How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!

Yes!

It happened!

OMG!

So a fortnight (two weeks) ago, was a really great day.

Have you ever been to Blackpool – Britain’s version of Las Vegas – OMG!

As you all know, I’m a very proud British person.

However, after the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Berlin – very British – rbb

I’ve always been determined to remain British to the core.

Indeed, I even told a reporter of the Bloomberg newspaper that the only way you would get me out of this country, would be kicking and screaming!

But the writing on the wall was crystal clear, that British – European relations was not going to get better anytime soon, but effectively worse.

So at the end of 2016, I changed my mind, and decided to apply for double nationality.

I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose! ©Reuters

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day!
How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

Basically, I want to be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

Now for British citizens living on the European continent, and European citizens living in the UK, what’s next, is a constant worry, and I attend many a meeting, press sessions and network groups, on this very question.

If you’re British, & have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible!
©Dr. Meddy – The Cartoon Movement

If you are British, and have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible, as the clock is ticking, and even though 2018 has only just begun, 2019 will be upon us sooner than you or anyone else anticipated, and then it will be too late.

If you’re a British national of Irish descent or anybody born in Northern Ireland, you have the right to acquire Irish citizenship, so if there’s a whiff of Irishness in your ancestral tree, go and get it!

I can’t tell you what to do and where to choose, but I can give you some simple tips and guidelines as to how to apply for German citizenship, if you’re British.

HOW TO GET GERMAN CITIZENSHIP IF YOU’RE BRITISH – HOW TO BE A GERMAN VIA DOUBLE NATIONALITY!

I’m not a lawyer, so you should seek legal advice!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on my personal experience. I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s go on.

THE RULES:

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
  • If you live in Germany permanently, and have done so for at least 8 years, you can apply for German Citizenship
  • If you’re a member of the EEA, a Swiss citizen, or the EU, citizenship is not required. EU law allows for the Freedom of Movement Act which effectively means, that you can live in any Schengen country, whenever, and however you like
If you’re highly qualified in fields such as science, research, IT, or have a firm job offer, immediate permanent residence is usually offered in Germany!
  • If you’re highly qualified in fields such as science, research, IT, or have a firm job offer, immediate permanent residence is usually offered
  • If you’re a self-employed entrepreneur, Germany is happy to have you
  • If you have German skills, can support yourself financially, have health insurance, and no criminal record, residency shouldn’t be an issue

Then there is naturalisation.

HOW TO APPLY FOR GERMAN CITIZENSHIP via NATURALISATION OR DOUBLE NATIONALITY

Summer in Germany – Simply the Best!

WHAT DOES NATURALISATION MEAN?

How to apply for German Citizenship via Naturalisation or Double Nationality

Legally, naturalisation (or naturalization) is the documented act or process, by which a non-citizen, may acquire citizenship or nationality, of another country. This may be done by statute, without any effort on the part of the individual, or it may involve an application and approval by legal authorities.

Britain opted to leave the EU, therefore, after March 2019, no UK citizen will have automatic free access to the EU, and no EU citizen will have automatic free access to the UK either.

This has brought about a Pandora’s box of conflicting problems.

This also means as a UK citizen, if you live in the EU and wish to ensure a continuation of EU rights, then the path to go down for legal certainty is either naturalisation, or double nationality.

WHAT DOES DOUBLE NATIONALITY / DUAL CITIZENSHIP MEAN?

Can you have dual citizenship / double nationality, and not know it?
©i.redd.it

Double Nationality or Dual Citizenship, is the concept where an individual is a national or citizen, of two countries at the same time.

In Germany, it’s the norm to give your nationality up, in order to get German citizenship. However, German law permits certain people to hold two citizenships if:

  • A child, with a parent who has double nationality
  • A child, who has one German and one foreign parent, and therefore, automatically acquires all the citizenships their parents have
  • A person of ethnic German descent
  • A German citizen who also holds citizenship of another EU country, or Switzerland

If you have Double Nationality, under German law you are viewed as a German citizen, and have the same rights as any German National. However, you lose your right to claim German consular protection if you chose to live in your original home country, (or any other country where you hold citizenship). In this case, you will be viewed by that country as one of its citizens, and their own services will apply

I chose double nationality.

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!

Either way, there’s a lot of red tape to get through.

There was a time, when there was an unwritten thing about fast-tracking Brits who wanted to become German citzens before the Brexit Referendum, but that’s stopped now…

I choose to have both German and British passports!
©DPA

According to the BAMF – Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, otherwise known as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the process of Naturalisation is extremely challenging, and can only occur under certain circumstances and conditions.

THE CONDITIONS:

My beer at the NeuenSee lake in Berlin!

You have a right to Naturalisation, if you fulfil the following conditions:

  1. You have an unrestricted right of residence, at the time of being naturalised
  2. You have passed the Naturalisation Test (knowledge of the legal and social system, as well as living conditions in Germany)
  3. Your habitual, lawful place of residence has been in Germany for at least eight years (this period can be reduced to seven years if you attend an integration course and pass, and can be reduced to as little as six years, in the case of special integration measures. A reduction can also be made for marriage, the co-naturalization of spouses and children, foreign spouses of Germans, or under the laws of asylum or refugee status
  4. You have independent means of securing a living (including dependent family members), without resorting to social welfare payments or unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II)
  5. You have adequate German-language skills
  6. You do not have any criminal convictions
  7. You are committed to the free democratic constitutional order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany
  8. You have lost or given up your former nationality (exceptions apply, depending on the country of origin)

It is however possible to obtain “discretionary naturalisation.”

