Miscellaneous

A Quiet Birthday

Pfew… That time of the year is over again! Last week I turned 25 and the day just passed like that. It’s the second time I’m in Buenos Aires, Argentina on my birthday, but it was really different from when I went from 19 to 20 at my guest family. This time year: no celebration, Read more >

Five Years Ago

The past weeks I’ve been very silent on the blog and social media. BUT I HAVE RESURFACED! The last major update from Ushuaia, Argentina, was about quitting smoking and I know you might be thinking I started again, but that’s not the case at all. That’s actually going mighty fine! Five years ago to the Read more >

Vlog: Border Crossing Chile to Argentina

In my second vlog I'm hitchhiking across the border from Chile to Argentina over two days time. It requires me to take a (highly subsidized) Chilean ferry across a beautiful lake and deal with immigration and no man's land between the two countries. It's autumn in South America in April and I'm still going further south, into the cold! Patagonia is a beautiful place to hitchhike though and after almost 90 days in Chile, it's time for a little change. Read more >

It’s a Vlog! Hitchhiking Southern Chile

I had been playing around with this idea for a while now but here it is: my first vlog! Some fans had showed their interest before in me making a video of a day in the life of a hitchhiker, but I never really went for it until now. It took some nerves to use that 'recording' button for the first time with my face in it, but what's really the difference from taking a photo? That's just besides my complete lack of video editing skills until I tried with the help of Windows Movie Maker and what Youtube provides, with tips from a friend. It took me hours to put this baby together, but I'm sure that if you… Read more >

5 Essential Online Security Tips for Vagabonds – Guest Post

I would like to thank Iris for publishing this article. Her blog is a great place to follow her fearless and epic solo adventure and an amazing inspiration for female travelers looking to get over the fear of traveling alone. After reading this I recommend you check out her post on tackling sexual harassment when abroad. For backpackers, hitchhikers, squatters and couch surfers, we spend such a large amount of our time listening to the fear-mongering of others pointing out the dangers and flaws in the way we chose to live, that we’ve successfully, and tactically, learned to tune out security tips and take them with a hefty pinch of salt. However, although on the road our calculated risks pay off and often result in unplanned and unchartered adventure, gambling with our online security is not as productive a move. It goes without saying that most travelers of the modern age rely heavily on the internet. Whether it’s to keep… Read more >

The Evolution of Packing

I wasn’t always a backpacking traveler. Being from a tiny affluent country in Europe, it’s pretty normal to go on holidays abroad (privilege!) and I personally don’t know any of my fellow same-passport holders who hasn’t been abroad. Travel has been a part of my life since birth. Normally, we’d travel by car, giving us plenty of room to bring Stuff™ and sometimes we’d go by airplane. Only for the latter we’d have to really think about what to pack as there’s limits to how much Stuff you can bring. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, July 2011. I’m flying to Argentina for five weeks to learn Spanish. My premature birthday present: a huge, lime-green suitcase for checked-in luggage. The weight limit is 23kg and that’s what I’ve loaded into it. Dresses, shoes – yes, even make-up – goes in there. I have to sit on it to close it. I drag the dead weight on the scales for luggage drop-off. Weighing the suitcase at the airport brings the total weight a little under the maximum. Success! Or not…… Read more >

Street Harassment Abroad – an Introduction

Share this piece if you think it matters! Keep travellin’. We know the drill of catcalling in our home towns and countries and possibly have set up our own systems of avoiding the everyday comments and “compliments” from strangers on our commute. As women or individuals perceived as women – as a collective – we know and even expect this to happen. Once you travel, whether solo or in a group, things become different. Men scream things at you in a foreign language and instinctively you know what it is, but as you don’t understand the exact meaning of the slur, you start doubting yourself as to what it is. Don’t doubt yourself, you were being catcalled – and you have the right to be pissed off. Sexual harassment abroad is a little different, especially as you’ll now feel – presuming you didn’t feel like this before at home – as a minority. Well hello new dimension of oppression! In some cultures, catcalling and other forms of sexual harassment are so ingrained in culture… Read more >

A letter of advice to solo female hitchhikers/travelers..

Dear (self-identifying) woman, I usually don’t have solid advice as hitchhiking is very different woman to woman and I don’t think of myself as someone in the position to give you advice, especially the unsolicited kind. While traveling – whether that be by hitchhiking or not – you’ll be in situationsI have never encountered and some of my experiences will never happen to you, despite our general similar experiences of going through life (being perceived) as women. The advice I’ve given you on “only listening to other female solo travelers/hitchhikers” is more about “not listening to men’s advice”; they’ll either tell you it can’t be done as a woman because it’s too dangerous, or they’ll tell you it’s completely safe because they claim to have had this experience – they haven’t. Those *two things men advice you – unsolicited or not – translate very roughly into “don’t leave your front door, you’ll be killed” and “I have no clue what I’m talking about, but go jump from a rooftop, I turned out fine”.… Read more >

#Inspirational

“Not all those who wander were told to “Get Lost” ~ Iris the Hitchhiker I’m really on a creative roll for the whole “#inspirationalquotes” kind of thing after finding peace, love and tranquillity in the south of #Spain 🙂 first of all you should know that I find a lot of “inspirational quotes” very uninspiring, Read more >

So. OH MY GOD. You are my new hero!!!! I am totally excited for you and I can’t wait till I get a minute to read your whole blog. I have actually never tried hitchhiking before but I want to (I normally travel by motorcycle), and I absolutely love how little you plan and such, as I am the same way, I feel like planning too much is pointless when you want adventure. Keep rocking it girl! Ps I will follow you on all social media.

Thank you so much for your message both here and on Facebook! :D I always say I have ideas on my trip, not plans.. and then someone still asks “OK, so, what’s your plan?” ;) I love love love motorbikes by the way Read more >

Hey! I’m going to Europe next July (I’m Australian), starting off in Istanbul then wanting to make my way across to the UK. I’ve been over there before and pretty much just stuck to trains and whatnot but I’m thinking maybe this time hitchhiking is the way to go (not the whole way, I’m not that ambitious and have limited time). When you first started out did you do it with a mate or did you just go for it? Got any tips for a first timer? Thanks :)

Hey! Sounds like a great trip you’re planning! My first introduction to hitchhiking was with a roommate when I was living in Denmark. He had experience and I didn’t and it’s a great country to get started. After that one day I started doing it alone, which was just a little step up really. Go for a day’s hitch with a friend in Australia before you go to get familiar with the concept and what works and what doesn’t. The only thing you need to do is put up your thumb and smile - it’s that simple! See if you like it over there on the other side of the world before you try it on a different continent/culture and don’t push yourself if you’re not comfortable. I don’t know how much time you’ll spend in Europe and what you want to see, but Istanbul - London can be done really fast as well! Take a good offline map (I… Read more >

Tourist vs Traveler debate: don’t be an asshole

The debate about whether one is a tourist or a traveler is a tiring, irrelevant one that really bores me by now. So often you hear people self-importantly tell you at a hostel, hotel or bar that they’re “not a tourist”. Apparently being a tourist is a bad thing, but why? Most of us who travel start out as tourists. We book a tour that includes a flight, hotel, food and trips to the most important sights such as the Pyramids in Egypt and the St Peter’s cathedral in Vatican City. Everything is arranged for and giving this kind of power to so the local experts gives a sense of security we like. We’ll see everything the guidebook says is important to see, take pictures or selfies with said sights, there’s no need to learn a foreign language and a comfortable night’s sleep is included. These are the guarantees we’re given and if we didn’t like it or something went… Read more >