About Us

Hi, we are Leandra and Tarik. Our story began when I (Leandra) traveled to his home country Morocco in 2015. At that time, I already knew that I would leave my country Germany eventually. Thankfully, he shares my passion for traveling and could join the Peace Love Travel journey. Below you can find out how we met and what struggles we had to overcome before we could really be together. In addition, I will explain why I couldn’t stay in Germany and travel so much.

Travel couple on camels in Sahara Desert, Morocco

Of course, we had to explore the Sahara Desert on camels and spent the nights in traditional tents.

Our Story

Our love for dreadlocks made the first meeting possible and destiny brought us together. After that, we only saw each other a few weeks at a time and mainly communicated online for more than two years. Then, in April 2018, we were finally reunited in Rio de Janeiro after not meeting for almost one year! Ever since we have been exploring South America’s biggest country and getting to know each other A LOT better. 😄

In 2015, I planned to travel to Morocco with a friend of mine. Since I have a good Moroccan friend, who lived in Cologne, Germany, like me, he gave me some travel tips as well as Tarik’s contact. And already told me that we would probably really like each other. As a matter of fact, I only met this friend in 2013 because I was already interested in getting dreadlocks back then. He had nice dreads and so I asked him about them. Even though I didn’t get my hair dreaded until four years later, it was a fateful day. Through my interest in this hairstyle, I not only found a very good friend in Cologne but also my current boyfriend.

Travel couple in madrasa in Marrakesh, Morocco

The handicraft and details of many buildings in Morocco are really impressive. This picture was taken in a madrasa (old university) in Marrakesh.

A Trip to Morocco That Would Change My Life

So my (German) friend and I planned to meet Tarik on our arrival so that we wouldn’t be on our own in the beginning. However, things went differently. Shortly before our journey, she found out that her passport was expired. Of course, I was really sad that we couldn’t travel together. But looking back now, it was destiny. I ended up doing most of our itinerary with him instead of her. As a result, we traveled for two weeks, visited eight different cities and he introduced me to the Moroccan culture and hospitality.

We were friends immediately and I could feel from the start that we would get along really well. In addition, I met his lovely family and friends who welcomed me warm-heartedly in their homes. After spending a week together, I knew I liked him more than just a friend. 😉 Luckily, he did too.

Separated by Distance, United by Heart

When our journey was finished after having an amazing time, it was very sad to say goodbye. But I was also sure that this wasn’t my last time visiting him. So I returned five months later and then two more times. Each time, we explored different parts of his beautiful country, got to know each other better and fell in love more. In between those visits, we were in contact with each other everyday writing and/or video chatting via Facebook Messenger.

The last time I went to Morocco was in April 2017. It was the most difficult to say goodbye because we didn’t know when we would see each other again. Actually, I got to know another side of myself because I had never cried so much in my whole life. My tears started rolling when I said goodbye to his parents in the morning and couldn’t be stopped all day. So now I know what a broken heart feels like.

Travel couple at beach in Moulay Bouslham, Morocco

Having a good time at the beach in Moulay Bouslham, Morocco.

Difficult Times

The reason for this uncertainty was my travel that started in September 2017. In fact, it was planned since 2014 and he was actually the first person I told about it. In the beginning, I didn’t expect to fall in love with him the way I did and thought that “it would be over” once I leave Germany. But our feelings came to stay. Therefore, we made plans to meet in South America. Since Brazil is one of the few countries where Moroccans don’t need a visa and we both wanted to go there anyway, our decision was made. Yet, we still didn’t know when and where exactly we would be able to see each other.

In February, we finally booked our flights to reunite at the end of March in Recife. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. Because Tarik had to switch planes in France, he needed a visa. Online it says that Moroccans don’t need a transit visa in France. But because he had to check in again for the next flight, he would have had to leave the transit area and needed a regular Schengen visa. It’s really unfair to require that visa for only two hours at the airport! Since we hadn’t seen each other in almost one year, we had awaited that day eagerly for the past months. Needless to say, I was very frustrated and cried for a long time.

