My name is Lena, and I'm very enthusiastic about traveling, diving, and photography. Among other things, my love for travel was the reason I studied International Business and Tourism Management, and I am now working part-time as a freelancer / digital nomade.
When I was still young, my parents used to take me to different countries on holiday, most of which were around Europe. My dad travels a lot on business and has always spent about 100 nights/year in hotels around the world. So I kind of grew up listening to my dad´s stories about different cultures in the Middle East and Africa, bad in-flight services, frequent traveler programs and congress hotels. After graduating from high school back in 2012, I took a gap year, which I mainly spent volunteering and working in Fiji and Botswana. As both countries are somewhat underdeveloped regarding infrastructure and things like WiFi, I got started on my travelog with the primary goal to keep friends and family back home up to date. Over the years I´ve realized that I´d fallen in love with blogging because it always helped me process my experiences abroad. Besides writing this blog for myself, I also like to share useful information with fellow backpackers, who pursue the same kind of travel lifestyle.
Why I Love Traveling
I enjoy getting to know new places I´ve never been to before. I love watching the sun go down in different parts of the world. And I've always had a thing for planes and airports because I find it most interesting to see all those different people pass by. (And for some reason I am fascinated by the fact that everyone comes from a different origin and is headed to a different destination - and you may only share one single moment with someone and very likely never see them again!)
Generally, I am fascinated by people and different cultures around the globe. I'm interested in learning how the cultural phenomenon can vary so much from one country to another.
For me, backpacking is the ultimate way to travel around when you really want to explore new places, meet people and feel free.
Why I Love Diving
I've always been a keen swimmer and would spend as much time as possible in the water during a holiday. At the age of 11, I started snorkeling in Egypt and was really impressed by the underwater world. In 2011 I took part in my very first DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) course in Malta and immediately knew I wanted to continue diving. However, diving in Germany is rather cold and mostly possible indoors or in lakes, so I soon forgot about the idea of continuing diving.
I did another DSD course while working in Fiji in 2012/2013 and went diving in the famous Rainbow Reef between Taveuni and Vanua Levu. It was absolutely incredible, and I decided to go for my OWD (Open Water Diver) qualification on my next long trip abroad. Two years later I finally did the OWD course in Martinique, which is still one of the most beautiful dive spots for me. I went diving for a while as an OWD, did a few extra training sessions (e.g. dry-suit course) while studying in England and passed my AOW (Advanced Open Water) course in Egypt the following year.
In 2017, I got a job at a dive shop in the Philippines and decided to go for my Rescue Diver followed by the Dive Master qualification while working there. It was a fantastic time working there, and I got to learn and experience a lot. However, obtaining my DM has also shown me that I do know a lot about diving, but there's still so much I don't know. In fact, learning to dive and to become an even more professional diver seems to be a process that never ends, and I'm eager to continue learning about this thrilling sport.
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