20 Years Of Traveling Through 20 Photos
I saw an article like this on the travelblog of Sabina – Girl vs Globe – and thought it would be a pretty fun article to write myself. Mostly I don’t write much personal stuff on the blog and normally you won’t see much photo’s of me – I’m guessing that even 80% of you don’t even know how I look. The truth is that I would love to post more personal things and travel photos of me, but to be even more truthful: I simply don’t have many photos of myself.. I am THE most awkward person to photograph: not quite photogenic, and more often I’m not willing to take the effort to pose for a photograph so I just don’t. Recently I was looking through old travel photos for blog-inspo and I found photos that went way back.. at that point I thought about the blogpost Sabine wrote, and knew exactly what to do with them!
So yeah, I think I was probably the coolest toddler around.. as you can see on this photo where I’m being all swag with my cool poofy hat. This was my first and last skiing holiday ever, and I can’t say I remember much about it. Of course, I wasn’t old enough to hit the slopes myself, but I enjoyed eating the snow just as much – you don’t need much to keep a child happy;-)
From the moment I was born until I was 14 I’ve spent my summer vacation in this caravan. Now, I couldn’t find much pictures from my early youth, as I don’t live at home anymore (with exception of the awesome photo above). But I could find this photo of our caravan. So, that will do. The years I’ve spent in this small box gave me an enormous amount of good memories, as this made it able for us to travel around Europe and explore a lot of places and countries. Obviously, camping was just as much fun as we could hang around with kids from the same age, play games and swim as much as we wanted.
Dora the Explorer.. While my parents took me to all kinds of cultural and historical sights and museums, and dragged me along hiking routes through the mountains and woods I always tried to convince them to take me to the Zoo. It worked.. mostly;-) Still, how dreadful it was to be ‘forced’ into hiking and museum visits back than, is how grateful I am for it now. I honestly believe I wouldn’t be this educated, and this interested in history, art, nature and different cultures if my parents didn’t taught me about it!
.. So the good thing about living in Europe? Even without a caravan, we could always drive everywhere. This photo was taken at a Christmas market in Germany. We spent our time here, during the holiday period to browse through all the German Christmas markets. – Yes, it’s hard to believe it’s a Christmas market, only seeing goats and not seeing snow, but yeah.. It’s a Christmas market.
Aah, how cute? This photo was taken during our time in Tenerife, Spain – The vacation where I flew for the first time! I actually have no idea how old I am here, but if I must guess I would say around seven or eight. From this age on me, my parents and my sister started going on vacations during springbreak. We went up in the mountains, to cities or to islands – everywhere where we couldn’t go with our caravan.
Passively looking for dolphins and whales in Tenerife – We found them;-) Even though we were on a boat and it was about 30 degrees our mother made us wear hats and sweaters to prevent sunburns. Parenting done right, mum!
My mother and my father always had a thing for nature, and always took us to a camping or a hotel in the mountains. I would love to do all these vacations again some day. When you are a child you appreciate nature a lot less, or you find it less interesting because your mind is in a completely different place or something. This photo was taken in Switzerland.. how Sound of Music!
As far back as I can remember me and my family went to Texel during Christmas – Texel is a small island of The Netherlands. So small we actually didn’t had anything left to explore on the island.. but since we went every winter it definitely felt like a second home and it was always a Christmas spent well! Kinda miss it now, but we’ll might go back this year.
When I was 12 my parents took me to Paris – My first citytrip ever! This was the exact trip where I fell in love with traveling.. and of course, where I fell in love with Paris.
Looking down from Mont Blanc – Europes highest mountain – during our summer trip to southern France! I was about 13 years old.
Me, my mom and my sis in Italy, at one of the small islands of Lago Maggiore – my best AND last vacation spent on a camping – I was fourteen at the time. Me and my sister met some great people at the camping, enjoyed the organized activities and enjoyed the surroundings – Lago Maggiore is one of the most beautiful lakes of Italy, and the surroundings of mountains, small italian towns and miles of vineyards absolutely topped it!
Awkward travel photos.. always.
In the same year I brought my last visit to Texel, and from that moment on we spent our Christmas at home. My sister was 16 at the time and with that she reached the age where she didn’t want to spent her holidays with us, but with her friends. At the time we thought that this visit to Texel would be our last vacation as a family.
And oh.. do you remember the time we wore jeans like I’m wearing at the photo..? Fabulous!
I’m sorry for the huge amount of photos of my back – but as you’ve already read I’m not that great in front of the camera so my dad could mostly only photograph me like this. This photo was taken at Hyde Park, London when I was 15. Me, my mom and my dad went away without my sis for the first time. Who, at the same days we were in London, spent her days in Bulgaria with her friends. I didn’t want to go on a two-week summer vacation without her anymore so we decided that a city break would be the best option. back then I was too young to go on vacation with my friends.. let alone to travel solo.
– If you are wondering why my dad is never in the pictures it is because he would always make them.
My first trip without my parents I went to Paris with my boyfriend. I was 17 at the time, he was almost 19. We just started dating, and we wanted to spend our Christmas together.. all romantic – So why not spend it in Paris? Since going to Paris with my bf, we spend every holiday together (sounds dramatic, we’ve only been together for four years now). The summer that followed we went to Ibiza, Spain – before it got a hype. And boy, did we spend our time good!
When I was 18 me, my family, my boyfriend and my sisters (at the time) boyfriend went to the USA for a west coast road trip. It was the first time that I went overseas.. absolutely loved America! We traveled through a number of national parks and large cities around the west coast. At this photo we are looking over the Grand Canyon, watching the sunset.
After traveling through the USA for five weeks, me and my boyfriend flew to NYC, while my family returned to the Netherlands. Here we are preparing for a New York Yankees match.. all in style! Our road trip through America was definitely the best trip I’ve ever made – funny as it almost didn’t happen because my parents were doubting.. guess I’m just good at pursuing people to travel with me;-)
10 Years later, and still a love for goats;-) This photo was taken in Corsica, France last year when me, my sis and my parents had another ‘last family vacation’.. again (we’ve already had around 4 ‘last family vacations’ now). At this point we were getting ready for hiking a part of the GR20, one of Europe’s most difficult hikes. Yess.. I was stupid enough to forget my hiking boots and had to face the mountains with my €6,- Primark sneakers. Still, I outraced my mother;-)
Just before turning 20 I took my first solo trip ever to Naples, Italy. A good way to conclude my teens! However, photos of me started to disappear at this point.. as nobody was there to take them for me. Ah well, photographs of nature are just as good in my opinion. This photo was taken at the Amalfi Coast, back in October, 2014. Ever since then I already traveled solo to 6 countries.. and more to come!
The last trip I’ve made has already been one month ago.. I went to Curacao, an island in the Caribbean, to visit my boyfriend who was deployed in Curacao during those months. My bf and I both loved the island so we will definitely visit it again.. Not soon anyway, as the island is soo small we’ve pretty much seen everything already!