Meet Karin-Marijke – Full-time Slow Traveler
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
Through this blog I’d like to inspire you to:
- Travel unhurriedly and allow the world to show itself on its own terms.
- Connect with your surroundings – with people, food, climate, nature, animals, culture.
- Be mindful of what you do, without fear and with an open mind for the unexpected.
From Fast Travel to Slow Travel
Fast travel is common to many of us: running around to see all the capitals of Europe, climbing the highest mountain on each continent, spotting each type of wildlife in the Amazon, or visiting every single temple of the Angkor Wat Complex (good luck: there are about one hundred).
In my previous life, vacations used to be all about doing as much as possible and I had a great time doing precisely that.
We soon found more pleasure in staying in places and connecting with people than trying to see and do ‘it’ all. As Coen can so aptly describe it:
To experience the journey with all our senses: to feel the place, to smell the air, to taste the food, to see the sights but also what’s behind those hidden corners, and to hear the music, the cacophony of local life, or nature’s silence.~Coen Wubbels
Slow Travelers by Car – Driving around the World
Coen and I left the Netherlands taking one guidebook and two maps, and with a vague plan to drive east as far as the Asian continent would allow us. During those first 3,5
Since then we’ve driven to all 13 countries in South America (which took 9 years), South Korea & Japan (2 years), and we are currently in North and Central Asia – Russia, Mongolia, and the Stan Countries (May 2020).
To travel by car has been one of our best decisions ever. It provides us with some sort of comfort zone and gives us the freedom to travel and spend the night wherever we want. The Land Cruiser BJ45 has 90 square feet of space to sleep and live inside in case of rain or cold. We mostly cook outside (when we are not eating out). Nature provides our bathroom, taking many of our baths/showers in rivers and lakes.
Slow Travelers on Foot – Long-distance Hiking
Hiking is a totally different way of seeing and experiencing the world. You travel slower, it’s physically (and often mentally) more challenging. Hiking not something to do for 17 years on end,
Slow Travel Stories & Photos – Publications
Our articles and photos have been published in various magazines around the world.
- 4WD/Car magazines: 4WD Magazine (the Netherlands), Auto Bild Allrad (Germany), Toyota Trails (U.S.), and OutdoorX4 (U.S.).
- Overland / Travel / Food magazines: Overland Journal (U.S.), Expedition Portal, Explorer Magazin (Germany), BBC Travel, Atlas Obscura, Paste Magazine, and Fodors.
- Find our list of published work here.
Interested in our articles and photos?
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Let’s Share our Notes on Slow Travel
While Coen and I chronicle our ongoing overland journey on Landcruisingadventure.com, Notes on Slow Travel is an outlet where I share my musings and destinations/activities that particularly fit the slow-travel narrative.
Feel free to reach out and share your tips or experiences in a comment section of this blog or in a message.
Enjoy the world through Slow Travel!