Urbiztondo is a great surfing spot for beginners and hardcore surfers alike! It is located in San Juan, La Union, a 5 hour drive from Manila, Philippines. The beach is great, the waves are awesome and most importantly, the locals are nice! It is also a great spot to document with your lomo cameras!
Lofoten is a group of islands in the north of Norway. Despite being north of the arctic circle the atmosphere is warm and the nature is wild and beautiful with white sandy beaches and steep mountains. The people there are humorous and open (more so than the rest of the Norwegian population, it seems!