Sometimes I don't write about travel and food, but about completely ordinary thoughts about life and everyday life and everything that happens around us. But of course there can be some travel talk here as well.


Eva at Svabesholm

The year in travel 2020

The travel year 2020. The year that turned out to be something other than any of us could have ever imagined. The year that for me started in Vilnius and ended with covid-19.

Eva among the rape fields

10 things I never thought I'd miss about traveling

I miss traveling so it hurts. It has gone so far that I even miss the thing that annoys me when I travel. Here are 10 things I never thought I'd miss about traveling - but now I almost crave it.


Autumn holidays at Österlen

A last-minute trip to Österlen? Yes, it was actually a lovely (but unplanned) autumn holiday in Sweden's Provence!


A new traveler in the family Rucksack!

The year the world shrank, a seed of thought began to germinate in the family. A seed that turned into a wonderful little four-legged whirlwind in the family Rucksack!


When everything is to be cancelled

What happens when a trip has to be canceled due to the corona crisis? We have now (largely) canceled our entire Greece trip. It turned out to be both simple and extremely complicated...


Trips I do NOT dream of

Believe it or not, as much as I love to travel, there are places and trips that I do NOT dream about. Here is my list with a twinkle in my eye and maybe a little spice too :)

Cocoon Meetings

5 unique hotels with that little something extra

There are unique accommodations that leave a little more of an impression on the memory than others. Here are my five favourites: From castle to hut. From monastery to train carriage.


This year's Swedish travel profile 2019!

Some years Santa arrives a little earlier than others. I am both blushing and bowing with pride. This year has Rucksack (and I) have been named one of Sweden's top ten Swedish travel profiles!

Eva-Gyllenberg-Rucksack-Best travel blog

Dream destinations (and plans) for next year

Planned trips, longing for new places and longing for old favourites. It's almost a new year and I've already booked two trips. But where will the dream trip go? Time to dream away!

Pisa - Italy

Pisa - Or a post about overtourism and travel disappointment

Traveling should be exciting, inspiring and provide lifelong memories, but what if your destination instead turns into a disgusting soup of over-tourism and all you want to do is leave? That's what happened to me in Pisa last spring.

Eva in Kalbarri
Western Australia

Back home from an adventure in Western Australia (and Bali)!

After almost a month on the road, we are now back home! This year's adventure was a road trip among national parks and nature in Western Australia, which ended with lazy days in Bali. So what was the best, worst and how was the weather? And most importantly - did I find a new mug?


Finalist in Travel Inspirer of the Year, needs your help!

I am so incredibly happy to tell you that I am a finalist in Apollo's travel blogger competition!! Thank you so much lovely people for all your votes, without you I wouldn't have come this far! Now I need your help again!


The dream of Italy - plan a trip!

The day plans for our driving holiday in Italy are finally starting to take shape! So what do our plans look like? Where are we going?

Christmas table in Umeå

The Christmas that was almost cancelled

This year our plans for Christmas were a cozy Norrland weekend with the whole family. I had no idea that at 5 in the morning I would be thinking about canceling Christmas...


Get to know the whole family Rucksack!

Rucksack is written by me, Eva, but we are a family with three strong wills who must agree on our travels. So where does our dream trip go? Which was the best hotel? And where do we not want to go again? Here are the answers from all three of us!

Postcard 2018

2018 – the year spent in travel

The year is not over yet, but still I am sitting here writing an annual summary of my travels in 2018. A year with both ups and downs.


A healing autumn day at Österlen

We go to Österlen and absorb energy. To think about something other than yesterday's sad farewell. Life goes on for those of us who are left. Nothing stops, even if it feels like it sometimes.


Friday cozy at Arlanda with closed lounges.

When going on a weekend trip, you need to travel by plane on Friday night. But Arlanda doesn't seem to have understood that, because all services closed right in front of us.


An expected, but sad, trip to Malmö

The question often comes up in various travel forums. "Why do you travel?". The answers not too often revolve around "sun and heat". It's easy to forget that sometimes you don't travel for the sake of traveling, but because something has happened to loved ones.

Travel with children

-"But mom - that's not Mumbai, that's Dubai!"

I don't know how many times I've had to answer the question: "Doesn't it feel unnecessary to go to <"any place"> with my daughter now, isn't it better to wait until she can remember the trip?" After Saturday's movie night, I've actually changed my answer.


A completely unusual day

I was mentally prepared for something new to happen today. Changing positions at work is always a little nerve-wracking, even if it's the same employer. So everything was as expectedly new-old as I had expected. Approximately until 12:08.


