OUR WORLD TRIP STORIES


On Friday 30th of September 2016 we left Amsterdam by bicycle for an unlimited world trip! For a long time we kept all options open and we had no idea when, how, for how long and where we would leave. This is the way we want to travel, the best things happen when you don't plan. At the beginning of June 2016 the idea arose to leave from home and we would use the bicycle as our first mode of transport. Two years later we cycled 20,000 kilometers and sailed the ocean. We cycled to the end of the world, and then started going back to the north. Read all our world trip stories below.
And discover everything about our route, the stats and our next plans!


What do you want to read? Click below for all stories of Europe, sailing and South America.

NORTH AMERICA

November 8, 2019
kano trektocht in de VS

Leap of faith

After a couple of days we have mastered the dry rivers, but now the real big boys are coming. Lake Champlain is one of the ten largest lakes in America, with a length of 190 kilometers and a water surface of 1.331 square kilometers, it supplies two hundred thousand people with water.
October 31, 2019
learn to canoe and tracking up rapids

Help! Rapids

Was it a smart choice to start the canoe trip without any experience? We could also have opted for a three-day trip, to feel what that is like, to adjust our gear, to learn the canoeing technique and then to start one of the most challenging canoe trips in the US. We could have done that, but a leap into the deep is the best way to learn
October 24, 2019
canoe portage with gear

One hundred kilos on our back

On Saturday morning, August 17, we are at the dock at Mountainman Outdoor. Our canoe is half in the water, half on the sand.
October 21, 2019
cleaning a canoe in a canoe rack

No You’ve Got, Yes You Can Get

For a long time we thought that some adventures were only reserved for a select group of people. Such as mountain climbing for people born in the mountains or cross-country skiing tours in winter for people from Norway and Sweden...
August 30, 2019
gold morning in Virginia

The greatest inspiration

Our journey would never be the same without all the people we meet and help us. In fact, without these people we would have been home a long time ago...
August 25, 2019
tough sections on the AT

Suffer now

A few weeks before the start of our hike, Zoë felt the scar from her surgery again. The small hills with the alternation between exercise and relax over and...
August 14, 2019
morning hike in the smokey mountains

The Smokey Mountains

The first days with Simon, Olivier's brother, we have thunderstorms every day. It is again Winton, our trail coach, who has already picked us up twice from the trail,
July 26, 2019
hiking the at in Georgia

Trail angels

For the second time we wake up in the soft bed on the upper floor in Winton's and Lisa’s house. We bake an egg in the kitchen and quietly eat our breakfast...

SOUTH AMERICA

November 17, 2018
Cycling through the coffee fields in Colombia

Drugs and coffee

'We are going home' Zoë says with tears in her eyes. She just had a phone call with the gynecologist from Belgium. This conversation would determine...
November 12, 2018
sebastian de belalcazar statue in cali

The privilege of a world cyclist

As a cyclist, border crossings are usually a piece of cake. The police officers are more interested in our trip than our bags...
November 4, 2018
schommel in rubber band

A captured free bird

In Bolivia we visited the gynaecology for Zoë. She suffered from a very unbalanced period. Luckily it was not too bad, Zoë had a cyst that would...
October 18, 2018

Suddenly we go home

Suddenly we go home An unexpected return home ‘There is a large mass of six centimeters here’, says the gynaecologist at the hospital in Quito. We have no idea what […]
October 18, 2018
fietsen tussen bananenplantages

Green grass on the other side

Bienvenidos a Ecuador is written in large letters on the other side of the bridge. It is our fifth border crossing that is separated by a bridge...
September 23, 2018
cycling in the desert in Peru

Everything changes

For more than three months we have been over 2,000 meters above sea level. Our body is fully adapted and has not any problems with a mountain pass above 3,000 meters...
September 18, 2018
private road in Peru

Our private road

Arriving in Caraz, we park the bikes for a few days and unpack the backpacks. They are waiting to be carried trough the high peaks of the mountains...
August 29, 2018
A warm hospitality in Peru

A warm heart

Two days after the bicycle mechanic in Huanuco tells us that we will not find 28 inches, we are literally sitting with our hands in our hair.

SAILING

June 2, 2017
Two brothers rocks in Fernando de Noronha

Love in paradise

The Fernando de Noronha islands are a paradise picture. Wether you arrive by plane or sailing boat, the contours and...
May 27, 2017
Sailing girl on the ocean

Captured on the Atlantic

Once in bed I can't sleep and read a story in 'chickensoup for the soul'. Story 8, two wolves. It hits the nail on it's head...
May 6, 2017
Pirogue fishing boats in Senegal

Teranga in Senegal

Like a marionette I get into the line of the drumming crowd of people who try to get on board of the ferry. Everybody pushes...
April 30, 2017
Painted baobab tree in Gambia

Inside Gambia

With a roaring engine we leave the Lamin Lodge, but after half a day we are all four very disappointed. Sailing on the river isn’t...
April 21, 2017
african fishermen sleeping on the beach

The smiling coast of Africa

With the burning African sun on our face we are sailing into the estuary of river Gambia. The estuary is so wide that only...
April 6, 2017
Sailing on rough sea

A full bucket

We visit two other islands before we continue our route to Gambia. The sailing trips in between the islands are maximum one day, so...
March 26, 2017
Climbing in the mast of a sailing boat

Different paths

"It's a too big risk for us" are the painful words of Dieter and Magrit when Olivier explains that he changed his mind and still want to cross to Brazil...
March 3, 2017

Africa for beginners

After the heavy crossing we arrive in Mindelo. For African standards a very quiet city with a Western look. Maintained architecture...
 

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