10 Things I learned while traveling alone

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During the last few years I traveled quite a lot. I learned new tricks and hacks on how to make the best out of your trip. Not everything will be as planned, and sometimes that’s a good thing.

I started traveling alone when I was a teenager. Brazil then London, Madrid, and Germany. Nothing really bad ever happened to me and I would definitely recommend traveling by yourself. There are some things you should take care of beforehand like accommodation, Visa etc. Many of my trips were spontaneous and that’s what made them such adventures.

I’ll be going to Milano in two weeks, so I thought I’d share my top 10 travel advises with you

1. Try to book in advance – If you know you have a few weeks off in 3 months, why not book right away? Flights are cheaper and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. If you book last minute, so flights will be reeeeeaaaally expensive. Same goes for buses, I travel a lot using Flixbus and many tickets are really cheap and then suddenly way more expensive the next day.

2. Try to book carry on luggage only –  This will save you time, money and stress. If you go somewhere for seven days or less try to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. Most times it works and it’ll save you about 50€ per ticket. It’s also a lot easier to only carry one suitcase instead of two and you won’t have to wait for luggage drop off etc.

3. Bring an empty water bottle and baby wipes – While you can’t bring a full bottle of liquid through security, you are allowed to bring an empty plastic bottle. Just fill it up at the next bathroom (if the water is drinkable) or at the next fountain. This will save you about 3€ each time since drinks are really expensive once you’re through security. Another thing I always carry with me while traveling are baby wipes. You can bring them through security without problems and use them for cleaning your hands, refreshing your face or just as make-up removal wipes. They’re super cheap and super convenient.

4. If you get stranded somewhere go to places such as McDonald’s – Just buy something cheap like a coffee and sit down. This happened to me a lot, I missed my bus/train/whatever and had to wait some hours for the next one. McDonald’s has free wifi for 3 hours, so you can watch a movie, listen to music or whatever else you want to do. If you’re a girl it’s also a lot safer than waiting alone in the dark or at some random train station.

5. Bring a blanket – Most airplanes and buses use AC and I tend to get really cold. I try to always bring a blanket to wrap myself in. Baby blankets are the perfect size since normal blankets are rather big and hard to fit in your bag. If you’re not cold you can use it as a pillow and save yourself some neck pain.

6. Make a playlist for traveling – Background noises can be super annoying. I had people snoring, talking or listening to their music, while I wanted to sleep. So I decided to make myself a “sleeping” playlist and it worked really well. Just listen to some calm and relaxing music and you’ll find sleep way sooner. I personally really like Bon Iver for this kind of playlist.

7. Bring your own food – Airplane food can be gross and you wouldn’t want to be hungry for 5 hours or more. Just prepare some food at home. As long as it isn’t liquid, meat, dairy or egg it shouldn’t be a problem to bring it through security. I like cookies and pasta for long trips. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying food out of convenience while at the airport or train station. You wouldn’t want to pay 5€ for a sandwich.

8. Buy a colorful suitcase – If you own a black suitcase the chances of it getting switched are quite big. Most people have black suitcases and they all look the same. If you don’t want to buy a new suitcase, put a colorful ribbon or belt on it, so you can spot it right away.

9. Send yourself a copy of your passport – Before you start your trip you should take a photo of your ID, passport or Visa and send it to yourself via email. This will help you a lot if you lose your passport or if it gets stolen. You can access your email from every computer and you will get a new one a lot quicker.

10. Be nice to the people at the airline counter – Even if your flight is delayed or canceled, it’s not their fault. Stay calm and be nice. They don’t want to help you if you scream at them. Tell them your problem and ask them for a sollution. They’ll be a lot nicer if you don’t yell and get angry.

 

 

 

 

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A trip to Nuremberg

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Last week I went to Nuremberg, it was my second time there. I already visited the city when I was a child, even though I don’t really remember it.

For those of you who don’t know, Nuremberg is located in the south of Germany, in the state of Bavaria. Even though it’s in the same state as Munich the two cities share few things. Well, the food is similar, same goes for the beer – but otherwise they are really different. Munich is known for it’s chic and sort of posh people and environment, where as Nuremberg is a lot simpler and more practical than elegant. I certainly do recommend visiting Nuremberg  – the city has many things to offer as it’s really old and has a lot of stories to tell. Around the city are several castles, some are even located within the city. So if you’re into history and old buildings Nuremberg is perfect for you. For shopping however I personally prefer cities such as Munich or Hamburg, the stores are bigger and the shopping streets offer a bigger variety of brands. One thing I really liked in Nuremberg though was the market in the middle of the city – you can buy local, seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as bread, honey or dried fruits. But be sure to look at the little signs telling you where each product is from. During summertime it’s possible to buy many fruits and vegetables such as berries, apples or mushrooms from local farmers, they often taste better and aren’t much more expensive than “foreign” greens. If you drink beer you should definitely stop by a so-called “Biergarten” (beer garden) and enjoy one or more pints. My personal favourite is alcohol free “white” beer mixed with sprite or other lemonade. Sure, they serve these drinks with “normal” beer too, just ask for a “Radler”