I am Lot, a thirty year old travel blogger. I travel because I simply don’t feel good staying put. I have to roam, I have to see what the world is all about. It’s like an urge.
When I founded Reisgoesting.be, my travel blog, I combined the two loves of my life: writing and travelling. Yes, I love to write as well. Mostly, I take travel as it comes. Sometimes it means being on the sea in a kayak, sometimes it means going fancy in a van, with a chauffeur and everything.
So far, I have seen the most of Europe, and a bit of Turkey. For some reason, I have missed out on the travels outside of Europe, but that could change any day now.
Home is with my husband. For now, we live in Belgium, but I could live in other places as well.
At this moment, I am home. Sadly, I Only one planned trip this month.
My parents chose to work less and be at home with us children. That meant we didn’t travel. So as soon as I became off age (18, in Belgium), I left for Ireland and I have been travelling on and off ever since.
That is tough! I have a weakness for northern countries. I love Scandinavia and Iceland. I would love to visit Alaska, Greenland and Russia,… But in the end, I always feel the most at home in Ireland. It’s my first love; I cannot, ever, forget it.
Turkey. I do not like to feel unsafe, or looked at. Sadly, some parts of Turkey are really unfriendly towards women.
Another tough one. I don’t think I qualify any of my travels as strange, because to travel and learn new things about the world, is never strange. It’s just getting familiar with things that are different.
I got a driving lesson in a 1968 Czechoslovakian Skot. Which is basically a massive eight tonne tank.
I went on the Air Rofan in the Rofan Mountains in Austria. This was basically a cable car. You get dressed in some kind of sack, and hooked underneath the car. Then it went up the mountain with me dangling under it. The feeling of having nothing under me but air and one grip for my hands, was cool, but scary.
Again: tough one. I would love to go horse-riding in Iceland when they haul the wild horses in for the winter. Just to be in the saddle for a few days while being out and free, that must be so amazing!
I have a packing list. I travel light regarding clothes, as I always carry soap to wash my clothes. I travel with a lot of electronics, and that makes my suitcase/backpack heavy.
iPod. I need the be alone sometimes, and when that’s not possible, I can create a ‘bubble’ by listening to my music and tuning everything else out.
I think every book is great to read whilst on holiday. Just choose one you enjoy.
But, if I have to recommend one, go for the collective short stories by Roald Dahl. That man was a savage!
Whatsapp. As long as there is internet, I get to call my family for free. Perfect when you travel a lot.
A lot of people tell me they want to travel, but don’t have the time or the money. I understand that, but really, it’s just a matter of choices. Sometimes you just have to take the chance and go for it.
I will be visiting a very beautiful area of Belgium next week. After that, anything is open, anything can happen.
Lot is thirty years old, living in Belgium, and travelling the world. When she is not travelling, she writes, paints or just stays at home with her husband and cat.
Reisgoesting means having a hungre, or even a craving, for travel. ‘Reis’ means travel, ‘Goesting’ is a word specific to the Flemish dialect.