Nice of you to stop by! I'm Mareike. Nature lover, outdoor enthusiast and passionate photographer. Always looking for new experiences and motifs. Welcome to my travel blog!

At my favorite activity: Taking pictures in Greenland. Photo: Dr. Till Pasquay

But honestly: My blog is about much more than just traveling. It's about looking closely, gaining insight, learning from what we experience, falling in love with our world and also giving something back to it. It's not just about the big things and far journeys, but also the little things that one has to search for a bit first. In my blog I take you with me on my travels, share experiences and ideas with you. In addition to tips for travel, nature experiences and animal observations, you will also find suggestions, how you can capture your impressions in your pictures. Travel and photography - two things that for me are closely connected and influence each other.

Photography and Traveling

My camera has become an important part of me in recent years and accompanies me on all my travels. Through it I have learned to see my surroundings with more open eyes, to discover details and to look for the unusual. Whereby I also often discover how wonderful just the everyday can be.

Isla Martillo, Argentina. Photo: Tour guide. Note: a minimum distance of 5 meters should be kept from penguins. This little guy came up to me as I was squatting on my knees taking pictures.

Every trip is unique and incomparable for me and I return home a little bit richer every time. Rich in impressions, rich in strengthened trust in life, the helpfulness of people and also in my talent for improvisation. No matter if it's a weekend trip to the local area or a long-distance trip to another continent. With open eyes, ears and hearts you can experience unforgettable moments everywhere, be moved by nature experiences, encounters with other people and fill your own inner treasure box. Before each trip, I always intensively reflect on my destination. I feel how doors open in my inner being, new paths open up and I arrive more and more at myself, journey after journey.

One half of my heart beats especially for the cold regions of the earth, to which I have feverishly fallen in love since my first trip to Greenland. The second half of my heart beats for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states.

And then there's something else....

My new photo website. It's far from finished, but a start has been made. How is my new website different from Fernweh-Motive? Quite simply, it's all about photography, nature and conservation. On Fernweh-Motive you can still read travelogues and get tips and inspiration for traveling on your own, guided tours, camping, road trips and more.

And what else do I love?

A whole lot. I get inspired quickly and I'm always there when it comes to trying something new.

  • Camping, because no matter what the weather is, in the tent it is always cozy.
  • High mountains, passes and peaks beyond the tree line.
  • Paddling, preferably several days in a row.
  • Diving and snorkeling, also in the cool and dark German lakes. The feeling of being weightless is simply addictive and it's a wonderful way for me to switch off.
  • Riding, especially on Icelandic horses, as well as trail rides with a tent in the saddlebags.
  • Lost Places and exploring dark corners with a flashlight in my hand.

Last but not least

I am a graduate engineer in technical environmental protection (TU Berlin), M. Sc. environmental protection (University of Rostock) and work in project management. In addition, I am certified as a paramedic and trekking guide in training.