This means that the naturalisation authority can agree to naturalisation if there is public interest in your Naturalisation, and some of the basic requirements have been fulfilled.

CHILDREN:

Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!
  1. Children born in Germany have an automatic right to German nationality if their mother, their father, or both parents, are German
  2. Children of foreign nationals take German nationality if they were born in Germany and if, at the time of their birth, Germany was the habitual, lawful place of residence of at least one parent for eight years, and the parent has unlimited right of residence
  3. Children of foreign nationals, must decide when they are aged between 18 and 23, whether they wish to take up German nationality, or retain the nationality of their parents
The Music Producer and “The Tall Young Gentleman” in beautiful Osnabrück, Germany.

Luckily for us, The Tall Young Gentleman is half German (by virtue of his German father) – half British (by virtue of his British mother – me) by birth, and has always been entitled to both nationalities.

I’m extremely glad that I had the foresight to register him at the British Embassy in Berlin, at birth, and have it recorded on his birth certificate too!

As far as being British is concerned, point Nr. 8 above “you have given up your former nationality (exceptions apply, depending on the country of origin)” is extremely important, because the way to bypass that point as of now, is still double nationality. After 2019, if you are British, you’ll have to choose.

HOW DO YOU START THE PROCESS OF NATIONALISATION / DOUBLE NATIONALITY:

Now that Brexit & Article 50 has been triggered, as an island nation. We’re out. Alone.
  • The first thing you have to realise is that the clock is ticking, and the UK government is not backing down from Brexit, so if you want double nationality, you ought to start processing it. Like YESTERDAY!
  • Next, you must submit an application.

Parents can make an application for children who are under 16. Anyone over 16, must submit their own application.

You can obtain application forms from the following places:

Bremen – Old Town Hall – Germany
  • The city / town council
  • The local authority
  • The regional district office
  • The local immigration office or authority for your town or community
  • Youth migration services
  • The immigration advice service for adult migrants

To find out which authority handles the citizenship process in your area, ask your local advice office, regional advice office, or local foreign affairs office. The information and documents that are required for your specific case, will be provided by your local authority.

Take me to the Baltic Sea in Geeeeermany!
51 reasons to go to the seaside. In Germany! ©Usedom Tourismus GmbH

If you are applying for German citizenship while in the UK or abroad, you need to seek advice from your local German Embassy, German Consulate, or German Diplomatic Mission.

Before submitting your application, you should schedule an appointment for a free-of-charge advice session with your local authority office, so that you can ask any questions necessary, make sure that your documentation is complete, and also pay the Naturalisation Application fee.

Sonderzug nach Pankow – the cult song of my Regional District Office in East Germany – sung by Udo Lindenberg!

I scheduled my advice session at my Regional District Office.

I live in Berlin.

Berlin is the capital of Germany.

It’s a very busy important city.

  • The only way to schedule a meeting is by online appointment only – nur nach Terminvereinbarungvia the electronic appointment scheduling system

You won’t get it any other way.

  • And you must be a resident of the district
Light the way to German citizenship!

My Naturalisation Office would only take appointments on two (2) days of the week, and so the next available appointment slot would usually be about 5 weeks ahead, and even then, you really had to be snappy with your fingers, ‘cos if you weren’t fast enough, that would be another week lost!

And right now, that office is so over-whelmed, consultation hours have been cancelled until the middle of February!

Some districts are flexible, and will take applications from anywhere in the city, via open consultation – offene Sprechstunde ohne Terminvereinbarung – but right now, many offices have enough worries of their own!

Oh, and don’t forget to take along your current passport!

Don’t forget to take your British passport!
©dpa- A. Rain

Once the local authority office is satisfied that you fit the requirements for Naturalisation or Double Nationality, you might also be asked to provide evidence of the following:

  • A sufficient knowledge of German, which is at least equal to the level of B1, in the Common European Framework of Reference

If you have a Deutsche Sprachdiplom, a B1 Zertifikat Deutsch, a Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ) – German Test for Immigrants, were educated at a German High School, a German University, or a German institution of Higher Learning, you will not be required to do anything more than show proof.

If not, you might be asked to do a language test.

You can do that test, or find your German language ability, here.

  • General knowledge skills regarding the political, social and legal aspects of living in Germany. Proof of that is usually derived by taking and passing, the Naturalisation Test.

WHAT IS THE NATURALISATION TEST?

Should you go to Oktoberfest!
©Adam Fletcher – How to be German

The Naturalisation Test is proof that you have the knowledge of the legal, social system, and living conditions in Germany that you need, to understand, successfully integrate, and be Naturalised, in Germany.

HOW TO PREPARE:

Oh no! I’ve got to do the Naturalisation Test, & learn stuff!

The best way to prepare for the Naturalisation Test is by using the government’s Online Test Centre.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has more information about the test including how to prepare, free online tests, and where to take it.

There are many platforms that you can use to practice online.

I used this Einbürgerungstest online platform – which is totally free of charge – because not only did it provide the test from each Bundesland, but it also gives you the possibility to test yourself from Easy to Very Hard, and if you get them wrong, you’d be provided with the correct answer, and why!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I started with Very Hard (obviously), and got all the answers right, but struggled with all the simple easy questions, so it was good practice!

WHAT DOES THE GERMAN NATURALISATION TEST CONSIST OF?

  • You have one hour to answer 33 multiple choice questions, and you have to get at least 17 questions correct, to pass the test (you have the right to re-sit it, if you don’t)
  • Topics covered include: ‘Living in a Democracy,’ ‘History and Responsibility,’ ‘People in Society,’ as well as some specific questions about the particular State / Region in which you live. In my case, Berlin
  • The local Naturalisation Office in your area, will tell you where your nearest test centre, is so you can register.

