I discovered my passion for travelling when I was about 14 years old whilst visiting my uncle in New York. It was the furthest I had ever been away from home and it somehow opened my eyes. When I got back I told my parents that I had now decided to go and live in another country and do one of these exchange years abroad – to my parents 'delight' literally to the other side of the world – New Zealand (a place everybody should put on their bucket list)!
After finishing my studies in Germany (and of course some more travelling) I came across Travel Nation rather coincidentally while looking for jobs in the UK in 2013. I am truly excited to being able to now share my experiences and help others make their dream trips come true!
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page" – St. Augustine
I studied Business Administration in Berlin and was lucky enough to be allowed to do parts of my degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
I joined Travel Nation in 2013.
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Fri, 26/05/2017 - 15:47
Best travel advisor ever
Ruth was efficient, quick to respond and beat all my research in price and convenience. She sent me written confirmation of my baggage allowance and I was able to show a copy of this each time Emirates tried to say I was over.
I cannot recommend Travelnation enough
Ruth has visited:
I absolutely love airplane food … I even celebrate it with my own little ritual.
Koh Tao.This island off the east coast of Thailand was my first destination on my South East Asia trip. I originally only wanted to stay 4-5 days to do my open water diving license but ended up having to force myself to leave after 10 days.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The ruins of all these temples in the forest are simply breath taking and you are literally allowed to wander all over the place and truly go exploring.
Camera, iPod, pen and diary, a pocket knife, a second credit card for emergencies
Live from my rucksack. I am horrible at packing so once I've managed to squeeze everything in my rucksack I try to avoid having to go through that packing process as much as possible.
Close to a beach with actual sand (nothing against Brighton beach here…) and warmer weather… maybe Sydney again?!
Fraser Island, Australia. Milford Sound, New Zealand. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.
Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand. Hire a kayak for the day!
The salt lake/flats (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia. I just can’t make up my mind on whether I would rather see them in the rainy or the dry season…
Barbequed chicken hearts in Phuket, Thailand.
Bánh mì – the Baguettes in Vietnam. I think I literally lived off those for weeks.
A spontaneous beach party on the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Me and some people from my hostel wanted to have a few drinks at one of the two ‘bars’ at the beach (people serving drinks out of cooling boxes and you being seated on big cushions) but it soon started raining heavily so all of the approx. 50 people with the same plan as us took shelter at a small hut. A few minutes later some locals brought a stereo and a few more of these ‘bar-cooling-boxes’ and 30 minutes later we were all dancing in the rain around the hut.
Bread. Proper bread (this might be a German thing though)
New York and the east coast of the States. I was 14 visiting my uncle for the summer school holidays and for me it was the first time travelling ‘alone’ without my parents and siblings.
The Laos-Thailand Mekong border crossing. Literally being trapped between the two countries in a heavy monsoon rain with no boats being allowed to cross for what seemed an eternity and no shelter after just having survived a 12 hour boat ride on a speed boat (big canoe with a self-attached engine, cramped in between 8 others, speeding down the Mekong with 70kmh).
Sydney in the summer and New York in the winter.