Featured Blogger: Kathrin from Ambitious Bee!

Kathrin is a traveller from Germany, currently living in England enjoying the wonders of the United Kingdom. She not only loves to experience different cultures, she also loves books and good stories, so blogging came as a natural consequence. Her blog The Ambitious Bee focuses on studying and working abroad and how your career can benefit from this experience. Follow her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!

First of all, what are your website and social media links?

Blog: http://theambitiousbee.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathrinHaelbich

Pinterest: https://de.pinterest.com/theambitiousbee/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theambitiousbee/

How did you come up with your website name?

This was so complicated, I can tell you. I first started my blog under another name and with a different focus but have renamed it after three months in “The Ambitious Bee”. I wanted the name to fit the topics “travel” and “career” because I write about both things in my blog. I then spent some time looking up words in a thesaurus and researched other blog names as well. I really liked the idea of a “bee” theme. So the name was born – bees are ambitious and they travel as well.

What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

Through The Ambitious Bee, I want to help other young people to build their international careers and inspire them to travel the world – because it’s possible! It’s the go-to blog for young people who want to improve themselves and their careers, and who want to explore the world to its fullest. It’s about giving others travel inspiration and tips for living and working abroad. The blog started as a hobby and is now my after uni-obsession. It really became a big part of my life! I love to share the lessons I’ve learned so others can learn from them.

Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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This question was a really hard one. There are so many amazing travel memories that it’s hard to decide on one. I’m going to choose my volunteering experience in Kenya: The other girls from my volunteering team and I worked in a school in Kenya for three weeks and then travelled through the country for one more week. It was a great experience and I learned so much during my stay. I think it’s important to remember that volunteering abroad is actually a great way to learn and not only to give back. I’m thankful for the opportunity and miss the time and people dearly!

This picture is from a trip to the Kakamega Rainforest. We walked for around five hours straight and were so exhausted afterwards but it was a great day. We not only survived a battle with ants but climbed up a mountain to have an amazing view over the forest.

Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

For my favourite cities, I have to go with three – London, Budapest, and Kotor. London because the saying “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” is plainly true. Budapest because it’s one of the most stunning cities in Europe – when you arrive in this city and walk through its streets, the only thing that is probably going through your mind is “How amazing can a city be?!” Kotor because of the picturesque Mediterranean landscape. My least favourite city was Dubrovnik. I thought it was too touristy and didn’t live up to its renown.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

I have to confess that there is not much on this list. I haven’t had the courage yet to try something really extraordinary. Hope to change that in 2016!

Who are your travel idols?

Do I really have to choose? I can’t decide! I’ve come across so many other travel bloggers who inspire me with their stories and keep me going. I especially love reading the blogs of other female travellers. Other than that, two of my closest friends travel a lot as well and they are an inspiration for me, too (now that I think of it, we’ve never travelled together – we should probably change that!)

What’s your best travel tip?

I have to go with “Just do it”. As simple as it sounds, it’s still the most important thing when it comes to traveling. No more excuses, don’t think of all the things that go against it. At the end of the day, you will never regret traveling. Even if it costs money, even if something unexpected happens – you will never ever forget these experiences and they make your life so much more interesting and enjoyable. Ooh, all the stories you’re able to tell!

Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.

I’m going with “Why Traveling Solo Made Me A Stronger Person”. It’s one of the posts where I kind of talk about something more personal. Writing it made me realise even more how great my travel experiences have been so far. It really made me think about the things I accomplished and I have to say, I’m proud of it.

What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

There are two points I’d like to mention here. First, think about your blogging niche thoroughly before you start setting up your blog. If you want to see results from blogging, know what you want to talk about. Second, do not think too much. There is so much information about blogging and ten thousands of resources. It can be quite overwhelming. Of course, there is always a way to improve yourself and your blog. However, sometimes, you just have to do it and try it out.

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