Berlin Expat Lifestyle Hacks

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

by Vagabond Jazz


I've been floating around this city morphing into about 10 different characters.

Chasing Ubahns.

Doing flips at acro pole classes

über Deutsche Sätze fummeln

Dancing under trains w/ Sudio Headphones, drowning out the noise of this eccentric city.



Mind you I've tasted Europe before; France, Italy & the UK for months or years at a time.

But there is something about Germany I can’t quite put my finger on...

Maybe because it's stretching me more than any city ive lived in these 6+ expat years.

The cultural differences that make me face my fears.

The bureaucratic structures that require a detail-oriented mindset.

Or the international melting pot that engulfs me here in #berlin


I've lived in about 4 different cities during my time.

Each came with their own secrets & lessons.


$ Leipzig- up & coming alternative artist oasis


$ Bernau- forests, lakes, small town with few foreigners, far from the city


$$ Prenzlauer Berg- family-friendly, safe, parks, fountains, theaters & trams

$$$ Kreuzberg- diverse, upbeat, full of hidden bars, cafes; its charming vibe also attracts gentrification

..


Here are a few practical resources I used to support my long term transition.

This list is NOT about clubs or shops to visit. It's filled with links for companies I currently utilize to make my longterm integration in Germany/Europe easier.


Feel free to use my codes for discounts and free trials, I promise they will help you!

Share it with your friends visiting, studying or moving to Berlin!



Transportation


Uber

Peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.

https://www.uber.com/invite/jazzp333ue

Promo Code: jazzp333ue


Lime

Electric scooter and bike rentals in over 100 countries around the world, helping connect communities in a fun affordable manner.

https://lime.bike/referral/RTMLIX2

Promo Code: RTMLIX2


BVG

Main public transport company in Berlin for trams, buses and trains. Purchase tickets, check schedules and navigate the city.

https://www.bvg.de/en/Tickets/Mobile


Car2go

German car rental company for short and long term trips.

https://www.car2go.com/runr/#/en/US/registration/account-personal?pc=GIMME5


blablacar

The world's leading long-distance carpooling service, connecting drivers with empty seats to people traveling the same way.

https://www.blablacar.de/


Free Now

Order a taxi and pay easily with this app. Available in 100+ cities across Europe and multiple daily deals available!

https://free-now.com/uk/

Promo Code: jazz.pri


Jump

Electric bikes and scooters available on-demand via app.

https://www.jump.com/de/de/



Banking


n26

Create a free mobile bank account and Mastercard that you can manage directly from your phone. Easily withdraw local currency anywhere in Europe to avoid international fees.

https://n26.com/r/jasminep5567

Promo Code: jasminep5567


Payoneer

Whether you are a business owner, professional or freelancer, Payoneer offers you multiple ways to get paid online by international clients and global companies.

https://share.payoneer.com/nav/OVsmmDxFKyGu0y30S1JWgDa14DRFUEEQ8WFo9X_owwcdwOUAmrCuFeD_VbRpVJcL3v--3OexK_4matVpIHfhVw2


Splitwise

Splitwise is a free tool for friends and roommates to track bills and other shared expenses, so that everyone gets paid back.

https://www.splitwise.com/


PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.

https://paypal.me/malipah?locale.x=en_US


Apple Pay

Apple Pay lets you make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. And now send and receive money from friends and family right in Messages.

https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/



Language Development & Communication


SpeakEasy Berlin

German Language school with morning & night classes for all levels.

Focuses on interactive, conversation-based learning experience.

https://www.speakeasysprachzeug.de/en


Duolingo

Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size mobile lessons based on science.

https://invite.duolingo.com/BDHTZTB5CWWKS3NNXON3LIEJ5A


Google Translate

Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-translate/id414706506


Skype

Free messaging or video chat app for your phone. Download Skype for your computer, mobile, or tablet to stay in touch with family and friends all over the world.

https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/


Whatsapp

With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world.

https://www.whatsapp.com/


Messanger

Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. Messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/messenger/id454638411



Lifestyle & Community

Sudio Headphones

Wireless, soundproof earphones perfect for a person on the go, in a fast pace city.

https://www.sudio.com/de/

Use code: “vagabond” for 15% off ANY Sudio Headphones 🎧


Urban Sports Club

The most flexible and diverse sports offer with over 50 types of sports and over 6000 partner venues in 6 countries across Europe. Pick a sport, plug in your availability, location and find the nearest facility.

https://urbansportsclub.com/join-as-friend/JP64582

Promo Code: JP64582


Berlin Creatives Network

A FaceBook group for local creatives to share advice, offer services and resources.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=berlin%20creatives%20network&epa=SEARCH_BOX


WE ARE CREATIVES BERLIN PHOTOGRAPHERS DANCERS TFP MODELES MUSIC CASTING MUA

A FaceBook group for local artist to share advice, submit gigs, open castings, collaborations and aplace to exhibit your craft.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wearecreativesberlin/



Stay connected behind the scenes to see how I've sourced all this information.

You'll catch trial and a whole lot of error as I tell my raw story surviving Berlin.



Instagram: @vagabond.jazz

Facebook: Vagabond Jazz




One Love,

Jazz

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • White Instagram Icon
  • Facebook - MALI PAH
  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGY
  • Google+ - White Circle
0