ALWAYS AROUND THE WORLDTHE STORY
Always Around the World started back in 2016 as a personal travel blog, where we shared our personal travel stories with family and friends. But the goals were way bigger than that. We had so much energy and passion fro writing, that we just felt like doing more with it. We had a goal in mind: Sharing all the information we gathered during our travels!
We want that Always Around The World is the place to be to find all the information you are looking for about a particular destination. How we do this? By interaction with a lot of other travellers all around the world and creating content to answer all their questions. The combination of the adventures we experience and inspiring people to do the same is what keeps us travelling fulltime ever since 2017.
The world has so much to offer and even if you can't travel (full time), we like to inspire you all year round. We share photos, videos and blog posts about all kind of different countries and places around the globe. In this way, we show you all the beautiful places out there, but also places that you might want to evade!
So, if you don't know where to start with preparing your next trip, because you have so many questions, let us help you out. Preparing a trip is a time-consuming job which you want to do good, to make sure you can fully enjoy your time off! Our mission is to make this process much easier and quicker, by providing all the information you need on one page!
So, sit back, relax, get inspired and start enjoying the preparations for your next trip!
THE FACES BEHINDABOUT US
Since the moment we met it was already clear we had 2 huge things in common: 1. We liked each other a lot (even without having some beers haha..) 2. We both had a strong desire: A huge trip around the world and preferably a never ending one!
To us it became all very clear: we made a plan and started saving. Seriously saving, so really strict on the budget. No more parties, no more going out for dinners and everything we earned went straight in our savings account for our dream. We were strong, really strong and we went straight for our goals. It is the best decision we ever made!
In May 2017, we left our apartment, having no belongings left, and stepped in the airplane. The most important fact: We didn't have a plan! Following our heart was the only intention. And having as many as possible adventures! Because the excitement in our bodies when we start thinking about a new outdoor adventure, no matter if it is hiking, biking or canoeing, is what gives us the power to keep going!
But there is more, we love to inspire people to see more of all the beauty on this planet. We do this via this blog, but also by sharing photos and videos all around the internet on different Social Media platforms. The most beautiful thing in life is that you can follow your own dreams. That is why our motto is: 'There is a way to catch your dreams without falling asleep'. Believe in it, go for it and you can get it!
In the meanwhile we have experienced quite some adventures and we went through a lot of challenges. We volunteered in the arctic during winter time and had to face temperatures like -45°C. We also cycled 3.000km through the wild and rough Icelandic Wilderness, while we had never done a cycling trip before. Does that mean we are crazy? For us the answer is NO! We just like to challenge ourselves to experience new things in life.
We are always looking for new challenges and adventures, because that is our ultimate drive.
CONTACT USGET IN TOUCH
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Our destinationsprevious trips
Before our trip
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Before our trip
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
GET TO KNOW USGET TO KNOW US
How long have you been together?
End of January 2014 we met in a pub in Rotterdam. It was an evening we both can’t really remember a lot from, but we swapped phone numbers. The next day we got in touch and we didn’t stop talking anymore.
We planned our first date and our first holiday together followed very soon (end of February)! From there we were inseparable.
In August 2015 Nanet asked Kelly to marry her and since then we are engaged! A marriage is on the planning ever since, but we are not really in a hurry, haha. We plan on staying together anyway!
What is your favourite country so far?
Choosing one country is really hard! So, here is our top 4 favourite countries:
1. Iceland: Because of the rough nature, insane landscapes and the cycling adventure we experienced there.
2. Svalbard: Because of the experience of being in the arctic circle and the polar bears and Northern Lights we have seen there for the first time.
3. Slovenia: Because this country just amazed us so much. The friendly people and the crazy diversity of nature in such a small country.
4. Bali: We just love Bali! Touring around on a Scoopy (small motorbike), the amazing delicious and healthy food you can get everywhere. The different landscapes, from the beach, to the rice fields to the mountains and volcanoes. The friendly local people and the nomadic environment.
Where did you live before you started your trip around the world?
We lived in a very cozy two-floor apartment in Central Rotterdam. It was our little paradise. A big map of the world was hanging in the living room with dots where we had been. The cushions on the sofa were made of a fabric with a map print and everywhere throughout the house you would find a lot of souvenirs and travel pictures.
Traveling is in our blood and so it was in our house. Although we loved living there, we didn’t mind leaving. What the house was filled with – traveling – is now everywhere around us.
What kind of jobs did you use to do before you went traveling around the world?
We both had office jobs! Every day we traveled to and fro by car, facing a long ride with a lot of traffic jams.
Kelly used to work as a financial controller and was always wearing a suit to the office. Nanet used to work as a supply chain manager in the logistics.
Funny thing is, that Kelly was the worst with alarm clocks. She snoozed over 5 times, until she was really in a rush to get out of bed. Nowadays, we often wake up before 7 am by ourselves!
How did you start your trip around the world?
How? Just do it! A trip around the world started as a dream, which arose quite fast after we met. On our first date we couldn’t talk about anything else than traveling and traveling just kept on being a returning subject.
The more we talked about traveling, the more we dreamt about a never-ending trip. The more we dreamt about this trip, the more we wanted it to become reality. And so, this dream turned into a plan. A serious plan.
Saving money (and skipping a lot of nights at the pub, dining out, cinema etc.), getting rid of debts, selling stuff we didn’t need anymore, getting our vaccinations and at the very end quitting our jobs and moving out of our apartment.
It wasn’t easy and at times very stressful. But we kept on thinking about this never-ending trip and that kept us going! I can tell you, it was all worth it! And even more than that!
When did you start your trip around the world?
We started our trip around the world in May 2017. So, we are on the road now for quite some time and we absolutely love it!
In the beginning we really had to get used to it. We rushed around as if it felt we were on holiday and wanted to see as much as possible in as little time as possible. After a while it came to our minds that we weren't in a rush and from that moment we really started to enjoy it to the fullest!
Since we started our trip, we have done so many amazing and adventurous things, like hitchhiking, cycling, multiple-day hiking, converting our our Van for the Van Lifestyle, skiing and even dog sledding!
There is still so much more we want to do, that we absolutely are not thinking about stopping with traveling any time soon.
How can you afford to keep on traveling?
When we started our trip, we had absolutely no clue how much time our savings would last. Eventually, it lasted for about a year. Within that year we knew for sure that we didn’t want to stop traveling. We love it so much and we absolutely did not want to go back to our office jobs and to the traffic jams.
If there is one thing we truly believe it's this: “There is a way to catch your dreams without falling asleep”. And that is the spirit you need to make your dreams come true.
As we both loved it to write about our travels and making pictures, we decided to make this blog a success. We followed courses, implemented our knowledge and held on to the idea that it is possible to create an income from a blog.
Obviously, this took time. So, in the meanwhile we went to Australia to do farm work. We did several jobs, like lime picking, raspberry picking, potato harvesting and we worked almost 5 months on a feedlot (with cows).
What do you miss the most from home?
To be honest, we don’t really miss things when we are away from home. Home doesn't really feel like home anymore. Home is just anywhere where we are, where we feel good and where we feel safe.
But, once we know that we are going back to the Netherlands, to visit family and friends, we start dreaming about the typical Dutch delicacies, like a kroket and babi pangang!
It may speak for itself, that every now and then we miss a hug from our parents or friends. But luckily nowadays it is so easy to keep in touch with the available internet connection.