You can always learn from your mistakes – New Year or not.

As crazy as it is, 2018 is over. And I’ve had a year full of ups and downs. And still, I would say it was one of the best ones so far. Why? Because I learned to learn from my downs. To use them for my advantage.

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There weren’t many years in my life so far that I’ve met so many new and wonderful people like this year. And on the other hand, some friendships started fading a little. But that’s how life goes – you lose things and you gain others. And the losing part does hurt but I know if it’s meant to be a forever friendship, we’ll find our ways back to each other. And otherwise I know how those people influenced my life and my way of living. And I am thankful for that.

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When it comes to love (the romantic one this is) I wasn’t lucky. I met men I liked and lost them again. And I suffered from it, that’s for sure. But I also learned so much from it. I now know even more, what I am looking for. That I have to put myself first. That I have to listen to my inner alarm clocks, because no matter how great someone looks on paper or how much you want to find the right person, when you don’t feel it 100%, chances are that your feelings are right. And I am proud of myself in a way. Because I have friends who struggle with being alone because they never had to be. And here I am, rocking the single life and being (mainly) happy with it.

I also learned how important me time actually is. I have to schedule more of it in the future. Just a night during the week, where I can work out, take a bath, put a mask on or just watch x episodes of my favourite TV show. It’s the best medicine for your mental health. And your body tells you, whenever it needs it.

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But the main thing I learned throughout this year – resolutions don’t have to be made on January 1st but should be a list you add new things to throughout the whole year. Because let’s face it, January 1st is just another day on the calendar but you and your life changes on 365 days a year, not only 1. So make sure to not procrastinate on your resolutions (even if it’s simple things like quit smoking or losing weight) until the New Year starts but turn your life around whenever the opportunity presents itself – that way you learn and grow day by day and not year by year.

P.S.: I still made some resolutions for 2018 (you can read about them here) and I will continue to follow them throughout 2019. Because all they do is making my life more fulfilled and happy. And who doesn’t love to plan more trips all together?

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Travel Tattoos: A souvenir that lasts forever


Tattoos are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. And I totally understand why. (Let’s not start the discussion now though.)

For me, tattoos are just a way of showing what’s important for me. I don’t have any tattoos where I just decided “I like this” and got it. All of my tattoos have a meaning and for some reason, all of them are connected to a city I lived in.

I asked a few fellow travelers if they had any tattoos they got, just because they loved a country or city so much that they wanted to have a memory of it forever under their skin. Here are a few of the tattoos I collected and loved.

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Love your Coast

Long, sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water for as long as the eye can reach – this is how we expect beaches to look like. Nearly untouched.
But considering all the, sometimes unfortunately reckless, tourists that just leave their plastic lunchbox and their water bottle on the beach next to their cigarette buns after a long day of tanning, and the people that litter everywhere around the world, especially close to some type of water, this is not the reality anymore.
Animals in the ocean get tangled up in rubbish, that gets flushed into the ocean, or they get killed while mistaking it for food while the rubbish on the land attracts mosquitos to bread and spread diseases.

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A refugee’s daily life

The refugee crisis is ruling the newspapers all around the world. According to the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), 1,011,712 people arrived in Europe in 2015. And there are over 50,000 asylum seekers in Germany since the beginning of 2016. We hear all about their terrible journey over land and water to get to Europe and about the problems they can face when arriving in Europe.

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