Confessions of a travel blogger,  Sweden

Confessions: an update about We12travel

Although I usually write my confessions of a travel blogger on Sunday, I published one today (Friday) because this Sunday it will be Christmas, which also happens to be my birthday and the moment I am somewhere up north in Sweden. Somewhere far away from everything and everyone, far away from the Christmas hype and the commerce around it, far away from my normal life and hopefully surrounded by a thick pack of snow.
You may have noticed it has been fairly quiet on We12travel for a while now. Unfortunately, that’s because after 16 years, Martijn and I decided to end our relationship. It was not an easy decision but it was the right one. I won’t share the how and why because although I am always very open about what’s going on in my life and even about how I poop when in the outdoors, some things are just not to be shared online. The only thing I want to say about it is that it was a mutual decision, that we are still good friends and that we both are OK with the situation.
So … what will happen to We12travel? Well, not that much. Even though We12travel started as a mutual project, it soon became ‘my thing’ and I did the most trips, wrote all the stories and did all the social media sharing. Martijn sometimes joined me on a trip but the majority of the work was already done by me. Despite the fact that it was quiet here for a while, I still have a big passion for writing and sharing my stories. I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid and it has always been a big part of my life. I’ve decided to keep the name We12travel because we have made a name in the industry and have grown to be one of the biggest outdoor/adventure blogs out there. We have thousands of followers from all over the world and I don’t want to confuse anyone with a name change.
I haven’t traveled in nearly three months and that was okay. I had to recover from an incredible busy summer during which I spent most of my time in a hospital due to family matters. I went to South America where I rushed from one place to the next and right after we went to Germany for our last trip. I’ve been home ever since but I went through this break-up, moved to my own apartment and have settled down in the best possible way. However, wanderlust is calling me. I want to go out, in search of adventure, fresh air, I want to see new things, turn emotions into actions and enjoy the unknown.
This is about to happen soon because by the time you’re reading this, I’m packing my bag for a really cool outdoor trip to Sweden I’m leaving for tomorrow. Through my Outdoorbloggers project, Dutch tour operator noSun invited me to come along on one of their group tours and even though this means I’m not home for the holidays, I decided I could not let this opportunity pass by. I’m going to spend eight days in the Swedish wilderness with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. I’ll search for reindeers, the northern lights, loneliness and the silence of nature. I’m going on a husky safari, will try ice fishing, will camp in a teepee and I’m going to ride a snow mobile. How cool is that? It was arranged just a few weeks ago only and I’m looking forward to it so much!
Not only am I super excited about going on a group tour, it also scares the shit out of me. I mean, spending eight days with a bunch of strangers is not really my thing. Most trips I made were either with Martijn all by myself and even though I’ve traveled solo all over the planet, from Patagonia to Alaska and the Icelandic Highlands, I’m somewhat scared about this trip. I always came home with a lot of stories, wisdom and experiences but somehow traveling with a group of people I don’t know sounds like more of a challenge to me than the solo trips I made.
Why? Well, I’m actually an einzelgänger. I need time to myself occasionally. About half an hour at the end of the day to relax, to gather my energy and go over the day again. Especially when I have been in the outdoors, I love just laying down on my bed for a while, with my red cheeks, reading a book and just napping for a bit.
I’m a very social person but sometimes I am not at all. I love chatting to my friends for hours, only to fall asleep on the couch afterwards. I talk non-stop to my clients and colleagues at work and even when I travel with public transportation I have an occasional chat with a fellow traveller. I will be just fine when in Sweden and in fact, a week away into the silence of nature is just what I need right now.
Even though I’m skipping the Holidays this year, I wish you all the best. Over the upcoming week I will only be updating social media, making this the last blog of the year for We12travel. 2017 will be a good year I’m sure. I’ve already received my first couple of paid writing assignments, I got an amazing promotion at work and will travel to Australia and New Zealand for that. I don’t have any personal trips planned as of yet but I have lots of ideas and once I’m home again, I can’t wait to book flights and plan my next adventures. I wish you all the best for 2017 with lots of happiness, love and most important: incredible adventures!
Want to read more about my passion for Sweden? You may like the following blogs as well:
5 Really cool outdoor things to do in Swedish Småland
From Sweden with love: can I stay forever?
Ice skating in Stockholm with ICE Guide`
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Thanks for sharing!

Anto is a 30-something outdoor fan who travels the world about 100 days a year, combined with a full-time office job. She loves to go hiking, enjoys a good class of wine and can usually be found with an iPhone in her hand. Favorite destinations: New Zealand, Patagonia, Austria and Alaska.


  • Toccara

    **HUGS** And Happy Birthday! I’m sorry to hear about you and Martijn going your separate ways. Break-ups are never easy, even if they are mutual, but it seems like you have a good spirit about you and you will conquer this, just as you’ve conquered other great challenges in your life. You are a strong woman, both physically and mentally. I’m glad that you have the opportunity to explore Sweden with fellow adventurers; definitely beats spending the holidays (and your birthday) alone. I look forward to hearing about your trip and I hope you see a spectacular show of the Northern Lights. We’ll definitely need to meet up on the road again one of these days… I miss you! Wishing you a wonderful time in Sweden and a fresh start for an awesome 2017! Cheers!!

    • anto

      Thanks dear! Yes, let’s catch up sometime soon. I think you’re somewhere in the UK now which isn’t too far from Holland anyway and I’d love to plan some new adventures. Spending all the holidays alone was a challenge but I made it, my fellow adventurers were a challenge too but have already forgotten about that haha. Hope to see you soon, all the best to you and Sam xoxo

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