I’m from a small village in North-Western Germany. I’ve always been a nut for geography and exploring other countries since I was a little kid. Especially Japan and Eastern Asia – they’ve always been my passion!
After finishing college, nothing was holding me back, so I left on a working holiday visa for a year in Australia and never really returned. The last ten years have been a colourful mix of travelling and working in different locations around the world. I was barkeeping in Spain; I spent five years working in IT in Ireland, then I moved to Canada to work as receptionist for a whale watching company. Then I continued to New Zealand for a similar role with a dolphin swimming company in Kaikoura. After all this, I returned to Germany for a while, where I worked for a tour operator in Munich as a specialist for Northern Asia.
I joined Travel Nation in 2016 and I love sharing my travel passion to help other people realise their own world explorations.
Detmold in Westphalia, Germany
In Duesseldorf, a city in Germany's urban West, before taking off into the world.
I started my career in tourism working for marine tour companies in Canada and New Zealand, then worked as Sales and Product Manager for a tour operator specialised in tailor-made Asia trips in Munich, Germany
Stefanie has visited:
Reading, hiking, surfing and exploring my new home in the UK. And if the weather’s typically English, there are enough pubs or tea opportunities.
Indiana Jones was my big childhood hero and is partially to blame that I wanted to go out and explore so much since I was little.
Probably still the Indiana Jones movies and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I invested a considerable amount of effort into visiting as many filming locations on my New Zealand road trip as possible.
I left for Australia in 2004 for a year’s work and travel and never really came back to Germany.
Mongolia! It had always been at the top of my bucket list; when I finally had the chance to travel there and spend a month in this fascinating country, I was just blown away by the vastness of the landscape, the wide horizons and the sense humour of the people living there.
Also, one of the major surprises has been the USA. I went on a 3-month cross-country road trip by van, and it turned out to be one of the best trips I ever made. I just couldn’t get enough of the variety of truly epic landscapes, all those iconic cities along the way which already looked vaguely familiar from the movies, but with quirky surprises at every turn.
Visa card, passport, Lonely Planet, sunglasses and emergency coffee. Oh, and hair ties. They always tend to vanish by the dozen!
I picked Brighton in 2016 and am quite happy with the choice and where I am right now.
A school exchange to Japan when I was 16. It was quite an experience, coming from rural Germany smack-bang into the high-tech jungle of Tokyo! Although my daily life consisted mainly of putting on a school uniform and sitting in class until 4 pm.
Dingle in Ireland – my favourite place in the whole world! Mount Huangshan in China – straight out of a Chinese painting, with sheer cliffs and cedar trees. Vancouver Island in British Columbia with its orca pods and stunning coastal rainforests – my home in Canada!
I can’t even narrow it down to a specific hotel, but an absolute must-do while in Japan is to stay in a ‘Ryokan’ (traditional Japanese inn). It is a bit more expensive, however it is such a traditional experience that it shouldn’t be missed. You can take a bath in the volcanic hot spring, relax in a yukata, enjoy a delicious local meal and sleep in a very traditional room on a tatami mat. And don’t even think about a Western breakfast: Rice, raw egg and fish it is!
Zanzibar, with translucent waters and crystal white beaches – sensational. Also Palawan, Philippines, comes pretty close to my own personal paradise. Or the beaches north of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, as my favourite surf spot.
Samoa and Fiji – the furthest away.
Monkey brain from a street vendor in Myanmar. Though in terms of weird food, China takes the biscuit.
Coming to Tacloban and Ormoc in the Philippines to volunteer after they were hit by typhoon Haiyan – I just couldn’t believe the level of destruction. The spirit and the resilience of the Filipinos impressed me like nothing else in the world.
Tokyo. Or Istanbul.
This one night in Istanbul – it started with six strangers meeting via Couchsurfing and starting the night full of bar-hopping, ishkender kebab at Taksim square, old town taxi races and a rooftop party overlooking the Bosporus until sunrise. The best nights out always start unplanned!
Not much - except coffee (which tends to be hard to come by, especially in rural Asia). I always carry an emergency stash in my luggage.