The concept of ‘Home’.

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What if home is not a place but rather the feeling of being abroad? Often, I am surrounded by friends and family, trying to familiarize me with a feeling of coming home and feeling a special bond to a place.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a place that is deeply rooted in my heart and with which I connect many heartwarming memories. Coming back to the house where I grew up always seems to lift some weight off my shoulders.

Once you’ve outgrown the room in your parents house, people expect you to lead a certain life and go down a certain path. This path is connected to a sense of urgency to perform in a certain way society expects us to. Most of the times, this goes hand in hand with settling down.

When I try to explain to people that settling down might not be in the cards for me, all I often get is an pitying smile telling me “Wait for it, there’ll be a point in your life where you’ll want to settle down.” I am not denying that that might happen but right now I cannot see myself settling down anywhere in the near future.

To most of you this might sound naive or lightheaded but please bear with me. Right now, I don’t need this one special place I can connect to. Each and every time I board a plane, I realize that that is where I am truly happy. Above the clouds, watching the world pass by below us, bursting with excitement for what’s about to await me.

I might change my mind tomorrow, next week or next year. But until then I will embrace this restlessness and hold on dearly to my intrepid spirit. Ultimately, we all seek happiness and love. My ultimate bliss lies within following my gypsy heart and letting wanderlust perpetuate my every step.

Mallorca Bucket List.

If you’re German, you’ve most likely already been to Mallorca at least once in your life. Some might even call it Germany’s 17th state. I have to admit that I have been to Mallorca several times in my life – as a child and as a teenager but I don’t remember much about it (except from its party scene). So when Nicole and I decided to go to Mallorca this summer, I made a vow to really truly explore the island this time around. And here’s my ultimate bucket list for your next trip to Mallorca:

1. Stay in an Airbnb in the middle of nowhere

We wanted a real experience so we decided against living in a hotel or a famous beach town. We opted for the village of Lloseta, a town literally in the middle of nowhere. We had the pleasure of living with an adorable Spanish couple, enjoying our homemade breakfast on the patio, cuddling with their cat and feeling like we really belonged.

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The village of Lloseta

2. Check out hidden beaches

Everyone knows that Mallorca has famous beaches and calas. When we went in August, the island was so crowded that it was rather difficult finding spots where we really were able to recharge. Luckily, we met some locals while strolling through Santanyi so they recommended a few hidden spots to us. I am not going to name them for you for the sake of keeping them hidden. So get out there and find your favourite hidden spots!

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Hidden beach with challenging access!

3. Venture around Valldemossa

Yeppers, it is touristy in Valldemossa. But that still doesn’t take away any of its charm. Arrive early and you get to spend a few hours strolling around this charming town while everyone else is still asleep.

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Valldemossa

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4. Go to Santanyi when its not Wednesday

Santanyi is famous for its market on Wednesday mornings. It is worth going to the market but I’d much rather recommend you go on a different day. When the streets are not bustling with vendors and tourists, it really is a rather quiet, peaceful and enchanting little town.

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Central square in Santanyi

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The town of Santanyi

5. Jump out of bed at 4am to watch the sunrise

This was by far the best decision we made. On our last day in Mallorca, we decided to hop out of bed early and drive to Cap de Formentor to watch the sunrise. And let me tell you, it was incredible. But what I loved most was driving down narrow and windy roads while night was turning into day and basking the majestic cliffs into light. There was such a mystical, breathtaking and humbling atmosphere about it. Still gives me the chills thinking about it now!

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Cap de Formentor

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Windy roads at Cap de Formentor

21 new bucket list items.

As every year, the UNESCO world heritage centre made it its mission to bring to light new sights to add to the list cultural and natural wonders for you to discover. In 2016, they have a found a remarkable number of 21 yet more or less neglected and underrated places.

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Here’s the full list:

  1. Antequerra Dolmens Site, Spain
  2. Antigua Naval Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Ani, Turkey
  4. Nalanda University, Bihar, India
  5. Philippi, Greece
  6. Gotham’s Cave Complex, Gibraltar
  7. Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia
  8. Pampulha Modern Ensemblem, Brazil
  9. Stecci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro
  10. The work of Le Corbusier throughout Argentina, Belgium, France, India, Japan and Switzerland
  11. The Persian Qanat, Iran
  12. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art, China
  13. Archipelago de Revillagigedo, Mexico
  14. Hubei Shennongija, China
  15. The Lut Desert, Iran
  16. Mistaken Point, Canada
  17. Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay, Sudan
  18. Western Tien-Shan in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
  19. The Ennedi Massif, Chad
  20. Khangchendzonga National Park, India
  21. The Ahwar of Southern Iraq

 

Holding on to my gypsy soul.

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So here’s the story: I just arrived in the UK a few days ago, my first real trip abroad this year. Already having felt a bit overwhelmed with work and social activities, I wasn’t feeling too organised either.

Despite my usual habits, I only packed my bags two or three hours before I had to leave for the airport. Those of you who know me, will know that I love to be organized when it comes to traveling. I love to have my affairs in order way before I have to leave. It’s not a thing of being anxious when it comes to traveling, it’s more that I enjoy the excitement of an upcoming trip so much that I find utmost joy in writing packing lists, raiding travel guides and buying all the bare necessities.

And being someone who usually hops onto a plane 5-6 times a year at least, I’ve become really good at it. I can literally organize a trip to the other side of the world in the blink of an eye.

Having started my first real corporate job this year, I feel like I kind of lost this ability. It’s already the middle of the year and I have only done two tiny trips to the Netherlands and Dresden. No plane, no other continent, no nothing.

So going on this trip actually turned out to be exciting for me. And how did I find out that I didn’t travel enough this year yet? When I arrived at my friend’s house in Cardiff, I nonchalantly wanted to plug in my computer but realized that I didn’t take an adapter. Having lived here for a year, you assume that I know that. To be honest, I didn’t even consider bringing an adapter once. It wasn’t on my well-thought out packing list or in my suitcase.

That’s how badly I need to travel again. Luckily, there are a few adventures coming up – either only on my agenda or already planned and booked.

Get out there any just do it!

Today I would like to introduce you to one of my new favourite TED talks given by Mel Robbins, motivational and keynote speaker and creator of the 5 second rule. Let’s start with a quote from the talk:

“When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life, it’s a signal. And it’s not a signal that your life is broken, it’s a signal that one of your most basic needs are not being met – your need for exploration. Everything about your life, about your body grows – everything grows for your entire life. Your soul needs exploration and growth. The only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable. Forcing yourself to get outside, out of your head.” 

With this Mel is telling you that if you have an idea, how stupid it may appear or how infeasible it sounds, do it! But don’t think about it too much. You only have five seconds until your comfort zone steps in and forces you to rather cuddle up in bed and stay where you are.

There are many ideas that can’t be accomplished or even started in five seconds but if you just cling to the idea and start imagining it come to life, you’ve already overcome most of your doubts and inner fears.

Thinking about moving abroad? Hell yeah, why not give it a real thought! Deliberating whether to change your career entirely? Get online or talk to your friends and family to figure out options. Our lives are not meant to be lived in a rut. If you hate having the same kind of routine day in and day out, do something about it! Small changes can alter your whole perspective on life. Take a different route to work, have cereal instead of toast, talk to colleagues you haven’t ever chatted with before. It’s about those small and almost unnoticeable changes that really make an impact in your life and how you perceive it.

If there’s anything you don’t want to do to get you just one step closer to what you really want to achieve, get out there and just do it.