Rasta couple overlooking Itacoatiara on mountain in Serra da Tiririca State Park, Brazil

During our first week together, we explored the cool city of Niterói. This picture is on top of a mountain in Itacoatiara.

Our Eagerly Awaited Reunion

In the end, the only solution was to book a direct flight from Casablanca to Rio de Janeiro, which cost more than double! I arrived in Rio two days before him, so I could easily to pick him up from the airport. Then the day finally came and I really hoped that everything would go smoothly this time.

Even when he told me that he was inside the plane, I could not stop feeling nervous until I finally saw him coming out of the arrivals exit at the airport. Hence, I felt the tension leaving my body and a big smile spreading across my face. Before he even spotted me, I rushed to kiss and hug him. The universe around me seemed to explode with happiness when I could finally touch him and smell his scent again. I had tears in my eyes and at the same time, couldn’t stop smiling. It was a magical feeling. Moreover, our positive energy seemed to spread. While we hugged, all the people around us started to clap and cheer.

Traveling Together at Last

Dreadlock couple at beach in Barra do Una, Brazil

Hanging out by the river and enjoying the beach in Barra do Una near Peruíbe.

Our first week in Niterói was amazing. Afterward, we started traveling (to Rio, Peruíbe, and Floripa) and found our first cute apartment in Imbituba. There we stayed for almost two months, studying, working and enjoying the nature. Then we continued our journey, went back to Peruíbe and then to Ubatuba in July. Since it’s a wonderful city with 102 different beaches, we are still in Ubatuba until today!

In these past five months, we were together almost 24/7 and got to know each other much better. In the two years before we learned what we liked about each other, now we also learned what we didn’t like. Short vacations in Morocco are different than everyday life, of course. But this is just the start! In fact, we would love to travel the whole world! We can’t wait to get to know all different kinds of people and their cultures, see diverse ways of life, learn about new things and ideas. Brazil was the second country we explored together and Ecuador was the third.

In December 2018, I went to visit my family and friends in Germany and Tarik stayed in Ecuador. Since I can’t go there at the moment (only in October one year after I last entered) and he can’t come to Mexico without a visa, we have to accept to be in a long distance relationship for now. I came to Mexico because it’s a lovely country and I will meet my family in Belize, which is very close, soon. Again, we are in a situation without knowing when and where we will see each other again. But we are already excited for the day of our reunion and to continue our journey together.

Why I Travel so Much

I was born (December 5th, 1990) and raised in Germany. Although I had a happy life with a loving family and friends, a nice childhood and later a good job, I had known for a long time that I wouldn’t stay there forever. The main reason for that is the German climate. I really hate the cold, freeze easily and have always experienced this feeling as very uncomfortable. I do like snowboarding though and can cope with the cold for that hobby for one or maximum two weeks per year. But my comfort zone is between 25 – 30ºC (77 – 86ºF) and everything below 20ºC (68ºF) feels cold to me. In Germany, you seldom get more than a few weeks per year like that.

Traveling While Growing Up

For as long as I can remember I have loved traveling. When I flew on a plane for the first time, I was only 10 months old. I was very lucky that my parents took my sister and me on nice vacations to different places each year. I especially liked the ocean and soon knew that I wanted to live close to it one day. When I was still a little child, I always cried when we left the beach to go home. Growing up I didn’t make any plans as to where I would want to live because I figured that I would find a way to leave Germany and fulfill my dreams when I got older.

Old picture of sisters with their colorful floating mattresses

Family vacation in Italy: My little sister and I were ready and excited to go to the beach. 😉

Later, when I was 18 I took my first job as a waitress just in order to save money to travel. That didn’t change over the years and with each job I tried to save as much money as possible to see new places again. So now, I’m finally doing what my life ultimately has been leading up to: traveling and working at the same time.

Traveling Without Being a Tourist

Apart from vacations with my family, I could really experience different cultures through another kind of traveling. When I was 14 years old I did a school exchange visit to Paris, France, and stayed with a host family for ten days. Even though I didn’t speak a lot of French, it was great to experience how other people live. One year later, I did a similar program with my school in England. This time, communicating was easier and I could get a better idea of the British culture.

