Hey, I'm Jules

Travel Guru

Age: 40 I'm old school baby : )

Where's home?

Home is where my passport is…

My roots lie in East Germany but I’ve spent most of my life on the road travelling.

At the moment you’ll find me and my backpack in the Netherlands… proudly representing RPT Europe HQ : )

Languages spoken:

My German might be a bit rusty but I can adapt every accent : )

Thanks to Sex and the City and working with my favourite brit boyyyyss : ) english became my second language over the years.

I can also order my coffee in spanish, french and dutch… and that’s all I need to survive.

Time spent in Australia and NZ:

On and off since 1st February 2006 ~ yes, I remember the date.

The beginning of a wonderful love affair…

A little about me:

Growing up behind a wall definitely shaped my longing for freedom.

Travelling was never so much about the destination but more a kind of lifestyle. The classic travel bug… once you’ve started you can’t stop.

I’ve studied Journalism in Germany and initially came to Sydney to work for a newspaper… Before I knew it I found myself in a camper driving up the coast kicking all good intentions of a normal life out of the window…

Instead of working for the newspaper, I wrote a book about my travels (Stempelmädchen. Freiheit im Gepäck. (https://cutt.ly/NrSftjw) and started helping others exploring this side of the world.

Australia has always been the closest to what I’d call home and I love sharing this passion with everyone out there…

Favourite spot in Australia:

There’s something about Byron Bay. It’s one of those rare places where I can be my true hippie self and live my life how I want to ~ barefoot.

But my heart will always be down south… I’m a Sydney-sider through and through. Life’s a beach and we have 150 of them – take that Melbourne : )

Best moment in Australia:

Somewhere in Queensland, 3 am in the morning, I’m waking up from shaky movements and squeaky noises in our camper and I’m about to have a go at my friends for having fun…

Further investigations revealed a pair of wombats rubbing themselves extensively under our camper… loving life! That moment when a wombat looks at you angrily for interrupting his favourite thing and keeps on going for hours – priceless.

Backpacker tips:

I have to quote Jack Kerouac on that one…

“Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless, And don’t be sorry.”

Type of traveller:

Curious & happy with the simple things… feet in the sand and head in the clouds…

I can’t help but wonder what the world looks like from the top of a mountain.

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Absolutely recommended to anyone wanting to take the stress out of booking a camper van! Ben made the process for me so smooth and he genuinely cared for what my trip entailed and catered right to it! Blown away with his kindness and couldn’t be more happy with the price and deal we go for our van!

10/10 service! So helpful and friendly! Looking forward to heading on the trip already 😊

Chiara Ocampo
30 May 2024

Jenna & Ryan are very professionals and helpful. Wish them the best

This shout out is for James! He took all of our worries,stress and anxiety about our up coming snow road trip and chucked them out the window. In under 30 minutes he had us booked with a better deal,upgraded vehicle and many laughs. Just for his service alone we will be back for every holiday! Thanks heaps James we look forward to our holiday because of you, now I can drive to Sydney today with a clear mind and no worries of having to sleep on my bike in the middle of the snow ⛄️ I have to mention his concern for safety was top notch with not wanting myself or my partner to have a bed fall on our heads again 😂

Lucy Sudworth
29 May 2024

Jenna and Ryan were very helpful from the beginning to the end of the booking process. They shared all the details needed for our trip and in good time. Once our trip had been confirmed Ryan supported us through the phone call explaining next steps, payment and the process. We are very happy with the service we received! Thank you again and we look forward to our trip!

Rachel Boyd
29 May 2024

Ben made our camper van booking experience a breeze, very professional and easy process, would be happy to recommend to anyone!

Chloe Brough
29 May 2024

Mikey was very efficient and easy to deal with, we booked a camper and the whole process took around 1 hour from him getting us prices, speaking to different dealerships and us paying our deposit. He was happy to answer any questions we had and shared lots of information regarding routes, campsites and the day to day travel in a camper. We would definitely recommend!

ross leondiou
29 May 2024

They were super helpful in finding me a motor home at the last minute—-received great assistance from James

Cathy A
28 May 2024

Ben from Ratpack Travel was absolutely amazing in helping find the perfect van & best deal for our dream WA holiday. Best customer service ever! They know their products inside out & I would use them again & again!

Blake Seers
27 May 2024

George was awesome to deal with! Really knowledgeable and very helpful. Highly recommend!

Laila Keller
27 May 2024

The service at RatPack-Travel is absolutely great! Ryan took a lot of time to answer all my questions and always clarified everything very quickly. The telephone consultations were easy to understand and everything was clearly explained. Even when my plans changed and I had to adjust my booking, he clarified everything directly with the car rental company and I was able to adjust my booking very quickly and without any problems. I always received an answer within minutes. I am extremely satisfied, thank you Ryan from RatPack-Travel!

James Help us in all the proces and was an absolute Legend! He found the best deal posible for what we wanted to do and withing the buddget. Also provided us with some helpfull information for sugesting itinerarys on things to do and see, as well of apps for finding campsites and campervan sites. 1000% recomended! what a grat custumer service And if this wasnt enought all the service was free!

Deb Barnes
24 May 2024

Thank you Lucas for making it easy to book mum and my camping holiday. You were patient and a joy to deal with. You were able to get a great rate of payment and your help was much appreciated.

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24 May 2024

Anna was so helpful and kind, she helped me book a van for my friend and I. She was on top of all my questions and was so lovely to work with 😁

Just booked a van for NZ for 2 weeks. Ben made the booking so easy and hassle free, will definitely be recommending RatPack in the future

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