I’m Maartje, born with a name only dutch people can pronounce, I climb trees, I love fried chicken and I’m not a writer. Yes that pretty much sums it up but if you scroll down you can find some more info!
WHY THIS BLOG
I’m not a writer but you are on my blog, and yes I write all the stories myself. I thought if you have good stories, you get good articles. It’s like if you see nice things, you don’t have to be a photographer to get a nice picture. After 3+ years on the road, I realised I never wrote anything down. I was too busy living my awesome life. Now I think, what if I’m old and I can’t remember all those crazy things I do?! My motto is “sharing is caring” so that’s why I also put it on the internet but really… I do this for myself, I need something to smile about when I’m old… 🙂
I started to be a full-time traveller on the 6th of april 2012. It was the first day of my new life. I was ready to board my flight to Cancun with, what I called, “a one way ticket to paradise.” At that time, I didn’t know that I wouldn’t come back for a very long time… I had no idea what to expect. Well, I was guessing that it would be amazing, but I didn’t know that this was the beginning of a new chapter: “The best time of my life….”
Before I left I had everything what I always wanted. I had a fantastic job managing projects in the IT, a comfortable salary, owned a house with my boyfriend, drove an Audi and was surrounded by the bestest friends… I can tell you, I joined the rat race. I’d conformed to society’s expectations, I was 28 years young and all I had to do was live the rest of my life… Right!? Yet something kept coming to the forefront of my mind over and over again. After a couple of years of this lifestyle the routine had settled in and I started to think… IS THIS IT??
CHANGE AND TAKE THE RISK
Making a big life change is not easy, it’s scary! Especially because I loved my job, I loved my life and everyone and everything in it. But I couldn’t live with asking myself the “IS THIS IT” question all the time. I wanted to travel! I wanted freedom! I didn’t want any commitment! I decided to take the risk, quit my job, sold everything I owned, got rid of all the unnecessary insurances and stepped out of my comfort zone in the hope miracles would happen. And they did, and still do.
I am not rich, I am not a trust fund baby and I didn’t won the lottery. I saved money by having my fulltime job for 4 years and I sold everything I owned. Now I live on a budget and work along the way so I can do this hopefully until I’m done, not until my money last…
On the road I experience another way of living then the most of us. I travel through and live in different countries. I develop the best of friendships with different nationalities. I try new (scary) things on a daily basis. I’m meeting the most interesting people around the world. I eat food I never tasted before. I immerse myself in new cultures. I fall in love with places and people. I’m curious and look beyond what is right in front of me. I Take risks, a lot of risks. I get crazy, really crazy…. And all that makes for good stories, funny stories, interesting stories..
I hope you like them!
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Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
2003 – 2007 | Studied Business Economics and did what students do. Good times.
2007 – 2008 | Went on a 9 months holiday with my boyfriend to Australia, New Zealand & SEA.
2008 – 2011 | Worked at a software company and was building up my boring life.
2012 | Quit my job and booked a one way ticket to Mexico.
2013 | Needed to go home, stayed for a month and booked a one way ticket to Indonesia.
2014 | Became a Scuba Dive Instructor and worked in Honduras.
2015 | Became a Travel Blogger and a wannabe Digital Nomad.
2016 | Launched this site. Still living my dream…