How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

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

OMG!

Last week was just fabulous!

As you know, I was invited to take part in a radio programme. At the BBC!

It was so exciting.

More about that below!

It happened so fast, that I didn’t even have time to tell anyone that I was going to be in the paper!

But just before we go into it, remember when I told you that there was a call going around, for British people living locally. And that  I was featured in the national Sunday paper, and that the feature had to be axed in order to make room for the passing away of the well-respected and most honoured, former Chancellor of Germany – Herr Helmut Kohl.

Well, guess what?

It wasn’t actually axed!!!

Obviously, it was greatly reduced. GREATLY REDUCED!!

But who cares? Right!

BILD AM SONNTAG – GERMANY’S BIGGEST NATIONAL SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!

Bild am Sonntag is the largest-selling national Sunday newspaper in Germany!
©Axel Springer

The feature was for a national Sunday paper called Bild am Sonntag, which is the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper!

The LARGEST-SELLING German national Sunday newspaper!

It was a great opportunity, and, as I told you last week, I was a little nervous as it’s a tabloid paper, similar to Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World!

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

They wanted to write a feature on Britain and British people living in Germany, because of Article 50 and the question of EU Citizens’ Rights in the UK.

The feature was called – Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! Or “Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!” It was a description about how many British people were living in Germany, our successes, and if, due to the horror of Brexit, we had thought about changing nationalities, and what it was like if we had!

After much contemplation, and a promise that I would get final approval of everything we discussed, I went ahead.

The journalist who contacted me was as good as her word.

And as you know. I thought the piece wouldn’t be published, so I sent the journalist a message to say how pleased I was nevertheless, only to hear that the feature had been published after all!!

YES!

Amazing news don’t you think!

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

Ha! Ha! Ha!

The original interview was much, much longer and actually had to be cut to just a few lines! But when you’re featured in a newspaper such as Bild am Sonntag, you’re just grateful for the opportunity.

Which I am!

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know!
©AFP / Getty Images

I wasn’t able to buy the newspaper as I only knew about it a few days later, and the issues had been sold out, or returned!

NOTE: A copy of the newspaper has recently been sent to me!

I do however, have a little excerpt, as the full article can only be read by subscribers.

It’s only €0.99 for the first month of the digital version. If you can speak German, or are just interested, here’s the link!

They also booked a photographer who was very sweet and took quite a few photographs, which I liked very much. At the location of my choice.

I chose the gardens of the Humboldt University in Berlin!

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

Don’t I look pretty?

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HOW I WENT ON THE RADIO FOR THE BBC!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

So the BBC!

Yeah!!!

I was asked if I would like to be a part of BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour.

I accepted!

BBC Radio 4 is a huge deal in the UK.

A HUGE DEAL!

WHAT IS BBC RADIO 4?

Being on the BBC Radio is a huge deal!

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history.

It replaced the BBC Home Service back in 1967 and is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department.

The station is broadcast from the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House, London.

And let me tell you, when I got the call, I was leaping up and down in excitement.

And sweat!

Bathed in sweat. Eek!

BBC Radio 4 is the second most popular domestic radio station in the UK!

It broadcasts  throughout the UK, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands AND can be received in parts of Ireland, the north of France and Northern Europe!

It’s also available through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and on the Internet. Its’ sister station, BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7), complements the main channel by broadcasting repeats from the Radio 4 archives, extended versions of Radio 4 programmes, and supplements to series such as the The Archers and Desert Island Discs!

Wow!

Gulp!

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BBC RADIO 4 – WOMAN’S HOUR – LATE NIGHT WOMAN’S HOUR

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

Woman’s Hour is a radio magazine programme broadcast consisting of reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics aimed at women.

I’m going to be on the spin-off series called 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 on Travel and Adventure!

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WHO WAS THERE?

We were a panel of 5 professional women and experts in our field, including the host:

  • Lauren Laverne – radio DJ, model, television presenter, author, singer, comedian, and host of BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour
  • Rana Rahimpourjournalist and news presenter with BBC Persian TV
  • Lois Pryce – a writer, journalist, co-founder and curator of the Adventure Travel Film Festival, and adventurer who’s ridden her motorbike across much of the world!
  • Carolyn Pearsoncreator of Maiden Voyage, a travel network for women
  • Victoria Ade-Genschow (me) – The Editor in Chief of The British Berliner and a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with her German husband and her half British – half German son, writing about Berlin, Britain and Europe, her love of culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language and travels around the world, living a life of both style and travel. Described by the BBC as “a passionate advocate of travelling with a family and on a budget, she blogs at http://www.thebritishberliner.com and her motto is “just go!”

