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This has been a long time coming | Meet the new Travel Read Explore

This has been a long time coming | Meet the new Travel Read Explore

This has been a long time coming. Throughout the first 8 months of this year I have been thinking about the direction I want to take Travel Read Explore in and its not been an easy process. When I started this blog, I wanted to tell stories and I wanted to put a strong emphasis on books and travel writing. But then I started thinking: Who wants to read about books? And how is my blog going to be successful if I don’t write listicles that everyone is going to search through Google for? The more I learnt about successful blogs, the less I knew what I wanted to write about.

But eventually it dawned on me. Before Travel Read Explore could even be remotely successful, I need to enjoy writing and I need to write something that I would enjoy reading. And if I do that and if I’m very lucky then this blog might be successful. But even if it’s not, at least I enjoyed working on it. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Well it’s not but it’s also the key lesson of my life: Just trust your gut!

So here it goes:

The “Travel” In Travel Read Explore

I enjoy travelling and always have done. The moments I feel the most free or the most in touch with myself always happen when I travel. That is not to say it’s all fun and games. I know homesickness, I’ve been hurt and I am frequently scared or too shy. But I also love exploring, discovering hidden gems, meeting people, travelling by myself and discovering how my high sensitivity both benefits my travels and puts me at a disadvantage.

So in this new “Travel” part of the blog I will write about places I’ve loved and experiences I’ve made and wonder about how we us humans travel for thousands of miles to distant places only to destroy said place by leaving our trash.

The “Read” in Travel Read Explore

For almost as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a travel writer. To explore the world and to write about what I saw was the pinnacle of what I dreamt my life to be. This, in no small part, was due to growing up surrounded by books. My mum had this mantra: You don’t have to know everything, you just have to know where to look it up. And this, essentially, and due to outside influences (like living in the GDR for most of her life), was her approach to travel. That is not to say that we didn’t travel. While we travelled to Greece, Norway and the Baltic Sea, she dreamt of the Australian Outback, Canadian Mounties and Marco Polo’s travels along the Silk Road. So books have always been a means of escape that I have been all too familiar with.

Whether I read about the adventures of Pippi Longstocking or jungle tales by Isabel Allende, the books I came across were usually set in far flung places. And this knowledge came in all to handy when I started a student job at a bookstore in Berlin. Customers always asked for books they could read before going on holiday somewhere. Or just for books that were set in their favourite place. And despite how common this question was, it was at times very difficult to find an answer.

So that’s what I will try to do: make lists of books to read if you’re interested in a certain city or country. I’ll review books and will try to help you get to know a place before even going there.

The “Explore” in Travel Read Explore

This section is much more vaguely defined. As I’ve said, I’ve always wanted to be a travel writer so I could muse about what I saw and help people to understand the nature of a place, to lead them on journeys in their mind. So this is what I will explore to do here (and apparently I’ll throw in the odd bad pun 😉 ).

And now its out. I can’t believe it took me this long to put on the virtual page what’s been in my mind for so long. But I’m happy it’s out now and I can’t wait to produce many new articles on books and anything travel related that’s been in my head for far too long.

About The Author


Hi, my name is Ulrike and I love to travel. I've been raised surrounded by books, travel guides, travel memoirs and TV shows about travelling. I have childhood memories of days spent by the beach, randomly learning bits of Norwegian, gutting a fish and of dancing traditional dances on Greek islands. But things don't always go as planned and the times where you ended up far from where you started or far from where you ever intended to be, usually make for the best stories. Travel teaches us to let go of plans and expectations and to just go with whatever life has in store for us. I want to share my stories with you, to give you the courage to live your own adventures. #ShareYourJourney