The Wander-Lust of..Travel Blogger & Videographer João Cajuda

Born in Portugal, he is a professional videographer with a degree in Marketing & PR that decided to turn traveling into a full time job a few years ago. He was on a job that made him fall in love with the world of travel and since then he has produced content for some of the biggest brands such as the Travel Channel, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and our favorite airline, Emirates. We finally managed to interview this inspirational guy! This is the Wanderlust of.. João Cajuda.

Hi João! Could you please tell our readers who you are what you do?
Well, I’m a travel blogger and videographer, I also have a travel agency where I take people in adventurous trips to some destinations I love like Thailand, Morocco, Indonesia… So when i’m not traveling with people I’m exploring the world by my own, shooting videos and writing articles.

You travel the world for your job but it seems like you caught the wanderlust virus way before that, how come?
My father is a football coach, so since I was a young kid I was moving from city to city almost every year. I think I got used to it. Nowadays I can’t stay in only one place. I always need to meet new cultures, food and people!

I’m a huge fan of Morocco, but I must confess that I hated the first time.

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It’s a boring question but nevertheless important. What’s your favorite destination and why?
It’s not a boring question, it’s a very hard question to answer actually… I love Asia, can it be like this? haha. I love Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia… I’m also a huge fan of Morocco, but I must confess that I hated the first time. Then I spent one month there and I started to understand their culture, it’s such an incredible and diverse country. I’ve been there more than 30 times, I can´t stop going to the desert, is one of my favorite places ever!

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Morocco, a place close to his heart

So we will hire you as our tour-guide next time we are in Morocco then! Have you ever experienced a big drama whilst traveling?
Oh so many! Like running from floods in India, getting into Typhoons in the Philippines, my drone falling into a Volcano in Indonesia, many flat tires in weird places such as the Serengeti. I even got surrounded by Lions in Tanzania and I crashed with a scooter in Thailand, do you have all day?

Wow, I guess we were lucky all these times! What about your best travel hack/tip?
To be honest I don’t have many… But I would definitely recommend people only to book the first night when going on a trip, don’t book too many things ahead like flights, hotels, etc… just go with the flow!

Traveling the world means tasting a lot of different cuisines. Name 3 restaurants in the world you think our readers should visit. Best dinner I had: Cottocrudo in Four Season Prague (I will never forget that delicious night), Any restaurant in Favignana in Sicily, is impossible you go wrong here, food is incredible everywhere. Buenos Aires in Lisbon… is near my home, I go there very often, I love the place and the food.

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Voted as a favorite by João Cajuda, Cottocrudo in Prague

Good tips, we must check these out then! Let’s look ahead, how do you think we travel in the year 2025?
I hope airplanes can go a bit faster eheh and not with so many turbulence. With all the apps and electronic systems we have nowadays I think it will be much easier, cheap and secure to travel, but I don’t think the transportation will change a lot in the next 7 years.

Do you prefer to travel solo or with friends?
With friends, however, it depend of the friends eheh. Sometimes it can go wrong!

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In Khao Sok, Thailand

 

What song can we definitely find on your travel playlist?
Arcade Fire – The suburbs, for example. But I have like 5000 songs on my Ipod, i’m always adding new ones.

What can we expect from you in 2017/2018?
I still don’t know where I’m going on vacation, but maybe Japan, maybe Seychelles or perhaps Myanmar. I have work in Morocco, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, but the rest of the year is still unwritten :-)

The last question we always ask everybody in this segment; what kind of traveler are you? 
I can be all at the same time. Usually I do some weeks of backpacking into remote places, so I could be explorer, I love camping… but I never say no to luxury hotels, eheh, I’m not gonna lie, I love a big bed, a big bathtub and a big breakfast!

João loves a bit of luxury

Watch João’s amazing video about Thailand here! 

Follow João Cajuda on Instagram & Facebook or check out his inspirational blog.

Love,

Wander-Lust

 

 

 

Interview » From corporate life to adventure in Ecuador

Ever felt like making a completely new start? Leaving the good-old familiarity behind and follow your hunger for adventure? Rebecca Braak, owner of Ecua Horse Rides and Rebecca Adventure Travel, took the challenge and did exactly that. She followed her heart and moved to the sunnier side of the planet. New places, new people, new possibilities, new everything. It’s the ultimate out-of-your-comfortzone-challenge. The human version of rebooting your system.

I asked her 7 questions on how she made it work. From corporate KLM in Amsterdam to her own travel company in Ecuador, from rain to sunshine and routine to absolute happiness. Read and learn!

When did you come up with the idea of living in Ecuador?
Immediately after my MBA graduation I got a wonderful position at my dream company KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines. I had a good job, great colleagues a nice house in Amsterdam and of course my friends. Everything was going well, but something very important was missing in my life; Horses! Life is short, so I decided the change had to be made right away. I decided to take 3 months off and looked for a place in the world where I could volunteer with horses. After spending some time on google I found a ranch where they could use some help with the training of horses, so I took my chance and a couple of weeks later I left to Ecuador to work on a horse ranch in the middle of the Andes.


