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I get a lot of messages, with a lot of questions… I understand the curiosity, but answering the same question a hundred times can get tiring and time-consuming.. Hopefully this frequently asked questions will cut down the questions so I can spent more time drinking caipirinhas on the beach..


WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I’m a 100% Dutch. Born and raised in Apeldoorn, a city somewhere in the middle of the Netherlands.

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WHEN DID YOU START TRAVELLING? 

My passion for travelling started when I was really young, my parents showed me a big part of Europe and when I became 16, instead of going to the Costa del Sol to party, I booked a ticket to Mexico and immersed myself in a new culture. From then on, I spent every holiday in a different country, preferable as far as possible…
My first longterm travel experience was after my studies. I travelled for 9 months through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
4 years later I booked a one way ticket to Cancun in Mexico (the 6th of April 2012). I was planning to go travelling for a year but I guess I got the travel bug and made it 4,5 years. The more you travel the more places you wanna go… I’m back in the Netherlands now but I don’t think I will ever really stop travelling.

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DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE!?

Yes, I’m Dutch! We prefer to double insure everything.. 🙂  But seriously, I would not leave home without insurance! It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, and an even smaller price to pay if you end up having to need it.
I’m insured with World Nomads. It is a travel insurance where you can b
uy, extend & claim everything online, even after you’ve left home! Because.. Be careful! A lot of insurance companies only let you buy the insurance when you’re still at home. World Nomads not only provide the most competitive prices, they also understand traveler’s needs.

Get your quote here:

WHY THIS BLOG

I was travelling for 3 years and never really wrote anything down. On my personal FB page I sometimes posted updates of my travels. Some friends loved it and wanted to see more, some hated it and wanted to see less.. I decided to please both and made a separate Facebook page. An article about me in Vice went viral and soon I was not only posting for my family and friends anymore, but also for 20K + ‘strangers’. I became a travel blogger, without knowing anything about blogging… But I’m getting there! 🙂

WHY DO YOU POST SO INFREQUENTLY?

Because I’m a very lazy writer.. I like to spent most of my time going on adventures! (or drinking cocktails on the beach, I like that too…) And more serious.. I’m not always able to connect to the internet. I kinda like it that there are still remote places with no Wifi! 🙂 

DO YOU WORK ON THE ROAD?

Yes I do, and I love it! It are some of my best experiences on the road. If you work you get to know the place, the people… The possibilities are everywhere and the job offers are endless. From bartending and serving in Australia, Honduras and Peru and even owning a bar on Utila (okay, just for 1 night but still..), to a bit off teaching in Colombia, selling tours in the Galapagos and working as a dive-master/ instructor in Honduras and Thailand. Sometimes for money, sometimes for free accommodation, sometimes for personal fulfilment and sometimes just to meet people and have fun. Ummm.. actually, always to have fun!

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I WANNA DO THE SAME, DO YOU HAVE ADVICE?

Buy a ticket and go! Off course it is not easy to make a life chancing decision but really, you only find out if it is something for you if you just go! Travelling is easier and cheaper then everyone things and you meet so many great people on the road, you just have to be open for everything what comes on your path, take chances! Keep on reading my stories, I do my best to motivate everyone to travel! 😉 If you wanna have personal advise schedule a Skype call with me! I’m only one message away!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING IN YOUR BACKPACK?

My laptop! If you travel for a long time it’s nice to have a laptop to get your information, to stay in contact, to organise your pictures, to watch movies etc. etc..

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HOW CAN YOU AFFORD BEING ON HOLIDAY FOR SO MANY YEARS?

It’s more a lifestyle then a holiday. I am not rich, I am not a trust fund baby and I didn’t won the lottery. I saved money by having a full-time job for 4 years and I sold everything I owned, that’s why a started my trip with a nice bank account. But it’s not about that, it’s how about you manage your money on the road, and I learned that pretty quickly.

I don’t spent money on things I don’t need, I only need what fits in my backpack and I can tell you.. That’s not a lot. Most of the time I cook or eat street food, more tasteful and local anyway and saves a lot of money. (be aware that going out for dinner in SEA is most of the time cheaper than cooking yourself). Same goes for drinking your own bottle of rum to avoid expensive cocktails in the bar. I sleep in dorm rooms. Most people (who don’t travel) think that hostels are dirty and dangerous. I think hostels are amazing places to meet people and some can even be a luxury experience! If it comes to activities, I learned early in my trip that I can not do it all, I can not go diving everywhere where there is a dive site. It’s all about giving and taking when you are on the road for so long. I also still ‘work’ sometimes. But…. The less you spend, the less you need to work, the more time you have. I value time more than money.

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ISN’T IT DANGEROUS TO TRAVEL ALONE AS A WOMAN? 

Depends on what you’re planning on doing but for the most part no, not really. The media have done a fantastic job of scaring most people when it comes to foreign countries. I lived in Honduras for a year, the most dangerous country in the world. Am I still alive? Yes! Did anything happend? No! There are sketchy areas everywhere..

And.. You never really travel alone, you are always surrounded by other people. The only place where I ever felt unsafe was Jordan and still nothing happened but travelling alone as a girl in a moslim country is not always enjoyable.

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HOW DO YOU GET FROM PLACE TO PLACE?

How I get from place to place is easy, I’d take what ever is the cheapest… Be it a train, bus, plane, chicken bus, ferry, shared taxi, rickshaw, tuk tuk, collectivo or the occasional hitch hike. I have all the time, I don’t care where I’m going, how I get there, or how long it takes. I see the road as one big adventure, it’s all about the journey! My favourite site is Skyscanner, select where you are, select oneway (I never book a return), select the whole month/year, and choose the destination: “everywhere”. And then book the cheapest flight! Is that not the ultimate freedom?! Also Rome2rio is a cool site where they show you all ways (bus/plane/car/train/ferry/etc) to get from place to place! 

ARE YOU FOR REAL?

01101010 01100001. I mean, Yes.

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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRIES?

ANTARCTICA, Bolivia, Honduras, Slovenia, Philippines, Myanmar, Peru, Colombia, Ahhh… Mexico is awesome too. Hard to decide. There are too many great places in this world! 

CAN I  JOIN YOU?

Sure, as long as we get along. But I don’t plan, I can’t tell you where I am tomorrow, I’m all over the place and don’t be mad if I wanna continue without you…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY?

That’s really hard, I got so many amazing memories with so many amazing people I met on the road. Okay I try.. I went skydiving and hanggliding in Australia, zip lined, mountain biked and wildwater raft to Machu Pichu, Saw all the amazing animals in the Galapagos, dove with dolphins and whale sharks, witnessed the most beautiful sunsets and rises all over the world, experienced volcano eruptions and earthquakes, had some of the best parties ever, opened a bar on Utila, did my dive master and instructor on Utila, sailed the Caribbean, hitchhiked through the balkan, paraglide in Colombia, saw a world cup match Peru agains Ecuador, sand board in Peru, Volcano board in Nicaragua.. Just to name some! You can also read my 25 best travel experiences.

YOU INSPIRE ME! CAN I DONATE TO YOUR TRIP?

Okay this is not the most common question, but one of my favourite ones! So yes I made this possible! You will be my hero and I will love you forever! You can donate through Paypal, by clicking on donate:  

CAN I ALSO FOLLOW YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Sure! I’m addicted to Facebook! Going to love Instagram! Youtube is on the way… LinkedIn is from my professional me! And Twitter, twitter too I guess… You can go to my pages by clicking on the buttons:

I hope I answered your questions!
If not… Sent me a message on Facebook or Call me! 🙂

-X- Maartje

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