My name is Kirsten Meintjes, and I am a psychologist-turned-web-developer from Cape Town, South Africa. I have a life-long mission to see and document the world that I find myself in today. I have open eyes, an open heart, and a deep curiosity about the weird and wonderful people and places that exist. Whilst traveling alone in 2016, I started KirstenTravels to document my perspective and endeavours as I floated around the world with a backpack.
Now that I am “home,” the passion for creating sites and writing content is still alive. Although I am no longer physically on the road, the aim of my writing remains the same: to document my thoughts and activities as I throw myself into situations and navigate my way through my twenties. I hope you enjoy this little creative project 🙂
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Recent Blog Posts
I’ve just spent over a week in Siem Reap, and it has been a total highlight of my South-East Asia experience. Allow me to explain… I am not really a city girl. I love the city that I grew up in, but let’s be honest – no place truly can beat Cape Town! 😉 I have found the majority of other cities to be loud, dirty, and make me somewhat claustrophobic… this can especially said for Asian cities (although some of them do have their charm, I can’t say I regret living in Hanoi in any way). For my final two months of traveling, I haven’t really had an itinerary... I met up with somebody I met earlier [...]
Food is one of the main reasons that people visit Vietnam. The food was absolutely amazing, and I’d never be able to cover it in one post. But I feel like I do need to write a bit about it now whilst it’s still fresh in my mind. So, without further ado, here’s an overview of my culinary experience in Vietnam! When traveling to Asia, one typically can expect to forego their usual western comforts. In Vietnam, however, I tasted some of the best bread and coffee of my life! The reason for this is that Vietnam was colonised by the French many years ago. Although independent now, many of the French [...]
I have finally done it. I’ve created this website on my own! It’s taken a few months of brainstorming, YouTube tutorials, dreaming, and consulting others more experienced than me. But my first website is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. My ideas are still evolving and I am not entirely sure I am going with this. But for now, the core of KirstenTravels remains a travel blog - with a side of deep reflection - and as I chisel away at my ideas I’ll be expanding and developing little projects. It hasn’t all been fun and games and rainbows, but I can honestly say th [...]