I travel the world.
And I squeeze it all in.
In fact, I did extremely well in 2015!
My blog became two (2) years old in the middle of October. Yay! You can read all about it right here.
I became the media darling of the German press and made a documentary for the largest TV station in the region of Berlin & Brandenburg which was also picked up by other national German TV stations! I also went on LIVE TV and had to speak in German. Gulp!
I was interviewed in a radio production broadcast about British expats living in Berlin called Briten in Berlin or Brits in Berlin, I did a [VIDEO] interview as a rep. of the Berlin Travel Massive Blogger Community at the ITB Berlin and, I was asked to participate in a short silent independent movie made for a film school application called: “Wer will noch mal, wer hat noch nicht.” Very, very short!
I was interviewed by one of Europe’s largest online newspapers – The Local in Germany – and for the British press via The Independent (coming out in February), as well as in the Huffington Post, Travel Massive and by other well-established bloggers. There’s way too much for me to put on this post but you can read more about it here.
Remember when I wrote a post about how to be smart if you want to travel. That hasn’t changed so I’ll say it again:
I’m not a multi-millionaire.
Neither is my husband!
I didn’t win the lottery.
I didn’t quit my job.
I didn’t change my lifestyle.
I didn’t throw my one and only child into boarding school.
I didn’t re-locate to a warmer (cheaper) climate.
I didn’t sell my stuff!
BUT HOW DID I DO IT?
I’m married, I have a husband, a tween child and a very nice corporate job, as an inter-cultural life coach, educational English language trainer and teacher in Berlin, so if you need help with anything, just let me know lol!
And I have this wonderful lifestyle, travel, expat blog!
In short, I live a normal life. Just like you.
I’m married, in a relationship with someone, or have been single. Just like you.
I have family responsibilities. Just like you.
I have a full-time job. Just like you.
And I have to count my pennies and pounds just like you, as money doesn’t grow on trees!
But I travelled to 11 countries last year and I’m telling you, if I can do it, so can you!
I live in Berlin. In Germany. And Germany is right in the center of Europe. It has airports, train stations, bus stations, bicycle stations, cars and every possible means of transport.
I’m betting that wherever you live, it’s similar.
I’m betting that your village, town, city or country has exactly the same thing. You might even have more possibilities such as horses and camels. Whatever!
If you want to take a front seat you can.
Yes, times are hard, money is low, you’ve got kids and you have to take grandpa with you. And the dog! No worries, go ahead and read my tips:
Take the bus. I did! We took a coach bus from Germany to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It took 26 hours and we were knackered and exhausted, but we didn’t die!
If you’re travelling miles apart, book ahead and take a plane.
Check out websites such as skyscanner and then go on the airline’s own website. It pays to be a little flexible if you can. You don’t have to limit yourself. You don’t even have to make up your mind. Use your home-base as a starting point and then go for “anywhere” and just keep trying out different destinations until you’re happy with it or the location is within your budget.
In many cases, trains are cheaper than planes if you book ahead, and certainly in Germany, children under 15 years old are completely and utterly free! We travelled to Budapest from Berlin which was a thirteen (13) hour train journey and it only cost €69.00 for myself and my boy. First class! For train travel all around the world check out the website of The Man in Seat Sixty-One . . . or Deutsche Bahn.
In short, distance shouldn’t be an issue. You can fly, take the car, share a car, travel by train, bus, sail, or even cycle! Europe is great for the bicycle. If cash is extremely short, camping is available all over Europe, as well as bunkhouses, hostels and couchsurfing for absolutely free!
If you’ve got the cash. Go for it and drink champagne wherever you go. There are a bevy of fabulous places just waiting for your custom, and it’ll be their absolute pleasure to have you, whether it’s in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia or the Americas. Right now, you’ll be treated like royalty!!
Just because you have a fixed job, doesn’t mean that you can’t travel.
Go to Eastern Europe instead of Western Europe.
Go to South America instead of North America.
Go to Wales instead of England.
If you feel more comfortable staying in your own country, don’t worry about it. Each and every country has something to recommend it, and is bound to be as lovely as paradise! I’m not here to guilt trip you. It’s your holiday.
If you feel more comfortable, going on a package tour. Go for it.
If you feel more comfortable travelling with the whole family. It’s your call.
Don’t choose. Go where you want to go.
Make it fun.
Keep things light.
Live the life you want!
And now for what you’ve all been waiting for…..
WHERE IS VICTORIA aka THE BRITISH BERLINER GOING IN 2016?
Drum roll pleeeeease!
Travel plans this year are:
Sweden for TBEX (the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference).
The Czech Republic.
The country of my birth and the Holy of Holies. The Mother Country. That beautiful land of Hope & Glory otherwise known as Blighty!
And of course, I’m going to try to do a bit more of Geeeermany as I only managed to go to one other German city in 2015!
I travel a lot for leisure and pleasure. I live in Germany which many consider to be an expensive Western nation. I can afford a life of travel and a comfortable Berlin lifestyle. I live the life I want.
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my very own!
If you have any questions about Berlin, Germany or anywhere in Europe, don’t be shy, I’m an expert! Go ahead and ask me!
I have so much to share with you so next week you can read what I did in the city of Bath!
It’s January. Well, hello there!
Berlin Fashion Week is coming up and will take place between January 19th and January 23rd, 2016. Save the Date!
The Conference on the Future of Fashion will take place at #FASHIONTECH BERLIN on January 20th. Tickets are free!
The British Shorts Short Film Festival will take place between January 21st and January 25th. It’s going to be really cool. I went last year & enjoyed it very much plus, there’s a festival workshop & a 48 hour film project absolutely free of charge, but you have to hurry!
If you’re not in Berlin in January, you’re missing out.
January is going to be full of wind & snow!
Watch this space!