Hey there, welcome! Iโ€™m Julika, a 30-year-old German medievalist and I guess Iโ€™m (at least a light version of) a clichรฉ mad scientist when it comes to culture.

Five years ago, I started this blog to cope with my insane wanderlust. But way more than a travel blog, this corner of the internet was always my experimental creative outlet and my quarter-life-crisis therapy.

These days, I don’t blog as much as I used to, and I also don’t travel as much as I used to, but this blog is still very precious to me: It’s my coming-of-age story. It’s a diary of my struggles with the uncertainties that came with picking a humanities major and the confusion that came with the desire to live a creative life.

Why “Sateless Suitcase”?

I chose to name this blog Sateless Suitcase, because it combines what I comprehend as the acme of traveling: Whereas “suitcase” is an obvious, intercultural symbol for a journey, “sateless” is an (extremely) old-fashioned word for insatiable — a word, which is barely used nowadays. However, this is exactly what I liked about the word “sateless”. In my definition, its age relates to writing down travel memories as one of the oldest kinds of literature and thus it can be seen as an embodiment of my personal understanding of the humanities and my own role as a cultural historian: Written words about the way one sees and experiences the world help persevering history and culture for the next generations.

By composing this blog I hope to contribute inspiring thoughts on how to perceive the world and share them with others. I want curiosity to enrich our lives, I want the blog to be a platform for conveying my stories and photos — to be inspired in return.


  • Harvard Gringo

    At first I thought you said you WERE one of those “super-ballsy people.” And I thought, “How arrogant.” ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad you are not under the spell of hubris! Where do you head in 2013?

    • JulikaSarah

      Haha, no, I’m definitely NOT super-ballsy ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m not sure where I’m headed in 2013 yet, as I’m currently writing my Master’s thesis, and have only 30 โ‚ฌuro left on my account. I’ll hopefully graduate in May – then I just need a little money and I’m off again! It’ll be quite the unpredictable year for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m sure everything will work out!

  • TammyOnTheMove

    Nice blog! Where are you headed to next? Ich bin uebrigens auch deutsch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Tammy! As I will have to finish my degree first, I’m not exactly sure where I’m headed next… But there will definitely be a few trips around Europe, and maybe one bigger trip towards the end of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is definitely one of the most well-written blog I’ve seen around there. Light, enthusiastic, and incredibly clear with accuracy. I bow to your clear hindsight on things that a 25-yo encounters.
    I reckon you should go to Bordeaux ( I may or may not be rooting for the city I live in, ahah ), there are exceptional middle-age architecture pieces… Keep it up anyway !

    • JulikaSarah

      Martin, thank you so much for this amazing compliment! This means so much to me – especially since I’m not a native speaker of English!
      I heard great things about Bordeaux and I’ve never been to the French Atlantic coast – consider me wanting to go there soon! France is one of the most interesting countries when comes to medieval art and architecture so there’s a really good chance it won’t take me long ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Julika,

    just wanted to say “Thank you” for sharing your travel experience. My job at HolidayCheck requires me to constantly monitor travel blogs and I have to say that yours is one of the most well structured and well designed ones i’ve seen so far.

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Best regards,


  • Erica

    Hi Julika!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I saw you had one as well and had to come check it out. I’m off to read your post about Lisbon since I’m headed there this fall!

    Please stay in touch ๐Ÿ™‚
    Erica of Kizzling Around

  • Jenny

    Hi Julika,

    Just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to read your blog. I’m a 22-year-old Australian who is halfway through a Music Education Masters (I get you with the whole “useless degree” thing!) and I’ve just come back from my first trip to Europe and have completely fallen in love with the continent and the idea of travel or study abroad.

    It’s been inspiring to see your stories about the places you’ve traveled on a budget and the experiences you’ve had, and I want to try and do the same with my life.

    What are some of the top places you’d recommend to visit? Oh, and if you ever manage it, you should come check out the Aussie beaches.

  • Niรฑa KristinaLlaneta

    Nice Portugal posts you have!!! If you are planning to visit Asia, go to Philippines. We have the nicest sunset and beaches. I can you give you some tips, contact me (nknllaneta@gmail.com) ! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good day!

  • I just found you through Curiosity Travels and am excited to start following your blog! You have a great introduction here (it makes me feel like I need to go back and rewrite mine! :)!

  • Philip Moreira

    Hey Julika, absolutely loved your write up on Portugal and especially naming Lisbon as maybe your favorite city in Europe! Do you have and Instagram to follow per chance?