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New Book: Journey of J.

Mostly for planned closure, somewhat for playful curiosity, I wrote another book. “Journey of J.—Around the World in 557 Days, 1,017 Photos, and 291 Personal Notes” is about the long and eventful trip…

Post from August 6, 2015, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

On Traveling the World Solo—as a Woman

Both during and after my travels have I had conversations about traveling—a number of them with women, about traveling alone in foreign, very foreign, countries. If there was a single question…

Post from June 29, 2015, reflecting Jens the .

Travel Intelligence: Global Country Information for German Travelers

Traveling the world one inevitably runs into places one cannot simply enter. Other places one doesn’t want to simply enter. For purposes of tracking both I had, during my 18-month world trip, set up a special country intel sheet…

Post from June 22, 2015, reflecting Jens the .

What to Carry When Traveling the World

For my 557-day journey around the world I had prepared thoroughly. Emphasis had been on light luggage, and so I had focused on necessities and gear that didn’t weigh much and, for clothes, could dry quickly. Here I’ll share some parts of my inventory…

Post from March 16, 2015, reflecting Jens the .

180 Little Stories After Traveling the World for 18 Months

It’s over. A couple of weeks ago I came to a halt, after traveling the world for what now feels like a lifetime. Here’s one way to tell the story.

Post from March 13, 2015, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

My Year in Cities, 2014

This is going to be a bit, lengthy. I told you I had traded activities for locations. Continuing the trip around the world that I began last year, here’s where I went in 2014.

Post from December 28, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Activities, 2014

At the end of every year I’m recollecting new things I’ve done and new places I’ve seen. Here’s what I tried in 2014.

Post from December 27, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

How to Travel the World and Stay Healthy

For long travels, another key beside safety is health. And as my track record in this regard is flawless, essentially, I thought to share a few quick ideas on this, too.

Post from September 8, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

How to Travel the World and Stay Safe

I’ve traveled for the last 13 months, with no end in sight, and have so far visited around 150 sites in 30 countries. I’ve stayed safe the entire time even though I didn’t lock myself up. Here are a few thoughts and tips.

Post from September 3, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

How to Prepare to Travel the World

I’ve written about what I deem important in order to quit and travel the world. One of the points I called out was “Planning and Preparation,” and it’s what I like to explore a bit more here.

Post from July 28, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

Animated Traffic: My 10 Favorite Travel Photo Animations

Last December I launched Animated Traffic. Animated Traffic is an experiment in which I play with photo animations that feed off my eternal journey, of which I share the results. The material, as of this moment, made for 302 posts covering 4 continents…

Post from July 25, 2014, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Meiert’s Law of Travel

Less known but more useful than Meiert’s Law of Traffic Congestion.

Post from June 17, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

Everyday Adventures: Cost, Fun, and Risk Ratings

“100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer” contains one hundred activities that I share my experience with, but that I also rate in terms of cost, fun, and risk. However, the book doesn’t make it very easy to rank and compare the different activities…

Post from February 18, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

How to Just Quit and Travel the World

A couple of months ago I quit at Google and left the United States to travel the world. I thought it might be interesting to share a bit about how to do something like this, calling it quits and heading out there, with no set itinerary whatsoever.

Post from January 7, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Cities, 2013

Traditionally I post a list of all the new places I visited during a year in some sort of year-end review, too. This year is no exception.

Post from December 30, 2013, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Activities, 2013

The same procedure as every year: a brief look back at new things I tried.

Post from December 29, 2013, reflecting Jens the .

How to Become an Everyday Adventurer

In “100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer” I’m not just sharing my own view on one hundred different activities and things I tried, but also some ideas and tips on what I think it takes to become a more adventurous person. That part is something I like to…

Post from December 12, 2013, reflecting Jens the .

Travel, Photos, Art?

I started another side project. It’s about taking a ton of photos of street scenery, working some magic that I talk about in this very post, and putting the results up on Tumblr. On the one new travel tumblr art installation that I call Animated Traffic.

Post from December 9, 2013, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

The cover of “100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer.”

New Book! 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer

I wrote a new book! Not about web development, again, not about philosophy or social sciences, yet, but about all the different activities I’ve been doing over the last few years, in all my infinite free time. And what I learned in one hundred of them.

Post from October 30, 2013, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Activities, 2012

48 more ways to use one’s time.

Post from December 30, 2012, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Cities, 2012

Beside working and growing and trying new things, I’ve been in the great position to also travel a little. I’m very grateful. This year I visited 5 continents, more than 20 different countries, and probably more than 50 different cities…

Post from December 27, 2012, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Activities, 2011

Or: 43 things that make someone who has no idea about anything he’s doing look like he knows everything, the 2011 edition.

Post from December 31, 2011, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Activities, 2010

31 activities, 0 vacation days. Mr Meiert’s guide on how to make good use of your time and make 1 year feel like 3.

Post from December 30, 2010, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Cities, 2009

From Amsterdam to Berlin to Cardiff… all the way to Zurich. The same procedure as at least last year.

Post from December 23, 2009, reflecting Jens the .

My Year in Cities, 2008

As per Anne… I couldn’t resist.

Post from December 31, 2008, reflecting Jens the .

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Like what you see here? Check out Jens’s adventure books: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer for how to just try everything, and Journey of J. for what it’s like to travel the world for one and a half years.

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