Rebecca when she was little

You turned your hobby into a travel agency, how did you come up with this idea and how did you make it work?
I just decided to follow my heart and tried to build my life on the other side of the world. I had to earn money and therefore I decided to organize horseback-riding tours for the KLM staff who were having a 48 hour break in Quito. I bought a jeep and every day I sold the tours to guide them the next day. I really thought this was my dream job; horseback riding every day with new people through the beautiful Andes. But I did miss the business aspects and the dynamic which I experienced when I was working for KLM. Therefore, I decided to create two websites where guests could book tours online. The websites ecuahorserides.com and rebeccaadventuretravel.com became hits and I can now proudly say I am an official tour operator in Quito.

With offering my tours in Latin America I hope that I can carry out this happiness that I experience in Ecuador to others. – Rebecca Braak

Was it hard for you to leave your comfort zone and start a new adventure overseas?
I can not say that it has always been easy and there were definitely moments that I would have loved to pack my stuff and go back home with the first KLM flight, but I am happy that I pushed through. Sometimes I realize how much luck I have had to have this chance and how happy I am that I went on with it.

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What are the positive and negative aspects of living in South America?
It is a lot easier for me to recall the positive sides of living in Ecuador then the negative ones. Living here is a lot more relaxed than in Holland. The nature is beautiful, it has a great culture to discover, the people are very friendly and you have got to love the Latin American music. One of the biggest negative aspects of living in Ecuador would probably be the poverty and the fact it can be dangerous at times. In the Netherlands you can go anywhere, anytime by yourself on your bike, in Quito you should be way more careful at night.

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The colors of Ecuador

Which sights or activities (beyond the tourist traps) would you recommend when going on holiday to Ecuador?
Stay as long as you can and see as much as you can. Absolute must visits are the Amazon, the Galapagos, the beaches and the volcanoes. If you like hiking you will definitely enjoy the peace and quietness of the nature around Quito.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?
Of course I have times in which I really miss my friends and family. Mainly when things are not going that well. Of course Skype, email and WhatsApp make it far more easy to stay in touch. Although it not the same as being home, it definitely helps. During bad days it helps me to realize I probably also would have had a bad day if I would have been in Holland.

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Making new friends

And finally, do you have any tips for readers that are considering moving abroad?
Maybe this doesn’t sound that original, but I would strongly recommend to ‘follow your heart’. If you really feel like doing it, nothing should stop you. Don’t forget you will always have your save base in Holland where you can fall back on. I truly believe it is better to regret something you did than regret something you did not do.

Rebecca’s story tells us we should never silence our hearts or let fear control it. With the right mindset, anything is possible. So, are you inspired yet?

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heals at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

The Wanderlust of.. a Travel Journalist

She has traveled to a stagering 99 countries so far and is going to hit the 100 mark very soon. Sleeping at the most amazing locations, tasting a different cuisine each month and writing about travel in it’s most diverse way. It’s the life of a digital nomad. This is the Wanderlust of Travel Journalist Yvette Bax.

Hi Yvette, tell our readers a little bit about yourself and what you do?
“I am a freelance travel journalist. I write for (mostly Dutch) newspapers en magazines and I travel all year round. You could say I live my life as a so called ‘digital nomad’. My two bases are Cape Town and Amsterdam.”

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Overlooking the Gocta Waterfall in Northern Peru

One of my favorite press trips I have ever done is driving on a snow scooter from Finland to Russia.

For your uber cool job, you travel to the most amazing places. We can’t help but ask; what has been your favorite destination so far?
“Ufff, that’s a tough one. I like several destinations for different reasons. I absolutely love South Africa and Argentina, as they are my second and third home. (As I live part time in Cape Town and have lived in Buenos Aires before.) I love Africa and South America in general: because the people are very warm and open there. Vibrant cultures, very social, with music, sun and laughter. Furthermore I love Japan for being it’s own crazy little planet, the Philippines for the nature and the cute tarsiers with their funny faces that live there. One of my favorite press trips I have ever done is driving on a snow scooter from Finland to Russia. Driving over frozen lakes, on top of meters of snow where I could only see tree tops popping out: truly stunning. Furthermore I love the orange and red dunes of Namibia, the jungle of the Amazon and the roughness of New Zealand..I could go on and on.”

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Yvette at Machu Pichhu, Peru

And what has been the biggest disappointment?
“The biggest disappointment… Well, I was a bit disappointed about the northern part of Java. I did not like the city of Jakarta much: it was very dirty, polluted and full of traffic jams. Not many pretty things for sightseeing either. But maybe if I would have spent more time there I would have discovered more beauty, who knows. But I loved the southern part of Java and the other islands of Indonesia, as Lombok and Sulawesi especially.”

Have you always been traveler and how did this come about?
“I always loved to travel and whenever I could I did. My first big trip on my own was my trip to Cuba, which was a very special experience. I went for 3 weeks and ended up staying three months. That became the story of my life: always staying much longer than planned. I like to spend a lot of time on one destination: to really get to know a place and its people and culture well: to see it from the inside. I spent several months in Mexico, have lived and studied in Surinam, and Argentina where I went to stay for two months but ended up living one year. And now Cape Town is basically my home, where I spent most of my time since the last three years. Although ‘most of my time’ isn’t a lot since I mostly travel non-stop for my work.”

