Changes: An End to living out of a suitcase

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I’ve always been a firm believer in finding an equilibrium between your head and your heart. Being a bit of a dreamer type, I usually start my decision-making process by following my heart’s desire and later following it up with a solid plan of action to ensure I lay some solid foundations. I guess you could say I have grand ideas that I later put into action with a plan.

I’ve also always strongly endorsed change as a natural and necessary evolution.

Change is for many people a scary thought. I suppose this is partly because of the unknown and partly because we can become too proud to admit defeat or find the courage to pursue a different path. Whatever it is, change is inherently a scary thing.

But alas, I’m about to embrace the idea of change combined with my desire for a new endeavor. And so it is….

I’m Moving to Berlin!

For a while I have started to feel a little uneasy about living out of a suitcase. I was seeing a handful of other bloggers live this lifestyle around me and I kept convincing myself that it must be possible and perhaps I was just weaker or less resilient. But the truth is that most (if not all) of the bloggers on this crazy ride don’t travel full time. Instead, they will go off on a job or work trip and come home to their base to refresh, rejuvinate, and head off on the next job.

After 8 months living out of a suitcase and never returning ‘home’ (to anywhere), it is little wonder I’m starting to feel like I’m becoming delirious.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling. It’s my passion. But after sleeping in a different bed every two nights, having literally lived out of a suitcase for 8 months and having not been able to cook a home cooked meal or do any kind of regular ‘life activity’, I’m starting to feel like the love affair with life on the road 24/7 is ending.

A new Chapter

The good news is that this isn’t the end to my travels – far from it. The idea behind Berlin is to have a home base to travel from. So from here I will have a base to fly in and out of on adventures and come home after a few days or weeks to my own space.

Working as a creative, there’s nothing I miss more than my own ‘space’ to work from. I crave it. There’s just something about coming back to your home or bedroom and having an organised life. I’m a virgo by the way – organisation is my thing.

Saving the best for last… I’m writing a book!

Have you ever noticed that most of the posts on don’t come anywhere near close to my personal experiences from my travels? Most of the posts here will show you places I go, what I saw, what I ate, and where I stayed. There’s a reason I don’t often divulge into more personal details about who I met, what happened, what went wrong (the millions of things that do), and how I’m feeling.

That’s because I’m writing a book!

A Year to Myself – will be released after my year of travels. It’s a personal travelogue about my journey and more details will be available soon! I will be finishing the book in Berlin, so I’m really excited to have a space of my own to let the creative juices flow!

For those interested, I’ve still got a few trips left before I move into my apartment next month. My next stop is Easter Island, followed by Bolivia, Spain, and London!

So, what do you guys think about the move to Berlin? Have you experienced a similar longing for ‘home’? Lets open discussion in the comments – I would loooooove to hear your thoughts!

Brooke the ONA bag


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    October 10, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Good for you Brooke!
    I love reading your blog, and have been following along on your world tour.
    I recently finished university myself and promptly decided to up sticks and move to Spain.
    I instructed everyone I knew to say goodbye as I did not know when I would return.
    I was so excited by my impending adventure that I didn’t think twice.
    After 8 weeks of working in Andalucia, I found myself floundering and I felt unable to choose the next destination.
    I panicked, and booked a flight to stay with my parents.
    I’m in my second week of being back in England and have now booked a flight out to Madrid for a new adventure, starting in a week.
    I do not regret this decision one bit.
    Sometimes we have to do what is best for our health, physically and MENTALLY.
    The thing I crave most is to wander around the world, but own a base where I can transport back to when I am losing myself.
    Berlin will be beautiful. I would love to come and visit.
    It is a bizarre phenomenon to feel so much in common with somebody on the internet who has no clue of your life, but I think you are an inspiration.
    Much love from one wanderer to another.
    Love Isabella xxx

    October 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Congrats on both the move and the book! I can’t wait to hear more about Berlin and I’m even more excited to read your book!

    September 29, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Good for you for making a change that will charge your creativity! I just returned from a trip to France and Italy. We enjoyed every day so much that we are immediately starting to plan our next dream trip–with Berlin at the top of our list! So I’m following your blog and hope you’ll write about Berlin as well as your travels from there. You must love it, to choose it as your home base!

    September 25, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Hey Brooke, congrats on your upcoming move..! I lived in Berlin and loved it, it’s an amazing city and it’s a great base for both European and overseas trips.

