It has been a while since I have shared a personal blog and now that the top of the yr is approaching, it is a good time to look back. Not the last yr, however the last two years have been very particular and a rollercoaster of highlights and naturally also dangerous occasions.
Despite the gorgeous journeys we made, probably the most lovely event was the start of our daughter Sofie final summer time. Now that she is a bit older and more unbiased, I’ve fortuitously been given extra time for my blog and we’re already making nice plans for 2019.
It began 2 years ago once I turned out to be totally pregnant, to be precise in December 2016. We had just booked our tickets to the Maldives as the beginning of our Three-month journey by way of Asia. That didn’t spoil the fun, because with a pregnancy declaration in our pocket we began our second massive travel journey.
Less than Three years in the past once I was not busy with my blog for a long time, I as soon as stated in an interview that the Maldives have been nonetheless excessive on my wish record. Not understanding that a yr later that dream would actually come true. So that you see again that once you actually dream of one thing and need to go all the best way for it that your goals will come true 🙂
From Dreams to Doing
In the time that I had simply started my weblog and began receiving numerous invites for lovely journeys, I acquired many questions on how I might understand all of that. I’ve written a blog about this earlier than with all my ideas: “How do you create your own dream job as a travel blogger”.
Traveling with TUI
In 2016 I was capable of make a number of lovely journeys on the invitation of TUI. One in every of them was a visit to Greece with all European “TUI (insta) grammers”. Together with nine other social media journey bloggers from six totally different nations, we embarked on the very first worldwide TUI bloggers journey.
For every week we went out collectively and visited Athens, Rhodes, Symi Island, we went rafting and we visited lovely Greek villages in the mountains. I made a brief compilation video of this Greece trip right here. If you want to know with which other influencers we have been all together, click on right here on the official website of TUI AG.
“I have spread my arms, I have my eyes closed and I really feel a sunbeam breaking by means of the clouds. A beam of sunshine warms my face. Dark clouds converge and displace the sun. With my fingertips I can feel the wind blowing previous me. I’m standing on prime of a cliff on an island in the midst of the Atlantic. “
Another special trip with TUI was to the Azores the place we spotted whales and dolphins. Especially for this trip I wrote a weblog about how I experienced that and which different islands within the Azores (Faial and Pico) we now have visited.
Have you learnt the fashionable suitcase brand SUITSUIT? Every time I walked into the airport, I all the time saw those fairly and hip carts with the identify “SUIT SUIT” on them. I assumed it was super good that they asked me to work with them and to check their suitcases.
Following my Greece journey, I share my metropolis trip ideas for Athens with you here. Perfect for a weekend away or as a place to begin on your tour by means of Greece.
Trendy Journey Ideas within the Media
In fact it’s all the time good if you end up requested for an interview and in addition if you find yourself picked up by other journey web sites that you simply name to comply with. I assumed it was a huge honor once I was mentioned by Becky van Dijk [oprichtster van We are Travel Girls en met meer dan 365.000 volgers op Instagram!] as one among 25 feminine journey instagram accounts to comply with in 2017.
1.We Are Journey Women
“Originally from Holland, Kasia give up her job to comply with her goals and is sharing her adventures on StylishTravelTips.com. Presently within the Maldives, she is sharing pictures of turquoise water and over water bungalows compelling us to add this vacation spot to the 2017 record! @StylishTravel “
An excellent honor to be named as one of the new travel bloggers to comply with on Instagram. Do you need to know which different inspiring feminine influencers have been on the record? Disguise away from all the good journey pictures from everywhere in the world.
2. Stay in Type
Irene Verpoort, founder of Stay in Fashion, has interviewed me during which I give all of the ins and outs of the travel bloggers and what I might anticipate in 2017.
She was impressed by me once we saw our photographs from the Philippines (see photograph under). This was throughout our first 3-month trip via Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines.
On “Stay in Style” I give my 3 golden ideas in a personal interview how one can make running a blog your work. So for anyone who is making new resolutions for the brand new yr it’s undoubtedly value reading my interview 😉
3. Publication Telegraaf
Once we have been in Sri Lanka and have been staying in Unawatuna, we have been referred to as by a journalist from the Telegraaf who needed to interview us about our “digital nomad life” existence.
In fact I didn't should assume long about that and immediately stated sure 🙂 I was 12 weeks pregnant and we have been staying in a very nice guesthouse in Unawatuna, see photograph under.
four. The Backstage Web page Amsterdam
And if it wasn't sufficient, I acquired an invitation from Marie-Claire van Bracht for an interview by which I’m very personal why I made sure decisions and how one can greatest pursue your goals.
What is it like to leap into the deep and comply with your coronary heart? Cancel your job? How do you pursue your goals and how do you create actuality from a thought? I reply all these questions on the Backstage Web page and skim the whole interview here.
