Our Team

We proudly present our wonderful team. Without our great employees, 22places would not be as cool, our work only half as fun and our motivation not nearly as great.

Jenny & Basti

The founders

That would be us. Jenny & Basti. We want to keep this section short, since this is not about us.

If you want to learn more about the two of us, open our About Us page for later.

Julie

Online Marketing

Julie is our first permanent full time employee. That never ceases to sound amazing to us. We are employers now. Hihi.

Julie is our right and left hand and supports us in everything we do. She especially handles our online marketing – basically the many things in the background that need to happen in order to show the outside world that 22places exists.

We not only share a love for traveling and photography with Julie, but also a friendship for many years.

Julie knew Jenny way before Jenny met Basti (sorry, Basti!), as they used to live together during their studies in Holland and Berlin.

After her studies, Julie worked for online marketing agencies in Berlin and Düsseldorf, until she realized: Hey, it’s way cooler with Jenny & Basti. Duh!

Useless facts about Julie:

Julie is the most patient person we have ever met. At least she never shows any impatience for a reaaaaally long time.

That is why she is the best in the world at untangling knots and our first go to when something needs to be done with patience and perseverance.

She likes to boulder, considers carnival to be compulsory and if you ask her which movie to watch, she always says “I don’t care, I’m going to fall asleep anyways”. And look, she (almost) always proves to be right.

Julie’s favorite travel destination:

Easy one: Canada

Julie’s dream vacation:

To see the northern lights on Canada! But to be honest, it’s mainly about the northern lights and she would be content to see them in Norway, Sweden, Finland or Iceland as well.

Rebecca

Content Creation and Management

Rebecca was our first external author and taught us to trust someone with our work and that we do not need to do everything by ourselves.

During that time we fell so much in love with her that we did not want to give her away once she was done with her Italy articles.

And we are happy to be able to keep her and that she is now a permanent member of our 22places team.

Useless facts about Rebecca:

Rebecca lives in Berlin, in her heart, however, she is Italian. Well, not just in her heart, but officially as well. She is half Italian and used to live in Florence and Milano and still spends a couple of months in Italy every year.

When she is not on Berlin, you can find her somewhere in Italy. We are quite jealous when we think about all the tasty Italian food that she, her husband and her sons put in their bellies.

Oh, and also important to know: Rebecca has a fable for wide, uninhabited landscapes.

Rebecca’s favorite travel destination:

California

Rebecca’s dream vacation:

To travel with the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing. Why? Because you cross so many different countries and landscapes and because you stop in places that you would never see otherwise.

Nadia

Fairy Department

Nadia was our first employee ever and has been working for us since 2017 part time. Her tasks are not so easy to describe. But we will give it a try.

Nadia is our good fairy in the background: She adds and updates articles, so that they look good for you, helps us do research and takes care of the administrative parts of our 22places online photo course and helps us with all the things that occur.

Just like Julie, Nadia studied and lived with Jenny in Holland and in Berlin (again sorry, Basti).

Useless facts about Nadia:

If you ask Nadia where she is from, she has to take a deep breath.

The answer is not so simple, because she was born on the Philippines and raised in Tel Aviv, Cyprus and Berlin. But actually her family is rooted in a small town near Cologne.

As you can see, Nadia is simply made for our small but nice 22places team.

Nadia’s favorite destination:

New York

Nadia’s dream vacation:

To walk back on her own footsteps. Nadia was born on the Philippines, but she knows the country only from photo albums as she went on to the next adventure with her family when she was 2 years old. Wouldn’t it be cool, to see all those places from her photo albums? Extremely cool, we think!

Sarah

Content Strategy

Useless facts about Sarah:

Let’s start with the strangest one: Sarah is a real Berliner who is married to a real Berliner. This is almost like winning the lottery.

She loves winter sports, especially watching winter sports, and could probably do a better job commentating any biathlon broadcast than those who do.

Sarah likes to name her favorite things: Her racing bikes are called Pepe & Cat, her Vespa is called Karla, her camper Tilda and her son is called Emil.

So, here’s something that even hurts when writing about it. Sarah loves cold waters (huh? how?). But not to look at, no, she really jumps in with joy: It’s winter on a beautiful Baltic island, it’s even colder on the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Ocean – Sarah doesn’t give a damn and bam, she’s in.

Sarah’s favorite destination:

Scandinavia (Norway & Sweden), Austria and Portugal.

Sarah’s dream vacation:

Taking Tilda (her camper van) down the Atlantic coast to Portugal or up north to see the Northern Lights. Or with a rented camper across New Zealand.

Maja

Content Creation

Useless facts about Maja:

Maja started with us as a working student. Anyway, we got so used to her that we couldn’t let her go. Now she works permanently for us and has taken us up on our offer “You can work from anywhere in the world” and moved to Fuerteventura. Where she enjoys the sun for all of us and has discovered surfing as her passion. Between sun and surfing she sits with sand on her toes at her laptop and works for 22places.

By the way, ordinary sports are way too boring for Maja, besides surfing she also counts MMA and Krav Maga among her hobbies. Yep, sports we had to google first. So you don’t have to do that too: Krav Maga is an umbrella term for different civilian self-defense systems and MMA is Mixed Martial Arts. Too bad we all work remotely. Maja is the kind of person you’d most want to have in the office in case of a zombie apocalypse.

Maja’s favorite destination:

Canada

Maja’s dream vacation:

Driving along the British west coast with a camper and surfboard – from down in Newquay all the way up to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A very thick wetsuit and lots of warm coffee are definitely on board.