Even though these were nice experiences, I felt like two weeks were not enough to improve my language skills and to really get to know another culture. So I decided to go to a high school in the US and stay there for 10 months. Thankfully, my parents supported me and I could travel there in 2007, aged 16. It was my first time alone on a plane and being away from home for such a long time. I was very nervous and excited at the same time.

But luckily, I lived with a lovely host family in Richmond, Virginia. And I went to high school together with my host sister who is only one year older than me. I enjoyed learning many new things, making new friends and living the American way of life. My host family became my second family and remain close to my heart up to this day. I visited them a couple of times over the years. The most recent one was in November 2017.

Working as a Volunteer & Learning More About Traveling

Two years after returning to Germany, I graduated from my German high school and went abroad again in 2010. This time, I traveled to Ecuador because I wanted to work as a volunteer and learn Spanish. I stayed in the capital Quito for five months and in the jungle for one month. In Quito, I lived with another nice host family and worked at a daycare where children could go to before and after school. Together with other volunteers, I helped them with their homework and played with them.

In Amazonia, I lived with a guide and indigenous tribe without electricity or running water. In the mornings, I walked for one hour through the jungle to a school of 15 students, all in one classroom, aged between four and 14 years old. I tried to help teach them according to their level of knowledge. And in the afternoons, we did some ecological work. I was very sad when I had to leave and was sure to return one day. During my six months in this beautiful country, I learned so much more than just Spanish because the Ecuadorian culture and way of life were unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

Backpacking & Couchsurfing

I also learned how to backpack. Before arriving in Ecuador, I thought it would be pretty dangerous to travel around in South America. But I was very wrong. Together with other volunteers, I did many trips around the country on the weekends and found out how easy, affordable and fun backpacking really is. Like in most other Latin American countries, there were cheap buses going to most places regularly. We also found good and affordable hostels or guesthouses everywhere. If you take some precautions, like avoiding walking around at certain places at night, you can travel without problems there. It definitely helped that we knew how to speak Spanish and we were usually 2 – 8 people.

Rasta couple with family of Couchsurfing host in Peruibe, Brazil

Our Couchsurfing host Vanessa and her family in Peruíbe, Brazil, were very welcoming and sweet. We spent good times together and enjoyed the delicious local food.

When I returned to Germany, I moved to Cologne to study Media and Communication Management. On the weekends and during my semester breaks, I tried to travel as much as possible. My housemates introduced me to Couchsurfing. I really love it because it allows me to travel better, cheaper and find good friends from all over the world.

Work, Travel – Work & Travel

Besides studying, I worked as a waitress and promoter to save money for my next big trip. After three years I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and flew to Australia. There I met up with my sister, we bought a car and drove up the east coast in 2.5 months. We had a great time living the backpacker lifestyle, exploring new places, sleeping in our car and Couchsurfing. I continued alone to the US and traveled from San Francisco, California, through Central America to Montañita, Ecuador. It was my longest solo trip (three months) and also the best time of my life up to that point.

When I came back to Germany I continued working as a waitress and bartender until I found an office job in Online Marketing. Luckily for me, I really liked the work and my colleagues, so I could bear to stay in one place even after traveling for half a year before. Of course, I started saving money and planning the next big travel again. After some time, I found out about the Digital Nomad Movement. Even though I had heard about it before, I thought it was too difficult to join. But the more I read and informed myself, the more I realized: This is exactly what I want, probably even have to do! I had the right mindset, a digital background through my studies and work as well as the travel experience. 😉

So in 2017, I quit my job, my shared apartment, got dreadlocks, sold or gave away most of my stuff and started my full-time travel in September. After seven months on my own, Tarik could join me. We don’t know where this journey will lead us and when it’s going to be over, but we will enjoy or learn from every step of it. Indeed, we are excited to see what the next months and years have in store and you are invited to find out on this blog.

