Everybody dreams of world travels, but not everyone gets to travel the world in one shot. Anni and Thommy, from Hesse, Germany, started traveling the world after their normal vacation time did not satisfy their travel needs. They are living every travelers dream and seeing the world one country at a time. From Sri Lanka to Chile, and Hawaii to Vietnam, their adventures are numerous but only just beginning…
When it came to planning a trip around the world, choosing your own path and planning it yourself is the way to go. “We were happy when we could reach and discover something with a tour, but we planned most of the journey ourselves.” Extensive planning for such a trip makes it worth while, since some tours are limiting and don’t allow you to see everything on your bucket list.
Everybody asks the question, “which place was your favorite?” which is nearly impossible to answer after visiting some amazing countries. Anni and Thommy loved the cultural aspects of South America and the natural wonders of New Zealand and Australia. “Every country has something special. Nature has inspired us in New Zealand, Bali and Laos. In South America, the old Spanish cities and the Andean people were incredible. In Australia, we liked the endless streets and relaxed people. In Asia, we ate a lot of street food and watched the bustling life.”
As for where to stay when navigating the globe, Anni and Thommy have tried everything! “We try pretty much all types of accommodation. We checked out everything from good hotels to the broom closet. Also, couch surfing we have already tried and we can only recommend it to everyone. Mostly, however, we stay in guesthouses and hostels. There you can easily find other travelers and locals.”
Some stressful parts of planning a world trip include figuring out transportation. With all of the options of travel, and unpredictable schedules or routes, flexibility is a must. “We mostly traveled by bus. In South America, in particular, the bus is the number one means of transport. If a trip was longer than 20 hours, or because of the visa requirement, we took a plane. In Asia, we also used the train a lot. For day trips we often rented a scooter and seldom a car.”
Whether you’re a solo traveler, traveling as a group, or with a significant other or friend, there are ups and downs to every types of travel. “We really enjoyed traveling as a couple. Sometimes we did not always agree with each other, but that’s just part of it. The many experiences we’ve had together have brought us closer to each other. In our case, the positive prevails. These experiences and stories we will share together forever.
If there’s one thing to put on your travel bucket list, Anni and Thommy recommend the Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city in the mountains in Thailand. You can visit the Elephants, go temple hopping, eat incredible food, dive into the culture, and if you’re lucky, attend the stunning light festival. “In October of 2017, we visited the Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai. The mood and environment over 1,000 lights. We were overwhelmed by our feelings and we talk about this experience often. We can only advise anyone to put this festival on its list and experience it for yourself!”