German girl travels the world all by herself
Daniela Bühn has been travelling the world for two and a half years, but to her, it’s not just about seeing the world
A breakdown in the middle of nowhere in Australia, walking on an active volcano, or a wild-stingray feeding – Daniela Bühn has experienced a fair bit during her travels across the globe, lasting two and a half years now already. “I’ve learnt that I can achieve whatever I want.”, the 20-year-old girl from Vreden said.
Can-Will-Did is what Daniela chose to name her blog. And that’s the exact motivation that made her choose to fly to Australia in 2015. “My mom and I always wanted to see Australia, but it never happened.” Then, her mom passed away in 2013, never getting a chance to hop on that plane. “After I graduated, I decided it was time to finally live this dream. You can always go to Uni, but travelling was my first priority.” Planned were only six months in Australia, but since July 2015, Daniela hasn’t returned to Germany. “I fell in love with the country and my desire to travel the world has grown more and more.”
A special person has strengthened this desire even more. “I met an Australian guy that travels all around Australia in his vehicle. But unlike other people, he’s not following the expectations of society. Even with a broken-down car, he still took me on a roadtrip to Australia’s westernmost point. He taught me a lof of self-confidence.”
Meanwhile, also Daniela Bühn managed to finish a full lap around Australia. She bought her first ever car in the foreign country and although she had always been an insecure driver and had never driven on the left side of the road, she says: ” Despite, I managed to get to all the places I aimed to reach and that all by myself!” The 20-year-old is travelling all by herself and thoroughly enjoys it. “it was scaring me in the beginning. But I quickly realized that I’m never alone. There are always people that are willing to help.”
People’s willingness to help has, in fact, saved her life one day. In the middle of nowhere, on Christmas Day last year, she broke down with her car. No phone reception, no shade, 40 degrees heat and no water. “I tried everything: calling 000, waving to planes flying over me and more.” At that point, she already knew the number one rule in Australia’s outback: Never ever leave your car after a breakdown. Finally, after four and a half hours another car stopped by. The Australian then towed her back to the next point of civilization. “I thought I would die and would have loved to be back in my comfort zone in Germany. But so far, I never stopped fighting for my dreams and I’m more than certain that I don’t want to live in but outside of my comfort zone.”, says the German.
That’s why she wrote her Bucket List. Things like seeing dinosaur footprints, riding a camel, swimming underneath a waterfall, climbing a glacier or holding a Koala, could already be ticked off the list. But it’s a long list. For instance, Daniela Buehn still wants to kiss a dolphin, sleep in an Iglu, hold a Tarantula, take part in world championchips and buy a plane ticket that leaves on the same day. On the very top it says: visit all seven continents.
After two years in Australia, she continued her travels in New Zealand in August last year. Her next destination is South America. But to afford the plane ticket, she needs to save up some money first. She is always looking for new jobs – Housekeeping, Customer Service or farm work. At the moment, she is working in a cafe. But she dreams of being able to finance her travels with her blog and Youtube channel one day.
With her texts, pictures and videos, the 20-year-old wants to inspire others. “No matter what other people are trying to tell you. Only listen to yourself and what you want.”, she says. The German girl has now even written a novel about her story. Like all of her content, it’s gonna be in English and will be published this year. An exact date is still unknown.
Translated from an article about my travels, published in the German newspaper “Münsterland Zeitung” on 13 January, 2018
You can view both of the original articles here (that’s right, I did not only get featured ONCE but TWICE!!):
Never stop believing in yourself,
All travellers know the struggle: How much money can I afford to spend? Will I find a new job? What if I run out of money? Is that the cheapest deal? Questions among questions. And the answer is certainly never guaranteed, but if you know some handy tips and tricks, living on a budget can be made a lot easier!
1. The wreckers. Most travellers are choosing to buy or rent a car for their road trip. But what seems like a great deal, is usually too good to be true. Mechanical repairs are often inevitable, but most of all: expensive! We spend dollars and dollars on car parts, tyres, oil changes and services. It doesn’t have to be like that though! Before you choose to buy new or used parts from the mechanics, check out the wreckers first. Most of the time, they have some spare parts for a lot cheaper! But be cautious: It’s always a risky buy and shouldn’t be considered if you’re planning to keep your car for a long while.