Again, it’s a bit of a long process and requires hours of queuing to register.

HOW TO REGISTER: 

I allocated an afternoon to do this.

After waiting for hours, I approached an officer, who told me to go around the corner, and register with another office that had absolutely no one in it!

I was the only person there, and within 5 minutes, filled in the required form, paid the fee, and received a choice of dates.

Victoria’s Einbürgerungstest / Naturalisation Test 2016
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

I registered and sat my test at the Kultur- und Bildungszentrum Sebastian Haffner in Berlin.

I answered 30 questions correctly out of 33, so I was very pleased!

  • The cost of the test is a €25.00 fixed fee
  • It takes a couple of weeks, then if you pass, you’ll receive your certificate with the test results, from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, by post.

Once you have the Einbürgerungstest – Naturalisation Test Certificate, you then send a copy of it (do NOT send the original document, as they can’t send it back) to the Naturalisation Office, you applied to.

WHAT NEXT?

Make it crystal clear that you’re applying for Double Nationality, so that you don’t have to give up your British passport, & there’s no misunderstanding later on! ©Lifehack Quotes

Referring back to your original advice session at the very beginning of your application:

Remember to make it crystal clear that you’re applying for Double Nationality rather than full Naturalisation, so that you don’t have to give up your British passport, and there’s no misunderstanding later on!

Then pay the fee.

Pay the fee with the Bürgeramt Kassenkarte!
Erfurt Bürgeramt ©Friedhelm Funke – Instagram – @friedhelm_funke
  • The process of Naturalisation costs €255, but you’ll be required to pay €191 at the initial stage.
  • Minors who apply with their parents, pay a fee of just €51.00
  • A reduced fee, or payment by installment, is available for low-income earners, or applicants with large families

Remember!

Once you have the Einbürgerungstest – Naturalisation Test Certificate, send a copy of it (do NOT send the original document, as they can’t send it back) to the Naturalisation Office, you applied to.

Then you wait.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:
Come to Berlin. We’re waiting for ya!

The average process time takes between 6 months and a year, depending on where you live, and the number of applications.

British citizens applying for German citizenship, have increased tenfold!

My advice is to stay in touch with your Naturalisation Office, and give them a quick call every 3 to 6 months, just so that you know how far they’ve got, and if they need anything else.

I bet you wouldn’t mind calling this sexy hot German guy!

They really don’t have the time or resources to contact YOU, so make sure that you do everything you can to make their work easier, as in my Regional District Office, only two (2) officers were allocated to Naturalisation and Citizenship, and it’s such a huge task, it’s over-whelming!

Once you get the lucky letter that your application is accepted for Double Nationality, this is what happens next.

YOU’RE ALMOST THERE! 

At the entrance of my local town council – Bürgeramt Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
©Kai-Uwe Heinrich

You’ll receive a letter with the appointed time and date, when German Naturalisation will be conferred upon you.

On getting to the Naturalisation Office, you’ll be required to bring your current passport, one (1) biometric passport photo, and to pay the remaining €64.00 Application Fee, at a special automated machine.

You’ll also have to sign a few more documents, and get your passport photo verified, and stamped.

There will then be a small pledge ceremony.

I was looking forward to a proper Swearing-In Ceremony like the German Naturalisation – Einbürgerungs Ceremony in Stadt Karlsruhe! ©Fränkle

I was extremely excited and very much looking forward to a fanfare ceremony akin to this one.

My husband – The Music Producer – told me to not to expect drums and whistles in Berlin, and sadly due to a lack of personnel, he was right!

Mind you, I signed a petition asking for a proper Swearing-in Ceremony, sometime in the future!

I’m proud to be a German, so I want my bells and whistles!

At least, I got a tiny Naturalisation/ Einbürgerungs pledge ceremony by the time I got outside the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin Town Hall!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

At least, I got a pledge ceremony, in which I had to cite my allegiance and loyalty to the Federal Republic of Germany, and tried not to stumble over my words!

My German Nationality Certificate / Einbürgerungsurkunde, was given to me, and my German Permanent Residency Document taken back, (I received this 5 years after I arrived in Germany, and it was always in my passport…) and returned to the Foreign Office!

We shook hands, then I went to collect my new passport, and pop the champagne!

Popping champagne ‘cos Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner, is German now too!

Whooooooa!

Not so fast Missy!

I was given a waiting number and sent to another department!

More waiting, and a Warteticket / waiting ticket at the Burgeramt in Stadt Neuss!
Instagram – ©Jascha Huschauer – @huschauer

We waited for about 30 minutes, and then went to another office in which I had to:

  • Show my current passport
  • Show my Naturalisation Certificate
  • Show my verified and stamped biometric passport photo
  • Scan a fingerprint of my index finger. On both hands!
This is also the time to apply for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, too!
©picture alliance / dpa

This is also the time to apply for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, too because as a British citizen, I only ever had a passport as a legal form of identification, which I was always supposed to take out with me.

And which I never did!

Whoops!

Now I’ll be able to have a German Personalausweis too.

After all that hard work, here's a biometric German / Deutsch passport / Reisepass document for ya!
After all that hard work, here’s a biometric German / Deutsch passport / Reisepass document for ya!
  • The cost of the actual German passport is €60.00
  • The cost of a German passport for anyone under 24 years old is €37.50
  • A German I.D. card / Personalausweis can only be issued to children 16 years and above. For young people under the age of 24, the cost is €22.80
  • For adults over 24, the cost of a German I.D. card / Personalausweis is €28.80

I applied for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, for both myself, and The Tall Young Gentleman, who will be 16 this year.

