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kia ora

My name is Anita Hendrieka and I am currently 26 years old.  I’m from the beautiful Aotearoa (New Zealand).  At 17 I moved out of home to follow my passion for designing.  I studied Interior design for a year and grabbed a diploma.  At 19 I got bored of the 9-5 work life (already!) and wanted something new and exciting to sink my teeth into.  That is when I decided to buy a one-way ticket to the UK and get myself a working holiday visa.  My original plan was to only stay for a year, but I stayed for the full two years (that my visa allowed) and travelled in my spare time meeting a bunch of new and interesting people that have taught me some important lessons in my life.  It’s given me a complete brand new positive perspective on everything and I wanted to share everything with you on this blog.

Solo Female travel

I started blogging in 2011, being inspired by the blogger Gala Darling.  Originally my blog was a D.I.Y and lifestyle, but after being bored of writing that kind of content I decided to switch to a travel blog when I moved overseas in 2012.  I always have loved creative projects and I feel that blogging really challenges me to work towards something and gives me deadlines to meet.  

Anita Hendrieka
Anita Hendrieka

Fast forward a few years and I am living in Albania and making the most of the sunshine whilst on my laptop with a beautiful view of the sea.  My aim is to tarnish misconceptions about certain destinations and tell you my stories and opinions but also give you my advice to be the best traveller you can be.  I want to inspire you to get out there and travel and prove that anyone can do it, it’s not only a dream.

I am a passionate traveller and I have seen what difference travelling can do to someone.  It’s not only a fun holiday but travelling opens your mind and lets you dive deeper into the different cultures on the planet.  I have learnt more about history and geography than I ever did in school, so for me travelling is the best form of education.  You also learn a lot about yourself whilst travelling.  You learn your limits, you build your confidence and you learn who you really are as a person.  You learn what’s important to you and learn what you really don’t care for.

There are a lot of misconceptions about travelling and about certain countries.  I have noticed that a lot more as I travel more.  Therefore, I am so passionate about teaching and opening peoples’ minds about certain destinations.  Just remember, if someone questions the country you’re travelling to just ask them, have you been there yourself?  I find a lot of misconceptions are from news stories from 10 years ago and not from their own personal experiences.

10 Comments

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    yasniger
    May 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

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    wisemonkeysabroad
    December 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Anita! It’s always exciting for us to meet fellow bloggers and even more so when their love for travel is like ours 🙂
    Thanks so much for following our blog and we hope you will visit us often!
    Happy travels!

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    Alison and Don
    December 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Anita, nice to meet you. Sounds like you’re having a great time!
    Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, and happy travels,
    Alison

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    Gin
    March 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    It must have been a fabulous experience 🙂 I’m moving to the UK in june 🙂

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    ahdykstra
    March 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you very much! You too 🙂

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    Jo - Over the Edge of the Wild
    March 24, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Kia ora Anita! Just wanted to say thanks for following my blog, from one solo Kiwi traveller to another! Looks like you are having a great time! x

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      ahdykstra
      March 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. Keep in touch 🙂

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    ahdykstra
    April 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Naw thank you very much that’s so sweet 🙂 Happy travels to you too!

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    Swarn Singh Kahlon
    July 21, 2019 at 6:23 am

    My wife and I (seniors) are travelling to Thailand and will follow your tips. Have been there before but your write up is exciting us more. Interested in meeting people who have retired there – can you help introduce us to some you might know.
    Been to 80 countries including NZ – what a great country, drove from Southernmost point to Northernmost beach (am on my 25th passport).
    Havn’t been to Albania. What took you there and how long will you be there?
    If interested to visit India, you are welcome -home hospitality.
    Swarn ([email protected])
    http://www.sikhglobalvillage.com.

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    Adrian
    August 10, 2019 at 11:13 am

    thank you for all the infornation you share with us. it is very helpful! best wishes from saranda!

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