so you‘ve stumbled upon this blog and you‘re interested in travelling from a designer‘s perspective? Perfect!

Get yourself a glass of wine and start browsing!

You‘ll find articles about different places and activities all over the world which have a creative relevance in any way, which I find inspiring or I just thought they were cool and I wanted to tell you.

I'm especially interested in the cultural influence of different countries on design and architecture, so I'm rather looking for a little cottage on an island that was designed with love than a big design hotel.


As a design-loving Swede living in Barcelona, I can't help to keep following Sarah on her architectural journeys around the world. Seeing the world through her eyes is one of my favourite thing to do, and everyone with wanderlust should do the same!

Alexander of Original Barcelona Tours

One of my favorite parts of visiting a new city is the architecture and art that you find in sometimes unexpected places. And that's why I love Journey to Design because it's travel from a design perspective. It's a look at the cultural influences on space and it creates a richer look at travel.

Skeeter of Happy Travelers

Sarah is fun, fun, fun and has a great sense of humour. A solo traveller, fellow dive addict and puppy-dog enthusiast, she captures the world in a totally unique way; through her eyes as a designer. She stays in chic and trendy hostels and hotels, finds the coolest street art, and sees awesome photo opportunities where most people would never think to look. Her creative take on the world is both refreshing and inspiring.

Hannah of Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Why we love Journey to Design: As the name states, this blog will take you on a creative exploration of the world. So if you love all design or love creative work, then this is the blog you should visit now. 

Tourist by Chance

Freelance Writing, Interviews and Guest posts


 Oh, and you want to know who is writing this? I‘m Sarah and I‘m a Spatial Designer from Hamburg.

I was born in northern Germany and started travelling right after school, working as an Au-Pair in London, Malaga and Amsterdam. I then studied Spatial Design in Kiel and Interior Design in London.

Now I am located in Hamburg, which is a great city for designers but I still try to squeeze in as much play time abroad as possible.

You want to say hi? Check out the contacts page.


Journeytodesign.com is a blog about traveldesign and architecture. The most popular posts are:

Helsinki Lights: the finish capital rocks hundreds of light installations throughout the city.

(tags: EuropeFinlandlight design)

The Helsinki Abattoir: developing a hip new place to be in a discarded abatoir.

(tags: EuropeFinland)

Subway Hafen City Universität: Light installation in a new built subway station in Hamburg.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight Design)

Potato Head Seminyak: a stylish and well-designed beach club in Seminyak, Bali.

(tags: AsiaIndonesia, Restaurants)

Le Pirate Nusa Ceningan: a beach club and resort on a small island close to Bali, designed with lots of love. (tags: AsiaIndonesiaHotel)

Street Art Walk Hamburg: discovering hidden masterpieces of street art in Hamburgs Sternschanze, Karoviertel and St. Pauli. (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Salon Wechsel dich Hamburg: a cafe with a special design concept, located in Hamburg Grindelviertel.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgRestaurants)

Zeche Zollverein or: Getting overly excited about escalators: an industrial complex with several inspiring buildings in Essen. (tags: EuropeGermany)

Does yoga make be a bad Designer?: Could my yoga practice make me too weak for real life?

(tags: EuropeGermany)

A love letter: my feelings for one of my favourite buildings in Hamburg: the Elbphilharmonie

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

 A café like a wedding cake: Herr Max in Hamburg: a beautifully designed café selling beautifully designed cakes (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

A secret tunnel in Hamburg: taking a walk through Alter Elbtunnel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight design)

A design hotel for a hostel budget: Superbude St.Pauli: a beautifully designed hotel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgHotel)

Hungry for Design: Hamburg: featuring the restaurants Bullerei, Marend and Witwenball in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Riga Central Market: about the architecture of the biggest market in Europe, found in the Latvian capital (tags: EuropeLatvia)

Riga Haunted House Walk: discovering all kinds of art nouveau in Latvia's capital

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

The view over Latvia - Jurmala observation tower: discovering modern architecture in traditional Latvia (tags: EuropeLatvia)

What to do around Riga – A walk through Jurmala: a visit to an adorable beach town in Latvia

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

Amazed and freaked out: The hill of crosses in Lithuania: a visit to an impressive landmark in Siauliai, Lithuania (tags: EuropeLithuania)

Love at the second sight: Siauliai Lithuania: visiting a city more beautiful than you might think 

(tags: EuropeLithuania)

How living in a van in New Zealand changed my life: Guest post about how staying in a van in New Zealand for a year changed Skeeter's life (tags: NewZealandGuestPost)

Hungry for Design - Hamburg Part II: featuring Alpenkantine, Altes Mädchen and Elbgold in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Lazy ass boat tour through Hamburg: discovering some of Hamburg's best architecture while sitting on a boat (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