If she can do it. So can you!

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING AT THE BBC?

And then I went to Covent Garden!

It was greeeeeeat!

I flew in from Berlin on the day, and after checking into my business hotel – The Wesley – promptly left to go to the museum!

Yes.

I’m that girl!

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I flew in & after checking into my business hotel – promptly left to go to the Charles Dickens Museum!

I went to my favourite museum – the Museum of London – and to a new find – the Charles Dickens Museum.

And then I went to Covent Garden!

I’ll tell you all about it next week!

On getting to BBC Broadcasting House, I switched shoes (don’t ask), and walked briskly into the confines of the BBC building, but not without taking some photographs first!

If you squint, you can see the BBC building behind the temple-like structure at the front!

Then I went to the BBC Reception Desk, made myself known, was given a visitors pass, and then waited.

I was soon picked up by the BBC Radio 4 producer for the show, and taken up to meet the other ladies.

Was I nervous?

A bit!

Well, I needn’t have worried. They were a jolly lot!

Phew!

And after introducing ourselves over a few cups of sparkling wine, some cake and biscuits, and a cup of tea, it was time to start.

We went into a smaller studio room that was filled with sofas, armchairs, and cushions so that we had a more relaxing atmosphere. The sound engineer came over and fixed our microphones, and off we went.

We weren’t given the questions previously or prepped, but of course, we were all travel experts, so it was never going to be an issue on what to talk about!

Here we are – professional women who travel – Carolyn Pearson, Lois Pryce, Lauren Laverne, Victoria Ade-Genschow & Rana Rahimpour
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

Lauren Laverne – the host – directed the questions to us individually, and then it soon ended into friendly banter, as we began chatting away, laughing, and giggling. In fact, at one point, the Sound Engineer couldn’t hear what I was saying as the microphone kept sliding off my ear!

Something to do with my specs… so I had to take off my glasses and answer some of the questions again!

Here’s the BBC Radio 4 download of our travel and adventure June 2017 programme!

My voice sounded clear and bright. Even if I say so myself!

We were in the studio room for about two (2) hours or so, then we took a couple of fun photographs, and chit-chatted a bit more.

However, we were soon the only people left on the radio station floor, and we really had to go as our cars were waiting for us.

The BBC laid out very nice cars. But not this nice. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Yep!

The BBC laid out very nice cars to take us all back to our individual hotels.

I had an absolutely fabulous time!

Thanks so much BBC Radio 4, Lauren Laverne, the Late Night Woman’s Hour team, my fellow travel experts, and Bild am Sonntag.

That’s it for now.

See you next week!

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HOW I WENT ON THE RADIO FOR THE BBC & WAS FEATURED IN GERMANY’S BIGGEST SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the thrilling time, I had at the BBC & Bild am Sonntag, are my very own!

In July, I’ll be writing about the awesome time I had in Slovenia, and spending the summer in France and Germany!

From July 4th – July 7th, I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week.

On August 23rd, I’ll be at Gamescom!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin right now, you’re missing out!

Save the Date!

July & August are going to be awesome!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

Watch this space!

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Thanks a million!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

What do you think of adventure and travel? Should women be out there? Do you like my radio voice? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

In just 2 weeks, the ITB will take place in Berlin, and it’s so exciting!

In my mind, the ITB is one of the best places to go to if you’re a travel blogger, and for me that is where all the magic happened and I met a real-life blogger for the very first time!

Mind you, not all of them were nice, and one person in particular was pretty awful, but this is where I found out how useful my blog was, and where I received my first press trip. A mere five (5) months after my blog came into existence!

I’ve been very lucky!

I’ve also been at the right place at the right time. And where’s that maestro?

Me in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall & Street Art!
Me in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall & Street Art!

Why, Berlin of course!

Berlin is hip and trendy!

