Who is “The Travelling Colognian”? I am Vanessa a writer and photographer in her thirties from Cologne in Germany. I would call myself a curious, open-minded, adventurous, but sometimes also thoughtful person, as someone, who loves to meet people from all over the world and to explore other cultures and countries. Travelling is my passion. This is where “The Travelling” in my blog name stands for. I am not only making travel plans, I try to realize as many of them as possible. I love to travel all over the world but for the last ten years I have a huge consistently increasing love for Asia and for everything which has to do with Asia. I have been incredibly lucky to be able to visit eleven asian countries in the past four years. A very famous quotation of Mark Twain describes my attitude very well.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


I love to write and photograph which matches perfectly with my travels. I also like to read good books and I am very interested in politics. My other interests are cooking – especially Asian food -, dancing and fitness.

I grew up close to and in the city of Cologne aka Köln. After graduating from school I did a dual vocational education and training as a legal assistant in a lawyer’s office and, after I got my certificate, I worked in this job for another couple of months. Then I moved to Mainz, a town close to Frankfurt, where I studied journalism, political science and law. Besides I already worked as a journalist in all media sectors. After ten years in Mainz, I felt that it is time to move back to my hometown Cologne. Even though I am feeling at home in cities all over the world very quickly, I am feeling as a real Colognian and this is where the “Colognian” in my blog name stands for.

Bamboo bridge Luang Prabang Laos

In front of the Bamboo bridge, Luang Prabang, Laos

Halong Bay Vietnam

In Halong Bay, Vietnam

About my Blog: My blog is not only about travelling, I am writing about everything which impresses me, but of course my travels are one major theme. All photographs which I use in this blog are taken by myself, unless something else is noted under the picture. I decided to blog bilingual, in English and down below in German, as I know people from all over the world and I would like to enable all of them to read my blog. My name is Vanessa, I am ” The Travelling Colognian” and this is my blog! Happy reading. I would be glad, if recommend my blog to others. You are also more than welcome to comment my posts in using the speech baloon on the right of the post title or the comment field.

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