Currently, it’s such a weird time that I had to write a blog. To be able to really remember these times and what is happening all around us. Something that was only happening in movies is now the new reality – there is a virus outbreak. It’s called the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It sounds scary and at first it also was. Not knowing how bad it would actually affect people, there were scary stories on the news of many people dying – first in China, then big outbreaks in Italy and Spain and eventually also the Netherlands. At first it seemed like the virus would stay in China and we would be fine in Europe, but of course that was naive. With all the traveling around the world that is going in on – it spread super fast. A lot of countries went into ‘lockdown’ not being able to leave their houses at all. And end of March, it’s gotten to a point in the Netherlands as well that everyone was sent home from work.
Travel to me means something that is a bit out of your comfort zone – going the extra mile, adventure, exploring new places that you might not have thought of before and opening up your mind to new cultures. I love to travel and I was lucky enough to go and travel to some amazing places like Cuba, Morocco, South-Africa and Israel. Places that I heard goods stories about but was quite reluctant to visit at first, afraid of the unknown, a culture shock. I would have never thought of going to South-Africa (Africa really never appealed to me, while now I cannot wait to get back someday). Isreal scared me because all the crazy stories you hear about the wars on the news, but it was such a wonderful destination to spend a family holiday there – who would have known ;)
Looking back the last 2 years, it was really wonderful. I encountered a lot of growth in my job, I had a solid base of friends around me, travelled to beautiful places and last but not least: I met the love of my life! I feel so lucky about all these things and I think that because of the fact that I am so happy, I found myself being less behind my computer writing blog articles and more out undertaking things. I ‘needed’ my blog less, to write down my thoughts, I had less concerns to overthink and was able to discuss them with my boyfriend. However, I still really love having my own blog and I want to keep my hobby alive! So hereby starting off with the first blog of 2018 (in July, damnit ;)). Continue reading “How to travel more often and find good deals – 5 tips!”
Hey there. It’s been a while! I personally take it as a good thing, have been distracted with fun things and not being behind my computer all the time. However, I still really wanted to write this post, and now that I’m on the train, it feels like the right time! End of May, I was able to make my first longer travel outside Europe! So far, I’ve been to New York, last year to The Dutch Caribbean island Bonaire and now… Cuba! Continue reading “Tips for preparing a vacation to Cuba”