    I’m curious how you’ll like Easter Island, I’m heading there soon too! 🙂

    September 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I backpacked for 4 months and in the end I really looked forward to coming “home”, to create my own space. But as every backpacker knows, it only takes a while before the travel nerve is going nuts again, so I’ve built a life where I have a home which doesn’t cost me any money, which makes is possible for me to spend all of my earned money traveling and still have a place to call home 🙂

    September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    You’re going to love it in Germany! Right now I am in Frankfurt but the long term goal is to move to Berlin once we have perfected our German and got a little more work experience under our belts.
    Let me know if you need any advice on moving here. Apartment hunting is particularly daunting (and can be costly), I have a few resources that can help!

    Good luck 🙂

    September 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    You just gained some points from me and I will be reading more often again. I was starting to wonder how you travel so much yet your posts are so short. The fact that you’re writing a book makes up for it! Please do post more pictures though.

    September 14, 2014 at 4:12 am

    I’m so happy for you, Brooke! How exciting. There’s no shame to settling down or feeling the need for something constant in your life- its human nature! We are selling our home to travel in an RV. And even with a “home base” [at least in comparison to someone like you], I still worry it wont be home enough. So I just cant imagine what you do and how you’ve done it for so long.

    I’m so excited for your book. I’ve got at least three I want to write but they seem so distant and like a foreign idea rather than a goal right now. You are such an inspiration! Take care of yourself and safe travels!

    September 13, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Congratulations on starting the next chapter of your life Brooke! I’m sure you will love living in Berlin! Looking forward to hearing all about the new and exciting plans coming up for you! Good luck for the future and can’t wait to read about your next adventures! x

    September 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I think your life is moving to just the right direction. I followed you when you had around 30-sth thousand followers on ig, now you have more than a hundred thousand. I know you’ll do more, with that kind of ardent spirit and passion. Can’t wait for you book!

    Christie of The Butterfly Editions
    September 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Good on you Brooke! Eight months is a long time to be moving so constantly, and I totally understand the desire for a home base. The longest I have travelled for continuously is three months and even that was challenging enough. Berlin sounds like an incredible place to lay some roots and stay a while – can’t wait to see more! Also very excited about your book 🙂

    September 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations, Brooke! Wow, I am so happy for you! A new home, in a new country and continent… It’s so exciting! Good luck for the future, can’t wait to see your upcoming adventures! :)xx

    Jillian Aylett Brown
    September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations on your new chapter Brooke and settling into your Berlin base~! I love your blog, and most definately look forward to your book~!!!

    September 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Congrats and good luck on the future! I cannot wait to see what adventures you’ll have and write about in the book — which I am extremely excited to read!

    September 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I thought I was alone with my thoughts. Living in a suitcase can be tiring too. You need to take a break from it sometimes. But that doesn’t mean that you’re stopping…Congratulations with everything 🙂

    September 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    You will LOVE Berlin. I absolutely fell in love with it when I went there and am currently studying German in college so I can do a study abroad there and most likely eventually live there. You made a good choice! Explore all of Germany and post about it because I love hearing about Germany and your adventures!

    September 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I have been following your blog for a few months now and I’m truly inspired by your solo travelling, so much so that I’m currently planning a years break from work to travel solo!

    You have been to some amazing places that I’ve now added to my bucket list- so thanks for sharing the adventures!

    Berlin is a wonderful city and a great place to start a new and exciting chapter! Congratulations Brooke! 🙂

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    September 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Major congrats on the book deal! I think having a home base is a wonderful idea, and even better being in Berlin. I hope you enjoy ‘settling down’ there and I can’t wait to read your upcoming book.

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    September 12, 2014 at 6:36 am

    never been to berlin, but i can imagine how nice it’ll feel to have your own place there e- what made you pick berlin? do you speak the language? also – when are you coming to london, i have some great restaurants to show you??!

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    September 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Cool that you are beginning on a new chapter in your life! Living abroad is still like travelling, so it’s not like you’re throwing in the towel just yet 😉 But I totally understand that living out of a suitcase for 8 months must be hard.

    I also really CAN’T WAIT for your visit to Easter Island – my all time top dream destination!

    September 12, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I’m glad that you found a place that you want to call home for now. I always thought the best part of traveling is when you can settle down in a place, rather than those quick, whirlwind trips.

    September 12, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Hi Brooke!

