Let's find a beautiful place to get lost...

My name is Lotte, born and raised in the Netherlands and trying to explore as much of the world as possible! Up until now I lived in Barcelona, London and Amsterdam and visited 32 countries. I have always loved travel, but in 2015 a lifelong dream came true: a 5-month trip around the world, it was the best thing I have ever done!

I absolutely loved the feeling of ultimate freedom travelling for months gave me. No plans, no responsibilities, just freedom.

I absolutely loved the feeling of ultimate freedom travelling for months gave me. No plans, no responsibilities, just freedom.

I relished the uncomplicated life of being able to fit everything I own into a backpack and move to the next exciting place.

I relished the uncomplicated life of being able to fit everything I own into a backpack and move to the next exciting place.

I loved meeting new people from different cultures and eating delicious food from tiny street stalls.

I loved meeting new people from different cultures and eating delicious food from tiny street stalls.

I felt thoroughly happy with the little things in life, like a beautiful sunset or a walk on the beach.

I felt thoroughly happy with the little things in life, like a beautiful sunset or a walk on the beach.

LIFE WAS GOOD!

Unsurprisingly, I had a really hard time adapting to ‘normal’ life again when I got back from this amazing journey. There’s only so many times a day you can check Skyscanner for flights to random destinations… And travelling via Schiphol Airport to soak up a little of the travel buzz didn’t make my daily home-work commute any faster.

So I decided to write about the trip we made, which made me relive our amazing journey and so many good memories. This really helped me to give all the impressions and experiences a place. So much has happened in those short, and in other ways infinite, five months and I am definitely not the same person I was when I boarded that plane to beautiful New Zealand.Milford Sound

I discovered that I value different things. Like there’s more to life than work. That I am a happier and a much nicer person when I am traveling. Though I am working hard to be a nice and relaxed person at home as well😉.

The more I wrote, the more I wanted to share my experiences with others! That is the most important reason I created Phenomenal Globe Travel blog:

To inspire you to travel!

The other reason for me to start travel blog is that since I got back, family and friends have asked me about the countries I’ve been to, about tips and advice where to stay, where to go, how to get around, etc. And organized as I am, my friends and family would say this is an understatement☺. 

I have written down every nitty-gritty detail about my travels. Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library where you can find all my travel planning resources, such as budget breakdown infographics, 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.

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!

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Some random facts about me

I love…

… my husband Frank, we have been happily married for seven years. He is my high school sweetheart and we have been together for almost 14 years.
… good coffee, fresh smoothies and Rekorderlig cider.
… hiking, skiing and diving. In general, I love being outside and being physically active.

I have…

… three younger sisters, they are the best!
… the sweetest parents in the world who took me and my sisters on awesome holidays from a very young age.
… my driver’s license more than 11 years but have never owned a car. Though I am considering buying a camper van...

2 Comments

  1. Hi Lotte,

    My name is Kfir and I’ve just finished reading your summary about Laos.
    It seems like you had so much fun and I can’t wait to be there too.

    I was wondering if I’ll stay in prestigious places only, how much more expensive it would be ? (when I say prestigious I mean the same level of the guesthouse in Vang Vieng)

    • Dear Kfir, I am happy to hear you liked my Laos itinerary. Prices always vary depending on the season and on how busy it is in town. However, I am pretty confident you should be able to find some nice places for €20-€25 per night in Laos, which is still a lot of money for accommodation in that region. Have a great trip!

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