For long-term travels I usually travel with a 65l backpack and a 35l daypack. In my daypack, also known as my mobile office, I usually store my laptop, a book, a jacket, my DSLR camera, and other electronics and valuables, so I need a fair bit of space. However, on short sightseeing trips I always find that my daypack is far Read More →

Welcome to Volunteering Abroad. In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring friends I’ve met on the road — friends who at some stage in their life have undertaken a long-term volunteer placement abroad. When we lived in Sucre, Bolivia, we met Adrien who at the time was volunteering with CUSO International, a Canadian development organization Read More →

Having just spent an afternoon at a tapas bar here in Ghana, I was suddenly flooded with fond memories of my beloved Arequipa – which reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share some more photos from my stay in Arequipa for a while now, before work rudely got in the way. As such below are some Read More →

One of the disadvantages of working in international development is regularly having to say goodbye to friends and colleagues – in our case this especially applies to those wonderful people we met in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Peru over the last few years. On the flip side, one of the great things about working internationally is Read More →

I loath packing and living out of a messy backpack, which I think has to do with the fact that I am German and therefore genetically predisposed towards order. I remember painfully the days when I would just throw everything in my backpack and hope for the best. Of course I never found anything and the Read More →

Those of you who know my blog probably know that volunteering is a big part of my life. On my travels I always try to include a volunteer placement as I believe it is important to give something back to the communities I am lucky enough to visit. For that reason I am excited to launch Volunteering Abroad. Read More →

The alarm went off at 4am but I wasn’t tired or grumpy. On the contrary, I was full of excitement and emotions. Today would be the day I would finally fulfill a lifelong dream, today would be the day to test my physical limits, and today would be the day to marvel at the ancient Read More →

If there is one thing I love then it is travelling off the beaten path to places that usually only locals know about. The black waterfall of Yura Arequipa is such a place and it is so remote that the only way to reach it is by trekking through a river bed. When my Peruvian friends Read More →