    Firstly, congratulations… that’s so awesome, Berlin is one of my favourite cities and definitely one worth actually living in. I hope it’s all you wished for! And now a question, I really hope you see this to answer…how do you get all your book deals? This is something I’ve been striving for for years, I can’t even seem to get a reply from anyone, how do you do it? Thanks very much for the help.

    🙂 Jessie x

    Alex, Speaking Denglish
    September 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, all very exciting! Nowhere like Berlin to have your creative base to express yourself and travel. Cheers to new adventures!

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    September 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    It’s totally right decision. We all need place where to come back and to be ourselves. Good luck with your book!

    Ailish Goes
    September 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    how exciting! I’m living in Berlin short-term at the moment and absolutely love it, you couldn’t have chosen a better city! and congrats on the book!

    September 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Ahh looking forward to your book! <3

    Maggie A

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    September 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Life is undiscovered……… sometimes it ask for enjoy ……… sometimes for nothing………..

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    September 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Such a nice place. thanks for posting nice views.

    September 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading you for a while now. And although I don’t know what it is to be traveling for a year solo (but I’m starting to plan my solo year

    Amber Rhodes
    September 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    It sounds like a wise decisions, somewhere to ‘lay your hat’ for a while…re-charge! I would find living out of a suitcase all the time wearisome too after a while. Congratulations on your new book! Best of luck with it and I look forward to hearing about your continuing adventures and also the release of the new book.

    Ellen Faith
    September 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on everything! As someone who loves fashion, I don’t know if one suitcase would ever be enough for me 😉 I think it’s great that you’re creating a home base for yourself and I’m so interested to see why Berlin (which I have recently really wanted to see). Also, I always felt like those personal stories were the one thing missing from my site so I’m glad to see they’re being put somewhere because I am certainly interested.

    You should definitely do a guide (like the Lonely Planet ones) on how to travel solo for a year. I’m an Aussie too from somewhere remote also, so the idea that you’re making all these experiences is so astounding and makes me insanely jealous even if it is really hard.

    Congratulations again, Brooke. Looking forward to the rest of your story 🙂


    September 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on the book and Berlin! When I would come to visit Australia for 1-2 months at a time for the past 3 years, I would miss my room. Now that I moved to Australia from the US I feel at home because I have my space here. I may miss my family & friends, but not so much my room. I can understand having a normal base to refresh and feel at home in.

    September 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I’m glad you’re moving to Berlin! Out of all the cities I’ve visited, that one is one that I knew I could live in for a while. Can’t wait to see this next chapter!

    September 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations on moving to Berlin! Having a home base is essential to me, and Berlin is quite a lovely one at that! Congratulations on the book as well!

    September 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations Brooke! It is a big change, I completely understand the feeling! I have been on the road since 2010, but unlike you, I have been constantly moving every 3 months or longer as I go from one contractual job to another.. Then traveling somewhere else in the world in between these jobs. I recently signed on full time and decided to stay in one lovely Southern California town infinitely. I needed a break from my moving and I’m giving myself a year to feel settled and just have a ‘normal’ pace. My thoughts sometimes wander, always thinking I could be somewhere else doing something else and living in a different city, but I like the feeling of just enjoying my weekends on the beach, not thinking about moving again after a few months and planning out the year ahead of me, instead of just going week per week. My decision was to get settled for the meantime, but who knows what is in store for us in the future? Either way, change is good!

    chelsea @ the new wifestyle
    September 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

    yay! so glad you are going to have a home base! that is incredibly important!

    my husband and i went on a 6th month speaking tour and after living out of a suitcase for that long (without a home base) i cannot imagine 8 months! i am so happy for you because i can say how much more fun traveling is when you can sleep in your own bed and use your own fork and drink from your own mug every once in a while 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I totally understand you. I travelled around Australia for 7 months and was exhausted afterwards as I changed places every couple of days. That is why on my next long-term trip (which started about 2 weeks ago) I plan on going much slower. I also work from the road, so it’s better for that as well and to not become exhausted of travelling as I think I had a travel burn out after my last trip. Berlin is an awesome city (my hometown is about 2 hours away) and definitely the perfect place for creative people. Enjoy it a lot, there is plenty to do and see and Europe is small, so I bet there is no end of travelling. You can just hop on a plane for a few days and enjoy a different country. I wish you all the best!