Mind you, it really helps if you can speak German, so go ahead, and book a class, and tell them that I sent you!

The other day, I went to a bloggers get-together, and I met a fellow who couldn’t understand how a blog could be made. He thought it was really difficult.

It really isn’t!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I'm about to sing! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Having said that, if you’re going to survive in this business, it helps if you can write really well, or you have some other skill….

Now, I can’t help you with that, but I can show you how to start a blog for yourself.

Here goes!

HOW TO START A BLOG IN JUST A MERE 10 MINUTES: A SIMPLE GUIDE!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

For many, when they think of WordPress, they think blog.

WHAT THE HELL IS WORDPRESS?

What the hell is wordpress?
What the hell is wordpress?

WordPress is web publishing software you can use to create your own website, blog, or app. Since it was released in 2003, WordPress has become one of the world’s largest and most popular web publishing platforms. Today it powers more than 70 million websites!

WordPress is much more just a blogging tool. It’s also a highly flexible content management system (CMS) that enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website using just your web browser. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

And it’s free of charge because WordPress is an Open Source project beause hundreds of volunteers from all around the world constantly create and improve the code for the WordPress software. And, there are thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes that enable you to build just about any type of website you can imagine!

This post will show you how easy it is to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.

CHOOSE A WEB HOST:

Choose a professional web hosting programme like Bluehost!
Choose a professional web hosting programme like Bluehost!

There are hundreds of thousands of web hosts out there, and choosing one from the crowd can be confusing. Depending on the country that you live in, choose whichever you are comfortable with.

If you don’t need the flexibility of a full web host, you may consider getting a free blog on WordPress.com. which is how I first started. And there’s perfectly nothing wrong with doing that!

However, I also mixed and blended as I went along mapping my free blog with my premium paid host which is why you either see my blog as this or this and if I leave a comment on your website (if you haven’t got one, all the better to be reading this post!), you’ll see my blog as this!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

Having said that, if you’re looking for a popular well known host, and a host that won’t suddenly go bankrupt, then Bluehost should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list because Bluehost is one of the only hosting services officially recommended by WordPress and has been the top recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years!

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How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT:

Set up your hosting account with Bluehost!
Set up your hosting account with Bluehost!

Once you do so, the next page will see select your plan.

  • Click Get started now and choose which hosting package you want for a special introductory offer and a 30-day money-back guarantee!
  • On this page you will see three (3) different plan options: Basic, Plus, and Prime. I recommend the basic option at the beginning, and then as your traffic begins to grow and your blog expands, you could always consider upgrading to Plus or Prime.
  • If you’re still not sure, go for the free hosting package on WordPress.com but if you’re ready to get professional or at least look professional from the start, then go for self-hosting instead. Bluehost has great rates and they’ll also give you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them!
If you're ready to get professional or at least look professional from the start, then go for self-hosting instead!
If you’re ready to get professional or at least look professional from the start, then go for self-hosting instead!
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Choose a new domain name for your website or transfer or map, the one you already have!
Choose a new domain name for your website or transfer or map, the one you already have!
  • If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost.
  • If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.

So for this you need to choose a domain name for your site:

Choose a really good domain name!
Choose a really good domain name!

Choosing a blog name is extremely difficult! You need a name that’s going to stick, something that’s catchy and memorable, but also something that you can grow with and that won’t make you look like a Silly Billy five (5) years down the line!

Really think about it!

If you make your domain name destination specific, what happens when you move? If you make your domain name age specific, what happens when you grow up? If you make your domain name budget specific, what happens when you start to become successful and can afford much more than a budget of $10.00 a day?

Me - The British Berliner - Live a life of both style & travel.
Me – The British Berliner – Live a life of both style & travel.

There is a reason that my blog is called The British Berliner.

Before this here blog ever existed, I lived in Berlin, and have always called myself The British Berliner. It used to be a running joke but when you think about it, it fits the label and is what it says on the tin!

I have lived in Berlin for over 15 years. I’m married, have a husband, and a teen. I’m pretty settled, and not likely to move anywhere else.

At least I don’t think so lol!

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The outcome of Brexit was crazy! @Visit England - Rich J Jones
The outcome of Brexit was crazy!
@Visit England – Rich J Jones

I’m also British. And regardless of that awful situation of Brexit, I love my country, and that won’t ever go away.

