Hiking Holland's Coast Path

Hiking Holland: what about Holland’s Coast Path?

Hiking Holland. Is it possible? We may not have mountains, but Holland is well known for its coast, which sure can be hiked.

[This blog is in English, so my international readers can keep reading below. For my Dutch readers, I also wrote a post about Holland’s Coast Path in Dutch. Klik hier voor Nederlands.] Continue reading

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Nelson Lakes National Park New Zealand

Why I don’t aim to walk 1000km this year and more outdoor goals

It’s April and like the weather, my thoughts and feelings change from sunny to rainy more often than I prefer. When I came back from New Zealand, I had all these great plans: I would hike more in my own country, I would blog weekly, I wouldn’t be so stressed out about my job. Could I be a new person?

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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…)

Dutch readers can now read my blog here (in het Nederlands). All others, stay tuned, and continue reading below!  Continue reading

Am I nuts?! The Why of hiking the length of New Zealand

I’m freaking out. I bought a plane ticket to New Zealand. So what? That’s nothing to freak out about. I know, but I’m planning to hike there. Yeah, of course, New Zealand is a hiker’s dream come true. Well, I’m going to hike the length of New Zealand for 5 months continuously. From Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, following the Te Araroa Trail. Can you see why I’m freaking out?!

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Downsides West Highland Way

Things I didn’t like about the West Highland Way

Last time, I shared my best bits of the West Highland Way, the first long-distance trail I’d ever hiked. Sure, it was amazing or ‘awesome’ as everyone keeps telling each other nowadays. I’m an optimistic person, but I don’t believe that long-distance hiking is continuous happiness. I mean, come on! For me at least, hiking – as life in general – is with ups and downs.

“They made me a heartless murderer – although I plead self-defense: it was them or me”

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