    September 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Congratulations!! You definitely deserve this. I can tell how hard you work and I’m glad to hear that you’re chose a place to be able to call home. As much as travelling can be so much fun, I’m sure its easy to get home sick too. Good luck with the book! I’m sure its going to be amazing 🙂
    XO Janina

    September 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Good for you!! I think everyone reaches a point where they just HAVE to set down some roots. Having a space to work from is great for getting in the writing mindset. I don’t know how you’ve done it traveling all the time but if I’m not in my home office I just can’t write! I’m too easily distracted but food, music, that one song, oh look puppies…. 🙂


    September 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Congrats girl, it sounds like you found the perfect solution to induce balance for you right now! Looking forward to reading all that’s to come.

    September 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

    So excited for you and your new chapter in Berlin!
    Your book is also really exciting news!

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

    September 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

    That’s a big decision ! And a great move. If you don’t feel comfortable with the 24/7 travelling anymore, you’re doing the right thing taking a break before you end up frustrated and hating it. And Berlin is not the worst city to take that break in !!

    Emily Louise
    September 11, 2014 at 7:41 am

    As a fellow creative I understand how important having a ‘home’ space is. I have just started what could be a year of travel around Australia and I have always thought the main thing that will send me home is the longing for my own space again.

    I think what you are doing, putting down roots in foreign country is fantastic. It is something I would like to do myself one day. So excited about the book too, it will be great to see further insight into the highs and lows of travel long term.

    September 11, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I totally understand. I love to travel by myself but was always wondering, how you could do it non stop. I also noticed that your post got less. I think really highly of you and for that I’m really proud that from all those awesome places you’ve seen, you chosed my homeland.

    Herzlich willkommen in Deutschland und einen guten und schönen Start.
    Hope the first german winter for you won’t be too bad. Please enjoy as many christmas market in germany as you can and please enjoy our awesome Lebkuchen for the christmas time =)

    September 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Congrats Brooke! It must have been hard to make a decision like that, good on you for doing what makes you happy 🙂 All the best xx

    September 11, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hey Brooke! I follow your blog since the beginning and today I was so happy to read this news after so long! The first thing I thought reading it was “finally!”
    I’m really happy for you because from now on, you will have your own “nest”, your personal place to create, write, relax and be yourself, without the stress you’ve had during these 8 long months around the world.
    You definitely made the right choice!
    At some point, we just have to stop and think about ourselves and feel good.
    If you don’t have a balance or a fixed point in your life, you can have anything you want… but you will always miss something.
    I’m sure you’ll be fine in Berlin.. I wish you the best as always, and that this new phase of your life makes you even happier than you already are. You deserve everything you have.

    Good luck!

    You’ll always be my inspiration.
    Love you.

    Cristina from Italy
    IG: @justletmetravel

    September 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Sounds amazing and I’m sure you’ve done the right thing! Good luck with everything! 🙂

    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    September 11, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Hi Brooke!

    I can absolutely relate to your desire to have a ‘home’ base. After six months of travelling full time (across Canada and the US), not staying in one place for more than a few days, living out of a suitcase, not being able to cook for myself, etc, I very much wanted to return ‘home’.

    Since then, we have returned home to Australia and are having some of the greatest adventures being based there!

    Best of luck for your move to Berlin and I’m super excited to get my hands on your book once it’s published!


    September 11, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Like you I spent 7 months on the road at one time and it got to the point where I was beginning to get exhausted and waterfalls were becoming just another waterfall. I ended up heading ‘home’ to use as a base but unfortunately it ended up being too far and have severley limited my travels.
    Good on you for choosing and a central base and all the best with your future endeavours.

    September 11, 2014 at 5:31 am

    This sounds so exciting Brooke. I’m so impressed that you could travel out of a suitcase for 8 months, I don’t think I could have done that.
    It’s nice to hear that you’re moving to Europe, I’m sure you’ll have a great time here. It’s a pretty great place to have a home base because you’re fast everywhere.
    Congratulations on your book, I’d love to read about your experiences in a different way.
    Take car.

    xx Cheyenne

    Alexandria Thompson
    September 11, 2014 at 5:19 am

    You are the most inspiring travel writer! I’ve been enjoying your posts for the last few months, and often wonder if you get tired of constantly moving every 3-4 days, and not really having a base to launch from.
    Berlin sounds like a magnificent idea, how did you choose that particular city?

