Dreamjob | Corendon is looking for a globetrotter

If you have a passion for travel and you want to travel the world for free this summer, read on because travel organisation Corendon may have the dream job for you!

The Job

Yes, you have to work for it, but it’s probably going to be the best summer job you’ve ever had. Corendon is looking for an individual that can create travel content for them to be used on social media. While doing this, you are traveling the world for three months, full time. This means shooting on a beach in Greece, editing on the plane and preparing your next vlog on Bali. There are a few points that will make you the perfect candidate for the job:

  • You need to know your way with Social Media
  • You must know how to edit video’s
  • Photography skills is a must
  • Be able to deal with the occasional jetlag
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • Own a drivers license
  • Be available in June/July/August

Travel the world

How to apply

You can apply for this job via Instagam;

Share an album on Instagram with a minimum of 5 photo’s and 1 video using the caption #Corendon and #droombaancorendon and tag @Corendon.vliegvakanties. Follow @Corendon.vliegvakanties and make sure your profile is set to public so they can see your posts.

Corendon will select 3 lucky people and invite them to their offices to get to know them a little better before making the decision. Who knows, this could be YOU! For more info on how to apply check here.

All we can say is: Apply!

Happy travels,

Wander-Lust

5 Misconceptions About Being A Flight Attendant

Being a flight attendant is a job that provides the possibility to travel frequently and meet new people from all over the world. Amber took the plunge and made a 180 degree life change. After a long and exciting selection process, a ‘new way of life’ was born. Different than you may think, the life of a flight attendant is not only about adventure, glamour, luxury or a romance with the captain. There are plenty of misconceptions and a lot of things you might not know. It’s time to find out what’s it really like!

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1. You need to be fit and ready
Passenger safety is the most important role for a flight attendant. Rule number one is to be fit to work, so no alcohol is allowed 10 hours prior to our duty. We have to go trough 4 weeks of training and a re-qualification every year. The exams are extremely stressful and concerns flight safety, self-defense and first aid. Floating trough the aisle serving coffee and tea is much further down the list of the responsibilities of a flight attendant.

Let’s get one thing out in the open, I have never dated a pilot.

2. We are not all dating a pilot
A typical day starts with packing my suitcase, applying basic make-up, putting my hair up and wearing my clean and shiny blue uniform with pride. There’s only one thing to add: a brilliant smile! When scheduled on early flights I meet my colleagues at the airport around 6am. On standard European flights the crew consist of a captain, first officer and two flight attendants. Once I’ve met my colleagues for the day it’s time to head to the briefing room to prepare and discuss the flights for the next few days. It’s always magical to experience how four strangers become such a strong and reliable team within a few minutes after getting to know each other. I really appreciate the colleagues I have to work with but let’s get one thing out in the open, I have never dated a pilot. To be honest.. Since the day I started working as a flight attendant, I’ve never witnessed any love bloom between any of the crew. Of course this is an illusion and I’m pretty sure there will be colleagues who secretly hook up during a layover. It’s really not all that different from other jobs.

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3. Being a flight attendant can be far from glamorous
A lot of passengers think flight attendants are responsible for everything om board. They do have a point. Unfortunately lifting hand luggage in the overhead bin is not part of our job. We are not all cross fit athletes. When passengers assume that their trolley is way to heavy to lift, they call the flight attendant to stow it. I’ll give them a friendly smile and i’m begging them to stop traveling with carry-on bags they can’t handle. I quietly whisper: “If you can’t sling it, don’t bring it.” The average duration of a flight is less then one hour. Within this time we have to offer a full service to a maximum of one-hundred passengers. There is not much time left for chatting in the galley or hanging out in the cockpit. The job is far from glamorous and the workload can be very high some days. As a flight attendant you’re working your ‘but off’ whilst being patient, putting effort in your work and providing a smile from ear to ear.

4. Layovers are often short
After three or four flights we arrive on our final destination for that day, somewhere in Europe. We quickly grab our suitcases and catch the taxi to bring us to our temporary ‘home’ for the night. The hotels are brilliant and often located close to the city and equipped with a gym and sauna. We receive a daily allowance to spend on food and other sundries. The company is doing their best to create the optimum conditions. Most layovers are short, and you barely have time to spend the money. After a 10-hour shift most of the crew will decide to go for a nap or chill out at the hotel. If there’s some energy and time left, we’ll go on a local excursion, have a few drinks in town or visiting some other places of interest. Luckily I am an high-energy person! I like wandering on my own and visit places I haven’t seen before. Hiking trough the beautiful nature of Norway was one of my best experiences. The moments I’m making unforgettable memories it is hard to believe this is actually part of the job. The wake-up call at 4am quickly brings me back to reality as a new day of work is ahead with an early flight back to Amsterdam!

