Hi there, I'm Carly.

I'm a writer, translator, and world traveler.

I write long-form essays based on my travels to over 50 countries on 6 continents.

I started writing these travel essays as a way to remember the stories I didn’t ever want to forget, and as a way of working through the things I couldn’t. 

My aim is to capture the best parts of authentic travel: the thrill of making it from Germany to Mt. Ararat on a motorcycle without a map, hallucinatory food poisoning in Turkey, almost getting tipped over by a pod of humpback whales in a glorified rowboat captained by a Panamanian named Jesus, getting trapped in a sweltering elevator in Athens, and following a secret map to a perfect beach in Thailand.

I’m an American based in Germany, my home base for the past six years, where I write, translate, and collect absurdly long German words everyday. My German husband and I run a local business and travel the world together, sometimes for work but mostly for pleasure. Many years ago, we fell in love on a two-month motorcycle trip to Armenia, through 14 countries and one self-proclaimed autonomous republic. Today, we live in a picturesque village (pop. 300) in the German countryside and spend about a quarter of the year on the road.

Please leave a comment on the site to let me know what you think. You can always get in touch with me at carly.ottenbreit@gmail.com, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!

Carly Ottenbreit


Where I've been

I've visited 50 out of 195 countries worldwide

The Fine Print

All reviews and opinions expressed here are my own – there is no paid or sponsored content on this site. I love my day job and don’t earn my living as a travel blogger. Not that there’s anything wrong with travel blogging as a profession (it seems like a pretty cool job!), but that’s just not my goal. I want this to be a free and creative space to develop ideas and work on my writing without having to worry about customer demands, monetizing a brand, or optimizing my content for SEO.

I write on my own terms in the spirit of sharing and spreading information that all good travelers live by, and I hope the information here will help you plan grand adventures of your own!

4 thoughts on “About

  1. So nice to find your site. Your mom told me of your travels, your web site is lovely. I’ve bookmarked it and will keep up with your travels. I couldn’t get the article about the Thai elephants to come up, I’ll check back later. Thanks for such a nice Sunday afternoon!

    1. Hi Debrah, thank you for your kind words! I will post about the elephants soon, I promise! Hugging that 3-month old baby was such a special moment in my life.

  2. Hi Carly. Can you share any tips on a trip to Machu Pichu? Thanks.
    Keep up the good work, and enjoy yearself in your adventures.

    1. Hi Rafael, thanks for your comment and kind words. I went to Machu Picchu in 2005, so unfortunately, my travel tips would be almost 15 years out of date. I do remember waking up really, really, really early and leaving from Aguas Calientes to see the sunrise over the site. It’s important to get there early (this is generally a good tip) and at Machu Picchu, you get the benefit of seeing the site emptied out and watching the sun come over the mountains and clear away the wisps of the clouds. Have a great trip!

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