Our website is about half a year old. But from the very beginning there were a few things we did not liked about it. For example the way we needed to manually place all the headers on the homepage or the way pictures were shown in the articles. So we decided it was time to lauch Nosprinkles 2.0. We have worked hard on it the last couple of weeks and we are very pleased with the result.
In honour of our new website, todays story is about why we want to travel the world. Something you do not do as easily and not a whole lot of people do it. So why do we want to? Can we find out why travelling the world is the number one thing we want to do? Well you will find out now…
What did I ask myself a nice question? I really had to sit down and think about it. I think it is a combination of several experiences.
- There used to hang a big Peruvian tapestry on the wall above my parent’s bed. It was a wedding gift by my Aunt Trudy back in 1980. She came back home from her travels in South America and Peru. The tapestry always fascinated me. Was it the way they weaved it? Or the way the weaved the buildings? I spend hours looking at it and dreaming away.
- The boy scouts has always been an important hobby of mine. Ever since I saw my parent’s pictures of their time at scouting I whined and nagged that I wanted to join the scouts. I still know how happy I was when I finally turned 7 and I had my first gathering with the cub scouts. I loved sleeping in tents, lighting fires, build big wooden structures and walking long hikes. No wonder I have been a leader for years. I have left scouting now but I still follow it closely. And I am still an outdoorsman and I enjoy being in the open air, walking in nature and explore new places.
- In 2000 I went on my first long trip. It was a 6 week trip to Vancouver and British Columbia. We had an awesome time. The sense of liberty, do whatever we want to do, arranging everything for ourselves and solving any challenge which came on our way. It was the perfect holiday and I think I really gotten the travel bug then.
I believe it was this combination of experiences that almost immediately after my trip to Canada said: “I am going on a trip around the world and nothing can stop me!” Well, my parents obstructed this thought. Their reaction was: “Sander, you are first going to finish your University! Afterwards you can do whatever you want.” At the time this was not what I wanted to hear but now I can’t agree with them more.
So I started my study Leisure management in Breda. I had a great time and at a certain point I fell in love, moved to the deep south of Holland and with this a temporary end to my travel plans. A well, sometimes thing do not go as previously planned.
When in 2010 this relationship ended a dormant force found its way back up into my consciousness. My dream suddenly got room to flourish and once again I shouted: “I am going on a trip around the world. Only this time nothing will stand in my way!” Now 6 years later it is almost time to leave. Together with Jolien I will leave on a plane to Rio de Janeiro. I am so happy that I found a sweet girlfriend with the same passions like mine and an equal look on the world. I is finally going to happen and I feel as happy like I was right after Vancouver.
Why do I want to go on a trip around the world you ask? Why not! Like with Sander, it is a combination of experiences:
- As a child we always took the caravan with us on vacations. Our car and caravan were loaded up. Our own tent was packed in and off we went. On our way to a camping somewhere in the Netherlands. During these camping holidays we always hiked a lot and these walks were set up as a quest. This meant all four of us children had the most of fun. I still look back with joy at these holidays.
- Once every three or four years, I was going out of my mind, because our uncle Ben from New Zealand was paying us a visit in the Netherlands. And every time I dreamed away and travelled to New Zealand. The stories he told me were fascinated and I was clinging onto his lips. From every photo I saw, a picture of the Pancake Mountains stuck to me most. Till now it still remains a dream.
- This dream almost came thru in 2008. My internship in Australia was as good as settled. But then the crisis hit and the company decided not to hire any foreign student anymore. Too bad for me. Eventually I did manage to find an internship abroad. Only a whole lot closer, on the other side of the border, in Antwerp, Belgium. I had the time of my life and I did gotten the feeling of what is to work abroad.
- When I was single, I solo travelled a few times across Europe. I visited Budapest, London and Rome. These travels have given me so much. The freedom of travel, contacts with new people, getting to know a city and finding out who you are. All these aspects fulfilled me. Travel made me a richer person.
It has always been a dream to visit the pancake rocks in New Zealand. In 2017 this is finally going to happen. During my first date with Sander it became clear to us both that we had a similar dream: Travel the world. So it was immediately obvious that we are going to achieve this goal together. This makes me very happy!