Hello there! Welcome to a world of travel and endless colours, where I get lost in distant countries and bring you tales from the road. A blog dedicated to all the strong women out there in the world and a source of constant inspiration and the living proof that if you are dead set on making a dream come true, you can!
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Out of the Dark to Down Under
Back in 2014, I was in a dark spot. Well, that is an understatement. The only way seemed to be down the rabbit hole but since not all journeys in life end in fairy tales I opted for the way a lot of people tried to discourage me from: I went off the grid. To Down Under.
I booked a one way ticket to the other side of the world with only a tiny scrap of confidence left and that was that I somehow would be fine. Travel has always been a second nature to me and miraculously enough I had always been fine.
Not speaking up in class but talking to strangers on the street in England to fill out a questionnaire and win a little something (I am very competitive and yes, I won the prized mug). Hating small talk but forming bonds with people all over the world (even if we met only for a day). Travel surely pushed me to my limits but I let it.
Fast forward two years, 32 countries and counting I am still on the road although the honeymoon phase is over. Travel has picked me back up and I have had my fair share of disasters along the way but I am more confident in my own skin than I’ve ever been.
What a Difference Travel Makes
And that’s the beauty of travel. It challenges you, holds a mirror up to you and the people and places you see and becomes the best teacher you can have if you only listen. Ok, this sounds seriously cheesy but it’s true. And that’s why I turned this blog from a private diary shared with friends and family into a collage of travel in all its forms.
“To me, travel is passion, happiness and excitement and I want to share this with the world. ” – Annemarie Strehl
No matter if you are travelling big or small, long or short, alone or with others, if you are open and stay curious, you will experience the most wonderful adventures. And leave small pieces of your heart scattered all over the world. And that’s good!
This means, you can be home everywhere. Because the key to it is you. And that’s why I love solo travel. When there is only you, suddenly all the things you tried to avoid will come bubbling to the surface and you have to deal with them. Plus, you are finally the boss and can try out things you like and simply leave out things you know you won’t.
What Is the Blog About?
Travel budgeting is a big factor for me to keep travelling because travel is not as expensive as most people think (which is why I created a free crash course on how to master the art of DIY travel planning on a budget).
To me travel has five important aspects I love to discover wherever I go. Food (duh!) with special regard to chocolates and cheesecakes, culture and the local way of life as well as city strolls and nature hikes. So where would you like to start?