Did you ever feel your vacation was too short?

Did you wish you could just go on traveling, having an adventure every day, not thinking about going back to your 9 to 5 job?

Well that’s what me and Sabine did a few years ago. We took a year off, packed our bags, and hit the road.

I’m Patrick van der Meer and this site is filled with our experiences in the year that Sabine and I spent traveling.

As you can read elsewhere on this website, we had lots of marvelous experiences and fun. But there was more.

Did you ever experience absolute freedom?
Not having to go anywhere, but decide where to go just the night before, or change a plan the minute you see a better alternative?
That feeling cannot be explained. You have to feel it. We experienced it, and you can experience it too.

I bet I know what you’re thinking. “But I have a mortgage, a job, a family, and not enough money. How can I travel full-time?”

You can overcome your obstacles to follow your dreams
Yes, we had the same obstacles. But we had a dream that we were determined to reach. So we took the challenge and found a way to live our dream for 15 months. And I’m sure you can do that, too.
But we still had to come back to our jobs, didn’t we? Yes we did, and like many long-time travelers, we struggled what to do with the rest of our lives.

But in the end, we found a way to keep living in our dream, enjoying our travels even being back home. Our travels provide us an income, and it feels like a new dream.

So if you share the same longing for adventure, freedom and the joy of traveling, maybe you can find something in what we learned. And that can help you follow your own dream.

Do you really know what the world offers?
I’m sure you remember the time when travel was just a holiday each year to a beach destination. Until Sabine and I met, the only adventure travel we knew was a skiing holiday in wintertime. We simply had no idea about the world that was out there waiting for us.
On a jungle bridge in ThailandBut we finally found each other, and coincidentally ended up with a rental car in Australia, our holidays would never be the same again…

Isn’t it amazing that once you leave a fixed pattern, you are wondering why you never did it before? Exploring a country, living in nature, experiencing new cultures, we learned how much fun it is to travel the adventurous way.

But I guess we don’t have to tell you, you wouldn’t be here if you were searching for a beach holiday.

To us, a whole new world opened (literally). And don’t you love the feeling of an upcoming adventure vacation, too? The thrill of planning the destination and activities, even if you don’t plan much.