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MY STORY

Hi,

My name is Mik and welcome to my award-winning travel blog!

Read more about my journey of life full of bucket list experiences and amazing destinations around the world.

How my travel adventures started?

Every year, I visited different destinations like a real tourist. All-inclusive vacations in Turkey, shopping in Milan, and my first backpack trip to Thailand in 2011.

Then everything changed! I realized that there was much more dan just lying down by the pool in a hotel or drinking cocktails at the bar.

I got fascinated by everything that was hidden on our beautiful planet. As well aground, in the sea and even beyond the stars!

My yearly vacations became real adventures and led to more challenging destinations around the world such as Costa Rica, Namibia and Australia, where I tried to capture as much as possible with my camera so I could share these journeys with you.

Quit my job to travel around the world

In 2018, just before my thirties, I decided to give my successful career and comfortable life a twist. In exchange, I bought a one-way ticket to Namibia with my former partner to discover more of the world and live life to the fullest.

For three months I travelled through Africa with a tent, a year through Asia with a backpack, and 2,5 years driving around Australia with my 4×4.

These adventures were documented on my other travel blog: www.suitcasestories.be, which was awarded several times as ‘Best road trip in 2021’ and ‘Best city trip in 2020′.

Well, travelling has sometimes some downsides and not everything looks like peaches and cream because in early 2021 my former partner and I split up so Suitcasestories. become history.

A new adventure travel blog

Travelling has also many advantages as you will meet new people very easily along the way. What started with a shared ride from Byron Bay to Sydney became a love story! That’s how I met Nao!

Thanks to Nao, I found the motivation, inspiration, and determination to follow my dreams, so I started my own adventurous travel & photography blog where I can do what I love the most:

Sharing the most epic journeys and bucket list experiences intended to inspire you to live your life to the fullest.

So here we are, with a brand new chapter in my life, a new website, and many new adventures coming up!

 

Thank you for visiting my website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or drop a comment.

Cheers, Mik

Mik Simons

Get to know me better

What is your age?

I am born in 1988 but travelling kept me younger.

How many countries have you visited?

Over 40 countries on 5 different continents and I visited some countries like Spain, South Africa and Indonesia multiple times. I love to explore beautiful locations with breathtaking views, hiking through forests and climbing up the mountains to see sunset or sunrise or wake up in the middle of the night to photograph the Milky Way.

Although, I won’t say no to a day at the beach with a cocktail in my hands.

What did you do before you start travelling full time?

I worked as a production manager in a chocolate factory in Belgium for 10 years (I cannot be more Belgian than that), however, I taught myself how to play DJ, produce music and work with photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere. In 2017, I started to develop a blog with my former partner which was awarded in 2020 and 2021 for several awards.

Hours of learning new skills like Photography, SEO, WordPress, Social Media Marketing, Pinterest, etc,…

Everything I learned myself, I use now on a daily base to build my own brand and grow this blog to become the best adventurous and inspirational blog.

How do you make money and afford to travel?

I saved while I worked as a manager, and invested money in land, which I sold in 2018 to travel around the world. Due to Covid 19, I was able to stay longer in Australia where I managed to save even more money than I had before on my savings account.

These days, I invest money in stock, real estate and crypto, while I still have money available to travel. Also, I receive a small income from this blog and other passive income streams which helps to afford some extras.

When I travel, I search for the best deals on hotels, flights, and activities. I don’t care to stay in the airport for 6 hours or more if I can get a cheaper flight. I use this time to edit, read or work on the blog.

How do you edit your photos and what program do you use?

I have developed my own Lightroom Presets throughout the years, which I will share soon. I use these presets in Lightroom to edit photos for my blog, social media and for collaborations. Let me know if you are interested in my presets and I might send you a sample 🙂

Which is your favourite destination?

Botswana is for sure my favourite place so far! So unique and out of this world. Floating in a hollow tree trunk through the Okavango Delta or sleeping in a tent between elephants were moments I will never forget.

However, the culture, the people and the food of Indonesia are definitely making this country on top of the list as well.

What is your dream?

Explore as much as possible in the world and live a happy life with the right people around me (even if it’s on the other side of the world). You have only one life to make your dreams come true, so why wait until you retire?

Do you have more questions?

Send me a message if you have any other questions

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