We are flashpackers!

By the way, we travel as “flashpackers”. Flashpacker?. This kind of traveling differs from the “backpackers” by a slightly higher standard. So e.g. double room with private bathroom, instead of dormitory and plane/train instead of bus. So one takes gladly also times an upgrade if it offers itself and no gigantic price difference makes.

Equipped with mobile network, smartphone and laptop we are usually well connected. We also book organized excursions and like to follow a restaurant recommendation instead of just street food.

Most of the flashpackers are already middle-aged (around Ü30) and have saved up a corresponding budget. Nevertheless, the common goals are almost identical. To get to know different cultures, to experience the country, people, nature and wildlife, or to explore vibrant cities and spontaneously celebrate a party. Every day is a little adventure.

For the sake of completeness, we should mention the campers, who also explore the world for months, with their own 4 walls!

We are in any case happy to have the choice to close the door behind us after an exciting day in the evening to let the experienced pass in review.

More precise definitions can be found on the web, e.g. at Wikipedia.


Last shot in sight !!! + first aid kit

Preparations are underway,.

Travel fever is on the rise! – 38 days left

Soon will be vaccinated for the last time!

We now have an appointment for the yellow fever vaccine at a WHO yellow fever vaccination center practice. All other vaccines could be injected at our family practice.

Then the “vaccination marathon” is done.

We started last year for our trip to Nepal and India. First a long consultation and then 8 shots from March – June 2017. This year a second long consultation and with the yellow fever vaccination 9 shots from April – August 2018.

All together = 17 x poked (_I::I_).

We (Reiner) had previously listed exactly at what time of year we want to be where – (There was quite a lot together!) . Also must be considered how one would like to travel. Whether one is e.g. also times off the tourist paths on the way or a Treckingtour plans. Fortunately, our health insurance takes over the not small costs!

Now we are quite well protected against :

– Hepatitis A and B , – Rabies , – Typhoid , – TBE , – Tetanus , – Diphtheria , – Japanese Encephalitis , – Meningitis and – Yellow Fever

Also – measles, – mumps, – rubella and – polio were refreshed!

In malaria endangered areas we will take prophylactically a medicine ( Malarone ).

Our travel pharmacy is therefore also quite extensive!

First aid basic equipment (bandages) + blister plaster, – the “usual” against fever, cough, cold, headache, insect bites, sunburn +++ broad-spectrum antibiotic in case of infection (Cefuroxin), +++allergy medicine (prednisolone), +++diarrhea (Xifaxan (strong for emergencies)), +++water purification tablets (Micropur) (preserves water with silver ions), +++electrolyte-glucose mixture for diarrhea and +++Malarone.

Distributed on three small bags this will fill our backpack lids well 😉

“Wat mutt, dat Mutt!”

(Let’s bring everything back home unused!). At the moment only the travel fever rises and there gibts no shot! 😀