    I’m planning a travel year of too , thanx to your constant encouragement.
    Hopefully, I can find the city of my dreams to live in as you did.

    Yay Brooke!

    Julia Potsch
    September 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I’m so excited that you’re going to live in Berlin! I visited for the first time this year and loved it so much! I can’t wait to read about your new experiencers living in the city and I’ll buy your book as soon as it’s released!
    Now, I have a question.. you’ve definitely been to many places around the world so what made you choose Berlin as your home base? Just curious 🙂

    Good luck!

    September 11, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I LOVE Germany. I visited there this summer and hope to live there as a home base someday as well as be fluent in the language. Berlin is rich with history, just a little chaotic, it being a large city 😉 I’m not a big city person, but Berlin is a special case. It has forest paths and awesome beer gardens. You’ve probably been there already and understand why it’s so great there. I’m hopefully going to study there for a year while in college and looking forward to it. Best of luck and always love reading your blog!

    September 11, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Hi Brooke, I actually did the travel thing for 8 years (for different purpose than you but still.. Travel) and 3 years ago I decided to do the same, have my own place, my base. I just recently decided to go wandering again though, leaving on Saturday actually, but it will be 50/50 out there, in here. I totally understand and think it’s the only way to keep up with life and future stuff comin ur way!
    Love, Iam

    September 11, 2014 at 4:16 am

    i almost got a heart attack when i started reading this, i was sure u would inform us that u are quitting your blog – and thanks heaven u are not! 😀 Sounds great that u are moving to Berlin. I have never been there – yet – even that it´s like another side of the water.. But the book sounds amazing, congrats! I hope i can buy it here, in Finland, too eventually. 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I think no matter how long you travel for or how much you love to travel there always comes a point where you long for home. Mine was my recent one month long stint around Europe, after living in shared hostel rooms and living out of a small but heavy bag I was beginning to long for a clean bed and a nice shower that didn’t change temperature or keep switching off. Don’t get me wrong the trip was the best thing I have ever done and I loved it, but you can’t beat home for me 🙂 xx

    September 11, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I’m so excited for you! Berlin, I’m sure, is a great choice! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you.

    – Christina

    September 11, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Amazing news! Berlin is such a fantastic choice. Why did you decide to move to Berlin?
    I live very close to Berlin so if you have any problems I would be happy to help you 🙂
    Good Luck!

    Two to Travel and Tango
    September 11, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Congrats! I think it’s exhausting as well and I think actually, when you’ve got a home base, you also have a real unique chance to leverage that in a way where you connect with your readers even more because your lived reality is closer to theirs then.

    And Berlin- I love Berlin! I am sure it’s going to be a great start and nothing says feeding creativity to write your book than living in Berlin!

    September 11, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Congratulations! I understand your cravings, I think I would have the same thing! Why did you choose Berlin? I thought you would go for Paris or something.. or at least I would 😉

    I can’t wait to hear more of your book and your new home! Don’t forget to show us some photos in a few months!

    September 11, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Hi Brooke! Amazing that you’re going to live in Berlin! Why did you choose Berlin? I’ve never been there, but it is high on my list of cities I really want to visit.What job are you going to have in Berlin?

    I’m only 15, so I’m not able to travel the world, but it has become my biggest dream. You inspired me so much!! Thanks!! Can’t stop thinking about places I want to visit haha.

    Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki
    September 11, 2014 at 3:19 am

    After three months of living out of a suitcase in Australia I was more than craving a home base. I could only image after 8 months of travel how nice it will be to have a place of your own to come back to!

    September 11, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Berlin is my favorite city! It is truly amazing, have fun!

    September 11, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Brooke, congrats on choosing a place to settle for a while! Berlin is really cool, and such a great base for accessing all of Europe! Can’t wait to see what travels you’re up to next 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Congratulations!!! I can imagine what this move means to you. I’ve been travelling the past almost 3 years, and the best thing was always to have the pleasure to go back home, a place where I can relax and feel it’s my safe heaven. Berlin it’s an amazing city, so I’m sure you’ll be happy.
    And writing a book? Well done 🙂
    All the best

    Marie King
    September 11, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Congratulations! Berlin will be an amazing home base to travel from. I definitely see where you are coming from with the living out of a suitcase. It’s nice to have a set routine once in a while, to feel like you can go home to decompress. I have a lot of trouble doing work on the road since I don’t want to take away from my travel time. I am also in the process of figuring out where I would like to base myself for a while.