2. Book exchanges. Who doesn’t like to read a good book! Lying underneath the stars with a book in your hand and nothing but peace and quiet around you. Doesn’t it sound tempting?! Unfortunately, stories come to an end at some point. Often quicker than we wish for. So what do we do? Many of us can’t afford to buy new books or an expensive Kindle. Luckily, society looks after all of us people, who like to read. Book exchanges can be found everywhere: in hostels, caravan parks, libraries, cafes. Keep your eyes open, you won’t miss it. But don’t forget to leave a book, in order to keep the exchange going!
3. Tuesdays. Who would have thought, that a day, seemingly just like any other day, could make you save so much money? Whether it’s a plane ticket, a bus ride or sometimes even certain tours and activities. For some reason, Tuesdays seem to promise the best and cheapest deals. So if you’re not in a hurry and need and good bargain, it’s worth it sticking around until next Tuesday!
4. Quick sales. Food can be unbelievably expensive! Especially over in Oceania! 12$ for a small pack of grapes? 2$ for a loaf of good bread? Who can afford that?! That only leaves us with one choice: buying the cheap home brand, which is often simultaneously the unhealthiest and tasteless option. Soon, we’ll lose appetite and stop enjoying our meals. But we don’t have to make such sacrifices, just because we have to keep an eye on our money! Most grocery stores have so-called “Quick sales”. Quality food, that is about to be thrown out or looks a bit odd for half the price! The good thing: there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Of course, supermarkets wanna keep up their good reputation, which is why they can’t afford to keep certain types of food in the store for more than a day. The best time to hunt for quick sales is just before close.
5. Leftover boxes. Most of us would have stayed in a hostel at least once in their life. They’re not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it comes to helping each other out. Many hostels have something like “leftover boxes”, giving travellers that are about to leave the country the chance to get rid of some stuff that might help out the next person. The best part: it’s absolutely free! So you go and buy new and expensive gear, why don’t you check out your nearest hostel and reuse someone else’s stuff?!
While these are just five tips, there are so many other ways to save the one or the other dollar for our next road trip! Let me know if you can add to this list in the comments!
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Have you ever wondered why I decided to name my blog “Can-Will-Did”? Have you ever wondered what the story behind all this is? Whether your answer is “yes” or “no”, I reckon everyone should get to know my life-changing story. Well, let me start from the beginning…
When I arrived in Australia, I was the most insecure person you could imagine, trying to pretend to be brave and independent while I still decided to keep my travels as safe as possible, only sticking to organized group tours and busses. While it was the most comfortable option, I always had some sort of gut feeling telling me that this is not what I want to be. I wanted to be self-confident, I wanted to be flexible and most importantly, I wanted to be different from the rest! Easier said than done. There was something holding me back. Something, that is not easy to get rid of: it’s the bubble, called “comfort zone”, that way too many people are stuck in. So, what was I supposed to do? I knew I wouldn’t just be able to get out of my comfort zone that easily. I had been stuck in it for way too long.
Thanks to me being an ambitious person, wanting to achieve whatever got in my mind, I decided to buy my first ever own car. Back in Germany, I was a terribly insecure driver and barely got any practice. Thus, buying a manual, having to drive on the “wrong side” of the road, didn’t seem to be the cleverest idea, but there was a drive in me that turned me into a confident driver, driving all sorts of vehicles on the “wrong side” of the road.
Yet, there was still something inside of me that told me, that I wanted more. I wanted to tackle challenging roads, in order to get to the most remote places, I wanted to learn how to four-wheel-drive, I wanted to experience the Australia that no one else gets to experience. Unfortunately, something held me back. It was society telling me that my car wasn’t good enough for what I had put in my mind. Society told me that I wouldn’t make it across the “Gibb River Road” in a little Subaru. People told me I wouldn’t be able to get to all four of Australia’s extremities in my little Suby. “What if you break down in the middle of nowhere?”, was one of the most-raised questions I always got to hear. And I believed them. I believed what they told me must be right as it was society telling me and society is always right.
