About me

Hi, I'm Tom-Daniel, the runaway Viking from Norway.

Just in case you wonder about the Viking part; go back a thousand years and Norway was filled with Vikings whom traveled the world. Hence runaway Viking, except I don't sail in a wooden ship and carry a sword.

Origin of this Viking
During the summer of 2013, I visited London and did some
express sightseeing.
I was born and bred in Norway, a cold country in the Northern Europe that's often associated with polar bears, snow and oil.

I grew up in a small city, Hokksund, before I moved to a small village, Ă…ros, when I was 10 years old. Though I've never been diagnosed with ADHD, I've always had a ton of energy. A feel or restlessness in me. My mother got told on many a teacher-parent meeting that "...you're son is well behaved, polite and stays in his seat, but he hardly ever sits STILL in his seat."

I could bore you with my childhood and everything in it, but very much doubt that you'd be THAT interested in all of that. To sum it up in a few short words; I had a normal childhood and a great family around me. Instead I'll focus on the travel- and adventure part of my life.

Travel bug
If there is something that could be classified as a travel bug, I'm pretty sure I've got it. Growing up I liked experiencing new things and places. Didn't have to be something major like flying to the other side of the world, it could be a simple day trip to the closest big city. I owe a lot of the travel experiences in my early childhood to my mom. My mom, being a single mom, did her very best to ensure that I'd have all the same experiences like any other kid. She worked hard so that I'd have the opportunity to travel and experience new things.

Besides going to Sweden at least once a year, I went to Greece for the first time when I was 8. I remember all the new tastes, smells, language and culture. During that holiday, I picked up a fair few Greek words. I was smitten. Smitten with travel.

Why travel?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

That quote by American author Mark Twain, pretty much sums up the advantages of travelling in one single sentence. By knowing other types of cultures, languages and people you become rich. Rich on knowledge, the best kind.

Ever since I saw Eurotrip (2004) I was hooked with the idea of travelling. Of living in the now. From the first time I watched that film I knew I wanted to travel. After three amazing years in college (US: high school), I went on to study in Swansea, Wales (UK). There I met some of the most amazing people that I've had the honour of knowing. I gained a second family there.

But there is also another reason why I decided to really go for it now. In January I had an accident which resulted in me having surgery, six weeks in a cast and three months of physio. Anyway, not going to sob over that. Stuff happen. But that experience kinda changed me. Even though the accident was far from fatal, I got a scare. In April my physiotherapist said that if I don't keep up a high activity level, I might not never be able to fully run again. That message, shocked me and pushed me towards my plan.

The real questions is why not?

Where's this Viking been?
So far I've only been to New Zealand, Greece, Italy, Monacco, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, England and Wales. My dream is to experience a lot more.

What do you get out of this?
My goal is to share and gain experiences. If you've managed to find my site, chances are that you've been looking for travel related stuff. I hope that my blog can inspire YOU to travel the world. To let go and be free. Maybe you're a bit worried, like I was (and still am). Maybe you need some tips and tricks on what to do or how to get it.

With this blog, I aim to inspire YOU. So if you get anything out of my experiences, if they inspire you, the blog has done its purpose.

I'm not rich, far from it. I don't sleep in fancy hotels or fly first class. I'm an average broke graduate looking to see the world. IF you think you're to poor to travel, you're wrong. Tag along with me and see what happens.