I’m both British and German.

I am The British Berliner!

So think carefully about your domain name.

Your Account Information for putting in personal details
Your Account Information for putting in personal details
  • Once you’ve entered a domain name, the next page will lead you to creating your account. This is where you should fill in your personal information.

This page will have a section where there’s:

Your Package Information & Payment Information section.
Your Package Information &
Payment Information section.
  • Account Information for putting in your personal details
  • Package Information for choosing which package you want to purchase
  • Payment Information for making payment via credit card or paypal
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

By the way, basic shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36 month terms thus:

  • A Basic 12 month package is $5.45 per month
  • A Basic 24 month package is $4.95 per month
  • A Basic 36 month package is $3.95 per month

To help save you money obviously, the longer the term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. By choosing a 36-month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95 per month. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
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  • You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself.

It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.

Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress!

HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS:

How to install WordPress!
How to install WordPress!

This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do by using the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress and other applications.

  • In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled MOJO Marketplace and choose the One-Click Installs button.
Installing WordPress via Bluehost
Installing WordPress via Bluehost
  • This will take you to a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.
  • This will open the installation window.
Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process
Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process
  • Click on the green Start button that will start the WordPress installation process. The next part is easy and only a few steps.
Select which domain you would like to install to
Select which domain you would like to install to
  • Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, a subdomain, or a folder for one of your domains.
  • Next, click on Check Domain, which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
  • Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It’s recommended to use a different username than admin and a very strong password.
  • Make sure that the Automatically create a new database for this installation box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.
Once you're done, click “Install Now!”
Once you’re done, click “Install Now!”
  • Step 3: After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click Install Now.
Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password.
Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
  • Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is.
  • Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password.
  • You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well.
  • Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Type in your username and password and you’re in. Hurrah!
Type in your username and password and you’re in. Hurrah!

 

  • Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL.
  • Enter your username and password, then click Log In and you’re in!

Congratulations! You’ve just created your first website or blog!

Congratulations! You've just created your first website or blog!
Congratulations! You’ve just created your first website or blog!
  • Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be taken to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
  • Then all you have to do next is to write something or add a picture, and when you’re ready, hit publish!

Keep it sweet and simple and you’ll be fine!

Welcome to your first post!
Welcome to your first post!

Wow!

Welcome to your first post and the virtual bloggers club, otherwise known as twitter!

Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

I’m not an expert in the technical field, but if I can setup a WordPress blog all by myself, so can you!

If you have any additional questions, comments or simply need more help, just ask, and I’ll do my best to help!

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HOW TO START A BLOG IN JUST A MERE 10 MINUTES: A SIMPLE GUIDE!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and brilliant thoughts, are my very own!

It’s almost March!

On 07.03.17, I’ll be at the Travel Massive ITB 2017 Opening Party!

On 08.03.17, I’ll be at the iambassador – Traveldudes – ITB Travel Tweet-Up event.

On 08.03.17 – 12.03.17, the world’s largest tourism trade fair – the ITB will be in action, and everyone who is anyone in the travel industry, will be here!

On 15.03.17, I’ll be at the Spring Reception for the British Community at the British Embassy in Berlin.

From 07.03.17 – 09.03.17, our friends – the British musical and comedy duo – Carrington Brown – will be performing Germany’s premiere of Carrington-Brown feat. The Swonderful Orchestra: Comedy meets Classics at Tipi!

And in March and April, I’ll be on the road again to Austria & Croatia!

If you’re not in Berlin in March, you’re positively dull!

Watch this space!

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A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

Do you have any other questions about how to start a blog? Any comments or suggestions? Let me know below! 

See you in Berlin.

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How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Have it all! But you have to take action to get it!!

You have to take action to get it!!
You have to take action to get it!!

It’s 2017 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 10 counties. 10 countries!

However did I do that?

My husband - The Music Producer and I in Milan - Italy.
My husband – The Music Producer and I in Milan – Italy.

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 Music Producer and “The Tall Young Gentleman” - Fixing bikes. As boys do!
The Music Producer and “The Tall Young Gentleman” – Fixing bikes. As boys do!

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 job as a School Vice – Principal / Social Media Manager 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.

"The Tall Young Gentleman" in Switzerland!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” in Switzerland!