Hi, we are Leandra and Tarik. Our story began when I (Leandra) traveled to his home country Morocco in 2015. At that time, I already knew that I would leave my country Germany eventually. Thankfully, he shares my passion for traveling and could join the Peace Love Travel journey. Below you can find out how we met and what struggles we had to overcome before we could really be together. In addition, I will explain why I couldn’t stay in Germany and travel so much.

Our Story

Travel couple on camels in Sahara Desert, Morocco

Of course, we had to explore the Sahara Desert on camels and spent the nights in traditional tents.

Our love for dreadlocks made the first meeting possible and destiny brought us together. After that, we only saw each other a few weeks at a time and mainly communicated online for more than two years. Then, in April 2018, we were finally reunited in Rio de Janeiro after not meeting for almost one year! Ever since we have been exploring South America’s biggest country and getting to know each other A LOT better. 😄

In 2015, I planned to travel to Morocco with a friend of mine. Since I have a good Moroccan friend, who lived in Cologne, Germany, like me, he gave me some travel tips as well as Tarik’s contact. And already told me that we would probably really like each other. As a matter of fact, I only met this friend in 2013 because I was already interested in getting dreadlocks back then. He had nice dreads and so I asked him about them. Even though I didn’t get my hair dreaded until four years later, it was a fateful day. Through my interest in this hairstyle, I not only found a very good friend in Cologne but also my current boyfriend.

Travel couple in madrasa in Marrakesh, Morocco

The handicraft and details of many buildings in Morocco are really impressive. This picture was taken in a madrasa (old university) in Marrakesh.

A Trip to Morocco That Would Change My Life

So my (German) friend and I planned to meet Tarik on our arrival so that we wouldn’t be on our own in the beginning. However, things went differently. Shortly before our journey, she found out that her passport was expired. Of course, I was really sad that we couldn’t travel together. But looking back now, it was destiny. I ended up doing most of our itinerary with him instead of her. As a result, we traveled for two weeks, visited eight different cities and he introduced me to the Moroccan culture and hospitality.

We were friends immediately and I could feel from the start that we would get along really well. In addition, I met his lovely family and friends who welcomed me warm-heartedly in their homes. After spending a week together, I knew I liked him more than just a friend. 😉 Luckily, he did too.

Travel couple with tea in Sahara Desert, Morocco

Morocco is famous for its delicious mint tea. We enjoyed it everywhere, even in the middle of the Sahara Desert!

Separated by Distance, United by Heart

When our journey was finished after having an amazing time, it was very sad to say goodbye. But I was also sure that this wasn’t my last time visiting him. So I returned five months later and then two more times. Each time, we explored different parts of his beautiful country, got to know each other better and fell in love more. In between those visits, we were in contact with each other everyday writing and/or video chatting via Facebook Messenger.

The last time I went to Morocco was in April 2017. It was the most difficult to say goodbye because we didn’t know when we would see each other again. Actually, I got to know another side of myself because I had never cried so much in my whole life. My tears started rolling when I said goodbye to his parents in the morning and couldn’t be stopped all day. So now I know what a broken heart feels like.

Travel couple at beach in Moulay Bouslham, Morocco

Having a good time at the beach in Moulay Bouslham, Morocco.

Difficult Times

The reason for this uncertainty was my travel that started in September 2017. In fact, it was planned since 2014 and he was actually the first person I told about it. In the beginning, I didn’t expect to fall in love with him the way I did and thought that “it would be over” once I leave Germany. But our feelings came to stay. Therefore, we made plans to meet in South America. Since Brazil is one of the few countries where Moroccans don’t need a visa and we both wanted to go there anyway, our decision was made. Yet, we still didn’t know when and where exactly we would be able to see each other.

In February, we finally booked our flights to reunite at the end of March in Recife. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. Because Tarik had to switch planes in France, he needed a visa. Online it says that Moroccans don’t need a transit visa in France. But because he had to check in again for the next flight, he would have had to leave the transit area and needed a regular Schengen visa. It’s really unfair to require that visa for only two hours at the airport! Since we hadn’t seen each other in almost one year, we had awaited that day eagerly for the past months. Needless to say, I was very frustrated and cried for a long time.

Travel couple in Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate is an oasis city and considered as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. This palace is located in its Taourirt Kasbah and from the 19th-century.

