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Lilly Graves

I'm a freelance writer, photographer, and travel planner originally from Northern Michigan, affectionately known as 'Up North'. My first gig was—a start-up travel site, now owned by TripAdvisor—who sent me to photograph and review hotels in the U.S., Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific, and South Asia. Since 2011, I've covered 500+ properties around the world.

During this time, I worked for's Personal Travel Planning team customizing honeymoons and family vacations for members of the site. Among other projects related to travel, I've helped open a restaurant in Chicago and a hotel in Brooklyn so food, wine, and hospitality are high on the list of things that make me smile.

How did you get involved in travel?

"During a trip to Australia, Asia, and Europe in my 20s, I started a blog and became hooked on travel writing and photography. A few years later, I moved to London to attend journalism school and (no surprise) stuck to the travel industry. I then completed internships with the London Times Travel Desk and the New York Times Frugal Traveler, which led to my first job out of college. From then on it's been all about travel and hospitality. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"After a 24-hour journey of trains, planes, and boats to get to the Maldives, I should have gone straight to bed. Instead, I went to the beach and pulled out my camera when a double rainbow appeared in the Indian Ocean. "

Featured trips & expertise

Bergen's colorful waterfront looks especially festive during the holidays
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The transition from autumn to winter draws travelers to the fjords for city hikes, skiing, and festive ambiance. Others may seek the quiet landscapes above the Arctic Circle where Polar Nights let the Aurora Borealis shine bright. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.

Sunset over the fjords in the Hardanger region
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November is a quiet month to visit Norway’s fjords, allowing you to take advantage of the last autumn colors before the snow arrives. This is a month offering fewer crowds, early ski openings, Northern Lights, and great whale watching. This monthly guide will tell you what to do and where to go.

Hasselvika village at the edge of Trondheimsfjorden
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The first signs of autumn in northern Norway
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September marks the end of high season in Norway’s fjords with lingering summer weather—perfect for road trips and enjoying outdoor activities and iconic views without the masses. This is also a great month to hike Bergen's surrounding mountains whilst taking part in its annual food festival. Read on to learn more.

Take a hike to Troll's Tongue overlooking the Hardangerfjord
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Peak season in Norway offers more fjordcruise options
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