Everyone is posting pics from exotic destinations and living their best life, while you are wondering how you’re going to survive a 12-hour flight.
You’ve picked a destination, a place you’ve been dreaming of going for so long. And you want to go, but preparing for travel can be really overwhelming. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced wanderer. Even I still barely sleep the night before a trip and I’d say I’m a pretty broken in solo backpacker.
What to pack for my trip? How to plan a trip? What to do before, during and after?
Aargh, there are so many questions when it comes to travel!
How do hostels work? Is it safe to travel alone? Will I make friends?
Worry no more, because I’m here to tell you it’s going to be okay. Traveling seems scary, but it doesn’t have to be. No one starts out an expert and we all learn from our mistakes. The key to travel is preparation, doing your research and going with the flow. There are just a few things you need to know about travel. So relax, take a deep breath and following my travel tips:
General Travel Advice
I’ve probably stayed in close to a 100 hostels. I love them! They’re such a fun and afforable way to travel, especially as a solo traveler. Not sure about this type of budget accommodation? Let me tell you why I love staying in hostels and I think you will too. … More Why I Love Staying in Hostels
2019 was once again a great travel year for me. I traveled to 15 countries, of which 6 I had visited previously. People often ask me about my favorite destinations, but with so many places to choose from, picking just one is really hard. Each place I go has so much to offer. So to reflect on the past year on travel and hopefully inspire you for your next trip, these are my favorite places I visited in 2019: … More My Favorite Places I Visited in 2019
Over the last few years, backpacking around the world and being a digital nomad, I have stayed in a lot of hostels. Having experienced hostels from both the guest and staff side, I feel comfortable calling myself something of a hostel expert. Whether you’re a novice backpacker or already converted to the hostel life, here is everything you need to know about staying in hostels: … More Things to Know about Staying in Hostels
Hostels are a fun and affordable form of accommodation. But since you’re sharing a space with complete strangers, there is a specific code of conduct for staying in hostels. Most of this I would consider common courtesy, but you’d be surprised what some people think is acceptable behaviour. So for everyone who wants to stay in hostels, here is my basic hostel dorm etiquette guide … More Basic Hostel Dorm Etiquette
By cooking most of my own meals I save a lot of money on food while I travel. Instead of spending a ton of money on every meal, I save my hard-earned cash for street food, snacks, drinks and the occasional splurge. Cooking your own meals can seem a bit daunting, but cooking cheap, healthy and easy meals as a backpacker is actually not that hard. I’ll share my tried and tested tips on hostel cooking and saving money on food … More Things to Know About Hostel Cooking and Travel Meals
Travelling is great, but changing time zones isn’t. A bad jet lag can really mess up your trip, something I experienced on my current trip to Vietnam. I used to be one of those people who never really got jet-lagged, but that, unfortunately, wasn’t the case this time. I felt groggy and miserable for a good two days trying to get my body to catch up to my new location. Some people are more sensitive to jet lags than others, but luckily there a few things you can do to limit the damage. … More How to Deal With a Jet Lag
While travelling is absolutely incredible, it is also exhausting. This travellers fatigue is a common problem that we don’t talk about enough. It is important to practice self-care when you are travelling. So, learn from my mistakes and use these tips to either avoid or remedy travellers fatigue: … More Tips for Selfcare When You Travel
Travelling can be scary. Especially when you go far away to a place where you don’t know the culture or language. It can seem daunting and your mom is likely worried. People might be trying to give you well-meaning advice about how dangerous it could be. But it isn’t. Travel isn’t dangerous, it isn’t scary. As long as you keep your wits about you, there is only adventure. So calm your nerves (and your moms) by following these tips to stay safe while you travel. … More How to Stay Safe When You Travel
Technology has made travel even easier. And though some may prefer to rough it old-school, I like to combine my Lonely Planet travel guide and smartphone for the best travel experience. Some apps help you get from to A to B, others keep you occupied during transit or help you once you’re at your destination. These are my favorite and very useful travel apps you should download before your next trip. … More My Favorite Travel Apps
