About Travel Buddies Lifestyle

We are Travel Buddies Lifestyle!

Meet Petra from Germany and Bernie From South Africa, your ultimate travel buddies. We’re here to share our love for Europe and South Africa, one beautiful destination at a time. Follow along our incredible journey and get ready to be inspired. 

Unique Places and Insider Tips: We’ll take you to hidden gems and off-the-beaten track spots that will leave you in awe. Whether it’s a charming little village in Germany or a breathtaking safari adventure in South Africa, we’ve got you covered.

Luxury Hotel Reviews: Dreaming of a glamorous getaway: Look no further! We’ll give you a sneak peek into the most exquisite hotels around, ensuring your stay is nothing short of magnificent.

Our ‘Top 10’ Star Series: Brace yourself for the ultimate travel list! We carefully curate our top picks in various categories, from luxury hotels to charming guest houses with unique viewpoints and locations. Trust us, you won’t want to miss these gems.

Exclusive Secret Deals: as your trusted travel partners, we’ve got a little something special for you. Subscribe to our blog and uncover secret deals that will make your adventures even more exciting. 

Connect with Us: We love hearing from fellow travel enthusiasts. Join us on our social platforms for daily inspiration, informative blog articles, and captivating stories. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together.

Ready to explore the world with us? Leave a comment on our Instagram posts or visit our blog articles to start your extraordinary journey. Let’s create memories to last a life time.  

Why collaborate with travel buddies lifestyle?

Tourism councils, hotels, and marketers are recruiting the services of influencers and travel bloggers (like Travelbuddieslifestyle) to educate audiences and pique their curiosity about destinations, hotels, products and services.

We can promote your establishment successfully because we are closely connected to our audiences; we understand our follower’s preferences and know exactly how and when they want to engage.

We invite you to trust us with your marketing campaigns because we have specialised knowledge about our audiences’  lifestyles.

We can assure you that our collaboration will lead to renewed interest in your establishment.

About Bernie van der Linde

Bernie’s impressive CV:

  • Principal and CEO of Business Management Training College – an online business college in South Africa
  • Lecturer in Marketing, Social Media and Content Creation 
  • PhD in Management Studies, UNISA
  • Ex Officio Commissioner of Oaths, 
  • Master Practitioner with SABPP 
  • Social media account manager for various Instagram and Facebook pages
  • Website designer
  • Amateur photographer, course completed through DPC presented by Danie Bester

I live on a golf estate in Johannesburg, South Africa with my husband, Shaun,  who is a retired racing driver, mechanical engineer, and business owner.

We have two sons, Kelvin, aged 27 and Sheldon, aged 24, professional racing drivers, living in Germany. This probably explains my passion for motorsports.

As the Principal of Business Management Training College (BMT College), I have a sound academic and marketing background to complement my creative skills. 

I have a Ph.D. in Business Studies, which enables me to apply sound digital marketing strategies.

Besides travelling and maintaining our social media pages, I enjoy camping, photography and spending time with my friends. 

My motto has always been: “Fill your life with adventures, not stuff, have things to tell, not stuff to show”.

About Petra Top

Petra’s impressive CV:

  • Involved in a Electric car project for a well-known manufacturer in Germany
  • Trained Bank Clerk
  • Social media account manager for various Instagram and Facebook pages
  • Amateur photographer, online photography course with Benjamin Jaworskyj, cellphone photography courses with Emil Pakarklis and Clifford Pickett

I live in Altusried,  within the Allgäu in Germany. I am married to Hans, a well-respected Motorsport team manager in Germany. I have a daughter (Silja) aged 24, and a son (Lars), aged 28.

I am involved with a specialised project in Germany to develop electric cars.

I am a huge motorsport enthusiast and have been involved in it, in some form or another, for the last 30 years.

Besides travelling, I enjoy skiing, learning new languages, writing, and translating our blogs.

My motto in life is: “I travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape me”.

We were featured in the September 2022 and again in August 2023 (digital magazine) issue of Women & Home, South Africa. In the travel section on pages 118 to 121, you can read about “How best friends took on the world and the ‘gram”. 

We are delighted with the beautiful “Travel influencers at 50-something” article. 

Travelbuddies at Women&Home Magazine
Travelbuddies at Women&Home Magazine
Travelbuddies at Women&Home Magazine
Travelbuddies at Women&Home Magazine
Travelbuddies at Women&Home Magazine

We assist you in transforming your Instagram page and enhancing your social media presence by creating interest in your hotel through our exciting and unique content. We created a close community of loyal IG followers eager to engage with our content.

We contribute to the growth of your IG page by featuring your hotel on our fast-growing Instagram page with phenomenal reach and engagement rates.

We create content that is trustworthy and authentic. 

Instagram account insights

Regular “clean-ups” on our Instagram page (to remove inactive followers) ensure that we have an engaged and thriving audience.

Our page reaches on average 40 100 accounts monthly of which 36 900 are non-followers.

