2 years of Packing my Suitcase


2 years ago I was in a hotel room in San Marino, it was Easter and our first trip of the year. I had a full time internship with PR and I came up with the idea of starting my own blog. The category? I didn’t need to think twice, a travel blog. My first post was written that day in San Marino, I couldn’t hide my excitement. I was about to start a project, which I would combine two passions: writing and traveling.

A few months later, Packing my Suitcase became my full time job, and it has been one of the best things I have done in my life: what I love. But it became much more than that. It became a way of helping many people to plan their trips and those who like me are expats in Germany or anywhere in this planet. It became my daily life, my work and personal accomplishment.

I’ve met people from everywhere, bloggers and readers. I learned about social media, photography, writing, editing. I learned how to work with Photoshop, WordPress, and have been learning InDesign. I’ve made mistakes and great discoveries, I’ve made partnerships, was invited to events and press trips. Had some crazy stressful days, but also had unforgettable days that reminded how much all this mean to me.

Life is full of surprises, and I like to be surprised. Life is full of challenges, and I like challenges. Blogging is a lot of work, and I like working with what I love, and I hope to continue doing so with the support of all of you who like reading my posts, liking my photos and leaving your comments. It means the world to me.

Allane Milliane, Packing my Suitcase

Now, in these past 2 years I have been asked many questions, most of them I reply at least once a week. So I decided to list 6 of the most frequently asked questions and enjoy this birthday celebration to reply them here:

1. Where did the idea of starting a blog came from?

After working with bloggers while doing an internship with PR, I had the idea of starting my own blog and see what happens. The result is what you see 🙂

2. Is it your full time job?

Yes! Finding a job in communications in Germany when your German isn’t native it’s complicated, so things led me to become a full time travel blogger.

3. Can you really make money with blogging?

Yes, you can. I’m not going into details, but imagine that a successful blog is like a magazine. Sometimes a blog has more readers than a famous magazine, the reach with the help of social media and the fact that your content stays online play an important role on that. So, of course, there are many people willing to work with you and pay for your services. However, it takes time and dedication.

4. What do you do on a normal day of work?

I start my day early, my head is more fresh with ideas in the morning. When I’m not traveling, I write and translate posts, I read and comment on other blogs, I reply and send emails, I post on social media, I think of my next posts, I plan my trips, I get out and about around the city to take photos, I edit pictures and posts, I reply my comments and messages, and I’m always researching how I can improve in every way.

5. Do you manually translate your blog to Portuguese?

Yes. I don’t use any special program, plug-in or translator. Everything I write in English, I write in Portuguese. It’s double work!

6. Why you never post pictures of your face, or of W?

I like to keep me and my family as much private as I can. Of course, it’s not always possible, but I don’t really want to post pictures of my face or wearing a bikini to attract followers. I want people to follow me because of what I write and do.

Do you have any questions you would like to ask? Let me know on the comments at the end of the post. I will be happy to reply your questions. But before…


Even though it’s the blog birthday, you are the ones who will receive gifts. This year I have two books to giveaway. You can enter both giveaway or just one, whatever you prefer.

Giveaway #1: At the beginning of the year I read a pretty cool book called German Men Sit Down To Pee & Other Insights Into German Culture, by Niklas Frank and James Cave. If you like reading my posts about German culture, you’re going to love this book. It’s basically a mini guide to all the expats in Germany, I loved it!

So Niklas and James teamed up with Packing my Suitcase and are offering a copy of their book, in Pdf/Kindle/Ebook.

Book giveaway

Giveaway #2: it’s a lovely novel written by Marissa Tejada, who is also a travel blogger, and like me, she is an expat, but lives in Greece. Her book, Chasing Athens, certainly inspired me to my upcoming trip to Greece next week.

Marissa kindly agreed to give away a copy of her book in Ebook format.

Book giveaway

To enter one or both giveaways, see below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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*The result will be here on this same post in one week from now, on April 28th*


My special thank you to each one of you who contribute to this project that grows a little more each day. I couldn’t have done it alone.


About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I am so glad that you blog and that I got a chance to meet you. And I hope more and more businesses see the value in travel blogs – I just got back from London, where I stayed at Blakemore instead of my usual hotel, after I learned about it from you!

    • Me too Anna 😀 sooo happy to have met you!!
      OMG really? That’s awesome!! I hope you liked it 😀
      I also hope that, we certainly do our jobs well hahaha

  • Mabel Kwong

    Congrats on two years of blogging, Allane! I loved your blog right from the start, and I still love it a lot 😀 So glad and happy to hear that you found success and a way to make a living off your blog. And most importantly, you are doing what you love and doing what makes you happy. I too don’t like to show my face much at all on my blog. Like you, to me producing quality and informative content is the most important thing. To me, I hope to inspire others through my writing and help others to see that we all have our own strengths, talents and interests – and we can be anything that we want to 🙂

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog <3

    • Thank you soooo much Mabel!! You certainly have been a great reader of my blog (sorry I’m away lately, so many things going on… I will find the time to read your posts, they always make me think of my life :))
      Happy to have met you on this blogging world, and I hope we can keep in touch!! 😀

  • Thank you so much for your nice words Marianna, I’m really happy to know that!!
    Apparently we and our blogs have lots in common! I wish you lots of success with your blog and don’t change it because of the others, it’s your style, it’s how you love it 😀

  • Thank you Tanja 😀

  • Thank you so much Justine 😀

  • Thank you so much Marcella 😀
    Yes it is, crazy huh? haha
    I hope to visit you someday in Chile!

  • Thank you so much for the kind words Liz, I appreciate it!!
    Time flies, so soon enough you will be in your 2nd year too… it seems to me it was yesterday when I started it out! It has been an amazing journey!

  • Thank you so much Andrew 😀

  • Thank you so much Kate!! It wasn’t easy, but I had fun doing it 😀

  • Thank you so much Tracey!! hahaha really? Well, I know some others who started together with me too, like Ting 😀

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Congrats Allane! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog though can’t remember how or when but it feels like we have known each other for quite a while huh? 🙂 Keep going with the travelling and blogging, there’s so much to share about the world with others! Hopefully, one day we shall cross paths (Europe or Asia) 🙂

  • Thank you so much Vlad!! Sorry for the late reply of your comment, I’ve been behind on my comments with all the latest traveling 😀 can’t complain!
    hahaha yes, it became my full time job… and of course, count on me for tips. First one: let’s go to WTM in November 😀