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If you ask my friends, they’d tell you that I inspire them to travel, to dream big and go for it, and to not give a shit sometimes, which I take as a compliment because this is what I want to stand for. My goal is also to decrease discrimination based on stupid things such as gender or race and make humans unite, come together, LOVE! Because eventually that’s what we all strive for, right? Love and being loved. And to have our kids and the next generation grow up in a better world than us. To do all of this, I want to have my own foundation (and/or work with others) that enables kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to travel.
At the “I love you wall” or “Le mur des je t’aime” in Paris
I was born and raised in Germany, where it’s quite normal to take road trips to different countries and go camping in Italy or Southern France, so my parents did. As my brother and I got older, we also enjoyed trips to Florida and Turkey, now with my mother and her then-boyfriend because my parents had separated. With my mom working and being gone for the majority of the time, I was forced to grow up quickly, become independent, and work. My first earnings I spent on visiting my friend in Slovakia, to where I traveled by myself at the age of 14.
When I turned 16, I participated in an exchange program which placed me into Orange County, California. My host family showed me around San Diego, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles and I totally fell in love with the latter.
At 17, I went to Oman by myself to see my then boyfriend for two weeks (a book about this experience is in the works). So you see, I’m quite the adventurer and my parents, especially my dad, probably almost died of fear several times.
A year after I graduated from high school in Germany, I moved to Los Angeles, where I studied at L.A. City College and California State University Los Angeles and received my BA in English. Straight out of university, I landed a job as a newspaper editor. Within a year, I became the Managing Editor of all the company’s 22 newspapers in Southern California.
How I got started travel blogging
There came a point at which I became very uncomfortable being tied to a 9-5 job. I wanted to work on my own terms and on my own dreams. Mostly inspired by travel bloggers Alyssa Ramos and Gloria Antanmo, I saved up some money and quit my job in April 2016 to become a full-time travel blogger. Luckily, both of my bosses supported my decision, and so I still contribute my travel articles to them.
In July 2016, I hit rock bottom as my GoPro, money, IDs, and cards were stolen in Madrid. Consequently, I was down to $0 in my bank account and had to stay at my mom’s. Since then, I’ve had time to learn how to optimize this blog, create an audio travel guide to LA, and land a few sponsorships for trips.
So far, I’ve been to 40+ countries on on 5 continents (solo, cruises, tours, with friends, etc.). With my photographs, stories, and tips, I want to continue inspiring others to explore this globe and to encourage them to learn about the beauties of the cultures in this world! I want to continue working with brands and referring only the best to my readers.
If you want to work with me, please check out this page, fill out the contact form of this website here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love venturing off the beaten path, tasting local cuisine and I have a weird fascination with cemeteries, ossuaries, and catacombs. But above all, I am determined to get the best sunset or sunrise photos! Did I mention that I’m silly, too? Just look at the picture below.
Why I incorporate floating
In February 2016, a Tinder date (true fact! and no… it didn’t work out unfortunately) introduced me to floating. My first experience was already mind-blowing. How could something so simple have such a huge impact on my well being? Thus, I went floating a few more times and knew that I eventually wanted to own my own float center.
However, I was about to quit my job soon to become a full time travel blogger. I knew that opening a brick-and-mortar business while traveling wouldn’t be the best idea. A few months later after a terrible floating experience, my friend inspired me to write about it (this article is still in preparation). All of this eventually led to creating the identity of the Traveling Floater, which also gave me a unique travel blog niche.
My goal is to highlight float centers all over the world and to give their customers a chance to get to know them bit better (click here for interviews or navigate to Float Center Interviews in the menu). Also, of course, I would like to spread the knowledge about floating and its therapeutic benefits – physically and mentally.
I believe that floating can literally improve everyone’s life – no matter their age, their origin or their occupation.
For more info, click here.
An isopod float tank. – Courtesy of Les bulles a flotter