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5. The life of a flight attendant can be very lonely
The life of a flight attendant is not only about glitter and glamour. It’s way more then that. The long shifts, delays and difficulties on board with demanding passengers can be a real challenge. Beside this it is not easy to organize your social life when you’re abroad 4 nights in a row. The life of a flight attendant can be very lonely. You basically live out of a suitcase, miss your best friends birthday, skip your favorite festival and spend less quality time with your family.

Let me end this story by saying that I do love my job and I am very proud to live the ‘dream’ of a flight attendant! Especially when you realize only a few of those who applied actually got hired. The lovely colleagues, friendly passengers and the wonderful destinations are the reason this job is given me so much energy. Since I started as a flight attendant I experienced the amazing continent we live in. Instead of watching television or doing the laundry at home, I spend my spare time having diner outdoors and enjoying the facilities and luxury of a 5 star hotel.

If you focus on the load of experiences you get trough this way of life, it’s a real privilege to be a flight attendant!

Love,

Amber

*Amber was one of our guest editors from the Netherlands who loves her job as a flight attendant! She’s always on the run searching for the best hotspots in Europe. In her spare time she likes to discover the best hotspots of Utrecht. You can expect an article from her once a month! You can follow her adventures on Instagram or visit her dutch blog on www.amberontdekt.nl!

Always wondered how turbulence works? Check out this video!

Are you a true world traveler?

You may have crossed oceans, seen the desert, rainforest and the inside of every hostel in Australia, but can you call yourself a true world traveler? Women.com have put together a fun test where you need to pick the right country by checking just one single image with a choice of three options. Do you think you can score a 100 procent, we did! (okok, one image was wrong, but that was a difficult one!)

Only a world traveler can name every single country by only one image..

Do the test here!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Looking for travel tips? Find all our tips here!

A Day at the Park Festival is back! (but not in Amsterdam)

Remember when A Day At The Park Festival announced they would call it a day after 10 years? Well, they decided to return, but this time at a completely new location..

The Festival
For 10 years, people from all over the Netherlands came to dance in Het Amsterdam Bos to the biggest artists. Besides the music, A Day At The Park has been a place to get creative, play games, sing to Karaoke, enjoy the market and you could even get “married” at the festival. But in 2017, they decided to call it a day and it might had something to do with the disappointing ticket sales over the last couple of years.


Wander-Lust at A Day at the Park Festival back in 2016

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Always fun & games at ADATP

The Comeback
But there is light at the end of the tunnel and on the 21st of September A Day At The Park will return on the grass, but in Rotterdam! Yes, from one park to another. The festival will be held in the Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam. They call it the place where they will retrieve old memories and make new ones. What to expect? The old A Day at the Park, but fresh and richer, showing you what Rotterdam has to offer. 

What do you guys think? Will ADATP 2019 be a success?

Love,

Wander-Lust

12 x amazing shots from an airplane window seat

The best seat is the window seat inside a airplane in our opinion. Why? Because here you can dream off while you mind get’s drawn into the clouds, you see flat lands turn into mountains and see worlds that were once far, appear right underneath you. Sometimes we snap out of our dream and wake up enough to grab our camera and snap one of those moments. Time to show these to the world! We’ve listed 12 amazing shots made out of an airplane window seat.

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Sydney from the sky by @sallies

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The ultimate view, flying into paradise. Source: Rough Guides

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Plane shadows flying into Salt Lake City. By @twbatl

Highest point of Africa out of a window seat
Seeing the highest point of Africa is a world’s gift. By Kyle Mijlof

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Beautiful view of boats at the coast of Singapore. Photographer unknown

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The sky is on fire with Turkish Airlines by @arashsamiei

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Love this shot from @mginfocus, coming home to Los Angeles


Qantas flying over Antarctica. Source


Thunderstorms are beautiful from a distance. Photo by Haley Luna

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Flying over the Rocky Mountains. Picture by Nikki Hedges

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Amazing reflections from Chicago into Lake Michigan. Credit to Mark Hersch


And finally, showing some love from the window seat flying into Rome. Photo by me.

Do you have a cool airplane shot you want to share with us? Send it to our Facebook page and we might post it! Looking for  the best way to score a cheap flight on Skyscanner

Love,

Elke

Platform for Positivity » Good News Is Out There

If you watch the news nowadays, it may leave you feeling a bit low. Our world seems worse than ever before. Wars, terrorist attacks, poverty, climate change and the list goes on. This news affects our daily lives and the way we look at the world. Unfortunately, negative news travels fast and make the headlines. If you are a journalist, you know it’s much harder to sell a positive news item, than a shocking one. News channels &  Newspapers live on advertising and brands will keep on advertising alongside the news that is getting the most views and hits, obviously. But we can actually change this. How? By simply sharing as much positive news as possible! This week, several journalists, news photographers, bloggers and vloggers came to together to launch the Platform for Positivity in Amsterdam.

