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An Interview With Nina From ReiseHappen.de

Wed, 11/02/2016
Perhentian Islands

An Interview With Nina From ReiseHappen.de

ReiseHappen.de is a top travel blog from Germany. We recently helped its author, Nina, claim compensation from AirBerlin, which got us wondering how a travel blogger deals with flight mishaps, whether she has any good tips from her vast travel experience and what really bugs her when she’s on the road. She kindly agreed to share some of her thoughts with us, so we conducted a little interview to find out more.

Hey Nina! First of all, we’d love to know if you have any tips for staying calm and collected when things don’t go to plan whilst travelling.

As soon as I’ve found a way to stay calm and collected I’ll let you know. Unfortunately, I’ve not really found it yet. I am always really happy if my boyfriend is travelling with me, as he is very calm and collected in every situation. He is always optimistic and puts my mind at ease.

It’s good to know that regular travelers like you get frustrated and annoyed too. It’s totally normal to run into problems isn’t it! What’s the worst thing that’s gone wrong whilst you’ve been travelling?

My worst travelling experience was when I got really sick last year in Malaysia. I was on Perhentian Islands, where there is no doctor and no pharmacy, and my symptoms got worse every day. After one week I had lost around 6 kilos and fortunately I was able to get back to the mainland to get a doctor. As it turned out, I had Salmonella. I got better immediately after I had some medicine, but took me weeks to get fit again.

Oh dear that’s horrible! We are glad you got better quickly, but super jealous that you got to go to the Perhentian Islands! We’re guessing you’ve seen plenty of Europe too.. What’s your favourite place you’ve been to in Europe and why?

One of my favourite places in Europe is Ireland. The landscape is absolutely amazing and the Irish are the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Also the food is pretty good and I really fell in love with the country.

Lovely. Have you ever been really jetlagged and how did you deal with it?

Yeah, I am always really jetlagged when I come back from the US or South America. The best way to deal with it is to really try to get back to your daily routine again. Healthy food, a little yoga and the jetlag is soon gone.

Aside from delays, cancelled flights and the inevitable bit of jetlag here and there… what’s your travelling pet peeve?

Something that drives me really crazy is people sitting behind me in the plane, kicking against my seat all the time.

Can you tell us the funniest thing you’ve ever seen whilst on the road.

One of the funniest things ever was at Christmas time in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City is decorated incredibly at Christmas time, especially the big shopping malls. Everywhere sparkles and twinkles. It’s not the decorations which I found so funny, but watching the Vietnamese people admiring the decorations, taking selfies and giggling. Vietnamese people are absolutely crazy about Christmas decorations. During the Christmas season they drive from mall to mall with their bikes on Sundays to take pictures of the decorations. They just sit down in front of one of the big malls, get some popcorn and look in awe at the spectacle! It was amazing and for me one of the funniest things I have ever seen on my travels.

That sounds like an amazing thing to experience. We’d love to know what’s your favourite time of day to fly and why?

I like to travel in the evening, particularly on long-distance flights. So that I can sleep and will be fit when I arrive.

And what about least favourite time of day to fly?

My least favourite time to fly is really early in the morning. It’s not only my least favourite time to fly, but also I am just not a morning person, so I don’t really like doing anything then.

What’s the best airport you’ve ever been to?

I love the airports in the UAE and South East Asia, especially Dubai Airport. Singapore and Bangkok are amazing too.

And the worst?

Maybe my Berlin friends won’t like me anymore for saying this, but Berlin Tegel Airport is one of the worst I’ve ever been to. I really think it’s such a shame that the airport of the German capital is such a disaster.

Your blog is full of amazing recipes, but what do you think about airplane food? What’s the best meal you’ve ever had on a flight and do you remember what airline it was with?

If I am honest, I find most airline food really disgusting. But I really had damn good food on one of my last flights with Turkish Airlines to Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur. The food with Emirates is also really good. One of my next long-distance flights is a business class flight to Cuba with AirBerlin, so I am really curious as to what the food will be like.

What about the worst meal and which airline was it?

Probably the worst meal I ever had was breakfast on a flight from L.A. to Maui with United. The food was unrecognisable and I have no idea what it was.

Thanks Nina, we wish you all the best with your future travels and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful posts!

 

We helped Nina make a claim with AirBerlin for a delayed flight she experienced back in August. Although under Regulation 261/2004 she wasn’t entitled to compensation from the airline because her flight was delayed due to extraordinary circumstances, the pressure which Nina put on the airline with our help meant that she received a 500 Euro voucher and a refund of 30 Euros.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, go to the website at GetPaidWhenDelayed.com to start your claim now. Or get in touch and speak to one of our customer service representatives if you need advice.