Describe yourself in 3 words. I am curious, adventurous and loyal.
Tell us what you do and what do you love the most about your job? My background is in marketing and after I worked as a freelance editor and PR- Marketing Manager at a publishing house I became a travel blogger. My most favourite thing is travelling and research, networking as in talking to people and listening to their stories, and the social media side.
What type of traveller are you? When I started to travel I bought lots of guide books and read every single page. During trips I ticked off all the places I had visited. I was infamous for it. Over the years I changed, today I am so far that I often even go without any preparation at all (apart from booking a flight to get me there and back). I might come back, without having seen the big stuff, as it just happened on a recent trip to Los Angeles, where I didn’t see the Hollywood sign. But so far it hasn’t killed me. I love camping in the bush without any facilities at all, but also city trips with lots of visits to Museums and dinner at excellent restaurants.
What was the best holiday you ever had? Risking sounding pretentious, I count myself so lucky to say that I had many amazing trips so far. Only recently did I start to use Instagram (I know I am a bit late) and when I look at the pics I post on the site, I often can’t believe that this is my life. I have the ability to wonder about the simple and small things in life. I could easily say that I had the best time visiting an active marine volcano in New Zealand but then I think that taking that boat trip in the Okavango Delta was also pretty special, or what about standing on Shibuya junction in Tokyo …? I stay open minded, and live in the moment. I know that as long as I am healthy, every trip I take is great.
What do you love about your home country? Since I am a real city girl and at the same time love the great outdoors, Germany is an amazing country to live in. In the north there is a stunning coastline with the biggest national park in Europe and in the south there are the Alps. Then there are cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, all full of history, with fascinating museums, galleries and restaurants. Germany’s close proximity to other European countries makes it easy to travel around.
All expenses paid holidays. Where would you go? “Fly Me to the Moon.” I imagine this trip to be so very different to everything I have experienced so far.
Tell us about the restaurant you love going back to. Why? Savoy Cabbage in Cape Town, South Africa has been my all-time favourite for a decade or so. It is stylish but friendly, everyone working there is always up for a chat and the food is fresh. I love that if I go back there after many months, and order the tomato tart for a starter, that it just tastes as yummy as ever. I hope they will never take it off the menu.
What would be your top airport advice? Arrive early with some extra time, that way you won’t get stressed and start to be unfriendly to staff at check-in or security. The more time you have, the less stressed you are and people around you will appreciate your relaxed attitude. I think it very silly of people to arrive at the very last minute and push everyone around, simply because they weren’t that good at organising their day of departure. And: yes, everyone has to leave their water bottle behind … no discussion needed.
Top 3 things you always travel with and why? Sunscreen: Very obviously, no one needs prematurely aged skin, right? Camera: My camera, I have to take at least a few amazing shots while I am away. Handbag: I need a space where I can put my camera and sunscreen.
What is your dream travel destination? I would love to travel to Antarctica (and started planning it). The price clearly holds me back to go on that trip.
What is the lesson you’ve learned from your travels? I learned that people all over the world are pretty much the same, we all might have interesting different cultural backgrounds but we all get hungry, thirsty, fall in love, laugh and die in the end. I am all for celebrating our similarities. Time is precious, as soon as I sense negative energy from people around me, I move on.
Images Courtesy of Dorothee Lefering