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Vlogger Sanny Verhoeven at the launch of Platform for Positivity

We discussed how we can change the news and content we share. But hold on a second, the world so shitty at the moment right? Well, not everything is bad, just have a look at these facts.

Did you know that:

  • Less people die of terrorist attacks than back in the 1970’s?
  • 91{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} of the population has access to clean drinking water?
  • There are less wars in the world than ever before?
  • Poverty has been reduced by almost 50{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b}?

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Don’t forget to smile 

Other “positive” news:

  • The voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings, calls children’s hospitals in his spare time to cheer up sick children
  • Cuddling can help wounds heal faster, due to the release of oxytocin
  • Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.

Constructive Journalism does not just show the negative results and problems, but uses a wider context focusing on causes and most importantly: solutions.

Platform for Positivity has been set up by a team of content creators such as Jeroen Swolfs (Streets of the World), Wendy Kweens (Who Cares), Mirjam Vossen (World’s Best News) and more. Together with Sabine De Witte (Your Ambassadrice), have was asked to be one of the Ambassadors for the platform. On the launch, Dutch TV host Eddy Zoëy lead the discussion. Our job is to spread news that is positive and real! 

Check out the website and share your content on Social Media with the hashtag #Plat4P and tag @platformforpositivity.

Let’s make this world a better looking place! Will you join us?

Love,

Elke

Hotspot: De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Close to the lively Ledig Erf in Utrecht is a new coffee bar/bookshop; De Utrechtse Boekenbar. It’s a shop where you can buy interesting books and drink a cup of coffee while reading your new book purchase.

Founder Tim van den Hoed started a crowdfunding campaign to make his dream Book-Bar become a reality. Because he’s born and raised in Utrecht, he felt like this was the city where he wanted to open the Boekenbar. Utrecht is also a cultural city with many music, art and book projects. Van den Hoed wanted to create a space with ambiance where both the coffee and the book assortment were good. De Utrechtse Boekenbar is quite unique because of the combination of interesting and special books and the possibility to have a drink at the same place. You can come here for novels, travel books, cookbooks and table photo books. All are displayed with the front faced forward. 

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More than just a bookstore
The Utrechtse Boekenbar is a place for everyone. You can meet up with friends but the bar is also suitable for studying. The shop is sleek, with a comfortable sitting area and a wide range of books and a simple café. Books are both available in English and Dutch and the assortment is not very standard as you may expect. Your attention is immediately drawn to all the fascinating book covers that are placed around the store.

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And yes, they serve good coffee at the Utrechtse Boekenbar!

You can also buy a variety of stationary items and at the bar you can enjoy a coffee, ice tea and (homemade!) cookies and pies. Tim is at the shop six days a week and pretty much runs the shop on his own. But he’ll always goes out of his way to have a small conversation about the store, and give you the best book recommendations! So if you’re searching for a new book and combine this with a nice cup of coffee, go to De Utrechtse Boekenbar!

The Utrechtse Boekenbar
Westerkade 2, Utrecht
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Love,

Merel

*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

The International Firework Festival we think you should see

The International Fireworks Festival in Scheveningen 2017 gives a new definition to firework. Eight different countries such as China, France, The Netherlands and last year’s winner Spain, compete with each other and throw everything in the battle to be the very best. But, only one can be the winner, chosen by an experienced jury and welcomed by a beach full of enthusiasts. 

The fireworks are lit from a floating platform, 275 meters from Scheveningen beach, so the view is magnificent from the entire boulevard and beach. 

This is why you should to go
Normally I have to wait for fireworks untill New Years Eve, while freezing to death and feeling nauseous from an oliebollen overdose. (Try this Dutch traditional snack if you get the chance but don’t have more than 3!) I still remember the days that I wasn’t even old enough to light my own firework and just stared astonished at the colours going op in flames, high in the black sky. Meanwhile, I have already seen fireworks a million times. Well… 25 New Years Eves to be exactly. Slight difference: I’m now usually more focused on the the sparkles in the champagne than the ones in the sky.

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The art of the International Fireworks Festival has completely changed the way I feel about fireworks. I saw the opening show on Friday the 11th of August and I was truly stunned by the way this sky art is made with rockets, colours, fire and sparkling shapes. I had goosebumps all over my body while watching the show from the Kurhaus balcony. Yet, this time the goosebumps weren’t caused by the temperature. For 10 minutes I could shout out nothing but sounds of excitement. The festival set the sky on fire and seemed to stop the time. There is no way I could explain the way it looks, because the words just wouldn’t do it justice. You’ll just have to check this one out yourself.

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Tip: If you want to add a little bit more sparkle to the show, book the Fireworks Festival Waves Package at Kurhaus. The view from the luxurious balcony is stunning and enables you to enjoy the thrilling show while enjoying a three-course dinner. Food and fireworks, what’s not to like?