Spend the winter in Bali
After the Maldives and Sri Lanka we traveled further by way of Kuala Lumpur to Bali. The plan was to stay there for two months, however because you need to apply for a particular visa, we decided to stay in Bali for 1 month. We started in Canggu (the most recent surfers hotspot in Bali) after which stayed for every week in Ubud.
I can’t explain how lovely Ubud is and the way particular nature is right here. It’s like being in the midst of the jungle and turning into one with nature. I typically discover it magical when a mysterious fog seems after a rain shower. Even 1 month of Bali is just too brief to discover Bali. Luckily, I do share my prime 10 lodging in Bali here.
8 months pregnant
I had a very nice being pregnant without problems and felt very comfortable. In fact I discovered it thrilling what awaited me and what my life would seem like as quickly as our woman arrived, however at that moment I couldn't think about it either…
I have flown until a month earlier than my delivery (after that you’re officially not allowed to fly anymore). Our visit to Denia was a pleasant end to a very nice journey period that began with our Three month journey by way of Asia.
Start of Sofie
Our candy daughter Sofie was born at house on the early morning of July 9, 2017. The delivery went so quick and prosperous that I did not even make it to the hospital. My pricey pal Linda Krommenhoek was current at the delivery and took these lovely pictures, amongst different things.
A crying child
What started as an enormous pink cloud slowly turned hell. It began the first night time when Sofie awoke screaming and couldn't stop crying. The crying (learn screeches) actually went by way of marrow and bone and she or he was inconsolable. In complete, Sofie has cried so much through the first 8 weeks of her life and subsequently she never needed to sleep and be alone with mommy. It actually broke us up and this was under no circumstances what we expected from our early parenthood!
After we had tried every part from osteopath to abdomen acid inhibitors as a result of we thought she was affected by reflux, we have been finally referred to the hospital. I might nonetheless keep in mind after the pediatrician Sofie declared healthy that I felt indignant. Because in any case, there had to be some cause why she cried so much? It was finally the pediatric physiotherapist who got here up with the redeeming reply that Sofie needed limitation and that we had to curb her up.
2 months of sleep coaching followed, but swaddling has really “saved” our lives. For the primary time we have been capable of sleep normally once more and work on her sleep rhythm. It was additionally good for Sofie to really feel that boundary and that made it easier for her to surrender to sleep. Thankfully things went better after four months and we all of the sudden had a daughter in the house who slept via. From that moment on I felt that I might actually begin to take pleasure in myself.
Our first vacation with a child
As a result of Sofie cried a lot at first and continues to be not a toddler who can sleep anyplace easily, it took a long time earlier than we dared to fly together with her for the first time. Solely after 9 months we went to Ibiza together with her for the primary time for 3 weeks. We had such a great time together with her and it was a nice finish to a “difficult” period and a brand new begin filled with journey adventures.
Lastly I regained my power and keenness for writing a new weblog. The outcome, virtually Three,000 (!) Words I typed to offer you all my recommendations on what it's like to visit Ibiza with a child and the place you possibly can greatest keep and go.
Street trip by way of Croatia and Italy
We had 4 weeks in complete for this automotive trip by means of Croatia and Italy and it will definitely turned a trip to recollect. It was our 2nd long journey with Sofie and we discovered it extremely exciting to travel together with her greater than 4,000 km! First all the best way to the south of Croatia in the direction of Dubrovnik after which with the night time boat to Bari, in the heel of Italy.
1. Island of Brac, Croatia
Discover the genuine island life on Brac
2. Tucepi, TUI Blue Jadran
Street journey by way of Croatia with a baby
3. Puglia, uncover the south of Italy
An unspoilt piece of Italy
four. Sirolo, the key of the Italians
A pearl on the Adriatic sea
5. Tuscany, a fairy story panorama
A singular piece of Italy
Since our last automotive trip by means of Europe, we have now consciously taken a step again. Touring and running a blog takes lots of time and since we now have a daughter I would like to have the ability to take pleasure in her very a lot. Sofie provides us a lot pleasure and love every single day. Time goes so fast and it’s now creating so quick that we want to carry on to each second. Perhaps different mother and father recognize what I mean by this.
Normally I am not so proud of the intentions, however I nonetheless intend to take pleasure in all the gorgeous moments much more. I discovered the past yr to go so quick, not to mention the final 2 years, that I can solely be thankful for all the gorgeous moments. Thankfully I still have my lovely blog the place I can document all our reminiscences.
For the new yr I want everybody a loving 2019. That we could also be particularly grateful for the issues we have already got. Carry on dreaming because I know better than anybody what it will possibly convey you, nevertheless it shouldn’t be on the expense of the notice of what you have already got. Take pleasure in your folks, household, the little issues that may make you cheerful and be type to each other. I wish everyone a wholesome and really prosperous 2019!