It’s about the journey, not the destination

As a traveller, be prepared to be flexible. Things are not always going to go the way you planned. You might run out of money, have to sleep in uncomfortable places or have to take a huge detour. Don’t let this put you off. Unexpected turns often make for the best adventures. Last summer, a mistake brought me to visit Romania for the first time and it was actually a place I loved.

Evacuation
Monday morning, it was still dark. Considering it was summer, can you imagine at what horrible hour I must have gotten up? My boyfriend joked that he hoped I would be back at his front door that night after he would get home from work. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t matter now. I was going to fly away from it. Knowing my signature is being always late, I take precautions being extra early for things that don’t wait—such as flights. Meaning the whole getting up extremely early thing was probably not even necessary if I had a normal feeling for time management like most people, but no. I prefer to get up in the middle of the night to make sure I get to the airport 5 hours in advance, rather than 2 minutes late. Since it was my decision to go this early I was fully prepared for getting up really early and than waiting 5 long hours, sweaty, in order to save some room in my backpack. When it was time to board I wasn’t anymore grumpy than usual despite having spent a full working day awake before noon. Then it happened. Flight delayed… Ok. Nothing happened to my mood yet. I was still going on a holiday and my friend in Belgrade could probably wait an hour more. Only, it wasn’t just my flight that was delayed, it was pretty much all of them. Something was off, but the airport gave no notice of what was going on. After about 40 minutes I decided that it was time to figure out for myself what was going on. You don’t need to be a master researcher to find out what the airport is not telling you… The rest of the world new already that the traffic control tower had been evacuated because of a strange penetrant smell.

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What’s New?

Dear Readers,

You might have noticed that I have been away for a while. My last post was on January 29th and it was a guest post, not my experience even. I can hardly believe it. Having been sucked up by uni and travelling a bit myself left no room for continuing my baby here. Obviously, things die if you don’t take good care of them, so I lost a lot of readers, exposure and income. Luckily, that is not what I am writing for. I love to write and to share good stories and great places with you, topped up by a giveaway now and again. As a matter of fact, I can start by giving away a nice summerdress for you to enjoy the last weeks of summer in (or to use for a nice trip to the sun while the trees are already losing shredding their leaves in your country). For more about the offer and more on what to come please continue reading.

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Deep into the Volcano – Frank de Jong

A long lasting memory from Iceland

Iceland is known for their glaciers and volcanos. Everybody remembers the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. In Iceland they only remember how foreign reporters would pronounce the name There is also a place called Þríhnúkagígur where you can find a sleeping volcano. It goes down around 700 feet (around 200 meters) and is particularly known for its intense beauty and for the fact you can actually go down there.

Which I have. At the end of my exchange period I decided to have one last trip. At the time I didn’t have a driver license and I had seen a lot of Iceland at that point. In summer I couldn’t really go on a glacier or a take a trip inside an ice cave. After a while I found out there was a volcano where you could descent into and after seeing a clip of Þríhnúkagígur in this documentary I decided I just had to go there.

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A weekend in Ghent

Trip: A weeked in Ghent Date: 25 – 27 November 2016
Route: Delft – Roosendaal – Antwerp – Ghent
Transport to Ghent: Train Transport in Ghent: Tram, bus, walking
Company: Aegee Delft Stayed the night at: Hosted at someone’s house Highlights: Gentse Gruut Brewery ghent

Faraway places with incomprehensble languages, white sand beaches, never-ending rainforests or fields of eternal snow are the dream of any traveller. However, sometimes we should not forget to explore the gems closer to home. Especially when you are working or studying fulltime it can be hard to travel as often as you want and as far as you want. The positive side of this is that you start appreciating what lies more at reach. One of these destinations for me was Ghent, in Belgium. Of most destinations I go to I have certain expectation. I do my research well and know all the things I want to do and see. When I meet people who did things that weren’t yet on my list, that list will just expand and expand. For Ghent this wasn’t the case. Just another city not too far from home where they brew good beers. Alright then. However, Ghent managed to positively suprise me. For example, how many cities have a castle right in the middle of it? Or that sweets exist that you had never heard of before? Or that it is possible to brew beer without the use of hop?

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Giveaway Special!

(For readers with an adress in Belgium or the Netherlands)

It have been an amazing few weeks in which my blog has gained more and more traffic. A fantastic event, because that means more people are getting inspired by my stories and sharing stories and inspiring people to travel is exactly my goal. Travelling is one of the few things you can be that actually makes you richer and if everybody would open themselves up to be influenced and amazed by new cultures, languages, people and environments the world would be a much better place.

