Meet: Katja Karpac

Name & Age? Katja, 21 

Where's home? Ljubljana, Slovenia.

What was/is your last/current trip? I hitchhiked from Ljubljana to Berlin to Amsterdam and back to Ljubljana.

What got you started? My crazy spirit of adventure.

How do you pay the way? I saved up a little money before and I saved a lot by hitchhiking and couchsurfing. 

What's always on your packing list? charger, external battery, sunglasses, a travel journal 

What’s the last thing that blew your mind? Berlin - its openness, the people and the underground scene 

By land, by sea, or by air? Love to travel by air but mostly I travel by land.
Hotel or hostel? Camp or Couchsurf? 
hostel or couchsurfing

What's your travel pet peeve? Don't have one... 

How do people react to you as a solo female traveler? 

Usually they are more worried about my personal safety than I am.

What scares you?  Something bad happening of which I'd have no control of.

 How do you overcome fear / anxiety / doubt? I take a step back, asses the situation and try to approach it calmly and carefully.

Worst memory: Having to fight a man of myself.

One unforgettable memory: My first trip to Vienna with my friends when we had no idea what we were doing. 

Bravest memory: fighting a man off myself

Culture shock moment: Haven't had one, to be honest

Best reason to talk to strangers:  If you are nice to them they will probably be nice to you too. They can teach something you didn't know before.

How are you different while traveling? When traveling I am not worried about the people around me. I am not concerned about their opinion, judgement or acceptance (like I usually am when I am home).

Is it harder to leave or to stay put? To stay put

Three things you've learned on the road: Always have someone know your exact whereabouts. People are generally very nice. Don't be too trusty. 

What keeps you going?Spirit of adventure. The next best thing is just around the corner.

What's next?  I don't know yet.

What would you be doing if you’d never left home? Surf the internet I guess.

What advice do you have for wanna-be Wild Hearts? Just go. Don't think too much but just go.

Last question: What would make you stop traveling? Nothing

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