I’m Annika from Germany and I’m in love with the world, its mountains, and its adventures. I have a strong desire for an intense life. Traveling is pure freedom for me. I love being outdoors and going on long hikes, preferably over 1,000km. Home is where my tent is. Nature recharges my soul and helps me to keep my sanity in a sometimes crazy world.
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
I want to see as much of this beautiful world as I can. Seeing different wildlife and landscapes, meeting new people, and tasting all the yummy food from places all over the world. Traveling gets you a new perspective on life and shapes your personality.
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
Everything active like hiking, climbing, diving, surfing, or kayaking. I love to challenge myself.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
When you are having a rough time and when it seems like nothing works out the way indented, always think about how great of a story that makes one day.
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
My phone. Traveling got so much easier with smartphones. Google Maps, Hotel and flight booking websites, Yelp, and having a notebook, ebook reader, and camera all in one device is just awesome. I love to travel light and a smartphone covers so many different purposes that I used to have multiple devices.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
New Zealand stole my heart, I love coming back. The wilderness is simply stunning and people are extremely friendly.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
I inform myself about common dangers in a specific country, so I can be alert when something shady is about to happen. Also, I like to team up with other travellers, either from home or meet people at a hostel or on one of my adventures.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
I always take a Free Walking Tour if available and ask the guide for a lot of local tips regarding food and where to go. Instagram and blogs are great inspirations, too.
What’s your favourite word in another language?
Fernweh. It’s the German word for the desire of traveling the world and discovering new places. It’s basically the opposite of being homesick.
When and where are you next travelling?
I’m still in the USA after my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail last year and intend to see more of the country this year. I’m also thinking about my next big hike, which might be something like the Colorado Trail.
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