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About We12travel

Hi! Welcome to We12travel (“we want to travel”). My name is Antonette and I’m a Dutch writer, hiker and world traveller.

After having made various round the world trips and living as a digital nomad for the past seven years most of the time, in the summer of 2023 I bought a house in Swedish Lapland, where I nowadays spend most of my time.

On We12travel you will find my personal stories of the journeys I make and I share my passion for the outdoors, nature and hiking. I’ve been writing on We12travel since 2011 and am one of the longest running personal outdoor and hiking blogs currently still active.

I will help you find the best hikes in the world, either short walks or multiday hikes. As a solo traveler I’ve hiked more than 50 multi day hikes across 5 different continents. I share my experiences about solo adventuring in the outdoors and encourage other females to live a more adventurous life.

Are you Dutch? Then make sure to visit the Dutch section of my website!

Best multiday hikes in the world

Over the past 20 years I have hiked more than 50 multi day hikes in five different contintens. I’ve gathered my favorites in this blogpost, from the Dutch Mountain Trail to the Everest Base Camp Trek and everything in between.

Solo hiking as a female

Most hikes I’ve done, I’ve made solo. Yes, that’s all by myself! Is that something you wish you’d have the courage for? Or want to read my tips and tricks how I prepare for safe solo female hiking? Then check my blog below!

Book your accommodation

Want to be well prepared for your trip? And leave home free of worries? Make sure to book your accommodation ahead to avoid being disappointed and/or having to hassle along the way. I use Booking for my reservations!

Freedom camping in Sweden

Sweden is my new homecountry and over the past decade I’ve spent the majority of my summers backpacking around Sweden. I’ll tell you all about the Swedish every man’s right and the rules of freedom camping in Sweden.

