• Alaska,  We12inspire

    Solo-hiking in bear country Alaska

    During my past Alaska trip I traveled by myself most of the time. Since I’m an avid hiker, not hiking wasn’t really an option, even though that meant facing a potential encounter with a bear while I’d be all by myself. So when I seriously injured my ankle only four days before my departure in a cycling accident, I thought that someone up there was trying to tell me something… When doctors at the hospital told me hiking would be a definite “no” for the upcoming weeks, I was incredibly sad. However, I generally don’t take no for an answer and by the time I was about to go hiking, my ankle…

  • Alaska

    Alaska week 2 in pictures

    [EN] It’s been almost two weeks since we came home from Alaska and I still haven’t unpacked everything. That’s bad, isn’t it? I know – but I’m just so behind on everything that unpacking can always be done later. But … you will be proud of me … I also spent a lot of time relaxing. Just doing nothing, or sleeping, or napping on the couch. My jetlag was a biggie this time so it bothered me for at least a week and I decided I needed to give my body and mind some time to recover from this trip. However – I still owe you my second week in…

  • Alaska,  Confessions of a travel blogger,  Sunday social travel talk

    “Happiness only real when shared?”

      “Happiness only real when shared” The famous words that Chris McCandles wrote down in his copy of Doctor Zhivago, next to a passage about unshared happiness. I doubt that many people had ever heard of Chris McCandles before the movie Into the Wild came out, or at least, where I’m from that is definitely the case. In all honesty, I had never heard of him until my first trip to Alaska, back in the early summer of 2007. I was assistant guiding an outdoor trip then and the tourguide thought it would be fun to drive our truck up on the Stampede Road, eventually becoming the trail. After getting stuck…

  • Alaska

    Alaska week 1 in pictures

    If you follow us on Instagram, it’s hard to miss that we’re currently in Alaska. I’ve been getting some questions about it so I’ll tell you a bit more about the how and why. I’m lucky enough to work in tourism and Alaska is one of my main destinations for sales and product management. So I generally get out there every couple of years. One and a half week ago I started my sixth visit to Alaska.   First, I traveled around by myself for 3 days, then I joined a group tour for 4 days and I’m curently doing office work from our local agent’s house. As for Martijn, he is…