Hello and welcome to my website! My name is Antonette (Anto) – a thirty-something lady living in a small city in the eastern part of The Netherlands. On we12travel (“we want to travel”) I share my personal travel stories and try to encourage my readers to get outside more often and travel the active way.
Up until late 2016, I ran this site together with my former partner Martijn, a name you will see on we12travel occasionally. Unfortunately, our relationship ended but our stories will remain. This is why I sometimes write about just ‘me’ and other times about ‘us.’
For the past 15 years, I’ve combined my full time office job with an active lifestyle. In my free time I can often be found outdoors and/or traveling. I love to hike out at my local national parks, go trekking in South America or get out onto the ice of an Alaskan glacier, just to name a few things. Although it’s often said that traveling around the world cannot be combined with a full time office job, I prove you wrong. Over the past years, I’ve traveled more than 100 days a year, while still working full time. Curious how? Check this post!
In The Netherlands, the whole “outdoor” lifestyle still has a bit of a dusty image. I’m trying to change this by sharing my stories about the trips I make including activities such as hiking, cycling/mountainbiking, camping, kayaking and all other outdoor/adventure activities you can think of.
Even though I’m not a native English speaker, I try my best at writing in a foreign language. However, I have not studied to become a journalist or how to write compelling stories the ‘perfect way’. They come from the heart though and in all honesty, I believe that it’s all that matters…
I’ve studied tourism management and have worked in the tourism industry for more than 15 years, currently as a product manager at a touroperator specialized in nature trips. I like to be in the mountains and I’ll gladly enjoy a good wine. I spend way too much time on social media and can usually be found with an iPhone in hand. I also try to read about 50 books each year but will succesfully fail at that for the fourth year in a row now. Whenever I have some free time, I write travel related content for Expedia and various other Dutch websites. My favorite destinations are New Zealand, Patagonia, Alaska and Iceland.
Want me to come and tell your audience what it’s like to be a travel blogger? How you can make your life more adventurous? Or how to combine working an office job with being outdoors whenever you can? I have ample experience in public speaking about my lifestyle as well as various destinations I have been to, such as at Reis! Event in Groningen and at the Faculty of Tourism and Sports in Novi Sad, Serbia. Just drop me a line on info at we12travel.com for the possibilities!