Norwegian Travel Blogger Anne-Sophie Redisch Shares How She Packs Light

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I’m Anne-Sophie Redisch of Sophie’s World, a travel journo and blogger by night and CEO of a small non-profit by day. I live in Norway and am just back from Serbia now. Other than travelling and writing, I love dancing and hanging out with my two daughters.

How and why did you get into traveling?

My first trip abroad was to the USA. Mum took my brother and me to visit her cousin who lived in New Orleans; a bit of an ordeal in those days (I was there with the kids a few years ago; it still is, really). Mum had never flown before, so it was quite brave of her to take two crazy kids who couldn’t sit still on a journey involving four planes and five airports: Oslo – Copenhagen – New York – Atlanta – New Orleans.

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Photo credit: Daniela Nasteska Olsson

How do you finance and prepare for your adventures and travels?

Day jobs over the years and sometimes upping my mortgage. 🙂

These days, I frequently travel trips sponsored by tourist boards and travel companies, so I don’t spend as much on travelling as I used to. Very little goes towards gear.

I don’t really plan that much. I’ve often just had return flight tickets and nothing else, even when flying with my kids. There’s always somewhere to stay and things always work out. That said, I have friends who plan ardently, and sometimes I’m very glad they’re along, otherwise I would have missed out on some fabulous experiences.

Why is traveling important for you?

Curiosity. I want to see and experience as much as possible.

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Photo credit: Ann Mari Gregersen

How do you bring your things with you?

I try to travel with only carry-on as often as possible, a light-weight back-pack or a small suitcase, depending on the type of trip. If I end up buying things and run out of room, it’s always possible to buy an extra sports bag or something. Come to think of it, I often have.

If I travel for work, I often bring computers, larger cameras, etc., and need light-weight, yet sturdy bags, obvs. Don’t have a favourite brand, but testing out a few these days.

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How do you organize things in your bags?

If I have a backpack, I keep different types of clothes in different plastic bags or the like, so it’s easy to find quickly. I like bags with lots of different rooms/pockets, so I know what’s where.

As for waterproof bags, it depends where (and how) I’m going. If I’m trekking in the Amazonas, it’s very important (though haven’t done that yet).

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How do your bags and gear hold up?

I’ve travelled with some of my bags for 20 years or more, so I suppose they’ve held up quite well. My old backpack that has lasted more than 20 years is from Bergans of Norway. The kids have had those as well, 30 litre ones for backpacking. Has held up very well both in Norwegian mountains and through the desert in India and all over the place really.

I also bought a lightweight Quechua pack last summer and have only used it a little, so a bit early to tell, but I like it so far.

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What are your best blogging tips to have a successful travel blog as yours?

Blogging tips: I’m not the best person to talk to when it comes to seeing the blog as a business. I like to write and take photos – the business side of things frankly doesn’t interest me that much, so I just do the minimal, I’m afraid (I really should hire a business manager).

Essentially, what I do is write the kind of thing I like to read. I don’t really approach brands or destinations much, but I’m part of a few blogging collectives, and quite a few of my trips come through those. Also, PR agencies and brands approach me quite frequently. I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years, so I got an early start in travel blogging. That helps, I’m sure.

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What are your best travel-tips for parents with young children?

I was 11 years old when I first travelled abroad. But times have changed; I’ve travelled with my kids since my oldest daughter was 11 weeks old. I’ve always found it easy to travel with kids. Most things are available anywhere, in one form or another. Travelling with kids means going a bit slower, compromising a bit (perhaps eating at fast food joints occasionally), and ease up on the partying. Otherwise, it isn’t really that different from travelling without kids.

Tip? One thing that always have worked well with my kids, is to tire them out before long-haul flights, preferably outdoors. I flew to South-East Asia alone with my oldest daughter when she was a super active 4-year-old. In order to wear her out, we flew to Copenhagen in the morning, then were out and about for hours before flying onwards to Bangkok in the early evening. She slept the entire 11 hours. Perfect.

Just do it. Simple. Don’t overthink it. Things always work out.

What has been your best travel-related purchase below $100?

Powerful power banks for all the tech stuff! I have Mitone power banks now, which I’m pleased with.

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What will the future bring?

I was in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in 2016, and would like to see more of that part of the world – so the Tajikistan and the Pamir Highway is on this summer. Also, I’m curious about remote places. Tristan da Cunha is on the list. (Need to research more, and save a bit for that.) I’d also like to hike a bit more; considering Kilimanjaro or Tour du Mont Blanc for next year.

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