Adventurer: Beste from Exchange Student to Traveller

16 March 2021

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About you

I am a Digital Marketing Strategist specialized in paid ads. I studied Industrial Engineering & Art History in Istanbul, Turkey. I was an Erasmus/Exchange student in Madrid & Melbourne and ended up falling in love with solo traveling.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

My inspirations are the countries I visit, cultures I get to know, people I meet, opinions I hear, in short, the things that make me feel the most alive.

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

Before I visit a new country, I make a research about the things I cannot experience in my home country. I’ve tried Skydiving, cage diving with great white sharks and Great Barrier Reef diving.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

I use my phone with a neck strap or lanyard. It never gets lost and it is easier and safer to use. I don’t need to search for my phone in my backpack all the time.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

Tripod is the best friend of all solo travelers.

What destination are you eager to go back to?

Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is such an underrated country

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

When I am traveling, I use Couchsurfing and stay with locals that have good references. I try to avoid walking on the streets alone at night. Since I’ve been using Couchsurfing for a very long time, I have made friends from over 65 countries so I nearly never stay alone at night.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

Couchsurfing. It is an app that helps you to connect with locals and other travelers in the country. I have never been a shy person haha so I can randomly talk to a local in the street and ask for her/his recommendations.

What’s your favourite word in another language?

When I travel to a new country, I try to learn basic things like Good Morning, Good Evening. But I love how Spanish people say “Hola, Buenas!” 🙂

When and where are you next travelling?

I would love to travel to Japan! I already have my tickets as a voucher.

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