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

Hi, I'm Lotte, born and raised in the Netherlands, happily married to Frank 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! Little did I know how much this trip would change me...

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

I loved the feeling of ultimate freedom long-term travel 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.

When I got back from my 5 month trip around the world I found it very difficult to adapt to ‘normal’ life again. Going from ultimate freedom to spending my time inside an office again was a pretty big adjustment...

To cope with my 'acclimatization issues' I decided to write about our trip, because it made me relive our amazing journey and so many good memories. It also helped me to give all the impressions and experiences a place.

So much happened in those short, and in other ways infinite, five months and I realized I was not the same person who boarded that plane to beautiful New Zealand.

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Travel changed me... I discovered that I value different things. Like there’s more to life than work. That I am a happier and a much more relaxed person when I am traveling. That nothing is more important than spending quality time with family and friends.

And most of all: I learned to follow my heart to realize my dreams... That is why I created Phenomenal Globe Travel blog:

To 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!

From banker to blogger

For one and a half 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 want to travel as much as possible because there are so many beautiful and exciting places in the world!

And so my unstoppable wanderlust led to a drastic decision...

At the start of 2017 Frank and I both handed in our resignation at work to go on another Big Trip Around The World, this time without a return ticket…The plan is to travel until we either run out of money or decide it’s been enough, whichever comes first. Of course I'll share our adventures with you, you can read about them on the blog or follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

Some more 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…

… 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 but have never owned a car.

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 love to hear from you!

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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!

4 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!

    • Hi Sheyamalie, thank you very much! We are absolutely loving our time in Sri Lanka🙂. xx Frank & Lotte

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