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Yvette’s gang in South Africa. Photo by Binniam Eskender

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Yvette on top of Table Mountain at her second home South Africa. Photo by Binniam Eskender

Do you find it’s hard to settle back home sometimes, because you’re away so often?
“Yes, it’s very difficult. I don’t even really know where ‘home’ is anymore. I guess it is Cape Town, since I spend most of my time here. So I am used to living in different places, always getting to know new people and other new places. It’s a very hectic, intense and crazy life. But I love it. Sometimes it feels as if I am living in a dream: all the most beautiful spots I get to visit.The amazing and interesting people from all over the world I get to meet. I am making a living out of my two biggest hobbies: travelling and writing. I realize every day how lucky I am, I soak in every moment to enjoy it to the fullest and feel very grateful for all this. But obviously it has it’s downsides too: my last two relationships did not last because of the long distance. And I also do miss my friends and family back in the Netherlands, but we video-Whatsapp call a lot, and my parents also came to visit me here in Cape Town last January, that was very special. And my sisters, parents and quite a few friends also came to visit me when I was living in Argentina.”

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Some of Yvette’s workspots in Australia, South Africa and Fiji

They once gave me a 80 square meter suite in the Lebua State Tower in Bangkok, on the top floor with 4 huge balconies, right below one of the most famous roof top bars in the world.

Could you tip our readers with some of your favorite restaurants or accommodations around the world?
“I love the Tsim Sha Tsui fine dining restaurant in Hong Kong: on the 30th floor with an amazing view over the city and the harbor. The cocktails of the Eyebar on the same floor are exquisite too. My favorite food cities in the world are Hong Kong, Berlin and Cape Town, you have to really do your best to find shitty food there.”

“In Thailand they once gave me a 80 square meter suite in the Lebua State Tower in Bangkok, on the 60th-plus-something floor with 4 huge balconies, right below one of the most famous roof top bars in the world. That was pretty amazing. But in the end I would prefer a cute little lodge in the middle of the nature anytime over such luxury: a week later I stayed in a so called ‘floating rainforest camp’, in a tent floating on a lake in a nature reserve in the south of Thailand. More basic but with a priceless view.”

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The impressive view at Eyebar in Hong Kong Souce

 “I absolutely love the Ngong House hotel, just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a tree house hotel with beautiful views on the famous Ngong Hills (from the book/movie Out of Africa), in a very cozy and intimate setting. In Cape Town my favorite hotel is Cape View Clifton: a small boutique hotel with and infinity pool and incredible views over the Clifton beaches. Bush camping at the Okavango Delta in Botswana with wild animals walking besides your tent is stunning and fun too. Unless you have to pee in the middle of the night, haha.”

Sounds amazing, we should check those out! As a journalist, you must have written a lot of pieces. Which articles are you most proud of and why?
“I like the articles I have written on South Africa and Argentina best, because I think you really can feel the love I have for those places when reading it. And obviously the articles of places I know in and out are the best, because I have a deeper and better perspective of what is going on, so I can share more than just some superficial ‘hotspot’ information.”

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Traveling can take up a lot time, do you listen to a lot of music and if so, what can we definitely find on your travel playlist?
“For quiet times I love listening to soul music and jazz. For dancing I like to listen to deephouse – especially the funky deephouse with African beats that they play here. I also love salsa, samba, reggae and old skool Motown music.”

As what kind of traveler would you consider yourself? (Luxury, backpacker, adventurer etc.)
“All in one.”

And finally; what will be your hundred destination?
“Seychelles or India. Can’t wait!”

Wow, we’re not jealous at all! ;-) 

Love,

Wander-Lust

Check out Yvette’s website or Instagram where you can follow her adventures!

The Wanderlust of.. Travel Chameleon Ron Simpson

I’ve known him from the age of 12 and knew something was going to become of this man that build a name for himself by just doing what he loves. He travels to more than 15 countries each year and has tried pretty much every cuisine in the world. (no wonder that he’s opening up his own restaurant soon) Time to interview the guy that makes his dreams come true! This is the Wanderlust of.. Ron Simpson.

Hi Ron! Or Mr. Simpson as many call you, could you please tell our readers who you are what you do?
Hahaha sure thing! Well you can call me anything, but my mother named me Ron and the Simpson part comes from my father, he’s English. I’m a creative entrepreneur from Amsterdam that tries to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. I could never choose what I wanted to be, so I just blended all the stuff I liked [People, Music, Brands, Movies, Food, Art] and made a way of life out of it. I started working on my own concepts and ideas quite young and after a bunch of fun and eventful years I own a few businesses of my own. Like a talent management agency for artists, actors and awesome people, a brand marketing company that works with innovative multinational brands like Red Bull and an event production company that creates a 100+ events and parties a year. And o yeah, a restaurant too.

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Ron (left) almost forgot to mention that he used to perform with Girls Love DJ’s for many years

You travel the world for your job but it seems like you caught the wanderlust virus way before that, how come?
That is something I have to thank my parents for I guess. We moved countries a few times when I was a kid, so I got to see the deserts and the sea, the city and the country, hear different languages, eat different foods and meet so many people. I was always intrigued and interested about all the wonders that this world has to offer. Next to that I loved music, movies and magazines. Seeing, hearing and discovering all of the beautiful things that were going on in the world it was just a matter of time before I decided to go out and see them all. My first jobs as well as my first companies had international allure and I always hustled hard to make sure I got to go on trips for school, work or pleasure. It makes my heart smile to see that after all these years my parents are traveling the world together as well.

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Ron was in Montreal recently and shot this amazing foto

Favorite destination by far?
No traveler can pick just one place right? I remember being super impressed, the first time I got to see and experience New York. But the biggest surprise as a city came from Buenos Aires. The vibe, the architecture, the food, the dancing, the people. Bali was the first place that gave me the feeling I really NEVER EVER wanted to go home again and Tokyo is the most inspiring environment ever. After all these years, I still can’t pick just one thing hahaha.

