitement and it’s definitely something I am going to do again. I’m excited, I’m ready and I will continue sharing and inspiring my travels and life with all of you guys. I can’t wait for the next chapter to start. Xx

“Velkommen hjem Jeanette”
5 måneder har gått.
Jeg har sett noen av verdens vakreste steder, jeg har møtt mennesker jeg aldri kommer til å glemme, jeg har opplevd ting jeg aldri trodde jeg kom til å oppleve, jeg har overlevd det beste og det verste og jeg har levd livet til det fulle.
Hvis det er noe reisen min jorden rundt har lært meg er det at livet er uforutsigbart, skummelt og fantastisk, alt på en og samme tid, og at hver og en av oss både bør og må følge drømmene våre når vi først er så heldige å få være her på planeten. Det har ingenting å si hva drømmen din er, det har ingenting å si hvem du er, det har ingenting å si hvilke begrensninger du setter på deg selv. Dette er ditt liv, dette er din tid – Gjør det nå og ikke stopp før alle drømmene dine er oppfyllt.

Jeg er tilbake i Oslo disse dager og sjekker inn på flotte Grand Hotel midt i sentrum for denne uken. Norge er et virkelig vakkert land og jeg føler meg beæret over å ha vokst opp her og å ha blitt født her. Jeg visste hele livet mitt at jeg ville reise og at jeg ville se verden. Aldri har jeg følt meg helt norsk (Ikke at det er så rart når jeg er halvt Pakistansk og halvt norsk) men etter å ha reist verden rundt setter jeg pris på og elsker landet mitt og menneskene her mer enn noensinne. Det betyr dog ikke at jeg skal slutte og reise og oppdage verden og jeg har allerede mine neste destinasjoner planlagt. Backpacking er å reise på et helt annet nivå, det er så ekte og så spennende og er noe jeg skal gjøre igjen, om det så er det siste jeg gjør. Jeg er klar, jeg er spent og jeg skal fortsette å dele og inspirere dere med å dele reisene og livet mitt med dere. Jeg kan ikke vente på neste kapittel. Xx

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2017 – I’m ready

2017 kom til slutt.

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For min del passer det perfekt med et nytt år og blanke ark. Arkene har aldri vært så blanke som nå. Jeg starter på scratch på alle mulige måter og det føles merkelig og skummelt, men på en annen side veldig godt og nødvendig. Kanskje det er nettopp dette jeg trenger, kanskje det er dette som må til for at alt skal “fornyes” og for at jeg skal våkne opp. Som dere sikkert har fått med dere har det vært veldig stille fra meg en god stund og grunnen til det er mange. Jeg har vært helt nødt til å ta en lengre pause da jeg ikke har vært i stand overhodet til å kunne fokusere i mer enn et par minutter av gangen før hodet mitt begynner å rote det til. Jeg har vært veldig mye sengeliggende og jeg har vært både jul og nyttårsaften i Los Angeles da jeg ikke kunne fly videre. Los Angeles ble derfor også min siste destinasjon på denne fantastiske reisen som har vist meg livet på både godt og vondt, eller rettere sagt på det aller beste og mest fantastiske, til det aller verste og vondeste.

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Dette er dog ikke min siste destinasjon, jeg kommer for det første tilbake til Norge snart, jeg har en god del ting som må fikses opp i så jeg må bare få kommet meg på et fly så fort jeg og kroppen klarer det, jeg har store planer for 2017, jeg skal reise videre uansett og jeg har bestemt meg for å ikke la det onde overvinne det gode som finnes i meg og i verden. Jeg har bestemt meg og lovet meg selv å alltid være den jeg er og å tro på det gode. Verden er vakker og spennende, men også vanvittig farlig. Jeg er ubeskrivelig takknemlig for året som har vært, for alle mennesker jeg har lært å kjenne på godt og vondt, for alle opplevelser jeg har vært så heldig å få være en del av, for å ha sett noen av de mest idylliske stedene i verden, for å ha blitt skutt ned, hjulpet opp, reist meg og endelig åpnet øynene. Endelig er jeg våken. Veien jeg er på nå startet for ca et år siden og det hele resulterte i at min egen verden ble snudd totalt opp ned. Jeg gleder meg til å ta fatt på det nye året, jeg gleder meg til å bli frisk, rask og sterkere enn noensinne og jeg gleder meg til å fortsette å dele med dere. Hvordan jeg kommer til å gjøre alt jeg har i tankene har jeg ikke helt bestemt meg for enda, men jeg vet det vil komme til meg veldig snart. Tusen takk for året som har vært, tusen takk for at dere ønsker å ta i mot det jeg deler, tusen takk for at dere tar imot inspirasjon og for å ha vært med meg hele veien. Godt nyttår – la oss gjøre 2017 til noe unikt, vakkert og ekte. Det er det verden trenger mer av. Xx