Our Eagerly Awaited Reunion

In the end, the only solution was to book a direct flight from Casablanca to Rio de Janeiro, which cost more than double! I arrived in Rio two days before him, so I could easily to pick him up from the airport. Then the day finally came and I really hoped that everything would go smoothly this time.

Even when he told me that he was inside the plane, I could not stop feeling nervous until I finally saw him coming out of the arrivals exit at the airport. Hence, I felt the tension leaving my body and a big smile spreading across my face. Before he even spotted me, I rushed to kiss and hug him. The universe around me seemed to explode with happiness when I could finally touch him and smell his scent again. I had tears in my eyes and at the same time, couldn’t stop smiling. It was a magical feeling. Moreover, our positive energy seemed to spread. While we hugged, all the people around us started to clap and cheer.

Rasta couple overlooking Itacoatiara on mountain in Serra da Tiririca State Park, Brazil

During our first week together, we explored the cool city of Niterói. This picture is on top of a mountain in Itacoatiara.

 

Traveling Together at Last

Our first week in Niterói was amazing. Afterward, we started traveling (to Rio, Peruíbe, and Floripa) and found our first cute apartment in Imbituba. There we stayed for almost two months, studying, working and enjoying the nature. Then we continued our journey, went back to Peruíbe and then to Ubatuba in July. Since it’s a wonderful city with 102 different beaches, we are still in Ubatuba until today!

In these past five months, we were together almost 24/7 and got to know each other much better. In the two years before we learned what we liked about each other, now we also learned what we didn’t like. Short vacations in Morocco are different than everyday life, of course. But this is just the start! In fact, we would love to travel the whole world! We can’t wait to get to know all different kinds of people and their cultures, see diverse ways of life, learn about new things and ideas. Brazil was the second country we explored together and Ecuador was the third.

In December 2018, I went to visit my family and friends in Germany and Tarik stayed in Ecuador. Since I can’t go there at the moment (only in October one year after I last entered) and he can’t come to Mexico without a visa, we have to accept to be in a long distance relationship for now. I came to Mexico because it’s a lovely country and I will meet my family in Belize, which is very close, soon. Again, we are in a situation without knowing when and where we will see each other again. But we are already excited for the day of our reunion and to continue our journey together.

Dreadlock couple at beach in Barra do Una, Brazil

Hanging out by the river and enjoying the beach in Barra do Una near Peruíbe.

 

Why I Travel so Much

I was born (December 5th, 1990) and raised in Germany. Although I had a happy life with a loving family and friends, a nice childhood and later a good job, I had known for a long time that I wouldn’t stay there forever. The main reason for that is the German climate. I really hate the cold, freeze easily and have always experienced this feeling as very uncomfortable. I do like snowboarding though and can cope with the cold for that hobby for one or maximum two weeks per year. But my comfort zone is between 25 – 30ºC (77 – 86ºF) and everything below 20ºC (68ºF) feels cold to me. In Germany, you seldom get more than a few weeks per year like that.

Traveling While Growing Up

For as long as I can remember I have loved traveling. When I flew on a plane for the first time, I was only 10 months old. I was very lucky that my parents took my sister and me on nice vacations to different places each year. I especially liked the ocean and soon knew that I wanted to live close to it one day. When I was still a little child, I always cried when we left the beach to go home. Growing up I didn’t make any plans as to where I would want to live because I figured that I would find a way to leave Germany and fulfill my dreams when I got older.

Old picture of sisters with their colorful floating mattresses

Family vacation in Italy: My little sister and I were ready and excited to go to the beach. 😉

Later, when I was 18 I took my first job as a waitress just in order to save money to travel. That didn’t change over the years and with each job I tried to save as much money as possible to see new places again. So now, I’m finally doing what my life ultimately has been leading up to: traveling and working at the same time.

Traveling Without Being a Tourist

Apart from vacations with my family, I could really experience different cultures through another kind of traveling. When I was 14 years old I did a school exchange visit to Paris, France, and stayed with a host family for ten days. Even though I didn’t speak a lot of French, it was great to experience how other people live. One year later, I did a similar program with my school in England. This time, communicating was easier and I could get a better idea of the British culture.