Which countries are still on your bucketlist and why?
Australia! For some unknown reason, we still haven’t met each other. The wildlife, the nature, the city, the food, the people but mostly THE ACCENTS. Ushuaia and the south-pole are on the list too, I think that is breath taking and want to see it before we destroy it :(. And a roadtrip from Colombia up to Belize is the last one on my list. There is so much culture and nature to discover there. After these I have seen my original wishlist and hit over 60+ countries. Then I will go where ever my life, love, friends and work lead me.

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Ron in the Seychelles

Besides travel, we know you have a huge crush on food. (like us!) Could you tell us 3 hotspots in the world we should visit when it comes to delicious food?
O yeah, food is my compass most of the time. This is so hard to pick wow, but let’s see. I will stay away from the captain obvious ones like New York, London, Paris, Madrid and Toscane or anything you see on Chef’s Table. And I would recommend you to go and eat at the streetfood market in Kuala Lumpur, literally pick ANY restaurant or food festival in Montreal or “open a table” at Itzik Hagadol in Tel Aviv.

“Travelling and internet doesn’t just show you the beautiful stuff of life, it opens up the book of horrors too” – Ron Simpson

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Palmtrees for breakfast

You’ve recently had a new outlook on the way we consume (food, products etc), do you worry about what’s happening to our earth more so if you look 5 years back?
O absolutely. Travelling and internet doesn’t just show you the beautiful stuff of life, it opens up the book of horrors too. I am way better informed about food, the environment, politics, threats and global warming. But I also know what we can do about it, and I think that everyone needs to discover that in their own way. A vegan person could never convince me to become a vegan or vegetarian. The only person that is strong enough to do that is me. I can convince myself. But I have to want to. So you listen and you learn, you talk to people and watch content all over the place. Eventually it starts to nag you and you decide that changing the world starts by changing yourself first. 5 years ago my main focus was just having as much fun as I can.

Do you prefer to travel solo or with friends?
I prefer to travel light, so not a lot of luggage and not a lot of people. When I am out discovering the world I like to move at a faster pace, follow my interests and path, so +1 is my favorite. And if a group of friends do join me then I love to be in a place that you don’t need to discover but you can just sit back and enjoy. Like Ibiza or Bali.

What song can we definitely find on your travel playlist?
It’s funny, but I always have The Opposites with me. It’s a Dutch pop / hiphop duo that make brilliant music. I usually listen to songs and sounds of where ever I am, really get into the place that I’m visiting, so when I do listen to something that I brought with me, it will be a little bit of home.

What can we expect from Ron Simpson or your agency in 2017?
Well, both have a great year to come as far as I know. Even though it was a successful year, I didn’t like 2016 a lot. Negative energy and bad things ruled the focus, but next year you can expect a LOT of food [opening up a restaurant and some more cool food brands too], a lot of traveling again [the first 12 trips have been confirmed and I might just go on another world tour], filming overseas with a a client, traveling and writing a book with another, a few pretty big brand campaigns and a lot of great events to bring people together. And I’m in love since a long time, so you can expect a big smile on my face wherever I go.

Oh wow, in love, who would have thought! ;-) The last question we always ask everybody in this segment; what kind of traveler are you? (explorer, backpacker, glampacker, luxury etc)
I’m a chameleon. I can explore a city or a country and I can lay on my ass for a week. I can stay in a five star resort and then get bored and jump in a camper. I wouldn’t call myself a backpacker or a luxury guy, so I guess the label that fits the best would be: an enjoyer. Getting the most out of every situation.

Love,

Wander-lust 

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The Wanderlust of.. Travel Blogger Anne de Buck

She was one of the first travel and hotspots bloggers in the Netherlands who made her hobby into a career. You might know her from “Your Little Black Book” where she’s the first to tell you about all the hotspots!  This lady is constantly on the road but despite that, she wrote 2 books and she made some time to do this interview with us! This is the Wanderlust of..fellow wanderlusty Anne de Buck.

Hi girl! Could you tell our readers who you are and what you do?
Hi! I’m Anne de Buck and I’m the founder of (urban) travel blog Yourlittleblackbook.me. I’m a travel entrepreneur and created my own dream job to travel the world for a living. For my platform Your Little Black Book I create city- and travel guides for destinations all over the world. In just 3,5 years my hobby blog grew out to be the largest travel blog in The Netherlands. Something I could have only dreamed to happen! Now I do what makes me the happiest girl in the world. I live up to my feelings of Wanderlust full time!

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Wanderlust. Photo by Presstigieux

So when did you decide to become a full time travel blogger?
Good question! I think now it’s the ambition of a lot of new travel bloggers do become a full time travel blogger and get paid to travel. But for me it never started that way. I just loved traveling and hotspots and started to write about my experiences. And there they were: the first 3.500 readers, and then 10.000, 40.000, 70.000 and when I hit the 100.000 unique visitors a month I decided to quit my marketing manager job and just go for it! That’s two years ago and by now the numbers almost doubled.

Impressive stuff! What advice would you give yourself if you look back 5 years?
FOCUS. When things you do get the proper attention and love they will grow. Just like a plant!