Staying healthy while you’re travelling can be challenging. Whether it’s the heat, exhaustion, foreign cuisine or a nasty bug, there are plenty of health hazards to keep an eye on when you’re on the road. But that certainly shouldn’t deter you! As much as I hate getting sick on the road, I’d still rather be sick … More How to Stay Healthy While You Travel
How can I surprise my loved ones with thoughtful gifts without damaging the planet and people?This eco-friendly and zero waste travel gift guide is filled with fun ideas for sustainable gifts. Whether it is for the holidays, a birthday or “just because”. … More Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste Travel Gift Guide
The travel industry, and especially mass tourism, can be very unsustainable. Carbon emissions, endless consumption, pollution, economic and social exploitation, etc. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
There are lots of little ways we can change our habits to be more eco-friendly. These small sustainable swaps for travelers make a big difference. … More Small Sustainable Travel Swaps That Make A Big Difference
It’s not always easy to maintain a vegan lifestyle while traveling. Depending on where you are, you may not always have access to plant-based meals or alternatives. But hard does not mean impossible. It is definitely doable to explore the world as a vegan. It just takes preparation! With these tips, you’ll be able to travel on a plant-based diet. … More How to Travel on a Plant Based Diet
I’ve been on many long distance buses and night buses in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. During all those trips, I became somewhat of an expert on long-distance bus travel. I learned how to find the best transportation, be as comfortable as possible, how to stay safe and get the most optimal sleep. Let me share my experience in overnight bus travel with you. Here are the most important things to know about traveling by long distance bus. … More Things to Know About Traveling by Long Distance Bus
Sustainable travel is about more than eco-friendly travel, it is also about responsible tourism and ethical travel. Traveling in ways that benefit local communities and support equality. And sustainable tourism isn’t hard! All it takes is a bit of education, mindfulness and making better choices. So, here are a few ways you can practice sustainable tourism: … More How to Practice Sustainable Tourism
In my efforts to be a more sustainable traveler, I made a resolution last year to fly less. It turned out to be a lot easier and a lot more fun than I had anticipated. Traveling over land allowed me to really enjoy the journey and see much more of the place I was visiting than just aerial views. For your next trip, instead of immediately booking a flight, why not consider one of these alternative ways to travel without flying? … More Alternative ways to Travel Without Flying
There are few things so buzz worthy in the travel industry right now as “sustainable travel”. The harsh truth is that we live on a gorgeous planet, but the way we’re traveling is destroying that. So, if you love this planet and want to see it in a way that benefits rather than harms the environment, there are lots of things you can do to travel sustainably. Join the green travel movement with these easy tips: … More Tips for Green Travel
Because I am a crazy person and I wanted to save money as well as limit my carbon footprint: I decided to travel from Luang Prabang to Koh Lanta over land. This is how I did it: … More Traveling from Luang Prabang to Koh Lanta over Land
Solo (Female) Travel Tips
I’ve been traveling alone my whole adult life and I can truthfully say that it is the most empowering and rewarding experience ever. I think the trick to a successful solo trip is your mindset. Solo travel requires a little bravery and above all a positive attitude. Follow my tips for getting in the solo travel mindset and you too can learn how to travel alone. … More How to Travel Alone
I don’t believe in running down a check list of “must sees”, but would rather let the advice of locals and plain chance lead me. There is nothing like getting lost in a foreign city and stumbling upon hiden gems. This doesn’t mean I don’t do any research or don’t plan anything. I always look up a few can’t miss highlights, save them in my phone, and read up on local customs and culture. And there are a few things I like to do in every place that I visit. Even if I miss out on most of the main tourist attractions, by doing these things I know I’ll have an amazing solo trip: … More Things I Do on Every Solo Trip
Can you believe we have just entered a new decade? Time really flies when you’re having fun! Of course, I also traveled a ton in the last decade. In fact, although I’ve been traveling all my life, it wasn’t until the last decade that I started traveling solo. That I discovered how incredibly freeing and empowering solo female travel can be. And if you’d be so kind to come along, let me take you through my whole decade of solo travel: … More Looking Back on a Decade of Solo Travel
Solo travel is the best!
