This week’s guest post comes from Lisa at Travellana. Lisa explains why she loves travelling ‘I get the chance to think outside the box, to get in contact with new countries and their cultures and I particularly learn something about myself. Every journey influences our opinions and beliefs and thus ourselves. And I’m sure that everyone who is into travelling knows that feeling at the beginning of a trip. When you arrive at the airport and you know that you’re finally ready to get away. A blend of anticipation, freedom and uncertainty…. and the farewell to my cat. (Yepp, I’m one of these unbearable cat ladies!)’
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Lisa Boemkes and come from a small city in Germany. That’s probably the reason why I want to go out to explore the world.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
As I’m a university student, I have to wait until semester breaks to go on my next trips. But I wouldn’t mind becoming a full time traveler one day.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I give private lessons to safe some money and I always put aside the extra money that I get on Christmas or my birthday. It directly goes into my piggy bank.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
The best place I’ve ever been to is sunny San Diego. During the summer of 2015, I had the great opportunity to live there for two months and I simply fell in love with the city of summer. Not only was the city beautiful but it also made me become more adventurous. Since then, my desire for traveling has increased even more.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’ve thought about this question for several minutes but I just can’t think of any worst place. Maybe I could mention a trip to England here. We stayed in host families in Oxford for several days and they weren’t the best ones. But the cities were absolutely amazing and I had my best friend with me. Together, we could turn this trip into a great experience.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have a pretty long Bucket List, which I will probably never be able to finish. But one of my top three is going to Tromsø, Norway to experience the Northern Lights. Best of all, the trip is scheduled for January, which I’m crazily excited about! I also want to travel the Australian east coast, renting a car and go from Sydney to Cairns. Last but not least, I dream of flying to South Africa to go shark cage diving.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always have my camera ready to capture the moment. And of course, I need my smartphone to keep in touch with my loved ones. As a third item, I would list my iPod. Music is my companion and I never travel without it. It gives my travels a soundtrack and my trips provide everlasting memories connected to the songs.
8. What makes you happy and why?
It makes me happy whenever I get the chance to travel and discover some new places I’ve never been before. But receiving old-fashioned letters makes my day as well. For several years, I have exchanged letters with my lovely penpals from all over the world and it’s my way of traveling whenever there is no time or money to go on a real trip. Over time, I’ve established unique friendships and I’m more than happy about having such great people in my life, even though I’ve never seen the majority of them in real life.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging after returning from my lifetime trip to San Diego. That was roughly two months ago and I basically started because I realized that I had so much to tell. As I have this passion of snail mailing, I wanted to create a blog for my penpals to read about my experiences. But now it’s growing, which I don’t mind at all.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Travellana is an authentic blog from the heart. I share my experiences and give advice for other travellers. My blog, that’s just me; it’s personal and as it is still a very young blog, my readers can be a part of the development and grow with Travellana. Moreover, it’s a bilingual blog. My articles are published in English as well as in my mother tongue German.
From ESLT – Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Lisa. It is one of my biggest ambitions to be able to speak a different language so the fact that you blog bilingually blows my mind. I love the reason why you started blogging as well, how lovely that you had already build up a network of penpals and now you can keep them up to date instantly. I am super jealous that you are visiting Tromsø and I’m sure many other people will be as I know it is at the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists – fingers crossed that you get to see the Northern Lights, I can’t wait to see your photographs if you do. Music is important to me too so I can understand why your iPod is one of your essential items. I love hearing a song and it reminding me of somewhere I have been.