Over the course of 4 decades on this beautiful planet I have been lucky enough to travel to many places, in many different group settings (solo, as couple, as a family and in groups of various sizes), and in many different styles (hitch hiking, camping, hostels, driving, multi-week treks to name a few).
Recently I find myself either traveling with an "entourage" of our family with 4 kids (aka happy chaos), or on business trips for kimkim, scouting new destinations & experiences and visiting local operators in places like Iceland and Nepal. Isn't this the way business travel was always meant to be? :) When I am home, I love to run the trails near Palo Alto.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"The past 10 years California has been my home. I love to explore Bay Area hiking trails with my wife and kids during the weekends, and we go to great outdoor places like Tahoe, Yosemite and Pinnacles whenever we have a chance. I'm also very familiar with the Swiss Alps, and have been to Nepal 7 times, and have recently started to focus on Iceland and other early kimkim destinations "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I grew up in the Netherlands. Since it's such a small country you don't had to drive far to go to neighboring countries, so I got an early taste for visiting other countries, like France, Switzerland and Belgium. Over time I got into more adventurous travel and ended up doing some really adventurous trips including a year of working in South East Asia before going to college. I also did a lot of trekking and climbing in the Himalayas."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"During a year I spent in South East Asia I had many unforgettable travel experiences. One of the highlights of that year was hitch hiking on a sailing boat from Manilla to Hong Kong on the South China Sea. I had bought a one way ticket to the Philippines and hoped catch a ride with a yacht... I showed up in the Manilla harbor and found a boat who needed crew... This was a 4 day trip I will never forget.
But I should also mention my climbing expeditions in the Himalayas, and many closer to home adventures with my kids. "
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Recent trip reviews for Joost
Mini Iceland Exploration · Iceland - Oct 8 - Oct 12, 2016
This was a very well planned trip. We really enjoyed the first night in Egilsstadir as well as the road trip to Vik. We wish we'd ha done extra day to do a bit more hiking as we ended up spending extra time in Vik.
Joost helped with every single step of this trip and was amazing with returning emails. The one time I reached out on the first day of the trip we received a quick response from one of his team members. Fantastic service!!