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My mom’s family immigrated to the United States from Norway, so I’ve always known my ancestry was ~50% Norwegian. I asked my dad’s parents where their side of the family was from, and they thought a mixture of Germany, England and Ireland.
Well, it turns out that my dad must have had a good chunk of Norwegian and Swedish in his history. My siblings recently did genetic testing, and the results showed we are about 90% Norwegian and Swedish. That’s much higher than I thought.
To be honest, I’ve never had a strong desire to visit Norway. My parents and my brother’s family traveled there, but I’ve never prioritized the trip.
The main reason is the cost. Everything is so expensive there.
Also, it’s not a place where I would want to land and spend the entire time in one city. I would want to travel to a few places and cruise on a fjord.
Traveling to Norway has always seemed more difficult and more expensive than many other destinations in Europe, like France and Italy. So, it’s never made it to the top of my list.
Seeing how much of my ancestry is from Norway prompted me to take a closer look at traveling there. And honestly, with how much travel my family does and how much my husband and I plan to do in the future before we get too old, it would be a little weird for me NOT to go to Norway.
Another thing that has really changed my mind is understanding the high cost of things in Norway and how to save money while traveling. This post on TPG about traveling to Norway is a great resource. Knowing that Norwegians only go out to eat a few times a year helps to explain the high cost of restaurants there. By staying in an Airbnb, avoiding taxis, pre-booking trains and requesting a VAT refund, maybe the trip won’t be outrageously expensive.
I’m more curious to visit Norway (and maybe Sweden) after seeing the results of DNA tests. I have moved it closer to the top of my list. While it’s not my #1 priority for the next few years, I’d like to travel there within the next 10 years.
Have DNA results prompted you to travel anywhere that wasn’t on your list before?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.