    Can’t wait to read the book!

    September 11, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Wow, I would of put good money on you making a home base in France!!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    September 11, 2014 at 2:25 am

    …Congratulations, Brooke–I’ve heard such good things about Berlin as a living space!!…

    I, too, have a longing for “home” in the sense that I not only want somewhere to “center” myself, but I want to be in an environment in which I truly have a niche–somewhere where I truly “fit”…But then again, don’t we all at some point or another???…

    I’m sure you’ll have a blast in your new city, and I can’t wait to see all the new places/situations you find yourself in, :-)!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    Department of Wandering
    September 11, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Another Aussie moving to my adopted city! There’s no place quite like Berlin.

    September 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I do understand where this is coming from, and I think after living your life for a while, most people would feel the need for a home.
    I’m impressed by all you’ve done so far, and I’m looking forward to follow you into the next chapter of your life. Your tips are always useful!
    I guess the first question that crossed my mind was why Berlin??
    Congrats on your book – looking forward to reading it!

    Olivia Feltner
    September 11, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Hi Brooke! I follow your travels and live vicariously through you! What an exciting new chapter! What made you pick Berlin for your homebase? Considering you are from Austraila, I’m curious why you chose Berlin instead of your actual home country/town! Did you visit Berlin and just fall in love with it? Also, I’m SO excited to read your book!!

    September 11, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Can’t wait to see your photos from London! I’m moving at Glasgow, Scotland tonight… Sure you don’t want to stop ff there before Berlin?? 😛

    September 11, 2014 at 1:49 am

    You’ve traveled to more places in a span of a couple of years. Than most people will do in a lifetime. You deserve to settle down into your own space and take a break, if you desire. I think you are making a great decision and I wish you all the best with your move to Berlin. As well as writing your new book (can’t wait to read it). You are my favorite travel blogger and you inspired me to start my own travel blog.

    Anna International
    September 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Amazing news! Congrats on the book, and also on finding your little place to call home in one of my favourite cities in the world! Berlin is top of my list of places I’ve not yet lived but would love to. Looking forward to WOW being temporarily BOW, and lots of great posts about Berlin.
    And as a fellow Virgo, congrats on making it as a full time traveller for so long!

    September 11, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I’m originally from Berlin so I think it’s so cool that you’re coming to live there! I can completely understand where you’re coming from. The past six months, I have been working as a flight attendant because my dream was always to travel. The nice thing is, I get to see sooo many places but I still get to be home several days a month. However, lately I’m trying to figure out if this life is right for me. Yes, I get to be home sometimes, but I’m a commuter so it takes me about 4 hours to get from home to Frankfurt, where I work from. Also, never being in one place for more than 5 days (mostly less), is a bit stressful. I do crave to have a solid homebase again (seeing friends every day, being able to cook my own meals etc), but of course I still want to travel. So I’m considering moving to the Netherlands next year to do my studies, and trying to pursue careers in which I am able to move several times throughout my life – but stay there for a while. Because I think to travel well, you have to stay in a place for more than 2 days, meet people and live life there. Not just see the sights. Of course it will be bittersweet because my flight attendant job has given me so much and it will be hard to let go of seeing, for instance, Nagoya, Paris, Bogotá, Tallinn, Moscow and Copenhagen in one month, and Doha, Madrid, Detroit, Seattle and Bucharest the next, but I think it’s the right thing to do.
    Brooke, best of luck to you and I hope to see you around in Berlin one day, I think I would scream and run to you and make you be my friend haha xx Much love

    September 11, 2014 at 1:36 am

    First of all congratulations for the new change in your ever so wonderful life. Really hoping you get that rejuvenation you need in order to carry on inspiring us with travel.
    Would so love to meet you one day. Do you ever do meet ups? Either in Berlin or London? Look forward to reading more from you!

    September 11, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I think that’s awesome. Everyone needs to have their own space to return to and refresh. I’m excited to read about your remaining travels before the move and your book!

