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Can I come over?

Home. What does it actually mean? For the last two years, I’ve been homeless. I decided to give up my own house and start traveling. Why? Because I was not completely happy at home and wanted to get out of my routine.  Instead of being a normal tourist I wanted to stay over at locals. To do research about our feelings of home. What part of a home makes people happy? A family, the neighborhood or a big house? What I...

Can I come over

“Will you come over?”

En kun je al wennen? Deze vraag krijg ik momenteel non stop om mijn oren geslagen. Inmiddels ben ik een maand terug en -ja- het went vrij snel. Binnen één dag was ik oververhuisd naar mijn appartement in Breda en voelde ik me er weer ‘thuis’. Maar ‘je ergens thuis voelen’ heeft dat wel met een plek te maken ? Ik voel me thuis in Nederland omdat ik de taal spreek, mijn familie en vrienden hier wonen en alles is er...

Back from a world trip, and now what?

Last week, my transfer to Utrecht Central gave me a reversed culture shock. Everyone seemed to be in a rush or stare at their mobiles. Blocked out from the world and living in a bubble. One thing I learned from my world trip is to experience life instead of scrolling through others on social media. Afraid of being restless "How is it to be back?" everyone is aking me. It great to see friends and family and sleep in my own bed. But...

Terug van een wereldreis, wat nu?

Ik zit in de trein. Zojuist heb ik een overstap gemaakt vanuit Utrecht Centraal. Mijn hoofd bonkt. Zoveel mensen, iedereen heeft haast en we zitten vastgeplakt aan onze mobieltjes. Ik staar naar buiten en geniet van het groene landschap. Dit vergeten wij volgens mij veel te vaak. Even nadenken over de dag, alles laten bezinken in plaats van nog meer prikkels in ons brein te stoppen. Bang voor de rusteloosheid "Hoe voelt het om terug te zijn?" vraagt iedereen om me heen....

digital nomad

Digital nomad. Is it a dream lifestyle?

Wauw, what is happening? I opened my email. More than 500 invites on LinkedIn. Curious as I am I check my status updates. 260.000 views of my latest post about my life as a digital nomad. In this post, you see a video of me jumping off a cliff. Enjoying the view of Queenstown. Bungee-swing in Queenstown I had no idea this would happen when I uploaded it. Apparently, it got people's attention. The text was written under it read; I'm homeless...

Working in New Zealand

For the last few weeks, I finalized my last job in Sydney. I worked for tour operators, wrote my book and make some informational videos for Dutch companies. It's been a crazy year but also the best time of my life. And now it's time for a new adventure; shooting a full documentary in New Zealand! Filming for Iron Man One year ago I received a message from Karel; 'hé Marleen, I saw on Facebook that you're traveling to New Zealand....