Philosophy

Sustainable and conscious travel on a student budget.

 

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Travel photographer Korinna

 

Hello young folks!

My name is Korinna and I’m happy to have you here on “Explorer on a budget”.

I designed this website to bring our big, green world 🌍 right at your front door πŸšͺ.

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The philosophy behind ‘Explorer on a budget’

The website, of course, revolves around travelling.

In 2012 I fell in love the world and since then managed to visit over 35 countries. πŸ—Ί
I’m an nature enthusiast 🏞, an outdoor activist 🚡, a lover of healthy food πŸ₯— and a minimalist πŸƒ.

I like the challenge of finding my individual way when travelling.

My philosophy builds on three very important adjectives (pillars) that are unforgettable when I travel:

Sustainable
conscious
budget-friendly

Travel the world & grow

From what I have learned so far on my journeys, I can assure you that travel helps to build your personality and to improve your social behaviour.

This website is a personal space to talk about my life goals, my experiences, my adventures and my personal challenges. More than that it offers a platform to exchange different views on the world and advices on budget-travelling – in order to grow wiser together.

“The journey is the destination.”

Never will we be perfect, but always will we learn something.
Open your eyes to see, your ears to hear and your senses to feel.

Hereinafter I will explain you more about the three key concepts and the motivation that stands behind this website: to make the world a better place. Free of prejudices and full of understanding – with a specific focus on sustainability.

 

Act sustainable 🌿

When you’ll meet me in real life, you will notice that I live a simple but happy life. We only have one world to live on. Yet currently we are in the process of destroying what is dear to us. My website thus focuses on preserving the nature and reducing our carbon footprint while travelling. This also includes to reduce our plastic waste (#ZeroWaste), which will survive on this earth much longer than we live.

Leave nothing but footprints.

In the same manner, let’s save natural resources and reduce our purchases to what’s absolutely necessary. Let’s reuse or repurpose our belongings to give them a longer life. Let’s learn how to travel with few equipment. That doesn’t only save money and ballast but also simplifies our life.

Let’s strive for a minimalistic lifestyle.

Let’s try to eat more vegetables and less meat. It is interesting how sustainability and diet are connected. I joined an academy on sustainability back when I was in highschool. 25% of the participants turned vegan, 50% vegetarian. (I was one of the 50%.) The carbon footprint and environmental impact of animals is just way higher than for plants. I don’t want to tell you to turn vegan, I just would recommend you warmly to rethink your belief patterns and habits. Is the typical Western nutrition really healthy – or do animal products transmit illnesses and finished goods are responsible for social diseases of our time?

Surround yourself with what makes you healthy.

travel sustainably and take care of the environment

what can we learn from different countries

Be conscious πŸ€”

Let’s renew our bond with mother nature.

Our world becomes more and more mechanised. We spend too much time in front of our laptops, lacking contact to the real world. Worse, we are loosing our bond with nature. Yet vitamine D is crucial for our immune system and a positive attitude. That’s why I like to spend most of my time outdoors (outside the cities) in remote places. Mountainous terrain is my favourite landscape. Breathing the fresh mountain air deep into my lungs draws new energy into my body and makes me very creative and focused.

I don’t believe in what the media tells me. I believe in what I have seen with my own eyes.

Through media we often get the impression that our world is a bad one – with lots of problems, wars and hatred. However, we often forget that the picture, the media depicts, is objective and only covers part of the reality. So whereever I go, I try to visit a place with an open mind, or, you could say I go there naively, forgetting the dangers that the media presents. I only believe what I have experienced with my own eyes. So far that were only good memories.

↳ Read what was my first impression about Iran. Immerse in Rwandese art.

The images of poverty, war and underdevelopment might also lead to something else: discrimination. People(s) around the world have lost the love and confidence in themselves. Instead, they compare themselves to our Western lifestyle: wearing a jeans makes them hip (instead of wearing their cultural dresses), those who can afford it buy bottled bodywash of well-known brands in plastic bottles* (instead of using locally produced soap) and – oh my gosh – they somehow believe that only those with a fare skin can be real beauties (what a bullshit…).

