Hello and welcome to my blog.
I’m Jacky, a 27-year old globetrotter from Germany. However, I usually can be found almost anywhere but in my country of birth. Until not long ago I was on an important mission in Australia to chase the sun, adventures, good chats, unforgettable moments and the beauty of this world.
Moreover, I’m a true hippie at heart, recently did my yoga teacher training in India and just love to bury my nose in a good book. I’m mostly exploring countries on a low budget and often can be found with a colourful sign and a big smile in my face on the side of the road, trying to hitchhike from A to B. My tally sheet tells me that more than two hundred vehicles must already have stopped for me in the past two years. However, most of my friends, and especially my parents, are not the biggest fans of my preferred method of transportation. I can’t blame them. But for me it’s just one of the most exciting ways to travel as you meet such a great variety of different people and have such interesting conversations along the way.
„Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.“ – Hunter S. Thompson
And that’s one thing I love about travelling; the great variety of different people you meet. Some are only momentary encounters, whereas others become life-long friends. In my opinion, you can learn something from every single person you meet and leave your personal mark in return. Often it’s a wonderful exchange of stories, knowledge and kindness.
Last but not least, I feel like wanderlust has always been a part of me. Already as a child and teenager I dreamed of going to the airport and just taking a flight to anywhere in the world. I always liked the thought of the unknown, the guarantee of a new adventure. And that’s why I’m more than happy that my dreams have become reality.
If you want to know more of my life as a nomad and how I caught the travel bug back in 2009, here’s a brief history of nearly everything:
2009-2010: One year as an au pair in Scarsdale, New York (USA)
I decided to take a gap year right after high school and went to the United States as an au pair In 2009. I lived with a local family and had to take care of their three spoiled children. Even though I probably couldn’t have ended up with a much worse host family, I still had a great time due to all the new friends I made, the beautiful places I saw and the inspiration I got. This one year, far away from home, showed me that life is full of exciting opportunities. And that’s why I decided to make my passion of travelling my career.
2010-2014: Studies in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and South Africa
In 2010, I started my International Tourism Management studies in a small city called Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It was there where I met many like-minded people who mostly had the same dream: travelling the world (and hopefully getting paid for it). What I liked most of the studies, was that we could do an exchange semester and an internship abroad in a country of our choice. That’s why I went to study in Hong Kong for four months and then to South Africa to gain working experience with a tour operator in the worlds’ most beautiful city: Cape Town.
2014-2015: One year in Switzerland
Once finished with my studies, I realised that I still wasn’t ready to settle down somewhere and start a so called real life anytime soon. Therefore, I spontaneously hitchhiked to Switzerland with two friends to search for a job. One year and various hospitality experiences later, I finally had enough money saved up to set off on my travels around the world.
2015-2016: Asia and Australia
For the third time I went back to Asia, this time discovering the exceptional beauty of Myanmar and India, before making my way Down Under. I’m currently on a working holiday in Australia and enjoying the exceptional freedom and beauty of this vast country.
This year I went back to India for three months to see more of my favourite country and do a yoga teacher training. I can’t even put into words how much I have learned during this time. This country is just full of inspiration, spirituality and special people.
Why this travel blog?
On Colourful Movement, I want to show my family, friends and readers how exciting, beautiful and amazing the world we live in can be. Through my stories and photos I aim to give people a better understanding of the various countries and cultures I encounter during my travels. For me, the biggest accomplishment is to awaken someones interest in a destination or even inspire them to travel there themselves.
If you have any questions, feedback, would like some travel advice or just want to drop a friendly message, feel free to write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best and happy travels! 🙂