Travel story – Karin

We contunue to meet new travel bloggers! Today our guest is Karin Leijen: she is 33, loves traveling and lead her blog Globetrotterpost!

Q: What and when inspired you to start traveling?

Karin: Dutch weather. It’s awfull. It rains a lot and it’s cold. I traveled a lot with my mom and dad but my first solo trip was not until I was 29! I needed to figure out what I wanted in live and I needed to do it on my own. But the first reason was simple: I justed wanted to see more of the world than just Europe. It got me hooked.

Q: Tell some funny or most embarrassing travel moments

Karin: We were in Portugal, Porto and ended up having a fun night out with our newfriends. The next day we would rent a scooter to check out the surroundings but we had so much to drink that we ended up spending a day in our cheap and bad hostel with the most awful hangover. Check out the story here.

When I was in Budapest I didn’t pack a swimsuit because I did not know I was going there. I had to buy one and it was hilarious. Check it out here.

Q: What is the biggest cultural shock you have experienced while travelling?

Karin: Toilets that don’t flush. It’s terrible. I had them in Peru, Mexico, Cambodia and Vietnam. The ones you have to get water from a big bowl to flush. I can’t get use to it.

Q: How do you afford to travel – are you rich?!

Karin: No, I travel cheap and work hard for it. I also work in the weekend and I don’t buy things such as expensive clothes.

Q: What is the main learning(s) you got during travelling?

Karin: I learned how to make decisions and how to be patient. People are in such a rush in the western parts of the world.

Q: Which destinations are at the top of your bucket list?

Karin: Lombok, Costa Rica

Q: Can you give some useful advices, tips & tricks for future travelers?

Karin: Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path and say “yes” more often. Always trust your gut feeling.

Read more stories from Karin on her web site, Facebook page, Twitter and see photos on Instagram!

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