The International Fireworks Festival is held on August 18th with the final on the 19th. Watching this spectacle is free!

Check the website for more info.

Love,

Eva

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival is coming!

If you know one thing about Amsterdam, it’s that people love to sit outside whenever they can. When the first rays of sunlight appear, you will see outside terraces in each part of the city. To celebrate the end of an already fantastic terrace season, several cafe’s and restaurants are joining forces and will transform into the largest outside terrace at the Amsterdam Terrace Festival! (Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival)

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From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all!

On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September you will be able to find around 20 different cafe’s and restaurants at the festival, all with their own specialty and allure. It’s being organised by the same people behind popular party starters Het Amsterdams Verbond and Bevrijdingsfestival so these guys know what to do to create a successful festival with all elements. Some of the participants are ROEST, Brandstof, Terpentijn X JAJEM, ‘T Blauwe Theehuis and Het Paardje. From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all! Some of them will host a bar whilst others highlight their food.

Besides the drinks and food, there will also be some entertainment such as Karaoke from Duke of Tokyo, Silent Disco by Vondel Disco and DJ’s. There will be an ongoing competition where they can win the titel for best terrace, best bar host (men and female) and best served beer. (very important of course ;-))

Oh and one more thing, the entrance is totally free! Who will join us in September?? (and celebrate Elke’s birthday :-))

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival
1 – 3 September in Oosterpark
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Love,

Wander-Lust

5 x Travel YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To

YouTube is freakin’ booming and is taking over laptops and screens around the world to inspire young and older generations. Travelers are not just looking on websites anymore, but search for information by checking inspirational video’s from travel vloggers on YouTube. We selected 5 Travel YouTube Channels (and a nice bonus!) for you to subscribe to.

1. Brooke Saward – World of Wanderlust
This Australian cutie is an inspiration for many young women who have a dream. Brooke packed her bags and left everything behind to travel the world. While she did, she started blogging about it and documented everything. Before she even realized it, she became one of the biggest travel bloggers in the world. She started her YouTube Channel a little while after her blogging succes and she gives you tips, travel hacks, personal experiences and her sweet but funny personality really makes you fall in love with this girl. She is taking things a bit slower nowadays as she realized, life is not just about large numbers and being the best in everything. She is more selective about her press trips and wants to be at home more where she started her own bakery recently. https://www.youtube.com/user/brookehaute

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2. Angie Lal – Travel In Her Shoes
She’s a Polish born, Australian educated, Los Angeles based adventure traveler, writer, blogger and photographer. Her Instagram account is already to die for and she decided to focus more on YouTube since a couple of months and things are going fast! Be inspired by the amazing locations she visits and her beautiful sense of style. This girl will take you around the world! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8_L-xSXL3GO2k-FMqmXeZw

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3. VagaBrothers
We met these crazy bro’s at the TBEX conference in Sweden last year where they gave a seminar about YouTube. They are very savvy with anything to do with video and montage (award winning actually!). They are on a mission to explore the planet by connecting with other young people and inspiring viewers to do the same. And they have! Besides being cute, they are pretty funny too! Check out their cool video’s here: https://www.youtube.com/user/vagabrothers/featured

4. FunForLouis – Louis
He is the biggest travel YouTuber in the world right now and well deserved! He started his channel 6 years ago and gained his subscribers before YouTube was a hype like it’s nowadays. Once he grew an audience, he could focus more on content and adventure. Yes, adventure is Louis middle name! Watch video’s how he’s flying a tiny plane, joining coffee ceremonies, visiting the Hobbit house in New Zealand or riding on the roof of a car. He’s done it all and he is taking you along with the ride. Louis is not the guy who started his YouTube Channel for the views, no he really loves to travel and has stayed humble throughout this big adventure. https://www.youtube.com/user/FunForLouis/featured

5. Hey Nadine – Nadine Sykora
She’s positive, funny, quirky and successful. This is Nadine Sykora. She is posting 2 video’s per week (how on earth does she do it??) and has a lot of travel tips and advice. She does the traditional Q&A’s but it’s never boring. Besides travel she also creates beauty, fashion and comedy video’s. Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nayders07

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Bonus: Wander-Lust
Eh well, we need to give ourselves a little self promotion right? 😉 We are waaay behind on YouTube but this will change shortly! We will start to post new video’s soon where we will continue to take you along on our adventures and we are also planning on sharing some inside travel tips. We have to admit that we are not really too keen about vlogging because we can’t imagine that you will find our lives interesting enough that we feel the need to share our every move. BUT, please let us know what you would like to see and we will brainstorm about it. And eh..you can start helping us by subscribing to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNCgBBEAs7_ClfgZm1LQNA

Love,

Wander-Lust

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