The freedom, the empowerment, the fun: there is nothing like it. Traveling alone is the best decision I ever made. If you are considering giving in to your wanderlust and exploring this beautiful planet alone, allow me to tell you what you need to know about traveling alone as a woman. … More Things to Know about Solo Female Travel
Two small words that scare a lot of people.
They used to scare me too. I let a lot of travel opportunities pass me by because I had no-one to go with. But once I tried it, I loved it. As with everything in life, solo travel only seems scary before you do it. But it is such a rewarding experience. So go out there and give it a try. … More Why I Love Traveling Alone
A lot of people are afraid of travelling alone because they fear loneliness. Especially in the evenings. But don’t worry, meeting others while you travel is actually really easy! I’ve listed my tips on meeting new friends, dinner companions and drinking buddies on the road: … More How to Make Friends as a Solo Traveler
Some people (like me) love Cambodia, others hated it. I think it takes a bit of time to grow on you. The smiling, loving people who have had to endure so much. The stunning landscapes, from mountains to beaches. Here are a few things you should know before you go and see it for yourself: … More Things to Know Before You Visit Cambodia
Motorbikes are a beloved and convenient mode of transportation in South East Asia. In Vietnam, they are especially popular among backpackers who want to drive from one end of the country to the other. Lots of people buy a bike for a long trip or do rent a bike for the day to explore and … More Things to Know About Riding a Motorbike in Vietnam
My trip to Morocco was one of the highlights of 2018 for me. I’d been wanting to go for a long time, but never felt comfortable to go by myself. I’m so glad I went though! Not only is Morocco amazingly beautiful, I found the people generally to be lovely and kind. But it is … More Things to Know Before You Visit Morocco
I love Austria (except for the current political climate). I think it’s an underrated travel and vacation destination, especially the countryside. Austria is absolutely stunning, with mountains, lakes, charming little villages, and beautiful cities. The food is delicious, and the people are kind. I spent three weeks this summer backpacking through Austria, exploring different parts … More Things to Know Before You Visit Austria
I love Italy. I know, not exactly a controversial opinion. History, culture, art, food, sun, beautiful landscapes and charming people, Italy has all the elements of paradise. But it also has its downside. It’s a country of irregular public transportation, a slowly increasing English proficiency and especially in the south, dirt and crime. But I’m not trying to scare you away. Instead, just prepare yourself with these tips below so that you can fall in love with Italy as deeply as I have: … More Things to Know Before You Visit Italy
I have been traveling my whole life and over the years I have become somewhat of a packing expert. I used to be one of those girls who brought a full-size suitcase for a week at the beach. Now I can travel for six months with just a carry on! I know it sounds almost impossible, but you can just follow this guide to packing light. … More The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light
packing the right things in your hand luggage can make all the difference on a long flight. These travel essentials will help make your flight a little more comfortable. … More What to Pack in your Hand Luggage for a Long Flight
Budget Travel Hacks
South East Asia is a beloved backpacker destination for several reasons. From the amazing food to the beautiful sights, but also the low cost of living. To make the most of your cash, follow these tips and you shouldn’t have any trouble staying in your budget: … More Tips for Budget Travel in Southeast Asia
Budget travel and Europe are two things that don’t seem to go together. Everyone knows that Europe is crazy expensive. Right? Wrong! Sure, travelling in Europe can be expensive. Cities like London and Paris are known for it. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it is entirely possible to explore Europe without breaking … More Tips for Budget Travel in Europe
The next best thing to traveling the world is watching other people travel the world! For me, one of the most important parts of travel is trying new foods. Luckily there is a great intersection of these two passions for all the traveling foodies out there. These are my favorite travel & food shows on Netflix. … More My Favorite Food & Travel Shows on Netflix
Anyone can travel and anyone can travel solo. These great female authors prove that being women should not be a limitation to a life of adventure. These books massively inspired me and stuck with me because of their great writing and unique stories. Here are a few great travel books that will make you want to pack your bags and explore the world of solo female travel: … More The Best Travel Books by Female Authors
For me, the next best thing to travelling is watching other people travel. There are plenty of movies made about adventure, exploring, discovering yourself and other cultures. Here are a few of my favourites that never fail to make me itch for a vacation. … More Travel Movies to Inspire Your Wanderlust