He will be pleased.

Gulp!

Very proud. I’ve got my Naturalisation / EinbürgerungsurkundeCertificate & thus Double Nationality!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

So there you have it.

I’m a real British – German now!

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SOME VERY IMPORTANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

If you want to be a German, ask more questions! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

CAN I GET GERMAN CITIZENSHIP, WITHOUT NATURALISATION?

In Stellshagen – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Germany.
Our son as a baby – 20 months old!

Yes!

  • You can obtain German citizenship by right of blood or Jus Sanguinis in which you have at least one German parent. It doesn’t matter whether you were born in Germany or not
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if your parents registered you at the German Embassy or Consulate, in the country you were born in
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if you were adopted by German citizens, as a child under 18
  • You and your descendents can get German citizenship by descent if you, your parents / grandparents, were German Jews between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945, and were deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds
  • You can get German citizenship by descent if you’re a spouse or descendant of an ethnic German from the former USSR, or certain parts of Eastern Europe, who previously had German citizenship, and were expelled and deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if you’re a British citizen, and you are a descendant of German Jews who would have been German citizens by birth, but were deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds, during World War II
  • You don’t qualify if you were born in a foreign country, and your German parents were also born in a foreign country, after January 1st, 2000
  • Outside of the points above, you don’t qualify for German citizenship through any other ancestor, except your parents

IF I WANT GERMAN CITIZENSHIP, DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY FORMER NATIONALITY?

Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

Sorry! Under normal circumstances, you do!

However, you can keep your birth nationality, if:

  • You’re a member of the EEA, a Swiss citizen, or the EU
  • You have double nationality

DOES MARRIAGE ENTITLE ME TO GERMAN CITIZENSHIP?

A lovely wedding at Bluecoat Chambers
© 2017 Samuel Docker

Nope!

It certainly helps of course, and once married to a German national, the spouse is usually entitled to a residence permit. However, the legal stance is that if you want German citizenship, you’ll have to:

  • Meet some of the criteria I discussed previously
  • Be married for at least two years
  • Be resident in Germany for at least 3 years
  • Depending on your original citizenship, you can apply for naturalisation later on…

ARE CHILDREN BORN IN GERMANY, AUTOMATICALLY GERMAN?

Children born on German soil to non-German parents – on or after January 1st 2000 – can have German citizenship too.

I’m afraid not.

  • Of course, children born to at least one German parent, even outside the country, are eligible for German citizenship
  • However, children born on German soil to non-German parents, on or after January 1st 2000, can only obtain German citizenship under certain circumstances
  • At least one parent must have permanent right of residency, and have lived in the country regularly and legally, for at least eight years
  • In some cases, children born on German soil to non-German parents, can acquire German citizenship by right of birth in Germany, through Naturalisation, or via Dual Nationality. However, between the ages of 18 and 23, they must decide which nationality to keep, if they have more than one

IS IT POSSIBLE NOT TO TAKE THE NATURALISATION TEST?

At the Humbldt-Universität zu Berlin, and with our British flag!

Yes, it’s possible if:

  • You’re under 16
  • You went to a German High School, or a University in Germany
  • You are unable to meet the testing requirements due to age, disability, or illness

HOW EASY IS IT TO GET GERMAN CITIZENSHIP?

After a hard day at the Berlinale, surely I deserve a glass of champagne!

Ha! Ha!

For a newbie, Germany is one of the most difficult countries to move to, on a long-term basis.

  • If you’re just arriving, it isn’t easy
  • If you’ve been here for at least 3 – 5 years, you’ll know how difficult it really is
  • If you hold a permanent residence permit at the time of application, your legal place of residence has been Germany for at least eight years, (seven if you’ve attended an integration course, or six in special integration circumstances), speak “good” German, have a reliable income, can support yourself and your dependents, and are a British citizen, apply now!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

Yep!

The British Berliner will be a British – German not just in name, but on paper too.

I’m still British of course, but I’m German too.

And why?

Because I deserve it!

Hurrah!

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality! ©dpa/G. Fischer

For support and advice please contact the following organisations:

HOW TO GET GERMAN CITIZENSHIP IF YOU’RE BRITISH – HOW TO BE A GERMAN VIA DOUBLE NATIONALITY!

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Be German. Drink up at Oktoberfest! ©dapd

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How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

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How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style!

How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style and travel!

It’s 2018 and it’s January.

At the beginning of every new year, it’s the norm to think about what you did last year, and what you’re going to do this year.

Last year, I travelled to 8 counties.

8 wonderful countries!

However did I do that?

Have you ever been to Split in Croatia – Bring out the dragons!

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!

The Tall Young Gentleman & The Music Producer, looking very sorry for themselves at Valhalla – Blackpool

So how did I do it?

Well, if you look at my about me page, you will see that I am married, I have a son, and I have a corporate job in Berlin, as well as this wonderful lifestyle, travel, expat blog!

What I mean to say is that 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 by god.

I have a daily budget.

Absolutely.

Just like you.

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“The Tall Young Gentleman” taking to the sails in Mardorf.

And yet.

And yet…..

There was something that I did differently that might have been slightly the opposite of you.

I wanted to travel to more destinations last year, and I did.

I wanted to get on that plane and go to Vienna. I wanted to take that train to Amsterdam.

OMG! I was so broke at the beginning of last year but I was desperate to go to Sweden, so I took a long-distance-inter-country-coach-bus, to Stockholm.

From Berlin!

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Travel through Europe via FlixBus!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

It was crazy, and I vowed never to do it again.

But only two weeks later, I did exactly the the same thing!

