Like any person in the Netherlands, I started riding my bike soon after I learned how to walk and I ate cheese almost every day. But during my childhood, we would always drive straight to the mountains for every single family holiday we had. So I was introduced to the joy of travelling at early age, but it was only later that I really discovered the rich heritage, culture and beauty of my home country. When I went to college in the Netherlands, I finally started to explore my own ‘backyard’. Instantly, I fell in love with the charm of the Dutch towns and cities, the mesmerising beauty of our coast, and the relaxed culture of our people. And till today, I get excited about discovering new places in my little home country below the sea level!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"The Netherlands is a very small country, so it is easy to travel from one side of the country to the other. So we offer trips all over the Netherlands and we organise a variety of experiences: round trips, cycling holidays, multi-activity tours or special interest trips about art, food, water-works or anything else that is special about Holland! Instead of driving you around from one place to another, we always try to make the travelling itself experiential as well: enjoy a fast and easy train ride to your next hotel, bike along lakes, cows and windmills to the next town, smell the sea from a fishing boat… There is a lot to explore and the possibilities are endless!"
How did you get involved in travel?
"After completing my studies I went on a long holiday to the Himalaya. After spending a year in Nepal, India and Tibet, I decided I wanted to come back there as often as possible so I started working as a tour leader for Dutch trekking groups. During these trips I discovered that besides all the beautiful places we went to, the thing that satisfied me the most was connecting with my guests and seeing the joy and happiness in their eyes. And this is what still motivates me working in tourism: creating experiences for people that truly inspire them and stay with them forever.
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"When I was a student in the late nineties, I would go to Amsterdam regularly to visit friends who studied there. After exploring the nightlife in the evening, most of the times I would wonder around the city the next morning. At that time there were very little tourists in Amsterdam. I would often visit the Van Gogh museum and sometimes I would be the only visitor in the entire building. I remember sitting in front of his paintings for hours in complete awe. This truly awakened my appreciation for our own culture and history. And still, I never miss an opportunity to see a Van Gogh!