Hello, hallo, hola, bonjour & Welcome to Abroad Anna!
I’m Anna – a 24 year old travelgirl that’s been exploring this beautiful planet and myself for 5 years.
I started my very first backpacking trip after highschool when I just turned 19 and guess what? I loved it so much that I never returned!
Originally I am from Cologne, a city in the west of Germany and I always wanted to go traveling after finishing high school.
So I took a plane to New Zealand, where I was living in a campervan, traveling and working through New Zealand for 6 months.
After that, I headed to Australia, the place that changed my life!
My plan was to stay for 6 months and then return home after my “gap year”, to start studying.
But I got so flashed by the beauty of nature and the world out there that I decided not to go back home, but stay in the place that I loved: Melbourne.
Another big reason for my decision to stay in Down Under, was my brazilian boyfriend Ville, that I met in the very beginning of my stay in this vibrant city!
As my working holiday was about to end, I decided to study in Melbs.
After one year I successfully completed my Diploma and I marked 3 years of living abroad.
Why I am where I am today
Some of us have a dream what to become or what to do after high school or university.
For me it was not clear at all, and I never knew what was the right path to go or what was the right job that I wanted to do.
I simply wasn’t ready yet to commit to a long term studies of something that I wasn’t even sure if it was the right thing for me.
Then, I realized that I already found something I love to do: traveling, working and living abroad.
The hardest part of this journey was doing something completely different than most of my friends.
Besides that, people kept telling me I would have to study to secure my future and built my life in Germany to finally start my career.
But our life is an open book. A book that we should write by ourselves full of chapters that fulfill our heart. 🙂
All the experiences I’ve made, people I’ve met and trust that I’ve built in myself, showed me that there is a complete other world away from our comfort zone, away from what society expects us to do and away from other people’s opinion about our own life.
Everything I had- good and bad experiences, challenging situations, unforgettable experiences, happy and sad moments – all of that made me the person I am today!
I got to know myself better in many different ways, even though I am still learning and growing every single day.
In my opinion, traveling is not only about visiting places, but about actively making a change. A change by developing and challenging ourselves through getting out of the comfort zone, volunteering or staying in places for a longer amount of time.
I want to inspire you!
I’ve created Abroad Anna to inspire you to travel and explore this world in your own way.
If that’s for traveling for short time or maybe even living abroad like me, is up to you!
I will be sharing my stories, experiences and all the knowledge that I got while being abroad and hope that I can give you some valuable tips and inspiration to follow your own magic.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this- it means a lot to me!
If you feel ready to get inspired, check through my blog posts, follow me on social media and always feel free to contact me.
Lots of love, Anna