"The world is a book and if you don't travel you only read one page"
Born in 1977 in Hulst close to the Belgian border, I now live in Utrecht, Holland, together with my girlfriend Eva and since the 29th of March 2015 we have a son named Sverre.
I work in Breda, combining a not so bad salary with about 11 weeks of holidays a year. That way I can travel quite a few times a year, keeping my head clear...;-)
Travelling, collecting watches, darts, cars, photography, reading, wine (mostly beer though) and dine and my girlfriend. Sometimes all these things can be combined of course. I am a bit of a geography freak, looking at maps for hours, knowing all countries and capitals and more of that freaky stuff. Oh well....I have been to over 100 countries right now, hoping to visit dozens more in the near future. I am also keen on visiting UNESCO sites, although it's not important enough to make huge detours.
I am mostly a nature fan, with big skies, wide open spaces, deserts, jungles, isolated islands, wildlife and national parks. My favourites in this regard are Namibia, South Africa, East Africa, Southern Morocco, Outback Australia, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, The Big Island Hawaii, North Korea, Indian Tiger Reserves/Parks, Southwest Bolivia, Northern Chile, Patagonia, Amazon Basin, Pantanal, Western USA, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominica, Saba, Montserrat, Cuba, Syria, Lebanon, Georgia, Armenia, Iceland, Western Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Faroe Islands, The Dutch Wadden Islands and Switzerland.
Still, I enjoy walking around cities as well, though with many I can't really be bothered too much. The nicest ones are San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C., New York City, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, Havana, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Beirut, Damascus, Istanbul, Lisbon, Porto, Odessa, Kiev, Tallinn, Vilnius, Stockholm, Prague and of course....Utrecht...:)
16 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
30 May 2017 - 08 Jun 2017
Visiting: Netherlands and Spain.
23 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
Visiting: Netherlands and United Kingdom.
I travelled to Canada 4 times, to various parts of the country: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in the east and British Columbia in the west. Been to Toronto and the Niagara Falls and the southern area of Ontario, to Montreal, Quebec City and surroundings, to Halifax and Cape Breton, and to St. John's and much of Newfoundland including Gros Morne NP. Vancouver to Whistler and Vancouver Island I have visited as well.
Living in the Netherlands, I travelled extensively across many parts of Europe, from the off the beaten track Faroe Islands to glitzy Paris or ancient Rome. Also travelled a lot in Eastern Europe, including unusual ones like Moldova, Kosovo and the Caucasus countries. So if you have questions about Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Alps, British Isles or many cities, please ask.
Travelled around the Caribbean islands a few times, visiting quite a few islands including Saba, Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Montserrat. Also several others and the biggest of them all: Cuba. Wrote the Caribbean Ferries article here on TP and know quite a bit about transport in general.
Travelled to the Faroe Islands in september 2010 and visited about 10 of the 18 islands, mostly by car, also using ferries and a helicopter once. Can help you out with getting around, main towns, accommodation etc. Much of the info can be found in the travelguide article, but need you know more, please ask..:)
Travelled through much of the western part of the USA during three trips in 2010, 2011 and 2013, in total about 11 weeks. Visited cities like San Francisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Tucson, San Diego and Las Vegas, and many national parks in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Wyoming. In 2013, I also travelled to Washington, D.C. and New York City and south towards Savannah and Florida, visiting the Everglades NP, Key West, Miami and a few other smaller places. Later that year visited the northwest from Seattle across much of Washington State and Oregon towards San Francisco, which I visited again in 2017 combined with The Big Island, Hawaii.
I have travelled by car from Melbourne to Darwin and from Sydney to Cairns, both along the coast as well as through the Outback. Probably I can help you with some Outback questions and how to travel around by car.
I live in the Netherlands and have visited all provinces and most cities, like Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Living in Utrecht, I know most about that province/city.
I stayed about a week in this very small country, visiting most places of interest, like Jerewan, Lake Sevan and Echmiadzin.
Although I only visited the higher parts of the country (Altiplano) I can help you with this part, from Tupiza in the south to Copacobana in the north and all places in between.
I traveled to Brazil during two totally different trips. But out of the main cities and far away from the beaches. If you are going to the Iguacu Falls, Pantanal and Amazon Basin on the other hand, I might be of some use to you! This also applies to the extreme south: Rio Grande do Sul.
As it is one of my favorite countries, I know a lot of many places in Chile. Especially the northern and southern most parts have my interest: Atacama and Patagonia.
Travelled by car through this magnificent country of caribbean communism. Ask for information as much as you want. Visited Havana, Vinales region, Trinidad, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa.
Haven't spend that much time in Georgia, but I visited most nice places, like Gori, Tblisi, Batumi and the Kaukasus. As there are not so many travel helpers for Georgia, I will help as much as I can.
One of the most bizar countries I have been to, ask for information if you want, about places but also about the rules in this country and how you manage to get there in the first place.
Before the israeli lebanese war I travelled most of the country in 2005. From Tripoli to Beirut, to Sidon, the Bekaa valley (zahle wine region) and to Bcharre and the Cedars.
Travelled through the southern parts of this beautiful country, across deserts and mountains and along the coast and to Marrakech.
I travelled by car independently in Namibia and know the top places, like the Fish River Canyon, the coastal areas, Namib and Kalahari deserts, Etosha NP and places in between.
My first big trip I stayed for about a month in New Zeland, visiting most places except the Bay of Islands. So Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Taupo, Nelson, Westcoast (glaciers), the Fjords and southernmost part around Invercargill.
Travelled through this magnificent country from the north cape to Oslo. It is my European favorite.
Travelled around South Africa 3 times for about a month in 2009, 2011 and 2013, mainly in the central and northern parts, including the Kalahari, the Karoo and some coastal areas like the Cape Region. Been to Madikwe and Pilanesberg Game Reserves twice and three times to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the latter totalling about 3 weeks, so can help you with that too. Been a few times to Clarens, Golden Gate Highlands NP and the Drakensberg Region too.
Although independent travel to the Pitcairn Islands is impossible without your own yacht, I am probably one of only a few members here on travellerspoint that has been there. To the main island (Pitcairn) as well as both Oeno and Henderson Island (not to Ducie unfortunately, the fourth one). The article in the travelguide is pretty complete, but if you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask me personally.