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.

Me at the Grotto in the Algarve - Portugal!
Me at the Grotto in the Algarve – Portugal!

I wanted to get on that plane and go to the Philippines. I wanted to visit a Chinese-speaking country. I wanted to give Spain another chance, so we went to other parts of Spain. In fact, we loved the region so much, that we added a week to Portugal as well! I wanted to take that train to Switzerland, so we did. OMG! “The Tall Young Gentleman” and I were spending money over the summer, as if it were going out of fashion, so we decided to invest in sandwiches, salad and cake whilst travelling to Luxembourg. We sort of missed our transport in Denmark, and had to buy a new ticket in Copenhagen. Again!

We were desperate to travel through the peak season of the summer holidays, so we used all the summer weekends!

We took the long-distance-inter-country-night-train.

From Berlin.

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"The Tall Young Gentleman" didn't look too happy that for Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” didn’t look too happy that for Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train!

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!

I'm looking gorgeous in the Philippines! ©Scott Herder - BoboandChiChi.com
I’m looking gorgeous in the Philippines!
©Scott Herder – BoboandChiChi.com

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 name of our 5-star historical hotel. (thankfully, I remembered where I first saw it. In the New York Times)! I had an awful time in Barcelona, had two flight delays and ended up having to spend the complete night at the airport as my final destination was two (2) hours away, and there was no transport that could take me there!

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’m travelling with, my budget, 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!!

So book your hotel here!

This is how we felt when we discovered the outrageous hotel / hostel prices in Copenhagen. I really couldn't justify the cost!
This is how we felt when we discovered the outrageous hotel / hostel prices in Copenhagen. I really couldn’t justify the cost!

In short, I’m enormously happy to go to hostels and we went to quite a few last year, but we paid that little bit extra for two (2) private rooms (since our child is a teenager and a great traveller too), privacy, calmness, and security. We also went to fancy hotel resorts and even slept in an antiquated classical castle, on the German seaside!

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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Get yourself a backpack for motivation, work hard, then take a gap year!
Get yourself a backpack for motivation, work hard, then take a gap year!

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. But my goodness, the USA is good for the greatest roadtrip of your life. If you’re in Asia, you’re gonna have a thrilling great time.

And when it’s over, it’s over!

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

Properly!

Grab a few friends, and off you go. You're gonna have a thrilling great time!
Grab a few friends, and off you go. You’re gonna have a thrilling great time!

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.

"The Tall Young Gentleman" having fun in Bangkok.
“The Tall Young Gentleman” having fun in Bangkok.
  • Our son is 14 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, planned the places that we wanted to go and started doing research and contacting hostels, hotels, villas and castles. Yes, castles. And the most we paid for our 300-year-old-5-star-hotel-in-Pisa-on-the-river was €52.00 per day. For 2 rooms, en-suite including breakfast! For the 3 of us LOL!

We started planning in 2011.

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Ouch! I'm still smiling. I'm still smiling! Even though there's a monkey on my head in Bali! Photo @Frank Böster
Ouch! I’m still smiling. I’m still smiling! Even though there’s a monkey on my head in Bali!
Photo @Frank Böster

In 2014, we went to four (4) destinations outside Europe where we live. We went to Thailand, Indonesia, Qatar, 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.

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

Again, planning started in 2015, and all were in consideration of the school holidays!

So book your hotel sooner rather than later. Right here!

The outcome of Brexit was crazy, but it shouldn't stop you travelling! @Visit England - Rich J Jones
The outcome of Brexit was crazy, but it shouldn’t stop you travelling!
@Visit England – Rich J Jones
  • 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 2015) you can just take the Monday and Tuesday off and you’ve got the weekend on both sides anyway. That makes 9 days off but 2 official holidays.

Boom!!

"The Tall Young Gentleman" skiing at Rokytnice nad Jizerou - the Czech Republic!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” skiing at Rokytnice nad Jizerou – the Czech Republic!

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, Greece, and Italy, are about 2-3 hours. Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Morocco, and Egypt about 3-4 hours.

By train, the sky is the European limit. As for coaches or buses, we travelled all the way from Finland for all of €50, and we didn’t die!

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!

if you’re nervous about couchsurfing, you can book your hotel here!

