Personal stories, cheesy selfies & behind the scenes shots.
Home, sweet home ♡ and sweating in Oman ✈︎
After 5 months of traveling, we headed back home (The Netherlands). And to be honest, we were very very happy to see family and friends again, be home and fully relax. The life we were living is a dream but super exhausting at the same time. Those first months as freelancers and full-time travelers was a test to see how we want to organize and live our lives.
It all worked out very well! We just needed to find the perfect pace and we now (hopefully) did. 😊
We had about 2.5-week before our next trip and the spring weather gave us the best time. We worked on a lot of new travel blogs, travel videos, and other content ideas. But also took time to see friends, catch a movie or drink and visit family! Oh and on our way back from Singapore we somehow ended up in Business Class. #dream 😱
Tulips & Windmills
Tulip season was here so loved to go out and shoot! Our new friends HowFarFromHome came to Rotterdam. We knew them via Instagram for over a year so would love to meet them and take them around to the windmills and tulips! We finished the day at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Rotterdam.
One of our biggest jobs ever started: an 8-day trip to Oman! We worked with the Ministry of Tourism to promote the country via our Instagram, YouTube, and blog. Most of those items are published or will be live soon. :-)
Arriving in Oman at 2 AM in the morning, 34 degrees haha! We planned a 6-day road trip through some of the most beautiful highlights of Oman. Deserts, Wadis, Mountain views, camels, turtles etc. We’ve seen and captured it all. Driving in Oman was easy but due to some issues with the planning, it was challenging to have enough time to capture sights.
After that week we were convinced we need to visit Oman again in the future at our own pace. Beautiful country!
Back in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, our favorite country until the date of writing this. We were so happy to be back here and explore new areas for 30 days to write about on the blog.
The first two weeks were harder than expected, we had a lot of rain which made sightseeing quite difficult. In those two weeks, we’ve seen Sigiriya Rock, the most northern area Jaffna, huge groups of elephants in Kaudulla National Park and the great beach town Trincomalee.
From Trincomalee, we did an unforgettable 2-day road trip to Arugam Bay. Arugam Bay wasn’t the surf season so we chilled here and tried to catch up on work and email.
From Arugam Bay, we went to our favorite mountain town Ella, did some small hikes and went to Yala National Park for an incredible stay in new tented lodges. We didn’t go on a safari because Nick was a little sick and we had an amazing wildlife experience in Kaudulla National Park which we didn’t want to compare to Yala.
We spend our last 8 days on the south coast with Sri Lankan friends we’ve met 2 years ago. They took us around and we had an amazing time seeing them again. From the bottom of our heart, super honest and friendly guys, real friends who deserve the best. Thanks, Simak & Multazim!
Our last day we organized a Sri Lanka meet-up! Our first #TeamSalty meetup. People started showing up and before we knew it there were about 20 to 30 people around us. They even made us gifts. No words except for ‘You guys are amazing’! Thank you.
Sri Lanka was, again, an amazing trip. So much love for this country.
The Maldives Dream Stay
We visited a place we had never imagined to be able to visit, The Maldives. This county was known by us because of it’s incredible blue water, snorkeling and of course the water villas. We collaborated with 4 hotels to be able to stay 10 nights in the country. Let’s be honest, we can’t afford 10 nights at these beautiful hotels. :’)
We planned to visit local islands as well but due to small problems back home we decided to return earlier. We shortened our Maldives trip by not visiting the local island anymore and also cut our Sri Lanka trip in half.
We stayed at Velassaru, Maafushivaru, Kandolhu and Soneva Fushi. All places that are better than our dreams. You could walk around each island in about 15 minutes. Just imagine the logistics here. Food, water, electricity, it’s all there on such a tiny island.
Besides from working a lot, by creating content for the hotels, we snorkeled, had a Michelin star dinner experience, looked at the millions of stars every night, been on a sunset boat tour where we’ve seen hundreds of dolphins swimming around us. What an insane and beautiful country. Even better than we’ve expected it to be.