A walk through Hamburg St. Pauli by day: a photo tour through Hamburg's most exciting area (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)
Liebster Award, baby! Can I call this blog award-winning now? (tag: travel)

Exploring Hamburg by Vespa: a tour through Hamburg with a Vespa by Jaano (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Ten architects and designers to follow on Instagram: Finding inspiration for architects and designers on Instagram (tag: Inspiration)

To plan or not to plan your trip: Are you a planner or do you just hop on a plane? (tags: travelinspiration)

Coming home to London Broadway Market: coming back to my favourite market in Hackney, London fields (tags: EuropeGreatBritainInspiration)

Getting spoiled at Crowne Plaza Berlin: a girls weekend at Berlin City Centre (tags: EuropeGermanyHotel)

Kraftwerk and Neue Heimat: Two industrial locations in Berlin to keep an eye on (tags: EuropeGermany)

Street Art impressions from Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain: a walk through Germany's capital (tags: EuropeGermany)

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award: whoop! Another travel bloggers award (tags: travel)

Future flowers in Milan by Libeskind: discovering an installation at University Statale's courtyard (tags: EuropeItaly)

The church of bones in Milan, San Bernadino alle ossa: exploring the church of bones in Milan, Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Fondazione Prada and MUDEC: Two new museums in Milan for architecture lovers: admiring the work of OMA and Chipperfield in Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Expo Milan: 5 pavilions you have to see (and 3 more you can skip): two days at one of the largest exhibition in the world (tags: EuropeItaly)

Architecture love in Amsterdam: the atrium at Rijksmuseum: Exploring the newly renovated Rijksmuseum (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Cooling down in Bangkok at Lumphini Park and BACC: What to do in the heat in Bangkok (tags: AsiaThailand)

Exploring Koh Tao by Scooter: Three tours through one of Thailand's most beautiful islands (tags: AsiaThailand)

Relaxing at AliSea Boutique Hotel Aonang: two days in Aonang to bring me back to health  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Exploring the Phi Phi Islands: a day of island hopping and snorkelling in Thailand (tags: AsiaThailand)

Cast away on Koh Lipe: relaxing in a private bungalow on Thailand's southernmost island  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Street Art in Tonsai Bay: I did not expect to find Street Art on a tiny peninsula in Krabi, Thailand! (tags: AsiaThailand)

Colours of Penang: Exploring Georgetown, Penang and its colours (tags:  AsiaMalaysia)

Street Art with random people in Penang: People interacting with murals in Penang, Georgetown (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

The old and the new Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur: Eastern and Western Architecture at it's best  (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

Views from the Yangon Circular Railway: Driving through Myanmar's old capital by train (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

Newsflash: Mandalay isn't horrible : what to do in a (fun) city everybody seems to hate (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

El Nido in Style: Staying at SPIN Designer hostel, the fanciest hostel in town (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Wreck diving in Paradise with Two Seasons Coron: Exploring the wrecks at Coron Bay (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Paradise found at Two Seasons Coron: busy on a private Island (tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

A tour through the Philippines for visual people: the best beaches, the whitest sand, the most puppies (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Z hostel: Hip in Manila: staying at Z Hostel, a cool and cozy design hotel in Metro Manila(tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

Life in Manila's South Cemetery: visiting a family living in a graveyard in Manila (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

French and Lao Design at the Putaxai Victory Monument in Lao's capital Vientiane (tags: AsiaLaos)

Getting crafty in Luang Prabang: taking a weaving class in Lao's capital (tags: AsiaLaos)

Falling in love with Laos in Luang Prabang: finding the peace I was looking for in Laos (tags: AsiaLaos)

French architecture memories in Hanoi: dreaming of Paris while strolling through Vietnam's capital (tags: AsiaVietnam)

Shopping and architecture at Phnom Penh Central Market: Exploring Phsar Thmei in Phnom Penh (tags: AsiaCambodia)

How to do a day trip from Hong Kong to Macau (for the architecture, not for gambling) (tags: Asia, Hong Kong)

Coming home to Yim Huai Khwang Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

What to do in Hamburg when it's raining (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Murals in Hamburg at Frauen Freiluft Galerie (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Inspiration from Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone in Milan 2016 (tags: EuropeItaly)

Chinese Hutong Architecture in Beijing (tags: AsiaChina)

Street Art impressions from Athens: exploring the capital of Greece (tags: EuropeGreece)

Salty on Milos: Staying at Salt, a beautiful design hotel on Milos(tags: EuropeGreecehotel)

Milos for beach bums: Exploring the islands's best beaches (tags: EuropeGreece)

Two days in Santorini: An itinerary for the most famous Cycladic island (tags: EuropeGreece)

Artsy in Amsterdam: Visiting the Banksy exhibition at Moco (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Street Art at Millerntor Gallery 2016 in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Itinerary for travelling South East Asia for four to six months (tags: Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong)