It’s “Inspiring Travelers” time again and this month our guests are Joost and Anique from Holland. We met the lovely couple in Wanaka on New Zealand’s south island while at a caravan park. We really enjoyed talking with them and trading travel tips back and forth. They gave us some great tips about New Zealand’s south island and after keeping in touch in the months to come, some great tips about traveling in southeast asia. From hiking the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand to camping in the jungles of Cambodia, these two did some amazing things on their trip around the world and have inspired us and surely others that followed them to “Just Go”. So check out their story here and their blog below to inspire you to get out there and see the world. Their blog is in Dutch so here is the link to Google Translate to help you out. It’s not perfect, but works pretty good. Just copy the URL below to their blog and paste it into translate.
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
We are a Dutch couple, almost ten years together. Joost is 27 years old and studied Industrial Design in Delft. Anique is 26 years old and studied Media and Journalism in Rotterdam. We lived together in Rotterdam before we decided to give up our jobs and our rental house to go traveling.
What made you decide to go on a RTW trip?
We thought about going on a round the world trip since we were sixteen or so. Then we first finished our studies and we both worked to save enough money to go for seven months. The hardest decision was to actually decide to go. But we both really wanted to explore other countries and cultures and live in complete freedom for a longer period.
What has been your favorite place so far?
We visited Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Malaysia. Every place has its own charm. We started in Australia and spent three months there. It was absolutely amazing. The country is so beautiful and we really enjoyed it. It is the place we definitely to go back to in a few years.
Where are you most looking forward to going?
Unfortunately we are back in Holland now. But we are full of plans for next trips. Top of mind is South America, because it is cheap and we heard lots of good stories about the countries over there. But we really want to go to Canada as well. It all depends on how much we can save in the coming period.
Tell us about your favorite food or meal you have had on your trip
We absolutely loved the food in Asia. The Indian curries were amazing, but Vietnamese food is our favorite. We absolutely loved the dish Ban Xheo. It is a sort of fried pancake with mushrooms, beansprout and shrimps. But especially Joost liked the good, big steaks in Australia as well.
What has been your best splurge?
We walked one of the Great Walks in New Zealand, the Tongariro Northern Circuit. Two and a half days, 51 kilometres and fantastic views. Carrying everything from the beginning until the end (including rubbish) and experiencing a few nights in the mountains. That felt so good and is such a difference with our lives back home. We will never forget that experience.
What do you find hardest about long-term travel?
We thought long of an answer for this question. We find it hard to stick to our budget. We did not work for the whole period and we had a lot of wishes. But in the end we managed to do everything we wanted and even had some money left when we got home. The actual hardest part is coming back and fit in ‘normal’ life again.
Other than family and friends, what do you miss most about home?
Nothing actually….Or maybe one thing.. What we love to do back home is to drink water from the tap. Because the water quality is superb, you can just stick your mouth under it and drink. It would be fantastic that it would be possible anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, that is still a long way to go. So it felt very good to be able to do that again!
Any tips or words of advice for those dreaming about traveling?
The best tip we have is to just go! If you are doubting, stop thinking and start making plans. We wrote a blog ourselves and the last one is full of tips for traveling. See http://joostenanique.t15.org/?p=453 (Google translate does a good job)