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How to make friends while travelling?!

G’day everyone!

I hope, you all had a lovely week! I’m still here stuck in work, having to deal with cows, slapping their dirty tails into my face, while I milk them! One day, they’re gonna knock me out, cause they’re not gentle, that’s for sure! 😛

I think, I also start to get an arthrose in my hands and fingers slowly, but I’ll survive. Only about a month to go! Writing is definitely a good way, to keep me entertained. Little update on my book: I’m getting there! I’ll work on it every single day, during my breaks 😉

Well, I’ve recently been asked for advise on how to make friends, while travelling. So I thought, I’ll share my oponion to everyone. Might be useful for the one or the other.

The best advise, that I can give you, is not to actively look for friends. Don’t stress out, trying to meet people. Enjoy your time, it will happen all by itself! During my travels, I’ve experienced, that I met the most people by coincidence. Well, actually, that’s how I met 90% of my travel buddies, since I’m not the most social person. Ironically, I often end up meeting the best people, when things go wrong and I do not even want to socialize. What can I say: Expect the unexpected!

Furthermore, you need to get over stereotypes! You shouldn’t expect to be able to find a lot of friends, if you’re picky! Tattooes don’t mean, the person is a criminal and glasses don’t mean, that you can’t have fun with that person. Give everybody a chance and I promise, you won’t regret it!

The best place to meet other travellers is in a hostel, obviously. You don’t even have to go to the hostel’s bar or something, just talk to your roomies! I have the strong feeling, that the odds always put likeminded people in the same room 😉

If you’re like me and you want to stay away from other backpackers, meeting the locals instead, I can recommend AirBnb or Couchsurfing. Two great apps, that the majority should know. Its an awesome way to get in touch with the locals, who can often tell you their secret spots and recommendations. The best part about it is, that Couchsurfing is completely free!

In general, you should just do what you love! Go hiking, go sightseeing, relax by the river etc. I’ve experinced, that you’re more likely to meet people, that could turn into friends for life, if you do what you love! You don’t have to go into clubs and parties to meet new people! There is hope for people like me, who get really uncomfortable really quickly! 😉

So, in conclusion you can see, that it’s best not to worry too much! Focus on other important things instead and you will meet the most amazing people. It will happen. Just give it some time! Don’t waste your valuable travel – time!

Stay tuned!

Dani

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Things I’ve learnt while travelling

Hey guys, what’s up?!

Well, this blog post is not gonna be, what you’d normally expect. I won’t give you a weekly summary this time. Simply, because nothing happened. I was busy applying for jobs and watching the amount of money in my bank account disappear more and more. It was all worth it, though! I didn’t get a job… BUT… I got two!! That’s right! Two jobs! The first job is on a dairy farm and only for two weeks, starting on Monday.

The second job is on a dairy farm, as well, starting straight after I finish the first job. This job is a long-term position, though. So yeah, I’m gonna be working for a while. I’m still trying to keep this blog as interesting as possible but!

While I had to spend my days looking for campgrounds, which are not closed, due to muddy sites, jumpstarting my car, because I spent all day charging my devices on the car battery and figuring out, how to get food, without spending money on it, I actually had time to work on something else. I’ve got a special announcement!! But first… let me get into this blog post. Many people think travelling teaches you a lot of valuable stuff. I’m not denying it, I just want to point out, that travelling also teaches you a bunch of other stuff, which is basically useless! 😀

Here we go! Here are 5 things, I’ve learnt while travelling:

1. My sense of direction shouldn’t be allowed on the street! People, who met me, might have noticed, that my sense of direction is basically … non-existing! I’m not even joking! Even back in my hometown, I had to use GPS, although I had been living there for 18 years!

Owning my own car and being depended on directions made me realize, that it’s worse than I thought! Even, if I’ve driven roads a million times and I basically just have to follow signs to get to the next destination, I would still get lost! That’s why I ALWAYS use google maps, no matter what.

To be honest, that’s not much of a big help either. That’s why I often find myself in private properties, construction zones or in front of a gate about to board a ferry! 😛 I’m not even kidding, I’m hopeless!

2. I’ve learnt how to defend myself with all sorts of objects! Since I’m mainly travelling on my own, people are often worried about my safety. And I don’t mean family. I mean people, that I’ve just met. Those people are more worried about me than I am about myself!

That’s how I often end up in little “boot camps”, where my “instructors”, aka. random strangers, show me how to use random objects against all those thieves and other criminals, that I have to keep up with every night. (I’m kidding!)

Ranging from a fire distinguisher to deodorant; I’m fully prepared now. Which is not a bad thing at all, if I think about it! Someone even gave me a pepper spray once. That stuff is actually illegal, but hey, it was good for the moment.

3. Instant Noodles cannot be classed as food! People might now, that I can’t cook. And by that I mean, I can’t cook at all. I’ve managed to burn a heat-up microwave dish in the microwave once! And I was just following the instructions!

Anyway, being a traveller, you have to learn, what sort of food you can/can’t take with you. If you don’t own a fridge/cooler you shouldn’t be taking dairy, meat, vegetables etc. Of course, you can, but it usually doesn’t last long.

As a person, that can’t cook, I don’t have to worry about all that anyway. My dinner just consists of “Instant Noodles”… Day by day.. it’s quick and easy, but I’ve soon learned, that it cannot be classed as real food. I don’t know what sort of chemicals are in there, but, it doesn’t satisfy, it usually tastes like plastic (don’t ask me, why I know how plastic tastes :D) and it for sure isn’t healthy. Unfortunately, I haven’t found another option for me yet. Any suggestions?! 😀

4. You can fall asleep at the most awkward places! From sleeping on a ship to sleeping in the back seats of your car, I’ve had it all. While travelling, I’ve learnt, that your standards get pretty low and you’re basically happy with whatever sleeping option comes up.

Travelling is exhausting! Sometimes, I don’t even care, where I’m gonna sleep. If I’m tired, I can fall asleep anywhere! Let me give you an example: the car I had in Australia, had a bed in the back, that needed to be made every single night. In the beginning, I was happy to have a bed, no matter, how much effort I had to put in it. But in the end, I didn’t care anymore and just decided to sleep in the driver’s seat. I think I’ve been doing that for a month straight! 😀

5. You learn, how to live with the minimum! I’ve just realized, that I don’t need much to survive. I’ve definitely become less materialistic. Ironically, I actually feel better having fewer belongings. I enjoy getting rid of stuff! That, of course, means you can lose less and less gets stolen!

The only disadvantage is, that I keep getting rid of more and more clothes, usually not buying any new ones. I wear clothes with holes and have to find a washing machine every 10 days. Yes, I’m basically confirming the backpacker – stereotype, but I don’t really care! 😀

I hope, the one or the other has learned similar things and can relate! I’m always happy about your feedback!! 🙂

However, I’m gonna reveal my special announcement…. I’m….

WRITING A BOOK!

I started writing it last week! It’s gonna be a lot of work, but I hope to be finishing everything before my birthday! I’m an ambitious person. Whenever I start something, I’ll finish it for sure! It’s gonna be a travel book … in a way..  and in a way it’s not!

Be patient, be excited!

I know, that I am! 😀

Dani

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