Do you still have destinations on your bucketlist and if so, which ones?
Haha, OH YES. In my book Wanderlust (for now only available in Dutch) I shared my bucket list. And for someone who travels so much it’s surprisingly long. On #1 is my dream to make a polar bear safari once in my life. Even though my professional niche is urban travel my personal favorite holidays involve animals in the wild. Can watch them for hours! And after the polar bears? The Philippines, Rio, Buenos Aires, Sri Lanka. Oh and The Maldives. I know that everyone says that it can be very boring there, but I think boring is good for me. No hotspots to write about means true holiday!

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Strolling down the city of Angels

What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Exploring, wandering, discovering new places, people and cultures. I do well when I’m on the go.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you whilst traveling?
I once had a terrible bike accident in the USA. One part of my face was totally damaged, my whole body blue and bruised. After that healed my forehead was paralyzed at one side. Almost like a bad botox treatment. Luckily my hair covers the scar and you can only see the scar tissue with the changes of the weather. I think ending up in the hospital abroad is the worst thing that can happen to you while traveling.

Wow, that’s heavy! On a positive note, name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
Fade out lines. I still don’t get tired of this one!

“I’m more adventurous than I share on my blog” – Anne de Buck

You recently published 2 books, tell us a little more about that.
YES, so exciting! One book is a lifestyle guide that’s all about travel called Wanderlust. But for now that one is only available in Dutch. The other one however is published in both Dutch and English and called The Amsterdam City Guide. It’s really the best reward after writing about hotspots in Amsterdam for the last four years. In this book I share all my personal favorites in six different neighborhoods, an Amsterdam bucketlist, shortlists from my favorite restaurants to concept stores and tips what you can do in 24, 48 or 72 hours in the city. I still can’t believe that they’re in store now!

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Anne’s books, The Amsterdam City Guide and Wanderlust

Being a girl from Amsterdam, what is your favorite lunch spot at the moment?
I love YAY in De Pijp! It’s just too good to be true that everything on the menu is super healthy and I can order it guilt free ;-).

If you could give one golden travel tip, what would it be?
Go where your dreams take you. Make a plan and just go! That’s actually a motto for most things in my live. I don’t really understand people that talk about something for years without taking action. Whether it’s a career change, starting a business or making your dream trip.

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The YAY Healthstore in Amsterdam (picture by wander-lust)

And finally, what kind of traveler are you? (backpacker, glampacker, adventurous, explorer etc)
I’m more adventurous than I share on my blog, but if I would put myself in a box it would be the urban travel one. It doesn’t matter where I go I’m always looking for cool and urban-style places to explore. Even when I’m on a tropical island!

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Anne relaxing in Bali (source)

Anne’s books are now available to buy online or in store! You can follow her adventures on Instagram.

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The Wanderlust of.. Travel Writer Liss Connell

She caught our eye a while back when we saw her beautiful Instagram account @lifeintheslowlane. This Aussi girl inspired our travels to The Philippines and we fell in love with her beautiful bohemian caravan. She has been to most places we can only dream so be prepared to add a few places to your bucketlist after reading this. What is she up to now and does she still own that caravan? This is the Wanderlust of.. Liss Connell.

Who are you and what do you do?
I am Melissa Connell but friends call me Liss. I previously ran a tourism company but I am now in the start-up stages of creating Slow Travel Magazine www.slowtravelmagazine.com

How did traveling change you?
Travelling has taught me to appreciate folks from all walks of life. It has simultaneously taught me to appreciate life here in Australia and how important community and personal relationships are.

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One of her most famous images from The Philippines, Photo @shotbygrace

Which country would you visit again and which one you rather not?
I recently visited Vanuatu and I fell in love with the people there. They are so well connected with the natural environment and the communities work well together. Places that I like to avoid are cities so not a specific country as such. Crowded places make me feel claustrophobic and anxious.

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Sleeping in a real treehouse in Vanuatu @shotbygrace_

Which country has impressed you the most?
Vanuatu, for the reasons listed above. I also adore New Zealand. We’re so blessed that some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth is only a few hours flight away from us!

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Liss releasing a turtle in Vanuatu

I think you just made us write Vanuatu on our bucketlist! Something else, do you still own that caravan?
Nope. I sold it a while ago. It’s important to recognise when to let go of things to allow room for the next dream to grow.

Could you tell us a little bit about your website, slow travel magazine?
These days the majority of travel companies and magazines advertise a certain style of travel which involves rushing from place to place to tick certain experiences off a list. Experiences that they tell you that you ‘must do’. A sense of discovery and spontaneity are taken away when you’re just following a list. Slow Travel is about connecting with your surroundings – having an open mind, chatting with locals, supporting locally made arts, crafts and foods. Supporting local economies. The Slow Travel philosophy encourages you to get to know an area well, in a way that is less stressful for you, more respectful of the locals and easier on the environment. I hope that Slow Travel Magazine can reach a wide audience and challenge the popular notions of modern day travel.

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The caravan we so fell in love with. Shot by www.instagram.com/reneerae_

“I’ve long dreamt of spending a few months in Mexico, learning Spanish, surfing and eating tacos.- Liss Connell”

You really inspire people with your amazing photo and travels, do you realize this and do you feel a pressure?
Thank you, that’s kind of you to say. I have really enjoyed sharing my travels via social media but I’ve also realized that it can be very selfish. I would now like to move away from sharing my own personal travels and help to grow the community of Slow Travel.