My family & I in Thailand - All smiles and bunny ears at the end of a great day at Baanchang Elephant Park.
My family & I in Thailand – All smiles and bunny ears at the end of a great day at Baanchang Elephant Park.
  • We’re comfortable. We’re middle-class. Just like you.

What do I do?

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

It took us 2 years to save for our Asia trip, and so our budget in Asia was €100 per day. We spent about €850 for a flight from Berlin-Bangkok-Bali-Berlin each. We spent about €150.00 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!

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 use B&B’s, pensions, and small or budget hotels.

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"The Tall Young Gentleman" with the Pearly King in London.
“The Tall Young Gentleman” with the Pearly King in London.

If you’ve got the cash. Go for it. Plenty of wonderful places in which you’ll be treated like royalty!

  • We keep our eyes open and go on various mailing lists. Just like you.
20 years of EasyJet flying!
20 years of EasyJet flying!

So go ahead and 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.

If you’re travelling miles apart, book ahead and take a plane.

It’s generally not worth travel hacking within Europe as flights are so cheap, and destinations are short.

If money is an issue, there are plenty of no-frills, low budgets airlines available to you such as EasyJet and the like. If you book ahead, fares can be as little as €4.99, sometimes less!

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

You can also go by boat and sail away onto the sea which is exactly what we did when we went to Finland!

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.

Keira Knightley on the passenger train in Poland!
Keira Knightley on the passenger train in Poland!

But remember, if you’re using the Deutsche Bahn website, change the location to Germany and use the English word for Deutschland which is Germany! NOT the UK/Ireland one! And then change the language to English!

  • 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 look for an adventure!
Just because you have a fixed job, doesn’t mean that you can’t look for an adventure!

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 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.

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.

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

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. Fly to Argentina.

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, “elderly” 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.

Being a British European means being widely travelled.
Being a British European means being widely travelled.

As far as international relations is concerned, last year was a disaster so I’m taking part in bringing the world together as part of a Pledge to Travel campaign.

I’m going to #ExploreMore2017. You should too.

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.

I'm a very happy British lifestyle, expat, travel blogger. Right here in the beautiful city of Berlin - © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m a very happy British lifestyle, expat, travel blogger. Right here in the beautiful city of Berlin –
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

And now for what you’ve all been waiting for…..Where am I going in 2017?

Drum roll pleeeeease!

Travel plans this year are:

Romania
Romania
  • Romania
  • The Czech Republic
Croatia
Croatia
  • Croatia
  • France
Lake Bled in Slovenia
Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Slovenia
  • Holland
Sweden
Sweden
  • Sweden
  • England
Russia
Russia
  • Russia
  • Poland
The next TBEX Europe Conference is in Ireland. Again! Ho! For the the luck of the lovely Irish!
The next TBEX Europe Conference is in Ireland. Again!
Ho! For the luck of the lovely Irish!
  • Ireland for TBEX (the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference)
  • Austria
Austria
Austria
  • And of course, Germany! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Beer for everyone in Germany 'cos the drinks are on meeeee!
Beer for everyone in Germany ‘cos the drinks are on meeeee!

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. HAVE IT ALL! BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION TO GET IT!!

I pledge to travel and to share others how to do so too! #ExploreMore2017
I pledge to travel and to share others how to do so too!
#ExploreMore2017

This article is not sponsored, and the thrilling countries that I’m going to visit in 2017, are my very own!

It’s January. Well, hello there!

I’ll be making an announcement this month that will either having me jumping up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, or crying over my hot cocoa! Find out throughout January!

The British Shorts Film Festival will take place from 12th – 18th January, 2017

Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 17th –  20th January, 2017.  Save the Date!

At the beginning of  January, I’ll be going to Holland, and at the end of it, I’ll be skiing in my favourite place, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, in the Czech Republic!

If you’re not in Berlin in January, you’re missing out!

January is going to be spectacular!

How I can afford a life of travel. Don't choose. Have it all! But you have to take action to get it!!
How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Have it all! But you have to take action to get it!!

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. Have it all! But you have to take action to get it!!
How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Have it all! But you have to take action to get it!!

Do you have any travel plans for 2017? Join me and let me know where you’re going to #ExploreMore2017!

See you in Berlin.

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