What does Travel on the Brain mean?

I presume your visit is driven by an acute infection of the travel bug. In that case, I have good and bad news for you. The bad news is, there is no cure for. It becomes a chronic state of mind, you will have travel on your mind constantly. So the sooner you give in to your fate, the better. However, the good news is that I can help you in that department.

Who is behind Travel on the Brain?

A serial blogger, self declared travelista and chocaholic. My name is Annemarie and I been infatuated with travel ever since my 2002 school trip to England, which is has been the country of my heart ever since (see my recommended England itinerary here). Saying this makes me feel old though I must admit, I haven’t really grown up since then. I have always been this mature (ehem).

Who do you travel with?

Me, myself and I. I know, this was so cheesy right now. But it’s true, I am a confirmed solo traveller. Sometimes I visit old and new friends on the road and we go on day adventures together. If you want to try out solo travel as well, here are my top 5 countries for solo travel beginners.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon D5100 for both my photos and videos (check out my youtube channel here) and sometimes my Lumix F2.8. I also used a medium sized gorilla tripod for a while but I lost it in the Australian outback. In case you want to check out (more of) the gear I use, you can visit my travel resources page.

Who takes the photos?

Since I travel by myself I don’t have many options. Either I take selfies (which I am very bad at), I give it to a stranger (who are usually bad at taking photos too) or I place my camera on random ledges or the floor and use the self-timer. I wrote a detailed article on 18 ways to take solo travel shots.

Where have you traveled?

The count as of April 2016 is 32. I have been to Germany (and the former GDR), England, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, the USA, Costa Rica, 8 Caribbean Islands, South Africa, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. I have also been to Lapland and the inofficial micronation of Ladonia.

Where is your favorite destination?

England! Oh, do I need to decide? I also love New Zealand to bits and Australia is a very special place to me as well. My favourite place in the world might be Uluru, however. It simply is magical and cannot be described, only experienced.

Do you speak several languages?

Indeed I do. English is my second language but I feel so much more at ease talking it (I also majored in it). I also learned Spanish and a little bit of Swedish and French. I tried myself at Japanese but couldn’t even master one alphabet. Oh, and I also learned a bit of Middle English and Old Norse (nerd alert). You can also follow Travel on the Brain in German and even get the book with my crazy travel adventure (also German),

What is the best travel style?

Well, that completely depends on you! I used to be the type A tourist, setting out with a detailed schedule and itinerary to see the most in an insanely short amount of time (and walking though a lot of shoes). Then, I changed to backpacker mode for Australia and New Zealand and soon regretted it. Not only did I overpack (here is my updated minimalist packing tips) but hostel life also doesn’t suit me. Now I am a proud flashpacker, combining the best of both world – cheap but quality travel.

What has been the weirdest experience?

Being forced to lick an ant's butt and I swam in a volcano. The weirdest food I tried was miso ice cream in Japan (don't try it!). Here are some more crazy stories.

What has been the best experience?

Travelling through Australia for 8 months certainly was amazing. But then I also raced huskies in Lapland or chased down New Zealand filming spots to my favourite series of all time. It’s hard to decide. Here is a short video on a one year travel summary to give you an idea.

Got any more questions? Write me a mail or tweet me!



  1. Good Day,

    Please could I request the email address for Annemarie as I attempted emailing on the given email address and was returned unsuccessful.

    Apologies if this is the incorrect channel for my above request.

    I look forward to your response.

    Kindest Regards,

  2. Annemarie, I’ve been navigating through your site, and I absolutely love how personal you are with your readers. I feel like I know you! Your site is aesthetically beautiful, your posts are fun to read, and your bio is on point. Keep on keepin’ on, you wonderful person, you!

    • Wow, Brittney this must be the sweetest comment I have ever received! Thank you so much for this little pep talk. I need this every now and then since my readers are very quiet and I am prone to self doubt.^^
      I am super happy that you like my layout (it took me many sleepless hours) and writing style. And I would like to give back the compliment to you, too, you wonderfully kind person. Here’s a digital hug!

  3. Hey! My name is Rick, and I run a very experienced web design and development company located in Israel. I wanted to see if you are interested in partnering with our company, where we would do the back-end work while you will still deal with your clients – our rates are reasonable, certainly cheaper than you hiring in house or local programmers and graphic artists. We have extensive experience with complicated development, including wordpress CMS, e-commerce websites with management systems, IOS and Android app development, and Java based tools. Please email me at rickmark@build-the-website.com.

    • Hi Rick,
      Thank you for getting in touch. At the moment, however, I do all the work myself and do not need extra backup or outsource it. I will keep you in mind and wish you the best for your future endeavours.

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