Why do you think traveling is so important for us?
Humans are naturally curious and there’s a certain fulfillment that we get from exploring beyond our daily boundaries. Whilst travel can be fun and enriching, I think it’s very important to have a strong connection with community. Whether you have a home base or are part of a nomadic group, life is all about connecting with other people, learning and contributing.

Liss Connel in the Philippines
Coron, Philippines Photo by @shotbygrace_

Something we always ask our travelers, name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
‘Pilrimage’ by Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors. I also really love PJ Harvey’s album ‘Let England Shake’.

And last, what are your next travel plans?
I’ve long dreamt of spending a few months in Mexico, learning Spanish, surfing and eating tacos. But I’m just as happy to do a roadtrip up the coast here in Australia. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from exploring your own backyard and it’s fun to just pack the car and go!

Campervans Australia
Bells Beach, Australia. Photo by @hireakombi

Liss Connel
Liss on her selfmade swing. Photo by Grace Picot

Let’s be inspired and follow this girl. To find out more about her Slow Travel Magazine, check her new Instagram account.

The Wanderlust of..fashion editor Stephanie Broek

She travels in style and does it effortlessly. She young, beautiful and she has a dream job at Glamour Magazine. She recently started a video series called Glamour Hi Fashion with the Makers Channel where she interviews fashionista’s and visits the best fashion shows around the world. Next to the glitz and glamour, she loves to travel. Her dream destination is India and she would love to go vintage shopping in Los Angeles. This is the wanderlust of Stephanie Broek.

So in short, who are you and what do you do for a living?
My name is Stephanie Broek, I’m 27, and I live in Amsterdam where work as a fashion features editor for Glamour Magazine in The Netherlands.

How many countries have you visited so far?
15 I think. Outside of Europe I traveled to Morocco, Turkey, the US, China, Malaysia, Thailand and I’m finally going to Indonesia this year!

Nice! Being a fashion girl, what is the best shopping place in the world?
Ooh, that’s hard! I think Los Angeles, even though I haven’t been there yet. I love vintage shopping and I’ve heard the flea markets, charity shops and vintage stores in LA are unlike every other place in the world.

Downtown LA
The skyline of Shanghai by Stephanie Broek

Time to book your ticket Steph! ;-) So apart from LA, which country is on your bucket list and why?
India. I’ve been drawn to the country for many reasons. I think I would feel really at home between fellow vegetarians. The country is a world on it’s own. So colorful, chaotic and unique. I would love to see the Taj Mahal, stroke the cows on the streets and go to the island Goa. I would come back with so many sari’s!

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We’re curious, where have you bought your favorite fashion/travel piece?
Morocco. I found some amazing djellaba’s in the souk in Agadir.

What’s your favorite travel outfit?
I love a mini skirt, T-shirt and sandals for comfort, yet stylish.

Favorite travel outfit Stephanie Broek
Stephanie’s favorite travel outfit

The wanderlust of Stephanie Broek

What is one item that you always bring with you while traveling?
Sunglasses! I can’t live without them. My current favorite pairs are from Ace & Tate.

“My ideal travel situation now would be to sleep in a big yurt”

Where do the most fashionable man live?
This might surprise you but it’s India again. In Little India in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia I already saw so many well dressed men. I love how colorful their traditional clothing is and there techniques to tie turbans are mesmerizing.

Fashion in India
Indian style icons

Name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
2080 by Yeasayer. My favorite band of all time. I get emotional when I listen to that song every single time. It makes me feel both extremely happy and sad. It evokes a feeling of freedom and chasing your dreams. I feel alive and in the moment when I listen to it.

And finally, the question we ask everyone in this segment; What kind of traveler are you? 
(without hesitation) I’m a Glamper! I used to camp every year with my parents and still love it. There is nothing better than being outside the entire day.
Sleeping in a tent is so romantic! But I became a bit spoiled ever since I started working for Glamour. I travel a lot for work and sleep in the best hotels, which now has become one of my biggest hobbies ;-). My ideal travel situation now would be to sleep in a big yurt that has a good shower or bath and a clean private toilet.
Or I would love to sleep in one of those design tree houses in Scandinavia. The best of both worlds.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Curious who we’ve previously interviewed?

 

 

 

The Wanderlust of.. adventure seeker Yolan Post

He quit his successful job as international marketing & sales manager and bought a one way ticket to travel and see the world. He doesn’t know for how long exactly or where he will end up at, but one thing is for sure, this traveler is a true explorer even if he doesn’t quite relize it yet. This is the Wanderlust of..Yolan Post.

So in short, who are you and what do/did you do for a living?

My name is Yolan and a couple of months ago I decided to quit my normal job and travel the world. And because I can’t sit around and do nothing, I started a travel blog called ‘NotGoingHome’ on Instagram and YouTube. So nowadays i’m traveling the world and i’m trying to create some cool photos and videos that make people want to get out into the world and to the same.

So you’re traveling around the world, how many countries have you visited so far and what’s next?
Yep! I’ve started around three months ago, in december 2015. Since then I’ve visited: South-Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, The Maldives and India. Next up is Bali, Indonesia. Where i’m finally gonna meet the Misses (Yolan’s girlfriend will visit him a few times during his trip). After three weeks, we’ll have to say our goodbyes and i’ll continue onwards with my Asia tour. After that i’m dying to see the Caribbean and South-America.

