Guests’ Corner: Joana Öfner, @globetrotting_tiger

As part of the first instalment of my international version of Guests’ Corner – previously a local South African travel interview section on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – I chatted to Joana Öfner, a German Insta travel blogger.

Joana Öfner is a German Insta blogger at @globetrotting_tiger. Currently, Joana is undergoing her very own personal world trip, roaming around the world as a ‘little tiger’.

Her travel Instagram account was born out of a desire to have a feed, which she can share with her loved ones and followers, just for her lovely travel snaps… Follow her journey as she explores beautiful corners of the globe, one country at a time!

1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?

I haven’t really been inspired, I just wanted to have something like a diary with a lot of pictures for my friends and family. I already have a normal Insta acc. (with some selfies and some shooting pictures), but I wanted one just for my travel stuff.

2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?

Mh… A part of everything? I love nature, and I’m very curious. I like to explore new places and try out what I never have done before. Even when I’m a bit afraid at first… I’ll try.

3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.

1) My road trip in Iceland. I booked the flight just a week before and stuck together with a Greek woman and two Turkish men I never saw before. We had a really good time, and it was the first time I was travelling alone.

2) My Prague visit with two friends. Everyone told me horror stories about that city and country – but actually it was one of my best journeys ever.

3) Singapore and Bali. My dream for a long time, which came true and I really got what I seeked for.

4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why? (Please provide your home country’s name too.)

My hometown is called Friedrichshafen and it’s at the beautiful lake of Constance in south Germany. For a special kind of school I had to move to another city (50 km away)…

Not really a distance, but every time I saw the Swiss Alps and my lake on the way home, my heart was beating faster and faster… No place is like home.

5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?

I don’t really have a bad experience with my country, but I know that our train system sucks when you have a long journey or multiple stops to switch trains. Everyone should plan enough time and good nerves, if they want to travel by train in Germany, especially in winter.

6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?

1) Iceland. I already visited it twice (summer and autumn) and it’s not just the landscape… It’s everything. People, food, living, atmosphere and landscape. It became a part of my heart.

2) Scandinavia. Since I explored that, Iceland is something for that “freezing-me”, I want to explore the north.

3) New Zealand. My Dad’s and my obsession since I was young. Next summer, I’ll be there and my parents are visiting me… I just can’t wait for it!

7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?

I really like the backpacker/travel groups on Facebook. They are very helpful. For destination ideas, I use Instagram and Pinterest. Even landscape or travel photography sides are very interesting.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

Home. I know it sounds weird, but I’m travelling for about a month and that is the longest time ever I’ve been separated from my family (and friends)… I’d like to see them all for a few days.

9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?

Friedrichshafen in South Germany is a little town. But, if you’re going there, take a walk at the lake, try some ice cream and rent a little boat. And if you like flying, try the Zeppelin (our most famous invention). By the way: summertime is the best time for a visit.

10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?

Germans might seem unfriendly, but we’re just very well-behaved and respect privacy. If you talk to us, most are very friendly, kind and will help you as much as they can. (The advice counts also for new locals).

To read about and see all of Joana’s amazing travel stories and adventures, you can follow her on Instagram.

Thank you very much, Joana, for appearing in this international guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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