I’m totally mad!

But I did it anyway LOL!

The point I’m making is that you don’t have to do anything drastic if you want to afford a life of travel.

You don’t have to choose between having it all and having nothing at all, and you definitely don’t have to quit your lifestyle!

Book your hotel here!

Myself with ski leaders in Rokytnice nad Jizerou – Czech Republic

I’m living proof of that.

Oh yes, I’ve done my GAP year, and my backpacking era.

I’ve slept in a casino, I’ve been in a hostel where not 1 but 2 complete strangers, were sleeping on my €2 /$3 per night bed!

I’ve been to Scotland where my B&B (which I had already paid for mind you), had completely disappeared. Completely!

I’ve booked hotels in Italy and couldn’t remember the names (thankfully I remembered where I first saw it. In the New York Times)!

Heck. I even missed my flight to Qatar, and had to go to Korea instead!

I’ve adjusted my travelling style over time according to my circumstances, who I was travelling with, and my mood!

And let me tell you. I’m not 20 anymore so those fleapit hostels, motels, cheap-I-don’t-wanna-know-who-slept-here-previously are definitely now gone!

Yes, I’m going to keep an eye on my hard-working money, but No, I’m no longer going to be sharing a room with 20 people, 10 people or even 5 other people!

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Our bedroom at the Villa Akacja, Leba in Poland.
Our bedroom at the Villa Akacja, Leba in Poland.

Nope!

Those days were fun, but they’re over.

Absolutely.

I think!!

In short, I’m enormously happy to go to hostels and we went to quite a few in the last couple of years, but we paid that little bit extra for a private room (since my child is a great traveller too), privacy, calmness, and security. We’ve also been to fancy hotel resorts and even rented a whole house for two weeks in Bali.

So, how can you have it all?

If you’re under 25 years old, you don’t need it all, and that’s the darn truth!

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“The Tall Young Gentleman” having fun in Bangkok.

Get yourself a backpack, work for a couple of months in a local shop, pub, or business.

Take a gap year before university or after university, in the summer, in the winter, or whatever, and whenever, have about €1,000 / $1,000 or £1,000 at the initial stage, and you’re good to go.

I’m not talking about an around-the-world trip here or flight costs, just the old let’s-see-how-far-this-money-will-take me scenario. Grab an old car, grab a few friends, and off you go.

If you’re in Europe, stay on the continent and do a road trip. Ditto the Americas. If you’re in Asia, you’re gonna have a thrilling great time.

When it’s over, it’s over!

You come back, buckle down, save up, and then do it again.

Properly!

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Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Now for those of you over 25 years old with jobs, families, responsibilities, and crossroads in front of you, do what I do.

I live life to the full, I work hard at my office and on my blog, and I get creative.

Yes, creative.

There is plenty to do in Lucerne so “The Tall Young Gentleman” & I made our own independent walking tour instead!
  • Our son is 15 years old which means I can’t travel in the low season. Just like you.

What do I do?

I book ahead. Far ahead!

In 2012, we went on a 3 week trip to Tuscany. In August!

I know. I know. I forgot it was going to be boiling.

Don’t judge me!

Anyway, I took out a map, pinned the places that we wanted to go to, and started doing research and contacting hostels, hotels, villas and castles.

How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style and travel in Italy!

Yes, castles!

And the most we paid for our Royal Victoria300-year-old-5-star-hotel-in-Pisa-on-the-riverside was €52.00 per day! For 2 rooms, en-suite including breakfast! For the 3 of us LOL!

We started planning in 2011.

In 2014, we went to four (4) destinations outside Europe where we live. We went to Thailand, Qatar, Indonesia, and Korea. We started planning it in 2012.

In 2015, we went to the Baltic regions of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. Actually, we took a ferry to Helsinki, but still! Anyway, we took a bus-coach. The journey took us 26 hours, and we were knackered and exhausted, but we didn’t die!

We started planning it in 2014.

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Paella in Spain is just all you need!

In 2016, I went back to Asia, but our family trips were firmly based in Europe. Brexit or not! We went to Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and other parts of Germany.

We started planning it in 2015.

In 2017, all our of family trips were in Europe, regardless of the countless terror acts throughout the continent. We went to expensive Sweden, Austria and England, dependable Holland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, as well as new and exotic parts of Eastern Europe – Croatia and Slovenia.

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A 5 minute introduction to Slovenia!

Again, planning started in 2016, and all were in consideration of the school holidays!

So book your hotel sooner, rather than later.

Right here!

You have to take action to get it!!

If you live in Europe, you get a minimum of 24 holidays per year, and between 11-15 public holidays on top of that. That makes 35 days. Many get more!

If you start your holidays on Friday evening or Saturday morning, you’ve got the weekends too. When I went to India, I went for 4 weeks but on paper, I actually went for 17 working days or 2.5 weeks.

And how did I do this?

Over Easter and May Day weekend!

And depending on the year, if the public holiday is in the middle of the week (like Xmas 2018), you can just take the Thursday and Friday off, and you’ve got the weekend on both sides anyway. That makes 11 days off, (including weekends),  but using just 2 days booked off your holiday space!

Boom!!

Taking a taxi in Lisbon.

If you live in Europe, everywhere is so close. Poland is 1.5 hours away from Berlin. Denmark about 4-5 hours. By car.

England is 1.5 hours away by plane. France. Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are about 2 hours. Turkey, Morocco, Egypt about 3-4 hours.

By train, the sky is the European limit. As for coaches or buses, Linda from Expat Eye on Germany travelled all the way from Latvia (not far from Russia) for all of €50!

We did it for even less!

In short, distance isn’t an issue.