That was, at least, what I had always believed; until one special person changed my whole attitude on life. I met Anthony about a year ago in a small place called “Hamelin Pool” in Shark Bay, Western Australia. He offered me work in a caravan park, where I got to know him and his story. Anthony is an Aussie, travelling around Australia himself. But unlike other people, he doesn’t follow the crowds. In his 4wd, he goes wherever he wants, following the most remote and challenging tracks. But it was his attitude on life that made me think and lit a fire in my soul that has never died ever since. “Can, Will, Did, Kunt” is his motto. People tell you you can’t – you go and prove them wrong! You wanna go somewhere – you go there! There is no “what if” – there is only “ah well”.
During a trip to “Steep Point” Australia’s westernmost point, he did not only teach me everything I needed to know about four-wheel-driving, he also taught me confidence. He taught me how to break free and only listen to myself, instead of what society wants you to do. He taught me that I can do anything, even if I don’t have the fanciest equipment. During the trip, we got banned from the National Park as Anthony’s ute didn’t have working brakes, but instead of turning around and giving up, he kept going. He didn’t care what society told him to do. He had one aim in mind and that was to reach “Steep Point”. And we did! Despite, all the trouble! Thanks to Anthony’s advises and encouragement, I did not only tackle the iconic “Gibb River Road”, but also travelled up 800ks of highly corrugated dirt road, all the way to the tip of Australia and back, I attempted several “four-wheel-drive-only” tracks. Sometimes, things didn’t go as planned, but I always gave it a go. There is no “I can’t”, there is only “I can”!
The best reward I could get is the facial expressions and reactions of people seeing what I’ve achieved. It doesn’t only make me feel extremely proud, it also gives me a satisfying feeling of confidence. I have never been at this stage I am at now. And if I hadn’t met Anthony, I’d probably still be stuck in my bubble, with an utterly feeling of regret.
Now, about a year later, both, Anthony and me, are still continuing doing whatever we want, proving as many people wrong as possible. While Anthony is crossing rivers, instead of taking vehicle-ferries in Australia, I’m finding my way around New Zealand, just having finished my first ever novel, bringing my own little motto and lifestyle (Dare Yourself – Prove them wrong!) to life. The road has never been easy, for neither of us. We both had to go through hell and back. But giving up has never been an option and never will be! Whatever will happen in the future, I’m sure Anthony will inspire many more people and we will meet again in the future to take on the world.
I hope the story inspires you to get up and live life! I won’t say it’s easy, cause it’s not. But if you never do what YOU want, you’ll never be able to say that you’re truly content!
GET UP! CAN-WILL-DID!!
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, my life is a lie.
No, I’m not a lier, but I’ve got no other choice.
You wanna know the truth, the truth that society expects to hear.
There’s nothing quite wrong but it doesn’t feel right.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, I’m living a lie.
Every day the same thing. My palms get sweaty and the uneasy feeling stays as the day goes by.
My soul is dying to break free, but I know it ain’t right.
Who wrote the book on goodbyes?
If there’s one thing I know, my mind is a mess.
Pretending to be guilt-free, as the next lie leaves my lips.
You ask me how I am, what parts of the world I’ve seen and yet there is still one question still unasked.
It’s the same answers every single time. Why do we even bother asking?
If there’s one thing I feel, it’s the pain in my chest.
It happened again. Don’t your roots keep holding you back?
We all know the answer, but yet I don’t know what to say. Do I spit it out?
It’s me and my mind alone.
If there’s one thing I do, it’s the tears that I dry.
People are not bothered. Yet they still want to hear. But if I told them the truth, they’d pretend to be empathetic.
Yet, people don’t care, keep that in mind.
Society is not meant to have people sticking out of the crowd.
But what if I told you, the one thing I’ve learnt.
If you wanna break free, speak up and be proud.
You’re looking for help? You’re looking for support? You’re looking for an open ear?
People do care and it’s okay to be down.
We all play our own little game, paused on different levels.
Although neither wants to admit it, we’re all fighting the same devils.