    September 11, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Oh I hope you’re going to love Berlin as much as I did! I lived there for a year and think about that time, my apartment and friends there all. the. time. Even three years later I sometimes get the strongest urge to move back even for a while. I haven’t had the chance yet but I’m sure it will happen eventually 🙂 For now, I’ll follow your travels (and life in Berlin) with a little more envy than usual (but the good kind). Have fun, have fun, have fun! You’ll love the energy in Berlin, the city just has that vibe…

    September 11, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I was nomadic, completely living out of a suitcase, for 4 years. They were the most fun and yet the MOST challenging 4 years of my life. I wouldn’t go back but I’m also glad I did it because I became such a stronger person as a result of that time. Good for you for changing your life when your heart says you need that change!!! Just because some can be nomadic for longer doesn’t mean everyone should at all. We’re all different and embracing who we are and being unafraid of change is the best thing you can do!

    Also, LOVE Berlin. I think you will love it too. Some of my favorite people in all of travel use the city as their home base too. You’ll have an excellent support network. Make sure to reach out to TravelsOfAdam and Dan and Audrey of UMarket.

    September 11, 2014 at 1:23 am


    I think it’s wonderful you’re moving, and I think it’s even more amazing you recognized what you need to be happy.

    I left a little over two weeks for my own year around the world. The idea of living out of a suitcase is daunting, and there’s no way to predict yet if it will work out, but like you I’m going to try.

    And it’s because of you I’m going to try. I had planned to travel before I found your blog, but once I did, I realized I could manifest my dreams into a reality. You showed me that it was possible for a 22-year old girl (me) to travel by myself; you inspired me to plan a trip that extended to six continents and dozens of countries; you gave me the practical advice and tools I needed to plan accordingly and for success.

    So, while i’m glad you’ve taken the next appropriate step, I couldn’t be happier you’re still traveling, and you’ll still be there to inspire us all. Thank you for everything you do!

    xx Taylor

    September 11, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Exciting news! I can’t imagine how you’ve gone this long living out of a suitcase and the need to have a home base is very understandable. Best of luck! 🙂

    Jenna Davis
    September 11, 2014 at 1:19 am


    This is by no means a weakness but an opportunity that has allowed you to find yourself! Berlin couldn’t be a better spot to finish writing your book! It is filled with inspiration around every corner.

    I felt the same way after a year or so of travels and decided to move from Toronto, Canada and base myself in Freiburg, Germany with my boyfriend and as well as a great central hub to depart on more journeys across the globe.

    I always try and get to Berlin a few times a year and hope to meet you one day! You have been a huge inspiration for my own travel blog!


    Travelling the World | Making a Difference

    September 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Congratulations! Such an exciting new chapter for you and your book sounds like it will be great…Berlin is a great city! And its not to far away from Prague which is where I am 😉 Good Luck with the move 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I know exactly how you feel! I feel like I haven’t unpacked since 2009 and have been on a search to find ‘home’ since… After the last trip through Europe I longed for my own place, my own space and so called base I can travel from and come back to… I chose Toronto to be that place for me now although I know New Orleans is my soul place…unfortunately lack of papers is stopping me from living there for good… for now… still working on that though! 🙂
    I hope you find a little place of peace for yourself in Berlin and get to finish that book soon!
    Thank you so much for your blog! I’ve been following it as well as your Instagram account. You gave me a lot of ideas and references I based my Eastern European trip on! So thank you again and again.
    All the best,
    Fellow Globetrotter 😉

    September 11, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Everyone craves a home, so all the best on your new path. I go away for a few days and I can’t wait to get home and cuddle with my cat so well done for traveling for so long without touching base at home.

    Grace B
    September 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I totally understand, having lived out of a backpack for 18 months. I did have somewhat of a “home base” when I scored a 2 month locum contract in north Wales halfway through that period of my life, but the lodgings in a hospital can only be so “homely” no matter how positive your outlook! As much as I enjoyed myself, I was unable to last a full 2 years and was itching to fly home halfway through my 2nd year. Congratulations on this next chapter. I think Berlin is a great choice as it is fairly central to Western and Eastern Europe, as well as Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, northern Africa and even parts of Asia. On top of that, it is one of my all time favourite cities! I have visited the usual places – Berliner Dom, Reichstag, Gendarmenmarkt, Holocaust Memorial, nearby Potsdam and Sanssoucci Palace – and would be keen to hear about any little gems that you would recommend seeing on my 2nd visit to Berlin this Christmas. Good luck!

    September 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Berlin is the place when you don’t travel, you see the world.
    Even I love traveling I get exhausted sometimes. Even though you see new places it turns out like a rutin. Meeting people and tell them what you do etc.
    So I support your decision and Berlin is a great idea to move. I lived there for six months, it was amazing. And there is a saying may you know, “ Du muss Verrückt mein Kind, du muss nach Berlin” 

    I wish you the best and hope to meet one day!