You can fly, take the car, train, bus, sail, or even cycle! Europe is great for the bicycle.

If cash is short, camping is available all over Europe, as well as bunkhouses, hostels, and couchsurfing, for absolutely free!

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Under the waterfall in Yosemite, USA.
Under the waterfall in Yosemite, USA.
  • We’re comfortable.  And we’re middle-class. Just like you.

What do we do?

We save, budget, and plan how much we can reasonably spend.

It took us 2 years and so our budget in Asia was €100 per day.

I went to Korea, but I should have been in Qatar!

We spent about €850 for a flight from Berlin-Bangkok-Bali-Berlin each. We spent about €150 flying around in Asia itself each, rather than taking the rickety all night train, and we spent between €18 per person for a lovely wooden chalet in Thailand, and €70 per night for a complete house in Bali!

We were there for a month.

Book ahead.

Far ahead!

Catching a fish on the Polish Baltic Sea.

And as for Poland, I paid €26 per night for the lovely floor-heated-free-WIFI-on-the Baltic-Sea double room!

If the budget is “reasonable” then book B&B’s, pensions, and small or “budget” hotels.

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Between you and me, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, are very much a Berlin fit! –
©Alexi Lubomirski

If you’ve got the cash. Go for it.

There are plenty of wonderful places in which you’ll be treated like royalty!

Cool Britannia!
Cool Britannia!
  • We keep our eyes open and go on various mailing lists. Just like you.

Register with airlines and transport corporations that you like, and as many as you like.

Register with hotel and hostel brands that you like. They always have special deals and discount offers for their members. I once flew to Krakow with Easyjet for free! And why?

Because I was on their mailing list and it was a new destination.

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Or simply, sing for your supper. Vienna – the world capital of music, music everywhere!
  • Be creative with flexibility!

We have school and jobs. Just like you.

Just because you have a fixed job, doesn’t mean that you can’t be flexible.

If you’re looking for an adventure. Use skycanner and go for “anywhere” within your budget.

Go to Eastern Europe instead of Western Europe.

Go to South America instead of North America.

Go to Wales instead of England.

Or not.

Don’t choose. Go where you want to go.

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Don’t choose. Go where you want to go – Live a life of style and travel!

If you live in North America, I know that it’s more complicated.

However, if you’ve worked hard, don’t feel guilty. TAKE your holidays and USE them for your own pleasure.

Don’t paint the porch. The porch can wait.

Go to that place that you’ve always wanted to go to.

Do the road trip.

Or fly to Argentina.

Whatever.

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If you’re American, and you only feel comfortable visiting other American cities, that’s alright too!

If you feel more comfortable staying in North America, then stay in North America. North America is an amazing destination and so beautiful.

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.

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Stuffed sticky rice wrapped up in a banana leaf in Bangkok. Go on. Try it!
Stuffed sticky rice wrapped up in a banana leaf in Bangkok. Go on. Try it!
  • Don’t forget to ask. We love a bargain. Just like you.

Ask for discounts.

Ask for a bigger room.

Ask for an included breakfast.

Ask for WIFI.

Ask for an extra bed.

Ask for free parking.

Ask about children prices, student prices, senior citizen / retiree prices, corporate prices, even regional or local prices.

If you’re from “there” let them know. You never know. If you don’t ask, they can’t help you, or reduce the prices.

Ask, and ask again.

It doesn’t matter if it’s “only” 2 months, 2 weeks, or 2 days. Just know that you can afford to travel.

You can have it all.

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Don’t even think of asking me!

And now for what you’ve all been waiting for…..Where am I going in 2018?

Drum roll pleeeeease!

Travel plans this year are:

Romania

Romania

Belgium

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Czech Republic

Norway

Norway

Poland

India

India

And of course, Germany! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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BMW Munich – Summer in Germany – Simply the Best!

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 choose to have it all.

HOW I CAN AFFORD A LIFE OF TRAVEL. DON’T CHOOSE: LIVE A LIFE OF STYLE AND TRAVEL!

How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style and travel!

This article is not sponsored, and the exciting countries that I plan to visit in 2018, all my very own!

In January, I’ll be making an announcement that will probably surprise you. Find out throughout January!

I went on a press trip to Hamburg. Watch out for the details!

I’ll be continuing my last visit to the UK later in the month!

In a few weeks, I’ll be visiting Belgium!

I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 11th – 17th January. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!

I’ll be at the most famous burlesque-fantastic Berlin operetta – Frau Luna – Operette in zwei Akten, taking place at TIPI AM KANZLERAMT, between 11th January – 11th March. Everyone’s most excited!

I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 16th – 18th January.

I’ll be at the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar – #BritLitBerlin taking place between 25th – 27th January, 2018. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!

Save the Date!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?

January is going to be splendid!

See you next week!

How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style and travel!

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Please note that there are now affiliate links (for the very first time) connected to this post. Please consider using the links, because every time some sort of accommodation or travel insurance is booked via my links, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Live a life of style and travel!

What do you choose to do with your holiday/vacation time? Where are you going in 2018? Have you been to any of the countries above? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

Happy New Year everyone.

It’s officially 2018!!!!!

My goodness!

2017 was a mixed bag of a year, but that hasn’t stopped me from making plans to conquer the world. I’ll give you all the details next week!!

But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane of all the countries that I went to last year, and what I did. According to my statistics, over 100,000 people read my blog in some form or other, last year.

100,000 people!!

To think I only started this blog a little over four (4) years ago. Isn’t that marvellous?

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I would just like to thank some very important people – YOU!

Thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me. I love you all!

