Based on experience of 10 years of eXploring
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How to travel, do good and make a positive impact?
What can you do?
Grass roots volunteering Connects travellers with local causes and communities (Global)
Trees for all Compensate for the greenhouse gases you emit by supporting local projects
Prepare and pack eco-concious. Here’s what I take on my travels.
Pack for a purpose Use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities you visit (Global)
Go Plastic free Pack this: Reusable Spoon, knife, bag, refillable bottle, and straw. You can save hundreds of single use plastic items from ending up in nature.
Bring a waterfilter bottle so you don’t need to buy plastic bottled water. I love the Water-to-go bottle. It has saved me buying 100s of waterbottles. With their NASA filter I can just scoop water from the river and drink it. Discountcode Water-To-Go drink bottle on watertogo.nl: OPH2O
LifeWithoutPlastic – Awesome webshop with alternatives to plastic (Canada/US based)
Are you toiletries plastic free? “Look for the zero” A list of brands that declare not to have microbeads
Great alternative to those handy plastic ziplock bags: ReUseIt decompostable resealable bags
Purify your water at home too (chances are they have plastic!) Get a water filter.
Food container Lightweight stainless steel food container for take-away, seeds, grains, teas.
Be back for more!
Check the zero waste travel (US Amazon) shop for more. The best equipment to hit the road to make a difference and be able to say NO to plastic.
Italki The place to start learning a language – online. Learn the rest locally!
Ipod language guide Learn the local language on your ipod. Some free versions available here
Coach.me Get coached while learn languages, and basically everything. Discountcode: oceanpreneurweek
Udemy Pick a course that fits your level and budget and do it whenever
Lonely Planet also has some helpful phrase books
How to find that cool place to stay?
Best: Ask around locally! 2n best. Check these websites that have large database of places to stay.
Homestay Stay with locals
Trivago Compares multiple booking sites for the best deal
Booking.com Homestays Homestay accommodation collected by booking.com
Hotels.com has a huge database of places to stay around the world
Hostelworld Most comprehensive hostel booking website.
Localo Book a sofa, bed or an entire home from a local (Global)
AIRBNB Rent a room or home from a local (<- with 30euro discount if it’s your first booking)
Websites to find a holiday house
Flipkey Huge database of holiday rentals around the world. Linked to tripadvisor.
Atraveo More than 20.000 holiday houses to choose from in Europe
HomeAway Another big database of rental holiday houses around the world.
Perfectplaces Holiday rentals around the world from supercheap to unique and expensive
ElizaWasHere (Dutch!) Unique holiday housing, packages and deals
AIRBNB Rent a room or home from a local (with 30euro discount if it’s your first booking)
Homelidays has the most extensive database of rental houses in Spain
Websites to find a place to stay for free
Gigrove Help out a startup and stay for free. Or host someone and get help.
HelpX Help out and stay for free
Workaway Help others, have the adventure of a lifetime and stay for free in exchange
Wooffing Live and learn on organic farms
Trusted housesitters Every day there’s dozens of new housesitting opportunities on this website.
Couchsurfing Best way to experience a place local style!
HomeExchange Exchange your home with someone else’s Win/Win!
HotelKamerVeiling (NL) Almost free if you bid well!
How to find out about tours, guide and things to do?
TravelMoodz Find a local guide
ToursByLocals Find a local tour or guide
With Locals Have a typical diner with a local in South-East Asia
Mealsharing Have a home-cooked meal
Tourradar Multiday adventure tours around the world.
U2Guide Find a local guide & experience. With funds raised local causes are supported.
Viator Largest database on tours in destinations all over the world
Hitchsailing Hitchhiking for sailing boats. I’ve becoming a pro in it.
Adrenaline Hunter 5549 extreme sports offers & travel adventures worldwide!
Find out about +1000 Surf, Kitesurf and Windsurf camps all over the world
Bstoked handpicks to coolest Kitesurf & SUP holidays
I am Adventuress Creative active adventures for women. Run by lovely Natalia!
Contiki Adventure Trips for 18-35 year old
Oceanwide expeditions Antartica and artic expeditions with meaningful mission
G Adventures”>Gadventures Local style, off the beaten path adventure tours. For those with less time to sort it out themselves but like a real sense of the local scene. Part of your pesos goes to planeterra foundation and you can pick your cause!
LUEX Edgy Surf, ski and snowboard adventures.
BookYogaRetreats The most comprehensive database on yoga and meditation trips
HappyCow To find the vegetarian, vegan and organic food shops and restaurants
Numbeo Largest database on cost of living on different places around the world
How I do it: Dreams are meant to be pursued, not postponed.
Lonely planet Travel light and get a lonely planet E-book guide!
Mynatour Community around eco hotels and responsible tour tips
ElizaWasHere (Dutch!) Unique holiday housing, packages and deals
How to find the best way to get there?
