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My Peru Travel Budget (introducing my Spill-the-Beans Budget Series)

Ok, so before leaving on my initial round the world (RTW) trip I read about a bazillion budget reports by awesome travel bloggers like Globetrotter Girls, A Little Adrift and Adventurous Kate to find out how much money I’d have to save before leaving.

I did all my research, wrote an incredibly elaborate spreadsheet, saved (nowhere near enough) money and then promptly ignored everything.

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Top 8 views

The 8 most incredible views of my RTW trip

On a long term trip like this it’s easy to get spoilt rotten and to get used to all the beautiful sights you are surrounded with every day. That’s why it’s extra important to remind yourself of all the lovely things you’ve seen, and what is a better reminder than a photo? Here are the top 8 favourite views of my RTW trip.

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top ten dishes rtw

My top 10 dishes: eating my way around the world

It feels completely unreal to be writing these words, but I’ve been travelling around the world with my sidekick Simon for a whole year now. I’ve been dreaming of going on a round-the-world (RTW) trip for so long that actually doing it almost comes as a shock. Inspired by the hundreds of travel blogs I read while preparing for my trip I started JennyRTW during my last year in the UK.

Now, considering this is a TRAVEL blog it might seem weird that I haven’t posted a single thing about my actual trip since we left for Lima last October. (more…)

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One RTW trip in numbers

My one year round the world trip in numbers

I feel like a total fraud even writing this because I still can’t believe that it’s actually me I’m talking about. But it’s true, I checked. This weekend marked the one year anniversary of Simon and I leaving London for our eagerly awaited round the world trip. But hang on! Is it even a round-the-world trip if you don’t actually make it all the way around the world? (more…)

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Travel expectations (1)

Travel expectations and reality

It would be wrong to say that all the planning in the world can’t prepare you for a trip of this magnitude, because much of the preparations have helped me immensely, like budgeting, packing and safety on the road. But nothing can prepare you for how you will FEEL on a trip like this.

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T'was the night before take-off (1)

T’was the night before take-off

It’s 2.53 am and I can’t sleep.

Tomorrow is my last day in Munich before I leave on my round-the-world trip. This trip is what has kept me sane over the last three years while I was struggling through my PhD. Reading about other peoples’ dreams and how they managed to make them come true was what kept me going.

I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I made up my mind to go travelling, while I was still on my first ever solo trip in Israel in 2010. I remember tossing that 10 shekel coin at the beach in Tel Aviv on my last day there. I can’t even recall what the outcome was (heads or palm tree) but it didn’t really matter anyway.

I’d already decided that travel would play a bigger part in my future life, even though it took a bit longer than I was expecting that summer, three full years.

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Bucket list over 30

My big fat bucket list for travelers OVER 30

I can’t believe it’s less than 5 months until my boyfriend and I pack our fancy new backpacks and leave behind the British winter for a year-long adventure around the world! I’ve been excited about this trip for the last 2 years and since we’ve booked our RTW tickets earlier this year I can hardy sit still anymore.

I love planning holidays, from day trips outside London to weekend getaways, and now this once in a lifetime RTW trip! For me that means, talking to everybody I know about their favourite places they’ve traveled to, reading guide books and novels about the countries we will visit and trying to cook the dishes I am so looking forward to, to eat! And of course, reading travel blogs. Many, many travel blogs.

One thing I keep on stumbling upon is people’s bucket lists (which I love reading) and things they want to experience before they turn 30. Now, what is it about that magical number 30 that makes people so obsessed with it?

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The ugly face of solo travel

The Ugly Face of Solo Travel

Update: I wrote this post so long ago, the term selfie wasn’t even used widely yet :)

In recent weeks female (and male) solo travellers from around the world have spoken out strongly about the beauty of solo travel. Personally, I am a believer in travelling solo. It gives you enormous freedom to do exactly what you want, to see what you want to see and to eat what you want to eat. It’s a great confidence booster and an awesome way to meet new people.

But I think it is time to talk about the ugly side of solo travel. There are bad sides? I hear you ask? Oh yes. There is one aspect that every solo traveller (no matter if male or female) has encountered on their journeys, and it looks a little something like this:

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And the Liebster Blog Award goes tooooo…. JennyRTW!

Yesterday evening I was nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by the lovely Amy from Amy the Nomad. Now I have to admit I hadn’t actually heard about this award before I was nominated but as it means “favourite” in German I knew this must be good.

The Liebster Blog award is a way for bloggers to high-five each other and to share their favourite small-ish blogs with each other. This is how it works: You get asked 11 questions by the blogger who nominates you, which you have to answer. Now it’s your turn to think of  11 questions which your 11 favourite bloggers have to answer. And for a little fun, you tell them 11 random facts about yourself. Simple!

So here we go.

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Strange Brews

Strange Brews

Another fun drinking pic over at The Tipsy Nomads!

That’s me drinking Umqombothi (which is a beer made from maize, sorghum, yeast and water) and a traditional drink in the townships in South Africa. I tried it in a shebeen in Soweto. The vessel is called a calabash!

Thanks for sharing!

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