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If you got here, you must be either a readily addicted traveller looking for more inspiration, or a first-time traveller who has set the first step of orientating yourself in the world of travel. Whatever your reason may be for checking out my page, I love that you are here and I want to thank you and inspire you to keep up your travel motivation. In order to do so, I am allowed to give out a very handy gadget to one of you…

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Thailand Survival Phrases

“Vegetarian”  is not a word often heard in South-East Asia and you certainly should not think that the lady at the street food stall will be able to understand any English. It can be funny doing an half-hour improvisation mime to try and explain that you want rice with eggs and veggies, but without meat, but doing this three times a day, every day can get a bit boring. If you are now thinking that you do not have any dietary requirements and therefore will not end up in this situation, be warned that there can be other situations where you wished you could communicate a bit more clearly.

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Exploring the Ghost Tower

Abandoned places are really my cup of tea, so if I find any, you can be sure that I will keep nagging and whining until

Expedition Ghost Tower: By night

Expedition Ghost Tower: By night

somebody comes with me to explore the mystery with me. Naturally this happened in Bangkok too. I am very sure that a massive city such as Bangkok has a lot to offer for Urban Explorers, but the most well-known abanadoned tower must be Sathorn Unique Tower – better known as “The Ghost Tower” to backpackers. I already briefly mentioned this unique establishment in my top things to do in Bangkok, but this post will contain my personal and not super succesful experience as well as tips and tricks on how to be more succesful than I was. Although I must say, luck plays a little part in it.

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And the next trip goes to….. + Giveaway

For those who have been following my blog closely and who have read more than just the intro page and for those who know me personally it might not be the biggest of surprises, however I have never yet announced it to the rest of my readers. I haven’t yet even finished older posts, but I do think that this is the right time to make you guys look forward to my next trip. With this I don’t mean my weekend in Ghent or one night in London that are in the list on November, but I mean my Christmas and New year’s trip. I have already spent a New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and Denmark, but I am certain that the next one is going to be very special….

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5 on the road jobs I checked out for you

How can you afford to travel so often? This is a question most (long-term) travellers get asked a lot, because travelling is quite expensive, or is it? In fact, it does not have to be. Travelling can be expensive if you don’t know the tips and tricks in the field. Tour companies are trying to make as much of a profit as they can and getting about is the easiest if everything is readily arranged for you, so people pay the price. Nowadays, loads of people have discovered that their is an alternative: a group of nomads that try to travel for cheap or free. No wonder that millions of guides on how to travel for nearly nothing have popped up recently. The tips given in these articles can be helpful, but the fact remains that we need to eat, sleep and move ourselves around – at the very least.

So how CAN we afford to travel forever? The answer is simple when you are ready to accept that travelling is not the same as taking a holiday. Long-term travellers are not always living it up on sunny beaches with a cocktail in their hand and a surfboard under their arm. That is part of it, on their day off. Every long-term traveller that was not born a millionaire or won the lottery does one thing on the road that others do in the same office everyday…. That’s right. They work.

However, working and travelling can easily go hand in hand, which is why I wrote this short guide to 5 jobs I have had on the road, to help and inspire you on your quest to travel forever.

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Winwinwin!!

Tropilex “Hammock-Chair” – GiveAway!! (Dutch Adresses onlytropical_lounger_lychee)

Is it a hammock or is it a chair? Well, it is both and whatever you want to call it, it is awesome to hang around in (see what I did there?). With Winter coming up we can only dream of holidays on the beach, cocktail in hand, chilling out in your hammock. Part of this dream can come true with this unique offer. Tropilex is a brand that sells high-quality amazing hammocks and chairs and has allowed me to give one of these amazing Tropical Lounge “Hammock-Chairs” to one of you, for FREE!

So do you want to get a bit closer to that relaxed summer feeling? Here is what you need to do:
1. Subscribe your e-mail to my blog or like my facebook page (check out the side-bar—>)
2. Leave a comment which colour hammock chair you would like to win.
-Lychee
– Autumn
– Sunny
– Ocean
– Raspberry
You can check out the different colours here

You can enter until Monday the 7th of November. Unfortunately only if you live in the Netherlands.
Tuesday the 8th I will pick a winner who will receive one of these amazing chairs.

Update: A week has flown by and it is Tuesday the 8th of November, time to announce a winner.
Congratulations… Roel! Our winner will sit nice and comfortably soon. For those who haven’t won, no worries. Next week I have a new product to give away!

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