Age: 40 I'm old school baby : )
Home is where my passport is…
My roots lie in East Germany but I’ve spent most of my life on the road travelling.
At the moment you’ll find me and my backpack in the Netherlands… proudly representing RPT Europe HQ : )
My German might be a bit rusty but I can adapt every accent : )
Thanks to Sex and the City and working with my favourite brit boyyyyss : ) english became my second language over the years.
I can also order my coffee in spanish, french and dutch… and that’s all I need to survive.
Time spent in Australia and NZ:
On and off since 1st February 2006 ~ yes, I remember the date.
The beginning of a wonderful love affair…
A little about me:
Growing up behind a wall definitely shaped my longing for freedom.
Travelling was never so much about the destination but more a kind of lifestyle. The classic travel bug… once you’ve started you can’t stop.
I’ve studied Journalism in Germany and initially came to Sydney to work for a newspaper… Before I knew it I found myself in a camper driving up the coast kicking all good intentions of a normal life out of the window…
Instead of working for the newspaper, I wrote a book about my travels (Stempelmädchen. Freiheit im Gepäck. (https://cutt.ly/NrSftjw) and started helping others exploring this side of the world.
Australia has always been the closest to what I’d call home and I love sharing this passion with everyone out there…
Favourite spot in Australia:
There’s something about Byron Bay. It’s one of those rare places where I can be my true hippie self and live my life how I want to ~ barefoot.
But my heart will always be down south… I’m a Sydney-sider through and through. Life’s a beach and we have 150 of them – take that Melbourne : )
Best moment in Australia:
Somewhere in Queensland, 3 am in the morning, I’m waking up from shaky movements and squeaky noises in our camper and I’m about to have a go at my friends for having fun…
Further investigations revealed a pair of wombats rubbing themselves extensively under our camper… loving life! That moment when a wombat looks at you angrily for interrupting his favourite thing and keeps on going for hours – priceless.
I have to quote Jack Kerouac on that one…
“Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless, And don’t be sorry.”
Type of traveller:
Curious & happy with the simple things… feet in the sand and head in the clouds…
I can’t help but wonder what the world looks like from the top of a mountain.
From our RatPackers
I booked my campervan to travel in NZ via RatPack Travel, who managed to find me the perfect van at relatively short notice and with a discount! It was a real help to have someone do the searching and mediate with the company, once they had dates and information from me. Thanks for the prompt and friendly service!
Great service! Jenner was so much help and gave us lots of options to suit our journey. Very attentive and made it an easy process.
This was the best customer service I ever experienced! I highly recommend you if you are looking for a Van or Camper to leave your email address so somebody of their team can get in touch with you. They compare for you all camper hire company’s and you can choose with one suits you the best. I literally talk to this awesome lady from Holland (as I’m only available after 8pm MEL time, so the arrange for me a call with somebody from the EU team for free) and she got our dream van for the most incredible price few minutes after we talked! And not even one day later I got my booking confirmation from the camper company. Their service is free of charge as they earn commission of your booking but this doesn’t cost you a cent. I did my own research before but the deals they give me was way better than I could find by my own. I highly recommend to get in touch with this team and let them find your Van. They literally saved us our fuel cost for a 3 weeks travel from Cairns to Sydney. Yes- that’s almost $1000 they saved us! Go and get your van! You won’t regret it.
So far, so so good. I should have started with RatPack to begin with and saved all that time searching for a camper and feeling like I was getting nowhere. Jenna was incredibly helpful -doing all the hard yards and getting us the best deal. Very prompt service. Thanks for making it so easy !
Very friendly service with Tammy. Super attentive and keen to help us. Got us a discount and one of the last available options.
Ratpack was super helpful! They were extremely responsive and helped us get an amazing deal on two 3-person camper vans. Highly recommend giving them a shot!
Really straight forward helpful and friendly people!
Mike helped us with finding the best van for us for our 3 week trip and was very knowledgeable. With some quick phone calls he gave us the best quotes and walked us through the process in detail. Everything was made clear and we booked our trip in just an hour! I would highly recommend their service.
Great experience with the RatPack travel team! Really went out of their way to help us book our Van’s for two different trips! They have great rapport with the various Van companies, were able to help us book the last available Van for our time in WA and were able to get us some discounts as well. Zan and Mikey were both so easy going, made it feel like we were chatting with friends who genuinely cared about our travels haha, awesome guys! Definitely recommend the RatPack service, will save you time and money fellow travellers!
Mike was amazing - helped me find a van and gave me quotes, a full breakdown, etc super quickly no stress! Just what I needed. Can't wait to start my trip. Thanks dude!
Booked a 3 week trip with MIKEY! Customer service was on point. No Buls**t straight to the point. Saved us a further % on the original price of the campervan and sent me a map of the east coast with highlighted areas he highly recommended to stop at. looking forward to our trip! 🇮🇪 🇦🇺
Highly recommend this company! Mike was incredibly helpful; he gave us lots of useful info and managed to get an excellent deal on a camper for our trip. The whole process was quick and easy. Thank you! Alison and Amy x
Mikey was amazing at helping us plan our 3 week schedule for the east coast. He went over and above to make sure that we were able to fit everything in that we wanted to in the time we have. His knowledge has been a great asset for us making an itinerary. Can't recommend enough!
If you want to book a camper for your trip, you should only do so with Ratpack. The team is incredibly fast and provides great service. No annoying comparison of providers, since Ratpack takes over. They are looking for the best deal and can offer great discounts. they respond individually to your wishes and give you additional tips for the trip. Since there is also an EU team, you could make calls at individual times of the day - simply excellent all around - thanks for everything
Absolutely delighted with the service provided by RatPack Travel. In particular, the excellent guidance and support offered by Jules! We explained our plans and she found a suitable solution to meet our needs. Very grateful and suggest other travellers use this facility. Thank you 😊