This week Daniela answered our 5 questions on living a life abroad. She provided great insight into, not only, living a life abroad but maintaining it. Currently, she bounces between LA & London.
Be sure to follow her on Instagram and keep an eye out for her blog, due to launch in the coming weeks. As well as travelling, she also makes jewellery, which you can find on Etsy. The shop is called Bohemian Avenue.
- When did you decide to turn your life to travel?
I’m not sure if it was a decision, it just happened. After school, I moved to Munich to study publishing. I come from a small village in East Germany so Munich seemed like a big step back then. Once I graduated I decided to move to Zurich, Switzerland. I had a job offer there. That job had nothing to do with publishing, but I thought why not…let’s explore. After spending 2 years in Zurich I needed a change of scenery so I called a friend of mine in NYC and told him I’d come and visit. He said “Great, but I will go to Malibu for the summer. Come and join me there. At first I was a bit hesitant, I was in LA once before and to be honest, wasn’t too impressed.
I ended up going anyways, and the two weeks I planned to spend there, became 3 months…and then 6…and then I kept coming back regularly.
If there was one trip that changed me and my life forever, then it must be this one.
- What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?
In some way, travel has become everyday life. It’s part of who I am.
- What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?
Just do it and where there is a will there’s a way. I know this sounds very cliché, but if I must name only one thing travelling taught me it’s everything’s possible! Just stay open-minded.
- What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?
Actually, there is nothing I wish I’d known then. I think things might not have happened the way they did, if I had known then what I know now. I think I was only able to learn as much as I did, because I didn’t know how to do this or how to find that, I learnt a lot of things the hard way, but was also fortunate and lucky enough to meet amazing people along the way that helped me out and supported me in difficult situations.
- How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?
I think when you approach life with and open heart and curious mind it isn’t hard to meet like-minded people wherever you go. Like literally, once I walked down Hollywood Boulevard taking pictures of everything I saw (this was in my early times in LA… LOL) …at a crossing light someone asked me why I would take a picture of a stop sign…10 years later we are still friends…
The last 5 years I‘ve been dividing my time between London and LA with pit stops in France, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, Moscow, Bali, Berlin etc. etc.). I’m a Content Manager, Writer and Social Media Marketer and am fortunate enough to be able to work from anywhere in the world.