2000+ kilometers later

That's all from this roadtrip!

In total we drove 2000+ kilometres and spent 5 days sleeping and living out of our car. It has been a wonderful trip and I would do it all over again! Except for the bloodsucking mosquitos, it's been a perfect vacation 😅 I think it's nice to mix it up sometimes between staying at nice hotels and with these kinds of affordable travel by car or by camper vans! Which type of vacation do you guys prefer?

 

BREAKFAST BY THE ROAD

The best thing about being on a roadtrip must be the freedom to go wherever you please and stop whenever you like. And the mandatory roadtrip-snacks onboard of course. And not to forget to mention thhe perks of choosing your own roadtrip-playlist and sing along (really loud) to every single song on it. 

This morning we left the beautiful mountains in the Basque Country and continue our drive into Cantabria. We stopped and refulled, boughts some crisp bread and ice coffee and had our breakfast at the side of the road overlooking the countryside just taking it in all in. 

This is better than any 5-star hotel. Without any doubts. 

After breakfast we headed to a small beach with rocky cliff formation that reminded me of the Philippines or Thailand. I swear it look like Southeast Asia, but nope. Still in Spain. Beautiful Northern Spain!

 

ROADTRIP CONTINUES TO ISLAND FROM GAME OF THRONES

 

On our second day of the road trip across northern Spain we drove to a place known to many as the 'DragonStone' from the Game of Thrones series, it's also known as Gaztelugatze! We had no idea it was going to be one of the highlights of our trip, but it was for sure!

Bilbao was our next stop on the roadtrip before we continued along the narrow countryroads along the coast to Santander! Northern Spain continues to impress us with its beauty (and how green it is everywhere compared to the south!!)

Roadtrip and living the camper life!

I've lived in Alicante now for a few months and never had I been to the north of Spain before, and neither had Viktor. I was able to swap a working day with a colleague of mine so I got an extra day off, which made it possible for the both of us to go on this little trip! The plan from the start was to rent a camper van and live the full camper life! It had all you needed, a bed, a table, a mini fridge, air conditioning and even a shower! But because we didn't book anything in advance, and they are extremely popular by this time of the year, everything was rented out already by the time we decided to go. But we really still wanted to go, so we took Viktor's car, and made it into a camper van! With the back seat folded all the way down and with a mattress on top, we made our own little bed were we where about to spend the upcoming 5 nights! 

On the first day we made it all the way to San Sebastian! (That's a drive of approximately 7 hours!)

Xx,

Maria

SHOULD I GET A HELICOPTER LICENCE?

I think I do!

Flying a helicopter over Cape Town, above the mountains and down in the valleys was FREAKING amazing. My favourite part was when we were looking for an opening in the clouds, and then we saw it and just dove down to see all the beautiful waterfalls!! South Africa. You have my heart.

I sometimes have to pinch my arm to believe this was actually happening. And the best of all was I got to do it with my two favourite pilot girls! I absolutely LOVE to travel with you and can't wait for our next Swedish Flight Mafia adventure together! 

Pilot: Ari Kraak at the Aviation Pilot Training flight school (Congratulations to your first SOLO FLIGHT in the airplane!!)

 

EXPLORING IBIZA OUR WAY

Emma and I were invited by the Grupo Nassau to stay at their beautiful boutique hotel Casa Munich just outside of Ibiza town for a few days. We had an exciting week with quite a full schedule, our goal of the trip was to explore the island as much as we possibly could. Throughout the week we got to see the island's beautiful landscape and a visit to the nearby island Formentera, which is now my absolute favourite spot in Europe. We also had the chance to visit the Nassau Beach Club for the closing party of the year and got invited for dinner at their partner restaurant Tanit - never had that good ceviche before... 

Photos taken and edited by talented Emma Möllerberg ❤️ Check out her Instagram here!

I made a vlog about our trip on my YouTube channel! You can check it out here below 😘 Please subscribe here ❤️

 

 

FLYING OPEN CANOPY AND SKYDIVING IN ITALY

When Maria asks me if I want to come to Italy to fly a Tiger Moth from the 1930's - I'm not going to say no. 

We stayed at the cutest little Bed&Breakfast just outside of Fano, and the older couple that rented our room out to us was so kind and friendly. They gave us maps and showed us where to go. I've never been to the east coast of Italy, so the first thing Maria and I decided to do (after enjoying a typical Italian breakfast) was to take our rental car to go see Fano town.

We didn't stay for long because we had other plans for that day - so after an hour or two we headed to an airfield not too far away where we met up with Cesare and Corrado. Together they fly the legendary open canopy Tiger Moth from 1930. They wanted our help to do their adventure of their lifetime - to participate in the Vintage Air Rally, where only 15 vintage airplanes will be selected to be part of this life-changing crazy trip that begins from the world’s southernmost airport, Ushuaia, Argentina, and heading north to Florida, USA, journey’s end.

Both Maria and I know what it's like to have a dream and thought that if we could help just a little bit with achieving theirs, then we're more than happy to do whatever it takes. The selection of which teams that will qualify is judged solely on popularity and likes on the Vintage Air Rally's Facebook Page, I ask everyone to give a big thump up by liking Cesare and Corrado's video on Facebook! I know it would make both of them so happy! 😀 Also, there's a flight giveaway!! One person of every 1000 that liked, commented or shared their video on the Vintage Air Rally's Facebook Page will get selected to get to fly with Corrado in the Tiger Moth!!

Flying the Tiger Moth was so much fun I couldn't stop smiling, THIS was truly something I've never experienced before and I'd love to do it over and over again. It's so different from anything I've ever flown before, such freedom feeling the wind with the open canopy. After our flight in the Tiger Moth we had a little break before our next adventure - skydiving.

Even though I've had the chance to try skydiving before with the Breitling team in Dijon, this was something completely different. We had the pleasure to jump out on an aircraft from 14000 feet (we normally use oxygen when at this altitude) while the sun was setting. It was SO beautiful to see the east coast of Italy at this altitude, and I was enjoying it so much more this time than the first time because I was feeling more relaxed. 

We got back to our cute little B&B that evening and went to bed with the biggest smile you can image on our faces. The next day before I went back to Tenerife and Maria to Sicily, we went on a little roadtrip to San Marino - a country I've heard so much about but never had visited. And I'm so happy we did this trip, because I liked it so much! The weather was perfect and so were the views! We didn't have much spare time before we had to go to the airport and catch our flights, so we tried to see as much as we possibly could. But both Maria and I said to ourselves that we definitely needed to come back, and next time we'd bring Malin with us, because without her our Swedish Flight Mafia trio isn't complete ❤️

Bye Italy & San Marino, until next time! Arrivederci 👋

(PS. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for the full video of our crazy flying adventure and a lot more)

QUICK VISIT TO LONDON

I went to London for three days to visit my friend Abbie. We strolled around the big city, visited Big Ben and jumped on a bus to go see all the lovely neighbourhoods around. Ate some great food at cute cafes and bought ourselves an umbrella at the Portabello market - yes, it was raining the whole weekend we were there. But that's okay, I still love you London :)