Every time we plan a trip we approach the same questions... should I bring my laptop? My new iPhone? Will it potentially be stolen? And it is sometimes difficult to decide what's the best. So here some advice from our side, based on our experience, what we haven't missed and what we would never have left without!
Going to Australia and not visiting the Ayers Rock would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tower. This wasn’t really an option for us. When already taking the long trip to the other side of the world, we wouldn’t have wanted to miss this icon.
Your flight to the other end of the world is booked and now you “only” need to get a campervan for your trip? There are endless offers and so many different options to choose from, that we thought, it is a great idea to write down some tips for you, based on our experience. And I can tell you, we have spent quite a few hours comparing all the prices and options.
So here’s the thing, there are basically two questions you need to answer for yourself. How much luxury do you need? – and – do you wanna go freedom camping out in the nature or do you prefer a campsite? This is important to be able to cut down what to look for.
Packing is always a challenge, doesn't matter how often you have done it before! I (Laura) especially struggle with a few things like picking shoes or a bag that matches everything. After a while I developed some guidelines based on earlier travel experience that help me pack. Of course, I wanna share this with you, so I hope the boys don't mind, because I wrote this article mostly for the pretty gender ;) These are my few tips I stick to when packing for a long term trip and still try to be a little bit stylish!
Update 2018: On our recent trip to South Africa and Zanzibar, Max was infected with dengue fever. He probably was bitten on Zanzibar, which is not a common place for this disease. We spent one week there and he showed symtoms on the last day. On the one side, this was lucky and the holiday wasn't destroyed by it, but on the other side the flight home was real horror for him. Right away, when we landed in Germany we went to the hospital directly from the airport. At this point we didn't know if it is malaria or dengue or anything else. A blood test made it clear... Dengue fever! So now, we both have been hit by this disease :(
Max spent 2 weeks sick at home, the first week with a lot of fever and pain, the second week with less fever but still extremely weak. Hydration is the most important to recover!! Drinking as much as possible!
Malaria, Dengue, Zika.... I'm pretty sure you have heard about all this mosquito-borne diseases out there! And yes, it is not just a thing people use to scare you from traveling. It is actually quite common nowadays. I (Laura) can tell you from my own experience, I suffered from dengue fever already twice in 2 years. Pretty annoying, but I am the mosquitoes' favorite and always gets the most bites. Check the map below, it shows all the affected areas...pretty much seems like almost everywhere you wanna travel..