Let's find a beautiful place to get lost...
Hi, I'm Lotte, born and raised in the Netherlands, happily married to Frank and mother of our little boy D. I'm trying to combine a full-time job, family life and exploring as much of the world as possible! Up until now I lived in Barcelona, London and Amsterdam and visited 40+ countries.
I have always loved travel, but in 2015 a lifelong dream came true: a 5-month trip around the world! This unforgettable trip inspired me to start Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog, a place where I document and share my travel experiences.
What I love about travel?
I created Phenomenal Globe Travel blog not only as a place to write about my travels, but I hope my blog will...
Inspire you to travel and help you plan your trips!
Organized as I am (my friends and family would say this is an understatement☺), I write down every nitty-gritty detail about my travels. And I love sharing my stories and advice on this blog!
Traveling the world...
This blog started as a hobby and for almost 2 years I combined a full-time job in finance with traveling the world and writing about my adventures. I made amazing trips to Cuba, Japan, Thailand and several countries in Europe.
But I couldn't help wanting more... I wanted to travel as much as possible because there are so many beautiful and exciting places in the world! That's why my husband Frank and I both handed in our resignation at work in January 2017 and started our second long-term trip, without a return ticket…
We ended up traveling the world for a year and visited 11 countries (10 new): the U.A.E., Sri Lanka, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia, Taiwan, Canada, the U.S.A., Indonesia, Australia and Iceland. We are now back in the Netherlands and both work full-time jobs again. However, we still love to travel and have a very long list of 'Places We Would Love To Visit' so who knows where we will end up going in the future...
Some more random facts about me
… my husband Frank, we have been happily married for eight years. He is my high school sweetheart and we have been together since I was 15 years old.
... my baby boy D., he makes me smile every day.
… good coffee, fresh smoothies and eating my way around the globe (Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, you name it;-).
… hiking, skiing and diving. In general, I love being outside and being physically active.
… the sweetest parents in the world who took me and my sisters on awesome holidays from a very young age.
… three younger sisters (with lovely husbands), they are the best!
… my driver’s license more than 11 years and never owned a car in the Netherlands. Instead, I bought my first car ever in Canada, for our road trip around North America.
Where to start on Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog?
In the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library you can find all my travel planning resources, tips and advice, where to go, how to get around, budget breakdown infographics, travel itineraries, my packing list and other convenient & downloadable information.
If you are looking for accommodations around the world or my favorite travel gear, check out the Travel Resource Page. On the Destinations page you can see which countries I've visited and see my travel timeline. All my posts can be found on the Blog page or in the Archives. And if you want to get in touch, feel free to send me a message, I'd love to hear from you!
I sincerely hope this information will help you plan your travels!
And know that when it comes to travel, there is no right or wrong. Traveling further and longer isn’t better than making a short trip or even explore something new close to home! But I do encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and travel, because there is a Phenomenal Globe out there, waiting to be explored!