Home Based Traveler: Nikoleta, Vienna & Enjoying Youth

Hello everyone!

Let us continue with our home based traveler series. Nikoleta is a full time student and volunteer based in Vienna, Austria where she moved to when she was 13. It just so happens that Vienna is also her favorite place! With something to do for every type of person whether it is someone who enjoys being more active or someone who loves history. She also has one great rule when traveling with her family. A rule that many of us could use.

Nikoleta (bonfiredream)

Nikoleta (bonfiredream)

I study in VIS (Vienna International School) with my high levels being history, German, French and English literature. I also work as a math tutor (don’t ask why, I know it doesn’t fit with my subject choices!!), babysitter and I might start working as a tour guide in my hometown in Bratislava. The company to which I applied and which has just responded (yey) is called Be Free Tours and it’s basically a free tour around the city where people pay “tips” at the end of the tour according to how much they thought it was worth it. This is great, because it forces guides to give their best at each tour! In my free time I also volunteer for Maher Ashram. It is an organization that aims to help abused women, mentally challenged women, children and men of India. My work consists of organizing different events such as bakesales, selling things made by women in Maher, doing presentations about what Maher is, workshops for children (for example we did cookie decorating, face painting, etc. for Christmas and we might do something similar for Valentine’s day), and “Maher Day”. Our aim is not only to raise money, but also to raise awareness about this issue and educate people about the culture in India. I think it is a great cause and I love working for it! Furthermore, I am part of Youth group targeting the ever increasing issue of drug abuse. As part of this, we hold workshops in school for 14-15 year olds, we hold parent’s night and we attend conferences organized by the UNODC (United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime). So, lot’s of exciting stuff that takes up all of my time :P
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I am required to study also during my vacation and I work during them sometimes. The time I spend traveling is no more than 30 days each year, usually less though. I used to do a lot of weekend getaways, but now I stopped because I am overloaded by work and because I have explored everything I can think of within two hour of reach from my house :) However, it is not a problem for me because I am finishing with school soon so I try to do my best to finish with the best results. When I have more time, I go on longer trips. For example last year I went to Italy for 10 days and for a road trip around Northern Europe for 14 days. I would say I like those much better, because unlike weekend getaways, they really switch your brain off and let you relax!

I know that I don’t have lot’s of free time, so I am trying to enjoy the one I have to my maximum. Sure they might be short, but complaining won’t do it’s work, so why wasting time with it? Enjoy it and do as much as you can. When I travel with my family, it is almost a rule that I am not taking my phone along. It feels so good to have an offline time for once ;)

My life is pretty great and I didn’t want to risk my studies/jobs for travel. Plus its more comfortable to travel with money than trying to be on budget constantly and I want to make most of my brain as along as its young ;) But of course, one day I would love to be a full time traveler at least for the course of few years.
 Hiking in Viennese Wine Yards (bonfiredream)

 Hiking in Viennese Wine Yards (bonfiredream)

Favorite Place?

Am here right now! Love Vienna ;) It is a city that suits all types of travelers. When you are looking for sightseeing, you are more than welcomed to the city center that blooms with history. Hiking can be done in the nearby Alps. Also about adrenaline sports it is well taken care of - you can do bungee jumping from the Donauturm, go waterskiing on Danube, climbing and so much more. For the young one’s Vienna offers wild nightlife, for families it offers many children-friendly activities and for food-lovers there is not a better place to be. Are you into humanitarian trips? No problem, you can help refugees, or volunteering for another charity as part of your trip. And so much more. I can be everything in Vienna, which I really am ;)

But if you were to move?

France! I need to learn that language! And also give the country another chance. I went to Paris twice already and I didn’t like it much, I think it’s an overrated city that is not worth visiting when put in comparison with other great European cities. Yet I heard that rest of France is much better and I hope it’s the case.
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A Tip to the Readers?

Enjoy student life and go around the country. Every single village is interesting in some way in Austria. Its crazy!!
I can move with my ears ;)

Nikoleta has a similar reason to our first part-timer traveler, Karen, as to why she is not traveling full time. However, when the time comes, Nikoleta would love to be a full time traveler - maybe for a couple of years. Like me!

To learn more about Vienna and Nikoleta’s trips, head over to her website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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