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. "
Featured trips & expertise
Combining Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde - Recommended Itineraries from 8 to 14 Days
A trip to Costa Rica that includes Arenal, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde takes around 8 to 10 days. If you don't have that much time it's possible to see the highlights in 6 or 7 days, but your trip will feel quite fast-paced. If you have more time, or want to pack more places into your trip, you can add Tortuguero, Tamarindo, or Puerto Viejo to your itinerary. Read on for the best itineraries to explore Arenal, Manual Antonio and Monteverde.
Most people visiting both Arenal and Manuel Antonio spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, usually with some time in Monteverde as well. For travelers wanting to visit Arenal and Manuel Antonio exclusively, plan 6 to 8 days for a well-paced trip. With less time it's possible to see the highlights in as few as 4 days. Read on for best itineraries to explore Arenal and Manuel Antonio.
Planning to visit Nepal by yourself? You may be flying solo, but you won't be alone—Nepal is a popular destination for solo travelers, and great options are available whether you want to join a small group tour or hire a private guide. Before planning your adventure, read on to learn what to expect when booking a guided solo trip to Nepal through kimkim.
Ideal for those with limited trekking time, this fast-paced Nepal trip takes you along the first few days of the trail to Everest Base Camp up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. You'll trek through Sagarmatha National Park with its famous suspension bridges, Buddhist sites, and of course, panoramic views of the Himalaya—including Mount Everest.
This tour combines two great Nepal experiences: Chitwan National Park in the subtropical lowlands and the Ghandruk Trek in the Annapurna foothills. Chitwan has a wide variety of wildlife including tigers, rhinos, elephants and many bird species. The Ghandruk trek is suitable for every level—beginners, families, and older age groups alike—and includes overnight stays in Gurung villages.
This 4-day tour lets you experience the best of Nepal in a short amount of time. Fly via helicopter to get into and out of the Everest region and stay in luxury lodges on the trail—it's a memorable way to visit Everest Basecamp and get a taste of trekking in Nepal.
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!!