  • This cabin is located on the shores of Abelvattnet in the north of Sweden, 45 minutes driving from Hemavan, close to the Norwegian border.
If you wish to stay here, it must be prebooked as you will need a key for access. There’s no running water and no phone connection, yet you can reach it by car and firewood will be provided. 
Please contact @vindelfjallen for bookings! 🩵
#sweden #sverige #winter #norrland #zweden #icefishing #intothewild #nature #cabinlife
  • My Monday afternoon office was better than yours ☀️ but … ⤵️
When learning something new the learning curve goes up and down. I know it does and still it sucks. After my 10km high of last weekend, today was a deep dive down. I felt unstable (thanks to the super icy tracks), insecure and stumbled a lot for no reason. 
Yet I practised a full km without poles, tried to improve my technique and eventually gave myself a pat on the shoulder for keeping on trying and skiing 5 km even though I was tired and felt that I couldn’t. 
It will be another day tomorrow 💪🏻
#outdoorwomen #womenwhoski #skiing #lappland #dorotea #sweden #zweden #learning #winter #crosscountryskiing #langlaufen
  • Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
  • TRAVEL BLOGGER LIFE
Sometimes you may see “my Monday offices” here on the gram while being outside and doing something active. Just on a Monday afternoon or so. But what’s not seen in the timeline is that when I’m not outside, I run a business, on my own for most of the other hours every day of the week. 
When the weather is good, an average working day may include working behind the computer from 8-12, then a few hours outside, then more computer work in the afternoon and Instagram updates and stories in the late afternoon or even evenings. 
I run four four websites and a podcast. In addition, I do some freelance writing and always try to keep on top of the latest changes in the industry. I network via Zoom and/or on LinkedIn and write strategies and plans for the weeks, months and years to come. 
I also educate myself via reading, podcasts and online courses. 
Running a business is not just about doing what you feel like doing. When you see me outside, this is just a short part of my day. The majority of my days are still behind a screen. Just so you know 😉 
(And in addition I’m also still settling into Sweden, arranging the paperwork for my emigration and taking care of the house and snowplowing). 
Yet, I would never again trade this life for a 9-5. Yes I have uncertainties and stress at times. But when you can go out on a mountain, film and take photos and call that a part of your work, it becomes clear that I couldn’t be happier. Most of the time 😉.
#herlifeinsweden #sweden #zweden #reisblog #ondernemer #winter
This cabin is located on the shores of Abelvattnet in the north of Sweden, 45 minutes driving from Hemavan, close to the Norwegian border. If you wish to stay here, it must be prebooked as you will need a key for access. There’s no running water and no phone connection, yet you can reach it by car and firewood will be provided. Please contact @vindelfjallen for bookings! 🩵 #sweden #sverige #winter #norrland #zweden #icefishing #intothewild #nature #cabinlife
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My Monday afternoon office was better than yours ☀️ but … ⤵️
When learning something new the learning curve goes up and down. I know it does and still it sucks. After my 10km high of last weekend, today was a deep dive down. I felt unstable (thanks to the super icy tracks), insecure and stumbled a lot for no reason. 
Yet I practised a full km without poles, tried to improve my technique and eventually gave myself a pat on the shoulder for keeping on trying and skiing 5 km even though I was tired and felt that I couldn’t. 
It will be another day tomorrow 💪🏻
#outdoorwomen #womenwhoski #skiing #lappland #dorotea #sweden #zweden #learning #winter #crosscountryskiing #langlaufen
My Monday afternoon office was better than yours ☀️ but … ⤵️
When learning something new the learning curve goes up and down. I know it does and still it sucks. After my 10km high of last weekend, today was a deep dive down. I felt unstable (thanks to the super icy tracks), insecure and stumbled a lot for no reason. 
Yet I practised a full km without poles, tried to improve my technique and eventually gave myself a pat on the shoulder for keeping on trying and skiing 5 km even though I was tired and felt that I couldn’t. 
It will be another day tomorrow 💪🏻
#outdoorwomen #womenwhoski #skiing #lappland #dorotea #sweden #zweden #learning #winter #crosscountryskiing #langlaufen
My Monday afternoon office was better than yours ☀️ but … ⤵️ When learning something new the learning curve goes up and down. I know it does and still it sucks. After my 10km high of last weekend, today was a deep dive down. I felt unstable (thanks to the super icy tracks), insecure and stumbled a lot for no reason. Yet I practised a full km without poles, tried to improve my technique and eventually gave myself a pat on the shoulder for keeping on trying and skiing 5 km even though I was tired and felt that I couldn’t. It will be another day tomorrow 💪🏻 #outdoorwomen #womenwhoski #skiing #lappland #dorotea #sweden #zweden #learning #winter #crosscountryskiing #langlaufen
4 days ago
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Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻
Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there.
In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work.
But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? 
PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings.
#crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
Practise = Progress 💪🏻 Remember the funny videos of me crashing while crosscountry skiing at the beginning of the season? If not, check my last reel, I gathered some shots there. In the meantime, I did my first 10km on ski’s this weekend. Yes it was hard (no falls but a few mess ups when I glided out of track and stumbled 🤣) and esp the last km I just wanted to be home. And the plus degrees made parts of the track really hard work. But … I did it. Just thinking “if I do this lap 8 more times I did Vasaloppet.” Lifegoals aye? PS did you know that @swedish_trails_ and I are planning a women only cross country skiing trip in 2025? Where you will learn all the basics from a real Vasaloppet coach? Drop a yes below if you want to be the first to receive dates and prices once we open up the trip for bookings. #crosscountryskiing #lifegoals #sweden #zweden #langlaufen #nevernotlearning
6 days ago
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TRAVEL BLOGGER LIFE
Sometimes you may see “my Monday offices” here on the gram while being outside and doing something active. Just on a Monday afternoon or so. But what’s not seen in the timeline is that when I’m not outside, I run a business, on my own for most of the other hours every day of the week. 
When the weather is good, an average working day may include working behind the computer from 8-12, then a few hours outside, then more computer work in the afternoon and Instagram updates and stories in the late afternoon or even evenings. 
I run four four websites and a podcast. In addition, I do some freelance writing and always try to keep on top of the latest changes in the industry. I network via Zoom and/or on LinkedIn and write strategies and plans for the weeks, months and years to come. 
I also educate myself via reading, podcasts and online courses. 
Running a business is not just about doing what you feel like doing. When you see me outside, this is just a short part of my day. The majority of my days are still behind a screen. Just so you know 😉 
(And in addition I’m also still settling into Sweden, arranging the paperwork for my emigration and taking care of the house and snowplowing). 
Yet, I would never again trade this life for a 9-5. Yes I have uncertainties and stress at times. But when you can go out on a mountain, film and take photos and call that a part of your work, it becomes clear that I couldn’t be happier. Most of the time 😉.
#herlifeinsweden #sweden #zweden #reisblog #ondernemer #winter
TRAVEL BLOGGER LIFE Sometimes you may see “my Monday offices” here on the gram while being outside and doing something active. Just on a Monday afternoon or so. But what’s not seen in the timeline is that when I’m not outside, I run a business, on my own for most of the other hours every day of the week. When the weather is good, an average working day may include working behind the computer from 8-12, then a few hours outside, then more computer work in the afternoon and Instagram updates and stories in the late afternoon or even evenings. I run four four websites and a podcast. In addition, I do some freelance writing and always try to keep on top of the latest changes in the industry. I network via Zoom and/or on LinkedIn and write strategies and plans for the weeks, months and years to come. I also educate myself via reading, podcasts and online courses. Running a business is not just about doing what you feel like doing. When you see me outside, this is just a short part of my day. The majority of my days are still behind a screen. Just so you know 😉 (And in addition I’m also still settling into Sweden, arranging the paperwork for my emigration and taking care of the house and snowplowing). Yet, I would never again trade this life for a 9-5. Yes I have uncertainties and stress at times. But when you can go out on a mountain, film and take photos and call that a part of your work, it becomes clear that I couldn’t be happier. Most of the time 😉. #herlifeinsweden #sweden #zweden #reisblog #ondernemer #winter
2 weeks ago
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