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Table Mountain, Cape Town

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Chillin’ on the dunes of Namibia

Which country is on your bucket list and why?
Better to ask which one isn’t haha. I guess I wanna go everywhere, as long as it is not too cold. I’m not build for the cold…
Anyways, a country that is definitely on my bucket list is Japan! I heard that during spring time, it’s absolutely mesmerizing. But ever since a friend of mine told me that on one of those nights that she went out for some drinks to meet new people. She and her new friends ended up getting drunk and doing a tour of all of the crazy cafés they have there. She went to the ‘Kitten Café’, where you can pay by the hour to pet cats and have a drink. After that they walked into a bar with a ceiling made completely out of glass, as she looked up she noticed that she was looking under the skirts of ‘Japanese Schoolgirls’. Well, she had me at the Kitten Café, but a bar where they have a glass ceiling.. That I need to say with my own eyes!

“I can’t sit around and do nothing”

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done so far?
I guess it was the bungeejump from Bloukrans Bridge in South-Africa, it’s the highest in the world: 263 meters. And it was my first time.
Swimming with a great white shark in Cape Town was pretty cool too!

1E Cape Town - Mr Great White
Yes, this is a shot from the actual shark that Yolan stood face to face with

Wow, pretty sick. Is there something you wouldn’t do whilst traveling?
Hmm activity wise I think i’m up for anything. The only thing that I wouldn’t do whilst traveling, is to screw around with people with authority. I mean for instance, overstaying my VISA or act like a numb-nut on the airport around customs. These guys just always give me the chills, and when I’ve passed them I always think to myself: “Yes, I didn’t do anything illegal. I’m not going to jail!”. I might have watched to many episodes of ‘Locked Up Abroad’ before i went on this trip.

What’s the one travel item you won’t live without?
I feel really bad saying this. But… it’s obviously my phone haha. Would seriously don’t know what to do without it.
And no, it’s not as bad as you think.. It’s not that i’m constantly on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram.  I get lost really easily – that’s why my account is called ‘NotGoingHome’ (Just joking) – so I use my phone to find my way. And it’s just that everything is on there: my e-mails, books, banking apps, flight controls for my drone. I use it to make photos, it is my back-up video camera and i’m addicted to how easy you can book an accommodation or a flight. Most of all, it gives me access to all my music. So yes, my phone is THE travel item i can’t live without.
Yolan post geting ready to hump
Getting ready for the highest bungee jump

Do you think traveling will change your perspective on life?
For sure it will! I hate to admit it, but it is life changing. For me at least.
Besides all the crap (which is all true by the way) about: personal growth, “getting to know yourself way better” and that you’re reminded that you are part of a bigger world. You are on a big big adventure! And it’s some much fun. You meet loads of new people, who think different, look different and act different. It made me think about how lucky i am with all my friends. And how freakin’ awesome it is that when you work hard for something, and you have the balls to do it, you can really make a dream into reality.
 

Yolan Post Sand boarding in Namibia

Where did you eat the best food so far and where did you eat the worst meal?
On The Maldives I definitely ate my worst meal, for 10 days straight that is. Since it’s a group of islands, they have to import everything. So I ate tuna on the day that i arrived, tuna the day after. The day after that? Tuna. All the way up to my departure: Tuna. And the funny thing was, it was always canned tuna with canned vegetables and rice. Guess next time i’m not ballin’ on a budget whilst in the Maldives, but i’ll do it properly and hang out in a 5-star resort for a couple of days. My best meal was in India. I had this amazing ‘Tuna’ dish! Fresh from the ocean, well prepared and with added fresh veggies.

Yolan post room in Cape Town
Yolan stays at some of the most amazing places

Name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
I got the PERFECT roadtrip song! It’s ‘Fritz Kalkbrenner – Back Home’.
This guy (Josh) I met in South-Africa via a mutual friend, put this song on while we were driving to the beach.
The sun was shining brightly, we had the windows open and for the whole 6 minutes and 22 seconds it felt like we did not have a care in the world. Played it many times after that day, and probably will do it quite some more before this trip ends.

We’re playing it right now Yolan! So, what kind of traveler are you?
Maybe you should help me out with this one. I just don’t know…
Cause one day I really feel like i’m a backpacker, just exploring with nothing more than my backpack, a tent and my camera gear.
The next day I love arriving in a really nice boutique hotel. Love to chill on the beach, but can’t do that all week as I get restless doing nothing. Maybe an explorer?

You can follow Yolan’s trip on Instagram and check out his YOUTUBE Channel for his latest video’s.

Love,
Wander-Lust

The Wanderlust of.. model and photographer Franggy Yanez

He works as a model and photographer, plays the guitar (and can sing!) and you’ve probably noticed that he looks pretty yummie!
His talents and popular Instagram account (180k followers) take this nomad around the world. Lucky for us, he took the time to talk to us about one of his other passions; Travel. This is the Wanderlust of Franggy Yanez.

Franggy Yanez in Amsterdam
The bearded nomad in Amsterdam

So in short, who are you and what do you do for a living
My real name is Franggy Yanez, born and raised in Venezuela, but moved to Europe to change the world in 2005 (i failed miserably). What i do for living varies in many ways, i like to call it a ‘Creative Adviser’ since I work in several fields; Photography, Modeling, PR , Branding, Social media influencing etc..

