You should avoid traveling here this summer – NRK Norway – Overview of news from various parts of the country

Almost half of Norwegians plan to travel abroad this year, according to a survey carried out for the travel agency Ticket.

But it costs. Inflation and a weak krone exchange rate mean that many people going abroad on holiday must expect to spend far more money than before.

Countries such as Spain, Thailand and Great Britain top the list of the most popular holiday countries at travel agency Ticket.

Ellen Wolff Andresen is marketing and administration manager at Ticket Feriereiser.

– For the summer, Greece is as usual a hot destination. Many islands were taken off the program as a result of the pandemic, but are back this summer, says Ellen Wolff Andresen, Marketing and Administration Manager at Ticket Feriereiser, to NRK.

In addition, the neighboring countries of Sweden and Denmark are popular holiday destinations among Norwegians.

But holidaying in neighboring countries is not as cheap as it used to be. For the first time since 2021, the Swedish kroner is stronger than the Norwegian kroner. You therefore have to leave with 101 Norwegian kroner for 100 Swedish kroner.

Nor are red sausages and ice cream cheap in Denmark. 100 Danish kroner costs 152 Norwegian kroner.

Check the price level first

Torild Moland is an editor at Magasinet Reiselyst. She advises people to think about the price level of the destination they are going to.

Torild Moland, editor at Magasinet Reiselyst

Torild Moland, editor at Magasinet Reiselyst.

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– I don’t think many people have realized how much more expensive it has become all around in a short time. Especially in countries with euros and dollars. Both the euro and the dollar have strengthened by 15-20 percent in the past year alone. In addition to fairly high inflation, so the price level is quite a lot higher, she says.

At the time of writing, you have to spend NOK 11.34 for 1 euro, compared to NOK 9.88 at the same time last year. This is an increase of around 15 per cent.

At the same time last year, 1 US dollar cost NOK 9. Today you have to spend NOK 10.75. This corresponds to an increase of around 20 per cent.

Noise New York

MORE EXPENSIVE: The trip to the USA has become around 20 per cent more expensive in the past year due to the weaker krone exchange rate. Here from Times Square in New York.

Photo: Andres Kudacki / AP

But there are still many much cheaper destinations for Norwegians, according to Moland.

She singles out Turkey as the biggest bargain this summer.

– The Turkish currency has fallen very much. In addition to the fact that Turkey was already known as a country where you get a lot for your money. A five-star hotel in Turkey costs much less than in Spain, Greece and France, says Moland.

In the green countries, you get more for your money than in traditional holiday countries, according to Torild Moland in Magasinet Reiselyst.

– Price level at a quarter of Norway

She also highlights countries such as North Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro as budget-friendly travel destinations.

– North Macedonia is a country with a price level of a quarter of Norway. There is no coastline, but they have Lake Ohrid and nice mountains, hiking and lots of other things. There are also cheap tickets there with Wizz Air and Norwegian, she says.

Countries with the euro have become much more expensive for Norwegians

MORE EXPENSIVE: Countries that use the euro have become far more expensive for Norwegians in the past year. This photo was taken on the beach at Falasserna in Crete, Greece.

Photo: Halvard Alvik / NTB

Ellen Wolff Andresen in Ticket also recommends countries that do not use euros and dollars.

– My tips are Turkey and Albania, but Bulgaria can also be cheaper. The journey there is not necessarily much cheaper, but it is cheaper to live there, says Andresen.

For people who don’t want to travel that far, Moland in Magasinet Reiselyst highlights Poland and the Baltic countries.

– The whole of northern Poland consists of sandy beaches, and it is a good deal warmer in Poland than in Norway. In addition, you get quite a lot more for your money, says Moland.

Northern Poland is known for its beautiful beaches facing the Baltic Sea and a favorable price level.

Northern Poland is known for its beautiful beaches facing the Baltic Sea and a favorable price level.

Photo: STAFF/Reuters

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