Book, cancel and reconsider?

Have you ever scratched the surface of your vacation plans and realized they don't work? Booked, canceled and changed your mind? That's exactly what I did today.

The pig's courtyard

A Stockholm evening + a Letto

Some summer thoughts from a new Letto owner who has hung out in wine bars in Stockholm in 32-degree heat and realized that I write far too little about Stockholm!


Home again from Vietnam, Singapore and Dubai!

Here I am standing on the balcony with my dirty laundry and summing up the experiences of the last few weeks in Asia. What was the biggest surprise? What should I have thought of? And what place made my stress run off like chocolate in the sunshine?


Why do we care about the weather at home when we are abroad?

We Swedes must be the most weather dependent people in the world. Even when we're lying on the beach in Greece with the sun shining, we can't help but sneak a peek at the weather app. But why do we also keep track of the weather at home???


10 travel questions about me

Now that you know everything about how to plan the ultimate driving holiday and where in Queensland to find the best seafood, you might be wondering who I really am? What type of traveler am I? Here are 10 quick questions about me!


When summer came in May

I'm sitting here on the balcony summarizing the past weekend and looking at the weather forecast for the next 10 days. Could it really be true? The Mediterranean heat looks set to stay for at least 10 more days. Our apple tree has blossomed today, little sweet pink bunches of fragrance.


This thing about getting sick on vacation

February. February A month filled with nasty coughing people in public transport and perpetually snoring children. You've probably already guessed it. My sports leave was not as active as I had hoped. I have spent a skiing holiday in Switzerland under a blanket in a hotel room.


Is it worth going away just for a weekend?

The vacation days are starting to run out, and so is the energy at the end of the year. You need light. Heat. Rest. But is it really worth flying abroad just for a weekend?


This thing about going away over Christmas

If already sometime in October you start to feel pressure on your chest about how many weeks are left before you need to start digging the salmon, it's probably time to start planning for a Christmas abroad.

cowboy boots

Travel thoughts for 2018

Which destinations feel fresh for 2018? 2017 is not over yet, but already now the thoughts are starting to fly around in the head about what adventures and destinations will attract next year. On my list for 2018 there are both new upstarts and actually some old favorites as well.


5 most beautiful weekend trips for autumn

The warm colors of the leaves, finally get to dress nicely in layers-on-layers and get to enjoy breathing the fresh autumn air.
Here are five wonderful destinations with a short travel time and lots of coziness.


5 coolest adventures in the underworld

It is not always easy to go exploring in the underworld with the youngest members of the family. It's dark, cold and damp and there are guaranteed to be spiders and, in the worst case scenario, even one or two big and nasty trolls! However, we have found some delightfully dark adventures deep in caves and lava tunnels that the whole family loved – places guaranteed to be safe from goblins (but not spiders)!


5 unique hotels – which are destinations in themselves

Sometimes you find hotels that are real gems. Such hotels that can turn a mediocre destination into a paradise. Such places where you find excuses not to have to leave the hotel. Here are five excuses NOT to be adventurous on vacation, for once.


The year spent in travel 2016

What a wonderful travel year 2016 has been! Sometimes it's good to stop for a while and reflect on everything you've been through and enjoy a little afterwards.


Swedish travel blogs

Looking for other nice travel blogs? Sweden's largest portal for Swedish bloggers - Swedish travel blogs - is a fantastic source of inspiration. We have registered here, stop by vetja!


Recipe: American Pancakes

There's no better breakfast than a big load of American pancakes, slathered with butter and drenched in maple syrup, and you're fueled for a day of exploring.


Europe's 5 most romantic cities

Forget Paris. Forget Rome. The most romantic cities in Europe are neither big cities nor particularly well-known. Here are 5 hot tips for a long weekend in the sign of love.


The world's best whale watching - here are the whales!

One of the best things we know when we travel is to have the opportunity to meet wild animals and especially we love to see whales! Humpback whales, sperm whales, beluga whales, killer whales, herring whales, dolphins - now only blue whales are left to see on our list! To see whales, you need both the right season, the right weather and a great deal of luck. Here are our 4 favorite places to meet the giants of the sea.


New Zealand - Lift or Diss?

Having just returned from a road trip on New Zealand's South Island, I thought I'd sum up my thoughts in a classic hi-diss list. Is there really anything to do in New Zealand you might be thinking?


Children's party in Stockholm

Children's parties at premises around Södermalm - Where do you hold it? Here are some tips on places that are guaranteed to be a success!


Recipe: Gyoza

This is our favorite Gyoza recipe, don't forget the dip - that's half the fun!