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Hi <<First Name>>

I hope your week was as sunny as ours! We travelled to Rotterdam in The Netherlands to attend (and speak at) the Traverse Events Blogging Conference (with AMAZING weather) and had such an good time connecting with familiar and new blogging friends from all around the world!

My presentation about bilingual blogging, together with Sofie from went really well and we got some great feedback! I also got to attend quite a few inspirational and practical talks by other bloggers about branding, working with brands and photo editing techniques. It's amazing how much collective knowledge there is in the blogging community and this conference is a perfect way to share it all! 

On the opening party night, I was invited to do a so-called 'bedtalk' at The Student Hotel, a great hotel & student accommodation + creative co-working space close to the Erasmus university in Rotterdam. I was paired up with writer, speaker and cultural anthropologist Roanne van Voorst to talk about all things authentic travel and gathered some like-minded bloggers in our bedroom to have a casual talk about sustainable and meaningful travel. Such a fun concept and I really enjoyed it.

It's been exactly 5 years since I met the people of the international travel blogging community (also here in Rotterdam!) and it's incredible most of us are still a close group of friends who can work and laugh together so much, no matter where in the world we are. I feel energized to work more on the blog and after a bit of sightseeing in our own country, we're ready to go home and process all the experiences of this week!

Let me know what inspired you last week and then I'll talk to you soon,

- Nienke


Have a fantastic week and enjoy the following interesting reads that I collected for you from all around the internet:

6 Inspiring Spring Traditions From Around the World

"Those first days of spring can work magic: Warm rays of sun, an explosion of plants, birds carefully testing their voices in the morning. Nature just found her self-confidence back and is shouting it in your face..."

Yoga for Travel

"Yoga For Travel is perfect after a long flight, a long ride, or just plain perfect for after a tiresome day. This 23 min session welcomes BALANCE back to the body. The perfect reboot for the mind, body, and soul."

Eco-Conscious Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Shop and Things to Do in San Francisco

"Amongst the city of pastel building, urban hubs and picturesque oceans; it’s easy to compile a good bucket list of things to do, eat and experience in San Francisco"

Top Ways to Immerse Yourself in Another Culture

"The best parts of traveling internationally is not only seeing new sights but experiencing different cultures. You can learn how people live, work, and play all around the globe. These kinds of experiences inform how you look at the world, build your empathy and understanding, and help you to learn more about yourself, while you’re at it."


Indigenous Tourism in Alberta, Canada

"This feels like the beginning of a chance to stretch my mind beyond my privileged understanding and views of where I came from. Let tourism be my vehicle to do so."

Visit Rottnest Island to see the Quokkas, the ‘Happiest Animal in the World’.

"When you visit Perth, one of the most isolated capital cities in the world, you need to visit Rottnest Island to see the quokkas, the ‘happiest animal in the world’. These unique animals have won the affection of many people, ourselves included."

What We Can Learn From The World’s Most Sustainable Countries In Scandinavia

"There are multiple factors that contribute to Scandinavian’s eco culture; socialist politics, beautiful scenery and slow living. As we look up to these environmentally superior countries, what can we learn from them?"

50 Fascinating Facts About Guatemalan Culture

"Guatemala is a country that’s steeped in rich traditional cultures, from the ancient Maya to the Garifuna that live in settlements along its coast."



(guest post by our friend Daisy, an anti-food waste expert!)


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