June 2023 Account insights
Overview June 2023

Instagram reach from posts

Below is an excerpt from our Instagram page’s highest post reach (period (6 August to 6 February 2023) 

We achieved the highest post reach with our Monaco photo which had 17 400 views and the lowest post reach of 1408 (Bernie arriving in Santorini). 

Top nine posts with the highest reach
Top Instagram reach From 10 to 18
Top Instagram reach from 19 to 27

Instagram interactions from posts

Our top posts with the highest interactions for the last six months (period (6 August to 6 February 2023). Interactions include likes, comments and saves. 

Our post with the highest interaction is the one where we announced that we have been featured in the September 2022 issue of Woman & Home magazine. This photo received 1806 interactions. It had 486 comments and 1296 likes. Interestingly this post also had 163 profile visits.

Post Interactions (6 August to 6 February 2023)


Our top post for the period received 468 comments (the feature article in Woman & Home).  We pride ourselves in having a very engaged audience who enjoy commenting on our posts and responding to our questions asked in the post taglines.

Comments on posts for the period
Bernie at Lapirogue, Mairitius
Statistics of photo taken at La Pirogue

We are experts in selecting the right hashtags (#) for posts.

This photo posted of Bernie at La Pirogue, on the 3rd of February,  not only had an excellent reach but also a phenomenal hashtag count of 4795.

General key Statistics* of our Instagram Page

  • We have 14.1k followers on our page
  • We received more than 110k total likes to date
  • We post almost daily to ensure consistency. We shared 788 posts (7 June 2023)
  • Our engagement rate fluctuates, depending on the time of the year, but remains between 6.5 and 9%
  • We receive on average between 500 and 600 likes per post.
  • The post with the most likes was taken in Monaco and posted on the 15th of August 2022. It received 1324 likes.
  • We receive on average 123 comments per post.
  • We maintain an average of between 4500 and 5500 reach per post.
  • We receive on average between 400 and 600 views per story. The highest story view last year was 748. “Have you used your passport lately”.

*All stats can be verified on socialblades.com and our Instagram page.

Even though we have the most significant footprint in Africa and Europe (because we represent these two continents), we also have a substantial following in other countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.



  • South Africa
  • Germany
  • The United States
  • Switzerland
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Mauritius
  • Netherland
  • Thailand
  • France

We are keen to collaborate with you in the following ways:

  • You may wish to participate in a product test. This is a good idea for new travel-related items you wish to promote on our social pages and website.
  • You may wish to collaborate in a giveaway for a weekend stay at your hotel (specified terms and conditions to be agreed upon). 
  • You may wish to collaborate with us by providing a hosted stay. 
  • We are willing to be brand ambassadors for your travel-related products or services.
  • We are excited to compile a hotel review for you. We provide direct links to your website.
  • All our posts and stories include well-sourced hashtags to increase your reach and exposure.

Please send inquiries to bernie@travelbuddieslifestyle.com or petra@travelbuddieslifestyle.com  to receive our media kit with rates.

Analytics of our website

We launched our website in April 2022. 

Our aim is to provide additional travel-related content for our audience. We encourage people to subscribe to our blog to ensure they receive notifications when new articles are released. All articles are published in English and German.

Considering our website is not even a year old, we are delighted to have close to 250 subscribers to our blog. 

What is even more amazing is that we currently (July 2023) have, on average, between 1500 and 2250 visitors monthly. 

This is significantly increasing month after month. For example, in January 2023, we had 1686 views and 1062 visitors, in comparison with June 2023 we had 3282 views and 2268 visitors. 

Our most popular pages are our hotel reviews, followed by the ‘about us’, and collaborations page. 

The most popular articles on our website are: “Is it worth visiting South Africa?” followed by “How to do a self-drive from Johannesburg to Kruger” and “What to know before planning a trip to the Kruger National Park”.

Why you should advertise on our website?

We promote your hotel on our website through well-composed texts and visual content to share our experiences during our stay.

Our website is visually appealing and well-designed to attract new audiences and give our subscribers regular travel-related content. 

featured blog on our website promotes your hotel through explicit links to your website.

A blurb (a short description of a product or service for promotion) on our landing page is an excellent way to introduce unique products or services to our audiences for a specified period.

We also have advertising space available on our blogs. See the example below (Vuna coffee).

An example of our blog article adverts
Travelbuddies in Graechen
Travelbuddies in Graechen, Switzerland
Travelbuddies in Altusried , Germany
Travelbuddies in Altusried , Germany
TRavelbuddies in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Travelbuddies in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Travelbuddieslifestyle in Lake Como
Travelbuddieslifestyle in Lake Como
Travelbuddies in the Lavender Fields France
Travelbuddies in the Lavender Fields France
Travel buddies in Antibes
Travel buddies in Antibes
Travelbuddies in Monaco
Travelbuddies in front of the casino at Monte Carlo
Travelbuddies lifestyle at Gasenried
Travelbuddies lifestyle at Gasenried