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Happy hopeful — How to be an optimist

In honor of my birthday I was going to muse about travel & age today. But then two things happened that made delving deeper into the idea of being an eternal optimist more appealing. The first thing that happened was that two of the insurance companies through which I hold pension plans refused to let…

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A brief guide to WWOOFing, WorkAway & Co.

After having laid out in my last post what WorkAway can do for you and why it’s a great tool to spice up your vacation while being kind to your budget, here is a brief overview of the main contenders in the work for food and lodging market. WWOOFing WWOOFing was started more than 40…

Backpacking Africa

I am a solo traveller

It’s not like I don’t like to be around people. When I encircled Africa I did a big chunk of the Eastern lag with the same guy. We’re still friends. I love couchsurfing and prefer WorkAwaying over housesitting. However, finding a partner to travel life and the world with somehow still hasn’t happened for me.…

Find Out How It All Began

Travel-B.com was born after my first backpacking trip through Africa to share the stories from the road and my lessons learnt.

Walking Home Project

In 2014 I walked the word 'home' on the map between Berlin (Germany) and Biarritz (France). As you do.

Sweet Memories: Africa 360°

Between September 2011 and August 2012 I took a truck, busses, boats and trains to encircle Africa from Berlin to Cape Town and back.

My Twisper Travel Tips

Twisper is my go-to platform / app to collect places I've been to and my personal highlights and thoughts about those places.

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  • Happy hopeful — How to be an optimist

    In honor of my birthday I was going to muse about travel & age today. But then two things happened that made delving deeper into the idea of being an eternal optimist more appealing. The first thing that happened was that two of the insurance companies through which I hold pension plans refused to let…

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  • Is it cave? Is it a house? No, it’s Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Movie buffs might recognize Matera as go-to location for films about the death of Jesus Christ, most recently Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of Christ’. And though Christian faith did in fact have great influence on the development of the city, its history spans many more centuries and the region has much more to offer. Unusual…

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  • What did you do one year ago today? – How Walking Home has changed me

    It was exactly one year ago today, on a sunny Sunday morning, that I set out on an elaborate adventure. I had it in my head to walk from my home town Berlin to Biarritz at the French Atlantic coast. And I wanted to ask people along the way for shelter for the night. 4,800…

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  • Berlin to Policoro (via Fiumicino & Rome)

    Berlin to Fiumicino by plane (Germanwings) One nice thing (apart from staying with my sister) about staying at my sister’s place in Berlin-Charlottenburg is that it is awfully easy to get to Tegel airport. I had the last of my four 4-Fahrten-Ticket tickets left, found the stop for bus 109 near the Schloss and 15…

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  • Cordes-sur-Ciel to Berlin (via Toulouse and Hamburg)

    Cordes-sur-Ciel to Toulouse by train (SNCF TER) Cordes (-Vindrac) train station is about 5 km outside the historic village. Thankfully my hosts Kathy and Bob picked me up from Borie Grande in the early morning and dropped me at the station. Regional train service TER Midi-Pyrenées offers a special tariff on selected trains. With tikémouv the ticket to Toulouse…

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  • I am a solo traveller

    I am a solo traveller

    By on February 14, 2015

    It’s not like I don’t like to be around people. When I encircled Africa I did a big chunk of the Eastern lag with the same guy. We’re still friends. I love couchsurfing and prefer WorkAwaying over housesitting. However, finding a partner to travel life and the world with somehow still hasn’t happened for me.…

    Read More
  • A brief guide to WWOOFing, WorkAway & Co.

    After having laid out in my last post what WorkAway can do for you and why it’s a great tool to spice up your vacation while being kind to your budget, here is a brief overview of the main contenders in the work for food and lodging market. WWOOFing WWOOFing was started more than 40…

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  • Trading work for food and lodging – The wonderful world of WorkAwaying

    Do you want to change your life? What if I told you that you can test drive this new life at an extremely low cost? The answer is WorkAwaying (or WWOOFing or HelpXing,… – click here to see a comparison of the three). You want to move to the country? — Find a host in…

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  • Father feelings

    Father feelings

    By on January 31, 2015

    I first met Ian and Judy when my WorkAway host Bob from up the road in Campes and I walked the dog and visited them for coffee. We met again at a curry and quiz night organized by another expat neighbor in the village. Their eldest son, Andy, and I were paired up and we…

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  • How to make a Polly to help you carry your backpack

    Earlier this week I gave you tips on how to prepare for your first long distance walk and how to sustain the hike. I hope I was able to inspire you to at last give it a try. In case you are still worried about lugging all that baggage with you here is a quick…

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  • Long term walking for beginners, pt. 2

    When I set out to do “Walking Home” I had done exactly one multi-day hike: When climbing Mount Cameroon in 2012 I had chosen the two and a half day route with one day ascending and one and a half days descending from the mountain via lava fields. Porters were carrying most of our baggage,…

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  • Long term walking preparation for beginners

    When I set out to do “Walking Home” I had done exactly one multi-day hike: When climbing Mount Cameroon in 2012 I had chosen the two and a half day route with one day ascending and one and a half days descending from the mountain via lava fields. Porters were carrying most of our baggage,…

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  • Metz, 3000 year old city by the Moselle

    Its location at the confluence of the rivers Moselle and Seille has attracted settlers to Metz as early as 3,000 years ago. I visited the capital of Lorraine region in early summer. My couchsurfing host Eric proofed not only a great host but also a knowledgable guide to the city and its grand history. It is…

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  • Three years

    Three years

    By on November 25, 2014

    It is not the first thing you will learn about me when we meet. It is not the first thing you will learn when I talk about travelling Africa. It is not even the first thing I will mention when you ask me about whether I was scared as a white woman travelling the continent…

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  • Five tips for working in the wine harvest in France

    This October I got the opportunity to work for almost two weeks picking grapes in the stunning Loire Valley in Central France. It’s an experience I can recommend to anyone (fit enough to do a few dozen squats a day and walking for about 5 km). Here is a more formal compilation of things I…

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