A lot of people told me how expensive Norway is and how muchmoney I would be spending. I'm taking great delight in proving them all wrong. With a bit of ingenuity and a buit more leg work its possible to get by on less than 50 bucks a day and still get a good value travel experience. It also helps that I'm travelling with a Woolford, who seem to have bargain hunting built into their genetic code. Heres a couple of hints you don't see in the Lonely Planet. 1. 2. Coffee. Again I was told, 'get used to coffee withdrawals'. Well, if your idea of coffe is sipping on a macchiato in some w***y sidewalk cafe, then yes, get used to coffee and 10 dollars a pop. Otherwise head to the local version of a 7-11 and pick up a coffee and pastry for 15 NOK (aboout 3.50). You may be saying, 'Patrick, that'd be poor quality crap you're swilling', but no, the pastries in these stores is some of the best I've sampled overseas so far and the coffee is tasty and in any form that takes your fancy. 3. Beer. Like coffee, if you want to enjoy a cleansing ale in a quaint local, get used to at least 10 bucks a schooner minimum. Get to a supermarket - in Copenhagen we found a local brew that was 1.75DKK (45 cents), but warm. No worries, pop them into the fridge behind the coke, come back in an hour or 2 and enjoy them in the park just like a local! 4. Package Tours. In Norway theres a lot of these. Norway in a Nutshell involves a ferry tour of a fjord, getting a scenic train up a valley and a bus ride back. A ticket for the entire trip costs 790 NOK. Paying for each individually at each leg costs about 600 NOK! This is such a scam, but tourists don't seem to pick it up (mainly the socks and sandals brigade). By the way, with my student ID and rail pass we got the price down to 290 NOK - Bargain! 5. Hostels with buffet breakfast. Usually a bit more expensive but can work in you favour. Hit the breakfast when it opens (around 7) and eat your fill. Pop in again before it closes (10:30ish) for an early lunch and squirrel away some non-perishables for the afternoon. Light snack for dinner and you can eat for less that 5 dollars a day! There's heaps more, but it's a little more mundane. head to Norway and live like a king on a budget, its easy!