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Camping and hitchhiking around Tobago

Pirates Bay, at the Northern tip of Tobago

Tobago is simply a backpackers paradise. Everything is much cheaper than in the rest of the Caribbean, you can legally camp for free on all the beaches and it is one of the places in the World where I have most easily gotten to hitch rides with passing cars.

I met a Chilean hard core backpacker called Hilton who suggested that we should hitchhike around the island and then camp along the way. The first day we went to the city on the Caribbean side of the island called Castara, where we made camp on a beach called Englishmans Bay. It was in a bay covered by jungle on all sides, completely empty of people and I would say it was my favorite beach on the whole island. We also hiked to a waterfall, just a few minutes walk from Castara city, which was small, but nice.

Pidgeon Point was also lively with beach bars at night

Our second night we spent camping in the tribune of a football stadium in a city called Charlotteville. We were supposed to camp at a lookout point called Flagstaff, but as it was raining so much we found out that it was better just to seek shelter and then go there the next day. We also visited the beach furtherst to the North called Pirates Bay which Hilton said was his favorite- probably beacause it really gave you a feeling of being on a pirate beach st the end of the World.

The view from Flagstaff, Charlotteville

The camp at Englishmans Bay

We also stopped at the beaches on the Atlantic side of the Island around the cities of Speyside and Roxborough, but I must say that the Caribbean side was the most beautiful and it is a place that I will miss when moving on to South America next week.

Watch this on my vlog episode 8 here

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The Art of Minimalism

Most of you probably know that I have spent the last twenty months sleeping in a tent and living with only what I need: a phone, a pennyboard, clothes and my camping equipment. While I have been selling and giving away all I owned, the only thing I have bought has been the camping gear and I thought I would let know what and why:

1. Sleeping bag in order to make it through the Norwegian winter it has to be a warm one. Mine goes down to as much as -27Β°C.

2. Sleeping mat for the winter. This mat takes up more space than my tent, but it is invaluable for staying out on frozen ground.Β lmnts self inflatable mat

3. Inflatable sleeping mat for summer and backpacking: Exped Hyperlite S

4. Hammock tarp that can also be used to protect me from rain when using my bivvy bag: Sea To Summit Hammock Tarp

5. One person tent– It has survived 6 months of camping through Africa, its lightweight and easy to use: Alps Zephyr 1

6.Four to six person lavvuΒ If I want to stay at the same spot for more than a week, eg. when camping in Svalbard : Helsport Varanger 4-6

7. Inflatable pillow: It is as big as an apple when packed and super comfortable!: Sea to Summit Aeros Ultra Light

8. Protection mat for my bivvy and tent- probably the reason why my tent has lasted that long: Alps Zephyr 1 floor saver

9. SWAG/Bivvy bag Super compact and completely waterproof- perfect when backpacking!: OR Helium Bivvy

10. One person hammock: Hand made in Ubud, Bali, paid only 20$!

11. Tree huggers: To leave as little imprint on the nature as possible when stringing my hammock to trees:Β Ticket to the Moon Tree Huggers

12. Thermal sleeping liner : makes it up to 10Β°C warmer, just by using this inside the sleeping bag: Sea to Summit Thermolite Extreme

13. Hammock mosquito netΒ Because it is super comfortable to sleep in a hammock, but only when there are no bugs:Β Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net

 

Sometimes when there is raining/snowing a lot I pitch my tent under more permanent roofing that I find in the woods

My most loyal tent, its cheap, quick to set up and really durable

My favorite, when I want to stay longer in one place than just a couple of days

The Bivvy will stay completely dry inside and is just to roll out and use

Sleeping outdors can be great when the forecast shows no wind or rain