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 38 countries.

I have always loved travel, but in 2015 a lifelong dream came true: a 5-month trip around the world! That amazing and unforgettable trip inspired me to start Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog as a place to document my travel experiences.

Wonderful Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand

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.

Eating a delicious vietnamese Banh Mi on in tiny street restaurant

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

Sensational sunset on Langkawi Malaysia

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

Gokyo Lake viewpoint including Mount Everest

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!

From banker to blogger

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! In February 2017 my husband Frank and I both handed in our resignation at work and started our second long-term trip, 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!

Travel advice

Accommodation - Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog Budget breakdown - Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog
Itineraries - Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog Packing lists - Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog

Travel experiences

Diving - Phenomenal Globe Hiking - Phenomenal Globe
Road trips - Phenomenal Globe Skiing - Phenomenal Globe

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!


  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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