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The Thought Card: Travel Tips, Travel Hacking, and Personal Finance For Financially Savvy Travelers

Aug 10, 2023

Curious about exploring outside of your home country by working and moving abroad? Open to new opportunities, cultures, or want more for your family?  

While living abroad as an American isn’t always straightforward, it’s impossible and in today’s episode, we cover all things relocating to Germany with Vanessa Wachtmeister. 

Vanessa Wachtmeister has spent the last decade bouncing between China, Boston, Turkey, Germany, and London pursuing a career in tech while exploring over 50 countries. She is a travel tech professional, angel investor, and founder of the wealth & wanderlust platform, Wander Onwards. 

We cover: 

  • How hard is it (really) for an American to move to Germany? 

  • The most surprising things about living in Germany. 

  • Cultural differences between Americans and Germans both in the workplace, family life and views on money 

  • Best things to do in Germany for first-timers.

Connect With Vanessa Wachtmeister: 


Instagram: @wanderonwards  

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Listen to these episodes next:

Read My Books: 

  1. Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers

  2. Traveling With a Full-Time Job

  3. Managing Your Money As A New Homeowner 

  4. Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure 

My Favorite Resources For Financially Savvy Travelers 

  • Thrifty Traveler for finding cheap flights. Use the promo code ‘TC10’ for $10 off your first year. 

  • CardPointers for figuring out which credit card to use to maximize points and miles. Save 30% using our link. 

  • Dollar Flight Club get email alerts with flight deals leaving from your home airport. 

  • Trade and Travel by Teri Ijeoma for learning how to trade in the stock market as a day trader or swing trader. 

  • Get Outdoors 101 the course by Olivia Christine teaches how to confidently plan outdoor adventures so you can unplug and de-stress. For $50 OFF use the promo code ‘ThoughtCard50.’

  • Knack Bag for stylish and functional backpacks perfect for weekend trips, business travel or carry-on; laptop storage space and pack enough clothes for a 3-4 night trip.

My Favorite Resources For Entrepreneurs 

  • Grantable an AI grant-writing tool to save you time writing winning grant applications. 

  • Grants For Creators a monthly newsletter sharing grants and other funding opportunities for U.S. creatives, small business owners, and founders. 

  • iFindYouClose a membership sharing weekly speaking opportunities, so you find the perfect stage for your signature talk. 

  • Email Marketing Club a membership where you receive email templates every week that help you connect and convert your audience to paying customers.  

  • Podcasters Getting Paid for endless podcast monetization ideas by Michelle Jackson. 

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