*Plastic that will later pollute the cityscape. Plus, everyone who has been abroad trying to buy shampoo or deodorant knows it’s 2-3times more expensive than back home.

That’s why I approach new places from a different perspective. My brain is destined to find the answer to this essential question (in the most positive way):

What can we Westerners learn from other cultures?

When I travel to a new country, I strive to immerse myself in the culture and to learn about the daily lifes of people. Because especially since I started to live a more minimalistic and natural lifestyle, the answers to my question can often be found in ancient cultures and their traditions.

Travel on a student budget πŸ’°

I believe that everyone can afford to travel. Personally, I visited more than 35 countries since 2012, even though I am a student. How did I manage this? I do not need a lot of luxury when travelling. In fact I can pretty much survive with the basics. While en route, I prefer to hitchhike, cycle, hike and couchsurf.

↳ Learn how to get your couchsurfing request accepted or what you need to know before starting your hitchhiking adventure.

I show you how you can reduce your travel costs.

From planning a trip over a packing list to last-minute bookings. In fact, minimalism – or the art to be happy with less – can help you to reduce purchasing costs.

I like to take the path less travelled.

There are three good reasons to go off the beaten path. First, it’s much more adventurous figuring out your own path. Second, because I love the calmness and to get one with the nature. Third, because it is also a way to spend less money.

Yes, there are a lot of operators who do the work for you. But remind yourself that you have to pay for any service you would like to have. Thus take your time and do the research on your own. In that case you can also plan according to what you most like when you travel.

↳ Read about my attempt to take a local bus in Laos. Be astonished about my find of an island with zero foreign tourists in Vietnam.

The rule of thumb reads as follows: Time is money. If you want to spend less money, you are gonna need more time.

Honstely, I am stingy. For example, I don’t like to spend my money on guided tours. Mostly because I am always disappointed at the end. They promise you lots of things but then deal with them very shortly, or don’t keep their promises, or worse, you end up having the feeling that you could have easily done this on your own.

I help you to receive more value for money.

 

saving tip - buy fresh food on the market

Support local and sustainable businesses

My biggest concern about guided tours is that such tours serve to make rich people (or business men) richer but do not sustainably improve the conditions of the poor. Also, I cannot retrace where my money is going (a.k.a. how much money is paid to the “local guide”).

Nonetheless, I don’t want to deprive you of operators / accomodations / creative minds who would love to change the world for the better. Who are very concerned about their fellow human beings and who would love to give us an authentic experience.

Taking this as an objective, I would like to promote small businesses with a high quality. Partners who are independent, transparent, genuine and honest. Who have bigger goals than just maximising their profits. People who love our diversity and who want to help the poorest, or help save the planet.

Choose your own path

If you are looking for articles like “48 hours in Amsterdam – what to do, see and eat!”, then you came to the wrong place. I don’t believe in travel itineraries – even the ones that I suggest you to do. Instead, let your instinct drive you. The experience of a place always depends on your personal mood or well-being on that particular day, of the people that surround you, or even the weather. Moreover, I am an individual with certain preferences and subliminal judgements as unique as everyone else. That’s why you should not expect to have the same valuation of a place as I did – your personal impression of the place could be less good, or else way better.

 

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May this website inspire you to travel deeper.

Become an explorer today. ❀

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2 Comments

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    Nuraini (Teja on the Horizon)
    16 September 2017 at 04:20

    This is a beautiful write-up to a philosophy that’s dear to my heart. I write about this often myself and would love to see travel be pitched in this way much more.

    • Reply
      Korinna
      17 September 2017 at 16:07

      Thank you so much, Nuraini. I’d wish more people would think like you and me. ❀

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