Even though these were nice experiences, I felt like two weeks were not enough to improve my language skills and to really get to know another culture. So I decided to go to a high school in the US and stay there for 10 months. Thankfully, my parents supported me and I could travel there in 2007, aged 16. It was my first time alone on a plane and being away from home for such a long time. I was very nervous and excited at the same time.

But luckily, I lived with a lovely host family in Richmond, Virginia. And I went to high school together with my host sister who is only one year older than me. I enjoyed learning many new things, making new friends and living the American way of life. My host family became my second family and remain close to my heart up to this day. I visited them a couple of times over the years. The most recent one was in November 2017.

Working as a Volunteer & Learning More About Traveling

Two years after returning to Germany, I graduated from my German high school and went abroad again in 2010. This time, I traveled to Ecuador because I wanted to work as a volunteer and learn Spanish. I stayed in the capital Quito for five months and in the jungle for one month. In Quito, I lived with another nice host family and worked at a daycare where children could go to before and after school. Together with other volunteers, I helped them with their homework and played with them.

In Amazonia, I lived with a guide and indigenous tribe without electricity or running water. In the mornings, I walked for one hour through the jungle to a school of 15 students, all in one classroom, aged between four and 14 years old. I tried to help teach them according to their level of knowledge. And in the afternoons, we did some ecological work. I was very sad when I had to leave and was sure to return one day. During my six months in this beautiful country, I learned so much more than just Spanish because the Ecuadorian culture and way of life were unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

Backpacking & Couchsurfing

I also learned how to backpack. Before arriving in Ecuador, I thought it would be pretty dangerous to travel around in South America. But I was very wrong. Together with other volunteers, I did many trips around the country on the weekends and found out how easy, affordable and fun backpacking really is. Like in most other Latin American countries, there were cheap buses going to most places regularly. We also found good and affordable hostels or guesthouses everywhere. If you take some precautions, like avoiding walking around at certain places at night, you can travel without problems there. It definitely helped that we knew how to speak Spanish and we were usually 2 – 8 people.

Rasta couple with family of Couchsurfing host in Peruibe, Brazil

Our Couchsurfing host Vanessa and her family in Peruíbe, Brazil, were very welcoming and sweet. We spent good times together and enjoyed the delicious local food.

When I returned to Germany, I moved to Cologne to study Media and Communication Management. On the weekends and during my semester breaks, I tried to travel as much as possible. My housemates introduced me to Couchsurfing. I really love it because it allows me to travel better, cheaper and find good friends from all over the world.

Work, Travel – Work & Travel

Besides studying, I worked as a waitress and promoter to save money for my next big trip. After three years I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and flew to Australia. There I met up with my sister, we bought a car and drove up the east coast in 2.5 months. We had a great time living the backpacker lifestyle, exploring new places, sleeping in our car and Couchsurfing. I continued alone to the US and traveled from San Francisco, California, through Central America to Montañita, Ecuador. It was my longest solo trip (three months) and also the best time of my life up to that point.

When I came back to Germany I continued working as a waitress and bartender until I found an office job in Online Marketing. Luckily for me, I really liked the work and my colleagues, so I could bear to stay in one place even after traveling for half a year before. Of course, I started saving money and planning the next big travel again. After some time, I found out about the Digital Nomad Movement. Even though I had heard about it before, I thought it was too difficult to join. But the more I read and informed myself, the more I realized: This is exactly what I want, probably even have to do! I had the right mindset, a digital background through my studies and work as well as the travel experience. 😉

So in 2017, I quit my job, my shared apartment, got dreadlocks, sold or gave away most of my stuff and started my full-time travel in September.After seven months on my own, Tarik could join me. We don’t know where this journey will lead us and when it’s going to be over, but we will enjoy or learn from every step of it. Indeed, we are excited to see what the next months and years have in store and you are invited to find out on this blog.

Sisters at flea market on bank of Rhine in Cologne, Germany

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