frequently asked questions

faq

1. why is this called burger abroad?

1. My last name is Burger and I travel abroad.

2. It implies both food and travel.

3. I write about both food and travel.

4. I'm vegan and my last name is Burger and that's ironic.

5. I like to eat vegan burgers while abroad and that's funny.

6. People like burgers because they're awesome. 

7. People like alliteration because it's soothing.

8. Being at the top of the alphabet is helpful.

9. Being easy to say, spell, and remember is also helpful. 

10. My misanthropic world views are not unlike Karl's in An Idiot Abroad and that's both ironic and funny. And meta.

2. what is a full-time traveler?

Someone that travels permanently, has no home or no base, and is voluntary homeless. All 40 things I own fit into one carryon bag that weighs 11 pounds and I go from house to house like a hermit crab. See how I do it, things i do before travel, and tips and tools.

3. how do you travel full-time?

4. how do you support yourself?

Well, Nosey McNoserson, from travel blogging and housesitting. More on housesitting here and travel blogging here. And here's how to make money travel blogging. Plus, you can support me on patreon and get rewards in return and you can also buy me a burger!

5. what is housesitting?

Housesitting is a service where a sitter lives in a home while the homeowners go on vacation, by exchanging their care and care for their pets. It lets you live in luxurious homes for free all around the world. 

6. what is petsitting?

Petsitting is housesitting, but in addition to the house, you also you take care of (and love!) someone's pet animals while they are away. You are there to help them feel safe, secure, loved, and ensure that their exercise, diet and daily routines are uninterrupted. 

7. how can i start housesitting?

8. how can i start a travel blog?

Easy! Check out how to start a travel blog, find some more tips here, and see how to make money travel blogging. Get started by using Jimdo!

9. how do you travel light?

I'm a minimalist traveler. I travel light, zero waste, and not only carry-on only, but under-seat only. So I only own what I need and it totals 11 pounds (5 kgs), to stay under every airlines' carry-on weight allowance. It makes life easier, lighter, cheaper, safer, and simpler. I breeze through airport security, skip baggage claims, and never even think about using those darn overhead bins on planes. A capsule wardrobe is perfect for travel because it's lightweight, quick to clean, and easy to mix and match.

10. how do you travel on a budget?

Mainly by housesitting for free accommodation. I also do reviews to barter for goods and services and make money. And I have ways to save money like making my own products, walking everywhere I can, and more tips I use to travel full-time.

11. how do you travel solo?

Well, I am solo, so I just go. I think it's quite easy and fun to do whatever I want, whenever I want, without comprising with anyone, ever. But then again, I'm a lone wolf. I’m an experienced traveler, but if you are confident and present in your surroundings, then your own intuition will usually guide you just fine. More: tips to stay safe as a solo female travelerquestions solo travelers are tired of hearing, and things to do before travel.

12. where have you been? / how many countries?

I've been around a bit. 38 countries on 5 continents. I like to return to and spend time in the places I really love, so my country count usually doesn't climb too fast. I don't have a master plan. I just go wherever, whenever I feel like it. Which, I think, is the best way to travel. 

13. is it hard to travel as a vegan? / what do you eat?

Food! Plant-based food from the actual earth! I eat a lot. All the time. All around the world. It's not hard at all. I can find yummy meals at any restaurant in the world, or street food, shop, or market. I use these apps to find and order food and love this one for translating. Check the food articles. Peep vegan city guides. Drool over vegan burgers. Vegan travel is really so easy that everybody's doing it, see for yourself in this vegan travel directory.

14. why are you vegan?

I'm a longtime ethical vegan (24+ years) so I don't eat or use any dead body parts. This is for the animals, who are sentient beings that don't deserve abuse, exploitation, or death; for the planet, that animal agriculture is destroying; and for my health, as a natural plant eater. Read top questions vegans are tired of hearing and learn more by watching movies!

15. where are your recipes?

Nowhere! I don't cook. I don't enjoy it, I'm not good, and there's no need to when there's so much delicious food already being prepared by passionate and skilled professionals worldwide! Trying to eat on the cheap by cooking something boring in a kitchen seems like a total waste of time to me. I love trying out a new cultures' regional cuisines, and sampling interesting original dishes created by local chefs in restaurants around the world. That's where the Bourdain in me comes out. I travel to eat all the foods! (Also: check my social media because sometimes I'll share others' recipes if they seem cool!)

16. where are you from?

I'm American, but my ancestry is mostly German. Hence the Burger. German to the max.

17. how many languages do you speak?

Just English. I get by in Spanish, but it's probably Spanglish. It's the plight of Americans. 

18. what are your favorite places in the world?

Iceland is my favorite. Then Holland, the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.

19. where do you go most often and why?

AmsterdamReykjavikBrightonPortland, Albuquerque. They're all really easy cities to live in. Chill vibes, tasty foods, local brews, walkable streets and comfy weather are my jams.

20. what did you do before full-time travel?

Before I started housesitting internationally, I used to do it locally, as a full-time job. I ran my own dog walking and pet sitting business. I was also a vet tech for a decade, in specialty surgery and emergency medicine. I've also worked in animal nutrition, grooming, hospice, adoptions and feral TNR. Before that, I was a professional artist. Oh and a model. There's a tad more personal stuff here if you're so inclined. 

21. why do you like to travel incognito?

22. why don't you take selfies?

Because they're ridiculous. Point the camera at the subject, not yourself! That's backwards!

23. what camera do you use?

No camera at all. iPhone and iPad. Cult of Mac. Always and forever. Check fav shots.

24. can you you advertise my business on your site?

Maybe! If I like it. And if you pay me. To partner with me, head here

25. can we collaborate on an article / promotion?

We sure can, if it fits and I have the time. Go here and shoot me a message. 

26. can you review my product or service?

Sure, if you can send it to me or if I'm in the area! Go here to work with me

27. can we connect on social media?

Sure, you can connect with me on twitterfacebookgoogle+instagrampinterest or linkedin. Check what's new on the live social media feeds. Get the free monthly newsletter. Join the patreon community. After that we will be super duper connected.

28. can i book you to housesit?

Maybe! Send me a booking request here and I'll see if I can help out.

29. can you send me a postcard from (wherever)?

Sure! Sign up for my patreon community and choose that reward!

30. can i travel with you / date you?

Chances of that are slim. You'd have to be as cool as me. We're talking level 10 coolness here.

31. can you help me with immigration / visas?

I have enough problems with immigration as it is, but check my resources page for travel planning info and things to do before travel for more travel and visa information. 

32. what sites do you recommend for booking travel?

Go to resources for everything I use and recommend and things to do for how.

33. can you answer a question on (wherever) ?

Maybe. Check if your country is here, or if I've been to it here. I've been to way more places before I started this site, so I have lots more destination specific knowledge in my head.

34. can i ask you more questions?

Sure thing! Signup to my patreon feed and you can pick my brain every month.

35. what's the deal with the newsletter?

It's a monthly-ish summary of the latest articles, updates, and other new or interesting travel-related things. It's totally free. You can sign up for it here, and unsubscribe anytime. It's also spam-free. (Because I'm vegan.)

36. how can i get this theme?

This isn't wordpress (so no boring over-used theme), this is Jimdo, and Jimdo allows you to change your templates, styles and anything else you want, whenever you want, as often as you want, for free, so - I tweak mine often. It's fun. More on how to start a travel blog.

37. where did all the comments go?

Into oblivion! I don't want spend any more of my precious time culling spam every darn day so I turned them off. Conversations take place better in real time on social media

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