Hiking New Zeealand, Blue Lakes Tasman Valley, Mount Cook National Park

Resolutions 2018: Habit building & Hiking

Can we still make New Year’s resolutions? I am sure we can. Maybe even better to do it now, because I bet that by the start of February it’s likely to have experienced failure in some kind of way. It’s tempting to let go of our good intentions after a few mistakes, but instead of abandoning our resolutions, let’s reconsider them.

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Trail Sisters

Best nine hikes of 2017

Happy New Year! Time to reflect on the year that passed.

Bittersweet memories.

Sweet. The travels to Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand. Seeing my trailsisters again, wild camping with A. under the stars, drinking coffee together wherever we are.

Bitter. Missing New Zealand. Being harsh on myself on the choices I make. Doubting, ruminating.

Not surprising that both my brother and boyfriend gave me the same book for Christmas: the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. I should learn to give less f*cks. Because there is nothing real bitter in my life.

Memories though, can be bittersweet.

Before getting all too sentimental here, let’s go back to the highlights of the year: my best moments, pictures, and hikes.

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Our travel memories of 2016

Hello there! I’m back! Back on the blog, back from a long adventure in New Zealand. During my travels overseas, I soon discovered that I’m not made for blogging while travelling. First of all, hiking – or tramping as the kiwis call it – is exhausting. On ‘zero days’ (hiking jargon for days of zero walked kilometres, but not to be confused with rests days) I was happy if I could get a little bit of rest, because usually zero days were filled with ‘camp chores’ such as resupplying food, and doing laundry. I also tried to keep up with my personal diary, and instead of blogging I tried to frequently post short updates on instragram. Even that was a challenge from time to time. Blogging is even more time-consuming and frankly, although I like writing very much, I like hiking and travelling even more. So I decided to fully live the hiking and travel life. But here I am, back in the Netherlands. One of my resolutions is to incorporate blogging in my normal life. Before I share my resolution and reflect on those of last year, it is time to look back at 2016 (even though we’re already entering spring…)

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Dream big, think small: 10 ideas for small-scale adventures – part II

Last time, I shared the first five ideas for small-scale adventures like section-hiking Holland’s Coast Path. I could continue listing nearby places that I would like to adventure (I know it’s not a verb, but it should be!), such as the Vosges in France and the Mosselsteig in Germany. I could also tell you that it is possible to visit volcanos and a geyser without going to Chile, Iceland, Yellowstone or New Zealand. And although I have to admit that these volcanos are not active anymore and that this particular geyser only spouts cold water, the Vulkaneifel in Germany is definitely on my to-hike list.

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