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Travel guides – fact or fiction? I once tried to check into a Greek hotel recommended by my travel guide as a “low-cost yet atmospheric guesthouse”. The fact that it was demolished in 1986 apparently didn’t detract from its charm. A writer for Lonely Planet has now admitted that he didn’t actually visit the country he wrote about. Travel writing from home can’t be that difficult. For instance I’ve never been to Norway, but I’m sure I can get the gist of the place if I have a look on Google Earth…


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Tiggy’s Lowly Plannit Guide to Norway

All About Norway
The name Norway derives from the Old Norse word Noreeg, which means Norway. Around 4000 Norwegians live there, all of whom are redheads (apart from an African gentleman called Derek). Norway’s topography is several hundred years old and consists of snow, rocks, grass and sky. Indigenous wildlife includes hamsters, penguins, unicorns and Norway’s national symbol, the Gummiwormig, or fruity tree grub.

Interesting Facts About Norway
Norway is a land of lakes and the ground is permanently under 1ft of water. Rubber boots should be worn at all times. Dress like a local and buy a pair of dentalvlossing, traditional waterproof socks made from woven grass and hamsters.

Norway’s capital city is Oslo, which despite being waterlogged has more outdoor cafes than any city in the world. In fact, all cafes and shops are outside due to an 1857 law banning the indoors. Unfortunately alcohol is also banned in Norway, so ask the waiter for a glass of Longsnot, a traditional brew of honey, grass and hamsters.

Mmmm, fresh snaeshite cake!

Things To Do In Oslo
Take a stroll down Oslo’s main street, Mainstreetoslo St, and pop into (or rather out to) one of the numerous local bakeries. Try a snaeshite, a traditional cake made from snow, grass and unicorn tears. Delicious.

Stay at the popular budget hotel Greasibrotelflop Haus, just off the main street. Costing only 100 Norwegian pesos a night, price includes breakfast and a complimentary massage by lovely redheaded hostess Bjorkga Sukkoksson…


…You know, this travel writing is a piece of snaeshite. I’m sure no-one goes to Norway anyway, so I’m going to submit this to Lonely Planet and wait for the cheque to arrive. Next stop, Vladivostok…


6 Responses to “Travel Writing At Home”

wow, I never knew Norweigans could make so much out of a hamster. I’m not going there, I dont want to end up as socks!(only joking Norway!!)

You can send me bjorka sukkoksons phone number, she sounds classy.

I’ve always thought Lonely Planet was overrated anyway. I bought a Footprint guide for my last trip abroad– much better!

Yes MC, those innovative Norwegians know how to get the most from our fluffy rodent friends! From your moniker, I’d say it’s probably best to stay away.

Roastfrog, I shall check out Footprint. I will shortly be conducting a tour of the red light areas of Northern Europe, do they have a guide on it?

Was this Norwegian weed talking? No, most likely Greek weed.

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[…] dropped), but I have been invited by Tiggyblog fan Snorri Twotsson to Scandinavia! After reading my guide on Norway, Snorri challenged me to visit his wonderful country where he’s promised to “Teach me a […]

the lonely liar strikes again. terrible guide. i use “lets go”. its targeted for the budget traveler (even better than the planets shoestring books.

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