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? :)
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
Jordan is a compact country, roughly the size of Ireland, with more than its fair share of must-see sites. Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea are all world-renowned attractions and are located within just a few hundred miles of each other. This, combined with the fact that Jordan’s roads are of excellent quality, means that it’s possible to see all of Jordan’s top spots in about 3 days. This doesn’t mean that we recommend spending 3 days only, since there is a lot more to see, and the top sites are worth spending more time at than just a quick visit.
Having a great first day in Iceland after a long flight requires a bit of planning. We recommend starting your adventure on the right foot by diving right into all the great things Iceland has to offer. Based on the experience of travelers and the expertise of our local specialists, here are some useful strategies to make the most of your first day in Iceland.
You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend 5 days or more in Iceland. Shorter trips are possible but won’t give you enough time to really explore beyond the Reykjavik area and the western section of the South Coast. Starting at 8 days or more you can complete the famous ring road and experience Iceland’s natural beauty in all its glory, seeing incredible sights most tourists miss, like Godafoss Waterfall, the unique volcanic hotspots surrounding Lake Myvatn and the Westfjords.
If you are short on time, or perhaps you are looking for an extended layover on your way from Europe to North America or vice versa, your options in Iceland are limited to closer to Reykjavik. Here is a 3-day itinerary that will still let you experience some of the spectacular beauty of Iceland.
Family Adventure in Nepal: Trekking in the Annapurna Foothills and exploring Chitwan with a young child
Families with young children may wonder if Nepal is a travel destination they should even consider, since it's not your typical kid friendly "Disney Land". At kimkim we've put together several treks and mixed adventures for families with children, and by sharing their experiences we hope we can help you decide if Nepal is right for your family. First up, a family from the United States, who traveled with a 2 year old child. They did a 5 day trek and then explored Chitwan National Park for a few days.
The autumn 2016 Manaslu trekking season is about halfway done, so it’s a good moment to share detailed feedback about the trail conditions from a number of groups who booked their trek with kimkim. So far, everyone successfully completed the trek, despite the fact that conditions were challenging early in the season due to the monsoon extending well into September
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!!