Sounds interesting! You travel a lot for work, how many countries have you visited?
Ok wait a sec.. let me count.. mmm as far as i know i have been in around 15 countries.

the wanderlust of.. fracrox
Venice beach shot by Fracrox

Plane session Franggy Yanez
Franggy travels a lot for work but his homebase is Amsterdam

Where have you shot your most beautiful picture?
This may sound cliche but my most beautiful photo has been of my niece and nephew every time I go back home. They are just 2 and 3 years old but they have such an amazing personality and are so loving that my camera just can’t stop photographing them! 

Shot by Franggy Yanez
Portraits are his thing. A beautiful shot by Franggy Yanez

New York by Franggy
If you can make it here.. Photograph by Franggy Yanez.

What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I gotta say, the landscape in Thailand stole my heart

Which country is on your bucket list and why?
Oh Australia definitely, love their culture, their landscape and the people seems to be very photogenic over there ;)

We love Australia too! So what is your nr. 1 place in the world to make beautiful shots?
Honestly, since I do mostly portrait photography, i don’t think a place would determine my final shots, I find faces everywhere so i just go with the flow.

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Sunset in Nashville shot by the man himself

“I am more attracted to people and their culture than a place itself, therefore backpacking allows me to have an inside look at their lives and places”

Have you had any bad experiences whilst traveling?
Yes, like most travelers I had some bad food poisoning (Thailand), hotels disasters with reservations (France), lost luggage (USA). But nothing major luckily!

 

The wanderlust of.. Franggy Yanez
The man behind the camera

What is one travel essential you would not leave the house without with?
(Answers without hesitation) My camera’s!

What language is the most sexy in the world to you and how many do you speak?
I find any language well spoken really sexy, it’s more about the way the person talk, manners, refined way of talking in any language wins me more than the language itself. I speak fluently English, Spanish but not fluent but a little of Dutch, Italian, Portuguese etc

Heel goed Franggy! Name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist
We Die Young by Alice in Chains
That’s a classic, love it. Last but not least; What kind of traveler are you? (backpacker, Luxury, Explorer, Beachbum etc)
Definitely the Backpacker/ Explorer. I am more attracted to people and their culture than a place itself, therefore backpacking allows me to have an inside look at their lives and places.

Check Franggy’s Instagram account @fracrox and check his photography here.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Curious about our last interview with the fashionable duo Notre-Vue? Check it here:

 

Interview »The Wanderlust of.. Notre Vue

Welcome to our new monthly series! The Wanderlust of..
Each month we interview creative people that share our love for travel. To kick off with, we start with the uberstylish men from Notre Vue.
Luc (29) and Steven (30) are two friends from Amsterdam that took Instagram by storm with their amazing shots and sense of style. Both men have traveled quite a bit and have the wanderlust virus just like us We asked them some questions.

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So in short, what the hell is Notre Vue?
Luc » Hahaha, we’re story tellers, we create content for brands and retailers as well as our own creative projects.
Steven » I call it content creators who tell a story about the brand or retailer from our point of view. So yeah what Luc said..

How many countries have you visited?

Steven » A lot and many more coming!!
Luc » Around 50, but still so much more to go. This year I want to at least add 3 more to the list.


Steven from Notre Vue
Steven in Alicante

Impressive! What’s the most beautiful place you have ever been to?
Luc » I really loved Noosa in Australia, it’s this really nice little town
on the Eastcoast. The whole town is right in the middle of the National park. So wildlife everywhere you go, from Koala’s to even whales just off shore.
Never seen such a clean country either.
Steven » To me it’s Sekumpul in Bali. The most beautiful valley I’ve ever been to. Full of waterfalls, swallows, butterflies, monkey and the awesome rays of sunshine on the valley completes the perfect picture.

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Luc traveled through Australia in 2012

Which country is on your bucket list and why?
Steven » Tokyo!! This is the closest that you can get to end up in a
complete different world. You can’t read anything and the culture and
style is just amazing! I Really want to experience that.
Luc » Tokyo for the urban/city, New Zealand for it’s nature.

“Notre Vue is a group of friends from Amsterdam expressing their creativity and passion for anything we put our minds to.”

What is your nr 1 place in the world you wish to visit to make shots for Notre Vue?
Luc » For me something crazy with a lot of Urbex locations, New York, Chicago come to mind, but also Tokyo or even way out there.. Chernobyl.
Steven » Iceland, New Zealand, Tokyo, New York, Rocky Mountains, San Francisco

The boys from Notre Vue live in Amsterdam
Chillin’ in their hometown Amsterdam

Ever had a bad experience whilst traveling?
Steven » Just running to the toilet that’s it…
Luc » Not really, lost my suitcase two times, but it always came back.

Thanks for that Steven..moving on! What’s one travel essential you would not leave without with?
Luc » Contact Fluid and a camera.
Steven » Hair elastic and a tooth brush

What language is the most sexy in the world to you and how many do you speak?
Steven » South American Spanish…
Luc » Italian by far! Italian women drive me crazy(good and bad way)…I’m fluent in 3 (English, German and Dutch) I can help myself I French and Italian.

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No lack of style

Nice! Name one song that would definitely be on your travel playlist.
Luc » Have Love, Will Travel – The Sonics
Steven »The World (is going up in flames) – Charles Bradley

So what kind of travelers are you guys? 
Steven »Explorer with a lil bit of luxury
Luc » Luxurious, Exploring Beachbum. I love to the beach, I love exploring everything but I hate camping!

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Thanks guys, see you soon!

Check out the Notre Vue boys on Instagram or visit their blog www.notre-vue.com.

Love,

Wander-Lust