So let’s start with the country of my birth (England), and end with my new home-country (Germany). Here we go. Choose your poison….!

THE 8 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:

  • England
  • Holland
  • The Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Germany

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BRITAIN:

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know!

Yeah, the issue of Brexit went from bad to worse!

Sadly, we British Europeans, and others like us who voted for #Remain in 2016, lost out. Having said that, I did quite a few academic debates and talks about it, as well as a few newspaper interviews!

The question of what is to become of Brits abroad and EU citizens in the UK, is a sore point right now, and I’m sure there will be lots more debates to come.

We’re not leaving!

I really enjoy talking about important political issues, as much as I enjoy travelling. I don’t tend to write much (Ha! Ha!) about the politics of the day, and that tends to lead to an impression that I’m quite frothy.

Until they hear me speak.

I have a BSc. Political Science, with a Major, in European Politics. As well as an MA in Leadership & Management.

I think I know what I’m talking about!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner for Bild am Sonntag
©Christian Spreitz

I believe that leaving the EU was a mistake.

I’m very, very sad about the awful outcome, but I’m still proud to be British.

Is it any wonder that when I got a letter in the post, summoning me to an “invitation only” event organised for Their Royal Highnesses William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, that I was enormously proud, and very excited.

And honestly, when I met them, I almost fainted with nerves, and spent most of the evening with a huge grin on my face, a sweaty forehead, and shaky hands!

Prince William & Kate Middleton
©Getty Images

Here are the posts that I wrote about Britain, being a British expat, and the United Kingdom as a whole, or where I was featured:

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Metro Magazine (Annual Body Issue) – April 2017 Edition – the Philippines!

I didn’t do too badly, me thinks!

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ENGLAND:

How I went to Liverpool, and I wasn’t robbed!
© Liverpool 360

I spent a considerable amount of time in England last year, and I did so because even though I’m a British European, I still love my original home-country that is England – the land of Hope and Glory n’ all that!

In fact, last year I must have been in and out, at least three times. Most of it was to visit family, but two (2) were connected to travel and one (1) was an invitation to BBC London!

I was featured on BBC Radio 4 which is a huge deal in the UK.

A HUGE deal!

BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour hosted by Lauren Laverne
©Phil Sharp

I was flown to London, fêted, and everything, and the recording can be heard on the podcast on the side panel.

When I go there, I did a radio magazine programme called Woman’s Hour. It’s a broadcast consisting of reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics aimed at women.

I was on the series called BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour, presented by Lauren Laverne. The series airs on a late night slot and each episode is on a single topic for discussion every month!

The topic for June 2017 was Travel and Adventure!

Gosh!

That was so awesome!

Here’s what I wrote:

24 hours in London: 24 things to do!
I haven’t been back to Manchester for quite some time!

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HOLLAND

Dutch children in traditional costume.

I love travelling with our son, and even though he’s 15 (gulp), it won’t be long until he’ll want to be travelling with his friends.

In Northern European countries that age tends to be between 16 and 17 years old, as young people are more independent, and their parents liberal, tolerant, and open-minded.

In that wise, I decided to go to Amsterdam and Zaandam, for the weekend, with our teenager in tow!

If you’re nervous about taking your children to Holland, don’t be, it’s a normal country just like any other, and many parents travel with their kids to Holland and to Amsterdam, with absolutely no issues at all. Here’s how to do it:

How to visit Amsterdam: Introducing Zaandam – a Dutch traditional town with windmills!

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THE CZECH REPUBLIC:

Myself with ski leaders in Rokytnice nad Jizerou – Czech Republic

Every two years, we go skiing.

I’m a great fan of the Czech Republic, after all, once upon a time, I lived in Prague

So I usually like to ski there.

Even though I travel a lot, I’m a creature of habit as far as hotels and apartments are concerned. If I like the location, I usually go there again!

Last year, there was so much going on in January & February, that I forgot to write about it. Oops!

I did push out photos and videos on Facebook & Twitter. If you don’t want to miss out, follow me on Twitter here!

Here’s what I wrote previously…

Myself in Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!

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AUSTRIA:

Having a hotdog and beer, on a rainy day in Vienna, is more exciting than you think!

Austria must be one of the loveliest countries in Europe.

When an opportunity to visit, came up, I didn’t hesitate.

That opportunity was to be the “0” birthday of my husbandThe Music Producer!

I wanted somewhere “nice” and not too far away.

And I wanted somewhere connected to music.

Vienna was just the place!

Voila!

Here’s what I wrote:

At the Vienna Opera Ball.
@ WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud/Couture Vivienne Westwood

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CROATIA:

How to visit the Balkans: Introducing Croatia – the dream of Game of Thrones!

Croatia was marvellous!

It was the first time that I had ever been to the Balkan States, my 62nd country, and the first (1st) new country for 2017!

I’m a strong supporter of Europe, and I have a weakness for tiny countries in the middle of beyond!

However, when I pitched Croatia to my husband – The Music Producer – he wasn’t initially convinced.

How to visit the Balkans: Introducing Croatia – the dream of Game of Thrones!

He thought that Croatia would be too far into Eastern Europe, leading into the throngs of Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria.

He wasn’t excited at all!

He soon changed his mind.

Because Game of Thrones.

Tell me the secrets. Pleeeeease!
@Game of Thrones star – Thomas Wlaschiha

I found it terribly exciting to recognise the exact locations where the popular fantasy series is filmed.

And not only that, but I even got to meet one of the major minor characters, a few months later – Tom Wlaschiha – otherwise known as Jaqen H’ghar – the handsome hero of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a feared Order of mysterious assassins with the ability to change their appearance at will…!

