frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions

about working together

can you advertise my business on your site?

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

can we collaborate on an article or promotion?

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

can you review my product or service?

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

about the website

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.

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!

how can i get this theme?

This isn't wordpress (so no boring over-used theme), this is Jimdo, which 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.

how can i get connected / updated?

Connect with me on twitterfacebookgoogle+instagrampinterest or linkedin. Check what's new on the live social media feeds. Get the free monthly newsletter for the cliff-notes version of the website. Join the patreon community to support me and get updated on all new posts and other cool stuff, right when it happens.

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

about my lifestyle

how long have you been traveling? & why?

I like to experience new things and I'm allergic to monotony. I've had many houses, in many places, but I was never really happy in any little box made out of ticky tacky. I never really liked paying bills either. So in 2014, I put everything I owned into one bag, and morphed myself into a full-time traveler. Check introvert musings and questions on solo travel.

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.

how do you travel full-time?

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. 

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. 

how can i start housesitting?

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.

how do you travel on a budget?

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.

what is zero waste travel?

Zero waste means being mindful of avoiding plastics and disposables and aiming to re-use, reduce, recycle and compost, so you make zero trash to pollute the planet. Get started with my guide to zero waste travelzero waste products, and make your own natural products.

is vegan travel hard? / 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 easy. I find yummy meals at any restaurant, street food, shop, or market worldwide. I use these apps to find food and this one for translating. Check the food articles. Drool over vegan burgers. Vegan travel is so easy everybody's doing it in this giant vegan travel directory.

why are you vegan?

I'm a longtime ethical vegan (25+ 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 plant eater. Read questions vegans are tired of hearing and learn more by watching movies!

about me

where are you from? / where have you been?

My nationality is American, but my ancestry is mostly German. Hence the Burger. German to the max. I've moved around in 10 states, been traveling through 40 countries on 5 continents, but there's no place I call home. I'm a big fan of slow travel and also like to return to and spend time in places I love, so my country count doesn't climb that fast. I just go wherever, whenever I want. Which, I think, is the best way to travel.

what're your fav places? / where are you most?

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

My favorite cities are AmsterdamReykjavikBrightonPortland, and Albuquerque so I try to visit and spend time in them often. Chill vibes, tasty foods, and comfy weather are all my jams.

how do you support yourself?

Well, Nosey McNoserson, from travel blogging and housesitting. Here's how I make money travel blogging. And, since you're interested, you can help support me by donating or becoming a patron!

what sites do you use to travel?

Go to resources for everything I use and recommend and things to do for how I do them, plus travel, visa and planning info, plus head to apps to see the tools that make my life easier.

why do you travel incognito?

Because it's easier. I travel full-time, solo, so it's safer to blend in with locals, and I hate selfies! Plus, if I was recognized as a professional travel blogger, I wouldn't get an authentic experience to report. In most of the food, hotel or attraction reviews I do, I try to work it out so that I can participate without the staff knowing. This way, my experience is just like anyone else's.

why don't you take selfies?

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

what camera do you use?

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

can i book you to housesit?

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

can i travel with you / date you?

Chances of that are slim. I'm a lone wolf. Plus you'd have to be as cool as me. Level 10 coolness.

what did you do before?

Before I started housesitting internationally, I did it locally as a full-time job running my own dog walking and pet sitting business. I studied veterinary technology and worked as a vet tech for a decade in surgery and emergency medicine, plus nutrition, grooming, hospice, adoptions and TNR. Before that, I studied fine arts and was a self-employed multi-media artist. So, I was amassing the skill set to do exactly what I'm doing - petsitting and travel blogging!

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 being prepared by passionate, skilled professionals all around the world. Trying to eat on the cheap by cooking something boring in a kitchen is a total waste of time. I love trying new regional cuisines and sampling interesting original dishes created by local chefs in restaurants. That's where the Bourdain in me comes out. I travel to eat all the food.