Photo: Happier Camper
Location: Hit the Road, Copyright Gestalten 2018
The Berlin Travel Festival has just launched a new event series: the Berlin Travel Night. The monthly event hosts rousing stories, bands, and screenings – but its aims are much loftier: Berlin Travel Night is a destination where like-minded travelers and adventure seekers can come together to exchange ideas, create a community, and find their next great adventure.
The first travel night takes place on Thursday, August 30 at Parker Bowles in Berlin: In collaboration with Gestalten Verlag, award-winning journalist Kash Bhattacharya, aka Budget Traveller, will present his new book The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World along with insider tips on globetrotting on a budget. (In English.) We’re also pleased to welcome Franziska and Julius Eggert of stadtlandboard.com. They’ll be sharing travel hacks from their 327-day around-the-world journey. From Myanmar to Columbia and beyond, the travel duo reveals what they would, and wouldn’t, do again. (In German.)
YOU can be part of the first Berlin Travel Night! We’re opening the stage for travelers to share their stories of bravery, facing the unknown, and transformation. JOIN IN and spark the flame of wanderlust in our audience with your journey. Storyteller registration is open here!
Read on to learn more about the Berlin Travel Night, and the next generation of globetrotters and nomads from Berlin Travel Festival Co-founder, Bernd Neff.
You’ve just launched Berlin Travel Night. What inspired you and the team to start a monthly event?
Travel is our passion. We love bringing together different travel communities and interest groups. It was our desire to create a platform where you can find inspiration, exchange personal experiences from a trip, or provide helpful information to people planning their trips.
To this end, we launched the Berlin Travel Festival at the beginning of 2018. But it quickly became clear that only three days a year is far too little. There are so many fascinating stories and such a large travel community that we felt the urge to develop our movement into a more significant initiative. This was the moment when we decided to start a monthly event.
What kind of atmosphere do you want to create?
We want to create an inviting atmosphere. The Berlin Travel Night is a place for travelers by travelers. It is not a “big event” with a precisely scripted schedule. Still, we’ll have a few elements that build a certain framework for the night. We believe it needs a roadmap to create a memorable evening, so we’ve opened it up to all formats: stories, music, performances, comedy, and games.
Our motto is “Unforgettable journeys, presented by YOU.” We’re inviting everyone to take the stage and share what they believe is worth sharing.
How is the new generation of travelers different from previous generations?
We’ve seen that the new generation of travelers wants more than simply seeing new places – they want to experience them in a way that leaves them transformed – spiritually and mentally. There’s also an impulse to share this with others whether via social media or by helping others achieve their dreams.
What makes an event, large or small, successful?
Authenticity and credibility. The people on stage, the carefully chosen brands and partners we work with, and the team behind our organization. We are looking for real people with real passion, like us. We recommend products and services that have convinced us personally. It’s also essential that it is always fun. We didn’t set out to build a highly profitable machine, but we want to be a home for all travel enthusiasts.
Who would be a part of your dream line-up for a night?
Our hope at the Berlin Travel Night is to discover hidden talents. People who wouldn’t normally consider going on stage and telling their stories. We all know this from our circle of friends: You spend a weekend in a secluded shack with friends, and it unexpectedly turns out that the quietest guy is the best storyteller. There are so many people who have a great gift of telling stories so fascinatingly that the audience holds their breath. My dream line-up would be a night with three stories: One heartbreakingly romantic, one in which you almost die of laughter, and one that is so fascinating that you immediately want to throw your life model overboard and set out on a journey the next day.
What can we expect at future Berlin Travel Nights?
Unforgettable journeys, presented by YOU. The overall success of the Berlin Travel Night depends on the willingness of travelers to share their experiences with others. Since we are only at the beginning of this new project, we would like to let it roll and see where it goes. We have ideas to group the nights according to themes such as solo trips, family trips, inner journey, nomadism, big and small adventures. But in the end, it all depends on who is applying. We’re inviting everyone to apply with their ideas on our website.