I must be one of the world’s biggest nerds, as I was one of the very few people who actually recognised him…

We liked Croatia so much, that within two months, we decided to go to it’s “sister country” Slovenia, too!

Here’s what I wrote:

How to visit the Balkans: Introducing Croatia – the dream of Game of Thrones!

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SLOVENIA:

At Ljubljana Castle – A 5 minute introduction to Slovenia!

Slovenia was the third (3rd) new country for 2017, and an utter delight!

One of the reasons that I decided to go to their capital city is because I’m weird, and I like going to interesting exotic places!

Seriously though, the reason why I want to go to Slovenia is because I’ve heard such a lot of wonderful things from practically everyone! And remember, just two years ago, I hadn’t heard of any of the Baltic or Balkan States.

In fact, I couldn’t even pronounce them!

A delicious mug of cold beer in Ljubljana – Slovenia!

We had a lovely time, and this is what we did:

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SWEDEN:

A Swedish hotdog in Stockholm – Sweden!

Sweden was a completely new country, so we decided to visit Stockholm.

Not only that, but we were looking for an adventure.

And when I say we, obviously, I mean I, as The Tall Young Gentleman was exhausted!

You know me long enough to fear that I would never take the straight and easy path. It always has to be complicated, slightly weird and kooky to match!

Travelling with FlixBus to Sweden

So we travelled from Berlin – Stockholm – Berlin entirely by coach-bus!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

It was crazy, and I vowed never to do it again, and two weeks later, did exactly the same thing!

Read on to find out why:

Stockholm is a most fascinating city, that is why EVERYONE is here!

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GERMANY:

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!

This blog.

My blog.

The British Berliner

Has been in existence for over four (4) years.

My first ever blog post was in late October 2013, and what a post!

I’m still getting comments and hate mail about it, and why is that so?

How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!
Claudia Schiffer – Paris 1989 – ©2017 Herb Ritts Foundation.

Well, check it out for yourself and tell me what you think.

In fact, why not make your own comment. And the title of said piece – Germany is Boring! 

Oops!

If only people would actually read things…

Ah well!

Best of Berlin – 4 years and counting!
An Affair with Chocolate – ©Sarah Robinson

The fact is, I’ve been living in Germany for over 15 years. Yes, 15 years!

Gulp!

Who would have thought that not only would I be living in this wonderful city – Berlin, but I would be married to a German bloke to boot!

If anyone had told me this years ago, I would have laughed in their face!

The Music Producer at Piccadilly Gardens – The Northern Quarter – Manchester

And even though I’m British, and I’ve been living here as an expat for years, it never gets old. In fact, I still feel as if I’ve only just got here!

So is it any wonder that I wrote the following posts about Germany:

Beer in Germany isn’t a joke.
How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

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BERLIN CULTURE:

It’s all about the beer – Best of Berlin – 4 years and counting!

BERLIN:

Oh yeaaaah! Berlin baby! I’ve been living here as an expat for 15 years. I know Berlin that’s why I am The British Berliner! So without further delay, here are the lovely posts that I wrote in 2017 just for you:

OTHER STUFF!

2017 was a mixed bag of a year.

2017 was a mixed bag of a year.

In some ways, it went terribly bad, and in other ways it was fabulous.

But that year is over, so let’s look forward to another exciting outcome.

The work of a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger is never done, so I’ll leave with you with some of my most inspiring motivational posts!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
I pledge to travel and to share others how to do so too!
#ExploreMore2017
Happy bloggers at ITB Berlin – ©Natalie Deduck – Loveandroad.com
I’m a big advocate for smart travel and that includes safety and security.
TBEX @travellingcolognian.com
How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

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The Adventure Begins

In short, I had a blast in 2017, and there’s many more exciting things about to start for me in 2018!

I love the life of the roving journalist and blogger about town.

I have a family and I have a life. Most importantly, I’ve already found my home-base – Berlin – and I’m extremely happy with where I am and who I am.

52 fantastic posts!

Thank you so much for your support everyone. 2017 was a great year. Here’s to the next.

Bottoms up!

I'm not really a beach person as I prefer mountains and rivers or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them! Me at the Grotto in the Algarve!
I’m not really a beach person as I prefer mountains or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them!

I have so much to say, so next week I will be sharing some of my travel destinations for 2018 with you.

It”s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

HOW I WENT TO 8 WONDERFUL COUNTRIES, GOT HEAPS OF EXPAT AWARDS, WAS ON RADIO WITH THE BBC, & MET PRINCE WILLIAM IN 2017!

How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

This article is not sponsored, and the thrilling countries that I visited in 2017, were all my very own!

In January I’ll be making an announcement that will probably surprise you. Find out throughout January!

I went on a press trip to Hamburg. Watch out for the details!

I’ll be continuing my last visit to the UK later in the month!

In a few weeks, I’ll be visiting Belgium!

I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 11th – 17th January. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!

I’ll be at the most famous burlesque-fantastic Berlin operetta – Frau Luna – Operette in zwei Akten, taking place at TIPI AM KANZLERAMT, between 11th January – 11th March. Everyone’s most excited!

I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 16th – 18th January.

I’ll be at the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar – #BritLitBerlin taking place between 25th – 27th January, 2018. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!

Save the Date!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?

January is going to be splendid!

See you next week!

How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Please note that there are now affiliate links (for the very first time) connected to this post. Please consider using the links, because every time some sort of accommodation or travel insurance is booked via my links, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

How I went to 8 wonderful countries, got heaps of expat awards, was on radio with the BBC, & met Prince William in 2017!

Where did you travel to last year? Are there any particular posts that you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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