The essence of traveling

Have you ever heard of that question “If you weren’t able share it on Social Media or take any pictures, would you still plan your trip the same way?”?

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Me in the Blue Mountains, Australia

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I haven’t been as active on my Instagram as I used to be, which is obviously also due to the fact that I have a job now and work 9-6 every day. But it’s also because I enjoy my time off my phone. I enjoy not thinking about taking the perfect Instagram photo. Because that’s not what life should be about.

I remember last year (around one year after I started my blog) I went to Chile to go to a friend’s wedding and travel around with a few of my friends and it was one of the nicest trips I’ve had. But I caught myself thinking every once in a while “Oh shit, what will I write about on my blog? I need more photos! We need to do more exciting things I can write about!” and right when those thoughts popped into my mind, I had to stop and appreciate the place I was in right now. I was in Chile, with some great friends that I barely get to see anymore since they live in Hamburg. And I shouldn’t have to worry about something like that.
I started this blog when I started my MA in Journalism and PR because I knew it would be good practice and because I always wanted to do it. But I soon realised that no matter how fun it was, I didn’t want it to become a huge thing and a full-time job. Because I travel mainly to see a country, to meet people, to have a time out from reality. And you can’t get that time out when reality and traveling melt into each other.

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

I get very jealous of people who live the dream: their office is wherever they choose it to be, no matter if it’s the beach, a café in a vibrant city or the hostel reception. Of people, that get paid to travel, because they write about it or take photos of their trips. But then I have to remind myself how bad I get at taking pictures when I’m enjoying a situation. How I love to just be one with the nature or the people I’m with and not constantly capture the situation in photographs or written words.

And this – by no means – is meant to downgrade all the people who chose that lifestyle, because, like already mentioned above, I envy you. I just know that I wouldn’t be good at it. I wouldn’t appreciate it enough and I would feel under too much pressure to succeed and to publish good content.

So maybe sometimes, we should just leave our phone, camera, gopro or whatever at home when we go off the wander the streets of the place we just landed in. Just for a day. To really feel the energy of the place. To really capture wonderful moments, not with a camera but with our minds.

Because we should plan our trips regardless of things we can post on Social Media. Because the essence of traveling is to dive into new worlds, to step out of your comfort zone and to enjoy life to the fullest.

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some situations are just too surreal not to photograph though (Lord Howe Island, Australia)

Is catching flights not feelings really what it’s all about?

The other day, I’ve read this article about being a wild girl that never settles. And I also shared it on my Facebook page, because I somehow relate to it. But it also made me wonder about the whole thing. Is it really a either-or-question? Do you have to decide between catching flights and catching feelings?

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Things that will happen to you when you travel alone (and are not as bad as they sound)


1 You will cry sometimes

No matter at which point of your travels, it will happen. When I left for my first trip by myself (5 months around the world) I had my first breakdown even BEFORE I left.

It was probably around 2-3 weeks before I was about to board the plane that I was partying in Hamburg with some friends when my purse got stolen (Note to self: never leave your purse on the floor and start dancing around like a maniac in a bar like I did that night.)

I remember sitting outside the bar, crying and calling my mum, telling her that I wouldn’t leave for my trip because if something like that happens to me at home already, what else would happen during my trip?

But I left. And it was the best decision. Not only because I had the time of my life but also because I realized – bad things can happen anywhere, no matter how far developed the country is.

But of course that wasn’t the last breakdown. Saying goodbye is always hard, to your friends back home when you start your trip, to the fellow adventurers you meet along the way but also to your freedom and the adventures when you go back. But it’s okay. Shit happens and as long as it doesn’t stop you from leaving again and again you will get through it.

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2 You will lose things

Yes it happens. When you talk to people who went travelling you will hear crazy stories. People getting robbed, losing their backpack, losing their passport. I for myself only lost two things – my flipflops (I got over it pretty easily) and the key to my locker in bangkok. The last only cost me my dignitiy in asking the hostel-guy to saw open my lock (which was INSANLY loud by the way) and waking up everyone in my dorm up. (It was 3 pm and everyone was sleeping – what are the chances, right?).

But no matter what you lose, even if it’s an essential like your passport or your backpack. You will get over it, you will meet the greatest people helping you as good as they can, supporting you and being there for you. There could be a little breakdown happening (I guess no one would be calm after losing important stuff on a solo-trip) but think about it: It will make an amazing story for your grandchildren. „Kids, did I tell you about the time I lost everything I had in Cambodia?“

(Don’t get me wrong, it also happens when you are travelling in a pack. But let’s be honest – It’s easier to have a well-known shoulder to cry on than someone’s you just randomly started talking to at the police station.)


3 You will change your plans

Planning a trip is hard. Where do I wanna go? What do I wanna see? How much time do I want to spend at a certain place? Don’t panic, you will change your plans anyways. There are places which blow your mind away and you just don’t want to leave that place and the people you met there. So you just stay. There are places people tell you about where you never thought about going. So you spontaneously book a flight or bus to experience all the adventures you’ve been told about. And that’s all travelling is about. Especially when you are alone. Experiencing what you want to experience, make your own decisions and definitely question the plans you made. Because sometimes you just gotta say …

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4 You will hang out with people you’d maybe never talked to back home

In one way or another we are all picking our friends very carefully, considering interests and personality. It is rare that you see a guy with dreadlocks, a girl with a Tiffany necklace and a soccer player sitting together at one table (no offence to anyone). While you are travelling that happens all the time, just because Travel is the one interest that connects the most different people. And it’s great! Maybe that guy you are sharing a room with or that girl you just started a 3 day trekking trip with won’t become your best friend. Maybe a few weeks later you don’t even know their name anymore because you never bothered to exchange your Facebook and you’ve already met so many new people. But you can learn from them. And they can probably learn from you. You just have to give them a chance.


But the last and most important thing that will happen for sure – you will have the best time. And you will enjoy every second. Without any regrets.

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