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. Three years later we travelled more than 35.000 kilometers on human power. 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.

SKATE TRACKS

June 25, 2020
skating in the Netherlands

Flat tire competition

We are so used to packing our things that it hardly gives us a feeling that we are leaving on a trip. In the past four years, we have stayed a dozens of times for an extended period in the same place...

NORTH AMERICA

February 14, 2020
ViaRail the Canadian train in Ontario

100 hours in the train

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. My name is David and I am responsible for your wellbeing on this train. We will make sure you are comfortable and enjoy your ride. From now on your are one big family in the train, and you can't choose that family" the enthusiastic train attendant says almost prophetically...
February 7, 2020
Snowshoeiing around Vancouver

Snow snow snow snow

It is an annual ritual, just before Christmas, with the Christmas tree rigged and the winter more or less in the country, I watch the movie 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas' from 1954...
January 21, 2020
cycling saint lawrence in winter

The turkey is cooked

All beautiful songs come to an end, as does the song in Fort Kent. We were able to extend our visa for one month, but we cannot repeat the same trick twice. Carl and Pat explicitly asked us to stay until Thanksgiving to get to know the family...
January 11, 2020
classic roller skiing

Playground in the back yard

On October 7th Carl picks us up in the park next to the river, where we take out the canoe for the last time. Less than a year ago we planned our route to here, Fort Kent, Maine. We didn't book a hotel or made a reservation for a place...
December 20, 2019
moose running through the water on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Moose, moose, moose

Our canoe trip is almost perfect, but something important is missing. Everyone told us that Maine is full of moose and we would see a lot. After more than twenty days in Maine, we have seen hundreds of moose tracks, moose poop and even a dead moose on the back of a jeep, but no living moose...
December 13, 2019
old trains on the tramway carry

The industrial wilderness

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail takes us past historic waterways, once used by indigenous people. They used canoes made of birch bark to paddle on the rivers and lakes. There were no roads and the water was by far the easiest was to canoe in the wilderness...
November 29, 2019
canoeing under fallen tree on the canoe parcours

The canoe parcours

In addition to low water levels, portages and upstream obstacles, there are also many other obstacles that make the Northern Forest Canoe Trail one of the toughest trails...
November 22, 2019
border control phone call

Passport issues

Normally the river brings us to the bridge, the dividing line between America and Canada. It needs no explanation why we arrive on foot at the same bridge...

SOUTH AMERICA

August 15, 2018
Gringo in Peru

Hola gringo

The roads in the Andes lie from the top of the mountain to deep into the valley. There is a small bridge to cross the river and then the new climb...
August 4, 2018
aardappelen wassen in de goot in peru

Life on the mountainside

'Stop!' shouts Olivier, but it is already to late. The chain jumps from the outer gear and compresses between the spokes. We have just arrived at the paved road...
July 20, 2018
maras inca site tijdens een rondreis in zuid peru

Mother goose

For two weeks we are locked up in La Paz, Bolivia. Every day we expect the arrival of our package from Belgium, but it doesn't come.
June 6, 2018
Crossing salar de coipaca by bicycle

Cycling in heaven

We ride on a bumpy dirt road as the sand becomes whiter and harder. A little later everything is white. In front of us lies an immense plain, as flat as the Netherlands...
June 3, 2018
Fietsen langs ijsmuur

Pura bici

'3,000 meters', Olivier shouts at Zoë, 'are you already feeling it?' "No, nothing!" Zoë laughs back. Olivier is gasping on his bike and feels the altitude...
May 25, 2018
Cycling in the Andes

The smile of the Andes

We dive into the Andes, although diving is not really the right word for what’s coming. Santa Cruz is located 400 meters above sea level
May 21, 2018
House in Santa Cruz in colonial style

The illness tour

"Do you already recognise it?" Zoë asks ten times as we get closer and closer to our final destination. 'No, not yet', Olivier says confident, because...
May 18, 2018
fietsen in oost bolivie

The smell of Bolivia

Yearning Olivier continues to dream of the cuñape he put in his mouth three years ago. Olivier visited the wedding of his friend Simon...

SAILING

February 23, 2017

The seasick crossing

Will our second departure succeed? All day they have been testing the motor and the huge smile on skipper Dieter his face...
February 21, 2017

Exchange children

We got to know him on the Ferry to the Canary Islands and now, one month later, wave them goodbye like family...
February 20, 2017

Our little opportunity

It is Monday morning after New Years Eve and we start the day in the Marina with best wishes to our colleagues...
 

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