Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican, Vietnam
Quitting my job to travel full-time...
I have always loved travel but since getting back from my 5 month trip to Southeast Asia and New Zealand my wanderlust has fully taken over. For one and a half year I tried combining a full-time job with traveling the world and 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 had led to a drastic decision...
2017 is going to be epic because I’m going on another long-term trip! This time without a return ticket… My husband and I both handed in our resignation at work and in January we'll be on a plane to a yet to be decided destination. We’ll be traveling until we either run out of money or decide it’s been enough, whichever comes first.
I am so excited but also a little scared, giving up my job and fixed income. But I am so happy to follow my heart and once again experience the ultimate freedom and happiness long-term travel gives me.
We have no plans (yet ) so I am open to suggestions where to kick off our trip! Countries I am considering visiting are Sri Lanka, Nepal, Taiwan and Australia. But I have a very long list of 'Places I Would Love To Visit' so who knows where I will end up going...
|1987-2004: I am very lucky with parents who took me and my sisters on fantastic family travels through Europe. We went camping most of the time, changing location every couple of days. I still love this style of travelling, back to basic and being able to pack up your things and leave for the next destination. I have so many fond memories of these holidays!|
|June 2005: my first holiday alone, well, without my parents. After graduating high school I went to Bodrum in Turkey with a couple of friends. Being 2 months short of turning 18 my parents actually had to sign several forms giving me permission to go on this trip, luckily, they did.|
|July 2006: I returned to Turkey in the summer of 2006, again with a couple of friends. A fun and sunny week in Antalya.|
|September 2007: a week on Crete, Greece. The first trip my boyfriend (and since 2009 husband) and I took with just the two of us. Sweet memories.|
|February – June 2008: studying in Barcelona for five months. It was my first time being in a foreign country for an extended period of time and I loved it! Speaking Spanish, making lots of international friends, sunny weather every day, eating tapas every night and a little bit of studying on the side;-)|
|July 2008: an epic three week road trip around the Northern half of Spain, including visits to Madrid and Toledo’. The holiday my road trip addiction was born…|
|October 2008: a week on a sailboat in Croatia. Never in my life have I seen such clear water (except 7 years later at Tioman). At one point I thought the boat was going to hit the ground while the navigation system said the depth was over 30ft… That’s how clear the water was!|
|November 2009: Honeymoon! With my husband obviously;) After a wonderful wedding we had a relaxing honeymoon on Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Isles. A very special trip.|
|May 2010: a short trip to Scotland which was my first visit to the U.K. I loved Loch Lomond and Edinburgh, I drank cider for the first time in my life (jummie, why don’t we have this in the Netherlands) and visited a whiskey distillery.|
|October 2010: a week in Italy topped off with a weekend in Rome. I absolutely love Italy... The people, the language, the food, the climate, the incredible amount of history and beautiful old buildings. Love it!|
|July 2011: another fun road trip, driving 7000km in three weeks! Discovering the South of Spain (with the Alhambra in Granada and Seville as my personal highlights), the coast of Portugal and including a two-day flash visit to Morocco. So much fun!|
|October 2011: a weekend in London and I fell head over heels in love with the city! Little did I know back then that I would end up living there…|
|August 2012: two weeks on Mallorca. I was totally surprised to discover Mallorca is not just a party island, it’s actually really beautiful! I can absolutely recommended renting a car to explore the island!|
|April 2013: a short road trip to Bretagne with a visit to St. Malo, the cutest village ever, as the absolute highlight.|
|May – August 2013: living in London for four months, awesome! Since I already knew I would start a new job in September I used this opportunity to thoroughly explore the city. I absolutely loved it, London is my all-time favorite Western city.|
|November 2013: a city trip to Prague, a beautiful city with a rough edge to it. One building can be spotlessly clean while the building next to it is blackened and crumbling to pieces. Definitely an intriguing city with a lot of history.|
|September 2014: a week on Sardinia wasn’t nearly enough time to discover this gorgeous island in the Mediterranean Sea.|
|January – May 2015: a lifelong dream and the trip that caused me to start this blog: a five-month trip to New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia. Best thing I have ever done in my life.|
|August 2015: a 5-day visit to my beloved London and falling in love with the city all over again. Revisiting old favorites and discovering new ones.|
|September 2015: a last-minute escape to the sun… A wonderful trip to Sao Miguel, the Azores, Portugal. One of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen!|
|November 2015: I arrived in Paris on Friday the 13th of November, the day of the awful terrorist attacks. An emotional weekend that I will remember for the rest of my life.|
|March 2016: visiting Cuba was very special. I traveled to this fascinating country with my mom and I was touched by the friendliness of the people and their sense of community. They may not have much but they share what they have with each other. The country but mostly the people have a special place in my heart.|
|April - May 2016: I traveled to Japan, country of the rising sun, and was blown away by the gorgeous nature, the friendly and helpful people, the delicious food and the interesting culture of the country where East meets West. 4 seasons in 1 month and countless experiences made this a very memorable trip!|
|June 2016: I took an impromptu trip to Andalusia to spend a couple of days with my parents on their road trip around Spain and Portugal. In 3 wonderful and relaxed days I visited cute whitewashed villages, gorgeous national parks and stunning Seville.|
|July - August 2016: I returned to Southeast Asia after having missed it for more than a year... Upon arriving in Thailand the food, heat&humidity, temples, people, organized chaos and unmistakable smell of incense brought back so many happy memories of my 5 month trip! Exploring Sukhothai and Ayuthaya were definite highlights, as was relaxing on tiny Koh Samet.|
|September 2016: I went sailing around the Central Dalmatian Archipelago in Croatia for a week and absolutely loved exploring the islands Hvar, Vis, Biševo and Brač! Wonderful clear water, beautiful bays for snorkeling and some of the cutest villages I have ever seen…|
|October 2016: for our 7-year wedding anniversary my husband and I made a 5-day road trip around Ireland with a camper van. We were extremely lucky with the weather and loved exploring this amazing island together!|
PS. I did not include them in my travel timeline but every winter I go skiing in Switzerland or Austria. I absolutely love skiing and every year again I am blown away by the sensational surroundings.