    September 11, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I totally understand how you feel. I’m from Germany (and so jealous you’re moving to Berlin – one of my favorite cities!) and spent 7 months traveling through Australia. As much as I loved being on the road, it was tough sometimes. As you’ve said: sleeping in another (dirty) bed every two to three days and not having my own space was quite exhausting after a while. Living out of the suitcase is such a romantic thought – but it’s not that romantic in reality. I met people who traveled waaaaay longer than me – two years or more – and they still loved the “Hostel-Life”, as I’ve always called it. I could never quite understand why – of course it is a lot of fun, but not forever, you know?
    So I can totally understand why you want – or even _need_ a place you can call home. Which, of course, doesn’t mean you can’t travel! I’m excited to hear your stories from Berlin and wish you good luck on your new adventure!
    xo Victoria

    Paris Marx
    September 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I completely understand where you’re coming from, Brooke. After six months on the road between November 2013 and April 2014, I was happy to make it home and not be constantly on the move. I would’ve kept going, but I ran out of cash!

    I’m now planning to move to Australia later this fall to have a home base while I travel around that region. Also, you’re going to love Berlin. I spent two weeks there at the end of February. There’s a huge location independent community there, of travel bloggers, freelancers, and other creatives.

    I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed you won’t make it up to visit Canada, my country, but I’m sure you’ll be back another time. There’s much more to the Great White North than shitty Air Canada. 😉

    September 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Welcome to Berlin! It’s my second home and maybe we will see us then there 😉 Good luck for all your plans.

    September 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Go for it!

    I’ve only been following your blog for a short time but I’ve travelled a little bit myself. Would’ve been going still but my life changed dramatically, for the better. What I have learned is to just take each day as it comes. Life hands you plenty of choices, carpe diem!

    Good luck. I’ll definitely be buying your book!

    Claire & Laura
    September 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

    As fellow virgos, we think you’ve done amazingly to live out of a suitcase for so long! We would have had a meltdown by now without our carefully arranged sock drawer. Good luck on your new adventure Brooke, sounds like a perfect plan 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I can definitely relate to this. Living out of a suitcase does get tiring after a few weeks for me. This is part of the reason why I decided to base myself in London (Berlin was my backup plan if my UK visa didn’t come through).

    I am curious, have you sorted out a visa for Germany? Just wondering how you would do this on the road, as I had to send my passport away when my visa was processed. Or is this something you will do once you get there?

    Really looking forward to your new book!

    Madeline Fedmont
    September 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

    That’s really awesome. I can image how hard it is to constantly travel with only your suitcase. I think you will love living in Berlin. Good luck!

    September 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Hi Brooke!

    I stumbled upon your website a week ago or so and found it really great. Informative, entertaining and a really good read about all things travel. I am a photographer, and also love to travel but also need a home base with my own things and my own bed. Even if it is a small place, it is my home. I am a virgo also! ( I spent an hour last night organizing my boyfriends messy bookcase) 🙂 I think your decision is a very good one. And Berlin is such a neat city! If you are ever in Munich please give me a shout. I would love to meet up. Good luck with the move.

    September 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I don’t know anyone who has done what you’ve done. Sure I’ve met plenty of people who’ve been traveling from place to place for months or years but they’ve always had a home base somewhere. 8 months living out of a suitcase is a long time and especially doing this as a f/t job I can imagine how long and tiring your days get and always having to be on the move, checking out at certain times etc, so understandable that you are longing for a place that you can make your own and surround yourself with familiar comforts. Best of luck with the move and I look forward to your book! 🙂

    September 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    That’s awesome. I can image how hard it is to constantly travel with only your suitcase. I am sure you will love living in Berlin. Good luck!

    September 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Congratulations, Brooke! I think it’s an exciting next chapter you’re embarking on with both the move to Berlin and a book in the works. I can only begin to imagine how it is to live out of a suitcase and I guess I will soon find out with my own year-long solo trip on the horizon!

    I do look forward to reading posts from this next chapter in your life of balancing a “normal life” with a passion for travel. This is definitely something I am exploring in my own life as I balance a 9-5 career in NYC with wanderlust, so I look forward to reading about your experience.

    Best of luck!