I travel a lot – mostly for fun, occasionally as a side effect of my job. And I combine the best of both worlds – a “quite normal 9-5 Job” and my passion for foreign landscapes, countries, cultures and foreign dishes. So, I guess I’m a prime example of a part-time traveller.
Of course, when following great full time traveller blogs (like the “neverendingfootsteps.com”) I get the occasional attack of jealousy. But honestly: travelling full time without my home and family is no option. And: I like to travel for fun, not for money. That’s why I earn money in my job and spend it travelling.
Travelling is my passion for as long as I can remember, meaning for more than 50 years. Grown up in the 70ies in Germany, travelling the world was not really top of the people’s “to do” list. But we travelled to the Mediterranean and the Canary islands during my childhood. And I LOVED it. During my university time (I’m a biologist) and later in my job (research administration, already for ages) I saved money to afford as many trips abroad as possible.
Over the years our finances – fortunately – have improved a bit, enabling us to travel beyond the near (i.e. European) neighborhood. However, working in public services, our resources are still quite limited. Thus, I do a LOT of planning to make the most of the available money. Meaning: we are no “budget backpackers”, but we are not the “luxurious bon vivants” either. We appreciate “value for money”, no matter if a hostel or a five star resort. Mostly it’s not the one or the other, sometimes a combination of both, usually something in between.
Travelling quite often also means “eating out”, and we enjoy a lot having dinner without shopping before and cleaning up afterwards. Plus, there’s always something new to discover – either a traditional dish in a new version, or something never tried before. In short: a major part of the pleasure of travelling comes from Dining out.
In this Blog I would like to share with you
- Destinations: places, beaches, restaurants to discover, things to do
- The worst experiences (so you can avoid them)
- The ways I do the planning and organizing
- Stories about what happens if you are going abroad
- and – last but not least – my favorite recipes related to the different destinations. It might be some traditional dish or a drink. In any case, it’s something that we had enjoyed during the respective trip and we hope you’ll enjoy too…
…and I would be happy if you comment on the Posts and/or the recipes and share some experiences as well!
Travelling and Sustainability
Of course, travelling and taking care about sustainability is a bit contradictory. However, there are some things you can consider in order to reduce your CO2 footstep (please see the respective FAQ section). This is important! If I learned anything from traveling and staying abroad, it is that we’ve got only this one earth, and we have to take care to protect it as it is. If you have been to the Maldives or any of the Atolls in the South Seas, you know that they cannot afford any rise of sea Levels – they will just be gone. And that’s only one aspect of climate Change. So, let’s try our best to preserve this beautiful world.
I like to travel for fun, not for Money
Having mentioned this, please enjoy, have fun and use my experiences to make your own!