With a last name like Landlust, I was born with the traveling bug.
My travels have been and are taking me all around the world.
BORN AND RAISED IN THE NETHERLANDS
My parents took me and my sister camping, first within the Dutch borders and then we ventured out to Germany, Luxembourg and France.
However this was not enough for me and when I was 19 I left for my first trip abroad.
I SPENT A YEAR IN THE USA
I worked as an AuPair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I lived with a lovely family with three beautiful girls. I traveled to neighboring states and Canada on my weekends off, went on holiday to Florida and the Bahamas, and added a month in California at the end. And then the year came to an end. I had dreamed of this for so long and all of the sudden it was over. I cried for days and considered overstaying my visa or marrying an American guy.
TIME TO GO HOME
I was happy to see my family again, but I felt like my life was over. That was it. Now I would have to get a normal 9-5 job, get a mortgage and just wait to die. Dramatic, I know. Keep in mind that this was 20 years ago and times were different. People traveled less and there were no cell phones, internet or social media. Which made world feel a lot bigger than it does nowadays.
I FOUND A JOB.
But within a month I was looking at new opportunities to travel, work and live abroad.
Not much later I was on a plane again, flying to the other side of the world.
BACK ON THE ROAD
I have now been travelling for more than half of my life and have no intention of stopping. I have traveled to all corners of the world, but still have plenty of countries left to visit.
I HAVE DONE ALL KINDS OF JOBS
It is a great way to keep my travels going. I have spend my Summers working at American Summer camps. Practiced my sea legs on cruise ships. Held a position as a holiday rep for tour operators. Represented tourist boards. And many more jobs.
I LOVE BACKPACKING.
Getting around on a budget and traveling to the lesser tourist destinations is what my travels are all about. I mostly travel on my own, but am sometimes joined by a friend and of-course I meet a lot of people on the road. Get in touch with me if you want meet up.
I am a keen photographer and never travel anywhere without my camera.
I am a multiple certified scuba diver, so I do not only travel on land, but also underwater.