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A hidden retreat in rural Tuscany

in collaboration with Lena Lena We left Spain to spend some time in Italy, in Tuscany to be more exact. A hidden villa in the Tuscan countryside. Villa Lena is located on top of a hill, but it was once under a sea. It has all that old school vintage glamor but in a very laid back, bohemian and artsy atmosphere that made me feel right at home. Villa Lena is all…

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Riurau de Maria, in slow Airbnb

When it comes to travel, I have a preference for a certain type of Airbnb, I usually call them slow Airbnb. Accommodation that is often located in the countryside with a tranquility over it. A place to find peace and recovery. A while ago we checked in at Riurau de Maria to find inspiration for our renovation project 'Villa la Romana'. A place that breathes peace and tranquility. …

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Back in town and ready for fall

Everyday life is here again and it feels more than completely okay. We had a proper and long-awaited holiday even though I had not even dared to hope for it. But as is often the case when expectations are low, it will be really good. We came to our home in Spain against all odds and we have enjoyed like never before. Or appreciated may be better words. This much has…

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New MINI Countryman on test drive

In collaboration with MINI Sweden On our trip up to the mountains, we took the new MINI Countryman plugin hybrid on a test drive. We had the pleasure of trying out the car for a while and thought we would really test what it went for. We rode terrain and a mixture of thaw weather and icy slopes. Countryman is big and spacious to be a MINI and it has four-wheel drive which actually impressed…

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A cottage among the treetops

In collaboration with Bergaliv Living voluntarily with less is a thought and a concept that has attracted me for a long time. In a world where abundance and excess have become the new normal, it feels liberating to live with a little. One way to try it is to live in a treetop cabin up on the mountain in Vallsta. We checked in at Bergaliv for a minimalist retreat. Just the two of us, the treetops and…

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As close to Paris as we could get

How close can you get to Paarirs without leaving Stockholm at all? It turned out to be quite close, with a little imagination and pure willpower, our wedding day turned out to be almost as we had imagined .. The plan was to go away for a weekend and celebrate, preferably in Paris or at least somewhere in France. Because it was not possible, we tried to make the best of the situation and it got better than me…

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36 Hours in Paris, what do you do then?

On our drive down to Spain we drive via Paris and take a short break on the trip. It will be about 36 hours in Paris and what do you do then? if you want to max out in Paris? Or max and max really .. I probably prefer to do fewer things but properly instead of just rushing forward. Staying in Paris or elsewhere in France is a big part of the journey…

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An easier mountain trip

We packed the car full of boots, winter clothes, skis and drove north to the mountains. To make it as simple as possible, we rented a fully equipped home. When traveling with children, I think it is the most comfortable option. Fill the fridge with their favorites and be able to eat on your own terms and times. Another thing that really makes it easier is that you do not go exactly when everyone else is going. When…

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Pack easily for a city weekend

So we have a long weekend in Denmark planned now and I thought it might be fun to write about the topic of packing easily. Of course you can. I would rather say simple than smart, but it might go a little hand in hand. I like to travel relatively easily but I do not want to be unprepared for the destination if I have packed far too little or wrong. After several years as a flight attendant in different countries and cities in Europe, I still think I got some practice in packing thoughtfully. This time we take the car so I am not so locked to the cabin bag, but if I fly or take a train, I prefer a cabin bag so I can carry and handle it but also so that I do not have to wait at the belt on arrival. Nothing beats the feeling when you just slip past everyone who is waiting for their bags.

First, of course, I usually think about the destination. City or other type of destination? Season? Job or vacation? In this case, it will be packing for a long weekend, holiday of about 3-4 days. Autumn and Denmark as I said and it should be possible to adapt to many different destinations.

Clothes: When I have finished it, I usually think about whether I want a special "style" / color or feeling on the trip. I lay out the garments I want to take with me to bed and start to see how they can be combined with each other. If you are traveling with a little packing, it is important that the garments can be combined and used in different ways. For example, you can use a cardigan if it gets cold in stock. I choose a cardigan with a round neck so I can turn it over. Then I get three variants in one. 1; open over another top. 2; closed with the buttons at the front. 3; Closed with the buttons at the back.

Pack what you use at home, I know you easily think that now on this trip I will wear that cool dress or those tight jeans. But the truth is that you want to dress in the same favorites as you have at home. So bring your favorite jeans and what you feel safe and comfortable in.

I usually unpack a small silk dress "just in case" it takes up minimal space and you are always ready in case something fancy should appear. In the worst case, you can sleep in it as nightgown. (It has happened the times I forgot to pack pajamas.) Speaking of pajamas, I usually pack in some long-sleeved food there. But it's mostly because I have a fixed idea that if it has to be evacuated at the hotel, I'm not half naked .. I know funny but can not help it.

Cosmetics and hygiene: If I fly, there will of course be mini packages here, I usually thin quite hard because I know I will only use my favorites anyway and how many times do I think I will wash my hair in 4 days, anyway? a small bottle of max 100ml is enough and is usually available at the hotel. However, I like to pack with a solid soap for cleaning (can not live without my aleppot soap 40%) and face mask. So nice to put a mask on the hotel. Feels a bit more luxurious and more relaxing than at home. Toothbrush, toothpaste and skin lotion are also a must. Often gets dry on trips.

Shoes; It was many years since I packed a lot of high heels on trips. But I would like to have a small heel with me, a small sandal does not take up so much space at least not for me who has size 36 hahaha 🙂 But then it depends a bit on the destination of course. Favorite sneakers will be included and now there will also be a pair of boots because it is autumn and cooler. If I fly, I travel in the boots that take up the most space, of course.

Technology & cameras: Of course I pack the charger and possibly the adapter then it's my cameras, my babies. I always have such a hard time choosing what to take with me there. I used to pack a whole back just for the camera and all the lenses. But most of the time I end up using my canon and my 50mm lens. This is what I shoot most with here at home and of course also when I travel.

My packing list looks like this, maybe it can help you.

  • Wool jacket
  • T-shirt in wool
  • Long-sleeved t-shirt
  • Blue jeans
  • Black jeans
  • Cardigan round neck
  • Beige polo shirt
  • Cable knit sweater
  • Bra / panties / socks
  • Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Minishampo / balm
  • Face mask
  • Lotion
  • makeup
  • Tvål
  • Hairbrush
  • Dress / skirt
  • passport
  • Chargers
  • Camera

It was a bit like how I think about packing and I hope it helps you too.