Get to know Karen: working full-time, traveling whenever she can and always a Scorpio

Even when you work full-time, take the opportunity to travel as much as you can, whenever and wherever you can!

Hi! I’m Karen, born in 1988 (the incredible Year of the Dragon :D!) and raised AND working in my home country, Belgium. A small but mighty country, very often and most of the time as crazy as a back door. Nevertheless, try to beat our Belgian chocolate, beer, chocolate, DJ’s, festivals, …! 😀

I’m a communication/marketing generalist by education, digital marketing/e-commerce specialist by profession (a full-time job) and a passionate world traveler / photographer / dancer by nature. 

Ik heb nochthans vanop het vliegtuig mee gesupported! #Varna #BackinBrussels #allinred #tousensemble

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Why start a travel/lifestyle blog of my own?

Well, for me, I wanted to find something where I can combine multiple passions of mine: travel (obviously), photography, writing in Dutch and English and dancing.
And also, whilst looking for some travel inspiration and information on ‘travel while you’re working’, I didn’t find anything that could take away the feeling I had…

Do you really have to quit your job and leave everything behind just so you have enough time to travel?! Time flies, and then, you die… Better make the most of it. Or, like a qoute I found on a Yogi Tea bag:

The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.

Damn right! So many great places to visit, so little time! And what about those time & money-consuming ‘grown-up responsibilities’, such as owning a house, a mortgage (making the decision of paying for something for as many years as you exist scared the crap out of me, but I did it anyway, you could consider that ‘leaving your comfort zone’     :-p), kids: I don’t want kids at the moment, and no, I don’t feel ‘it’ when visiting friends who just had a baby: “Oh, cute! *while holding someone’s baby*
Owkeeey, you can have it back now.”
So, I decided to start my own blog, about traveling when you are working, because with a little luck and (sometimes a lot of) effort, you can combine the two.
Yes, time flies and it’s not always easy to find the right time or the money. And yes, you have to look goddamn hard to find a good travel deal. But if travel is where your heart lies, you will find a way, you will make it a priority. I hope this blog can help you with that.

This is how I write it

My writing style is a personal one.
In this blog I’ll give you travel tips & inspiration, I’ll share what I was feeling while I was there (or here), what you can do, eat, see… and I want to give you a smile on your face and make you dream about your next adventure!

As a Flemish Belgian, I will do it in 2 languages:
A good copywriter can write a decent text in every language, once he has the knowledge.
A great writer is only great because he writes in a language that is close to him. For me that’s English and my native language: Flemish Dutch (Belgium and the Netherlands are right next to each other, but they are so different in so many ways, including the language. But I like their straight forward style :-D). And you’ll get an amazing writer when you mix the above with topics that have a connection to his own heart and soul.
Guess what that is in my case. 😛

My destinations.

I have a love for islands (the ideal spring destinations) and countries with a lot of history, historical buildings and/or an abundant nature. But in general, I would go to any place where you can enjoy great food. 😉 Wherever I go, I try to do these 3 things:

Sightseeing (Free Walking Tours!) on and off the beaten track (as long as it’s not too ‘touristy’ and it’s a genuine experience. Just spending a couple of hours in a country and talking as many pictures as possible before you leave again is not my travel style)
Enjoy local cuisine (Mmm, food! Jeeey for a fast metabolism)
Go out (loved those Ruin bars in Budapest!)

Being natually curious, I’m open to explore countries I have never ever considered before. In Belgium, there is a very populair and well made tv show called ‘Reizen Waes‘, about a guy who travels to places considered dangerous or that are just unknown as travel destination. He just keeps on adding things to my bucket list! 🙂

I try to use as many pictures of my own.
If that is not possible, with my travel bucket lists for example, I will always look for the pictures that describe best what I want to express.

You can make the most of the work/travel combination, take every opportunity you have. You can find more tips & tricks here. Enjoy reading and most of all: enjoy traveling!
PS: Want to know the meaning behind the name of my blog? Check out this article.
Mijn beste Vlamingen, Nederlanders, Zuid-Afrikanen, … jullie spreken meestal allemaal een goed woordje Engels, dus deze introductie ga ik niet vertalen. Ik geloof ook helemaal niet in blogs vertalen van de ene taal naar de andere. Schrijven in een taal is uniek, je kan nooit iets op exact dezelfde manier verwoorden als hoe je het oorsponkelijk bedoeld hebt :-). Geniet ervan!
Want to know more, read on 🙂

Enjoying a coffee and warm Apfelstrudel
at the famous Café Central in Vienna


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