Rome2rio Find the best and most responsible way to go from A to B.
Flightconnections Overview of ALL flights worldwide. Click your airport and see all connections (Global). Pick the shortest one with the least amount of stops to travel with the least negative impact possible.
Look & book flights
Skyscanner To compare and pick the right flight.
Momondo Another flight comparison website with different search options then Skyscanner
Cheapflights Finds you a cheap flight
Corendon has good flight deals as well as flight & accommodation bundels.
Book directly with the airline:
Blablacar Going from A to B in Europe? Reserve a site in someone else’s car
Where to rent a car?
HolidayAutos compares car rentals all over the world and you can cancel for free whenever you change your mind.
AutoEurope A trusted resource that compared carrental providers globally
Rentalcars Renting a car via rentalcars automatically gives you insurance
GoldCar One of the cheapest and each time I rented a car here they provided me with an economical Fiat 500
Where to find a last minute trip?
Travelbird Don’t care where you’re going? Check out this lastminute superdeal platform for day – weekend – or weektrips
Tourradar For multi day adventure tours
Paperflies Cheap ass flights and deals
Corendon has cheap ass last minute deals
BookYogaRetreats Has good last-minute deals
OceanXploration My sailing blog from “zero to hero” with resources on boathitchhiking
Contiki Sailing Adventure Holidays for 18-35 years olds. Budget & Social.
Sailsquare Find your adventure sailing holiday
Find a sailing boat to charter A trusted database of yachts to charter in Europe
Liveaboard boat trips Large database of on board holidays going to remote places. Many diving trips on this website.
My number 1 tip: take an AIDA freedive course! There are numerous freedive bodies and certifications out there. AIDA is non-profit and stay on top of the latest research in order to provide the best and most safe freedive education. Find a school/instructor on the AIDA website. I’m a qualified AIDA instructor as well.
Manual of Freediving – Still the best book out there explaining all the ins and outs about freediving. Written by the superhuman Umberto Pelizzari (Amazon US, UK). As far as I know there are only hardcopies available.
Breatheology – by Stig Aval Steverinsen (NL) (UK/Europe) (USA) We can live weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen. Optimize you breathing and optimize your life! Reading and applying techniques in this book are one of the best investments you can make!
Blue Mind – By Wallace. J. Nichols. Amazing read about The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do (Amazon US, UK )
Deeperblue A forum on diving & freediving. Updates, articles, gear, destinations discussions.
Apnea Trainer The breathing exercise app I use to train for freediving and stay strong.
After freediving fuel: Coconut Peanutbutter!! It’s my guilty pleasure and nurtures your muscles (&soul) right away.
Read blogs I wrote on Tarifa (Spain) El Medano (Tenerife) and Cape Verde for kitesurfing.
How and where to meet people when adventuring around the globe?
Couchsurfing Check out couchsurfing forums to see what’s up in the place (Global). I use this website almost everywhere I go.
Facebook groups See if the destination you are visiting has a community Facebook Group (e.g. kitesurf chica’s Andalusia)
Exploco Community for Adventure Sports travellers
Exploresconnect Join an expedition, find expedition members, adventure jobs
Meetup See what’s happening where you are going
TheOutbound App for adventuretravelpeople to meet adventuretravel people
Always be prepared for the unexpected
World Nomads For the glomads (global nomads)! Travel insurance for adventurers. Very good coverage! You can arrange and claim when you’re on the road already.
Centraal Beheer Achmea. Dutchies only. I’m with this insurance for a few years now and they have helped me out big-time when I had to break the travel and return to Holland for my sick grandma, when I sprained my ankle in Thailand, that time my external harddisk got damaged. It’s very affordable. I pay 3,50 euro/month + 6/euro/month for extra business coverage. AND, the best party, you are allowed to travel 365 days in a row!
ETA Insurance is one that got recommended to me as a good insurance for UK based outdoor fanatics.
Crashplan Backs up all your data automatically in the cloud when you connect. My harddisk has crashed before. Never ever again I will lose a photo memory. It’s worth the 3$ per month!
BackBlaze Online back up cloud for your laptop and external harddisk. It’s works smooth and automatic. You can try for free for 15 days. Then it costs 5$/month. It’s worth the peace of mind to never ever loose photo or video footage again. BackBlaze can also trace your laptop in case it gets stolen.
LaCie Rugged Mini External Harddrive (NL) (UK/Europe) (USA).: Harddisks are not made for travelling. This one is! You can drop it, splash it. It’s small, It has a 3.0 superfast usb port and stores 2 TB! Great for saving your video and raw photo footage while on the road.
What do I have in my plastic free, eco-concious travel kit? I wrote it all down here.
Get stuff second hand on Preloved: UK’s biggest buy and sell marketplace
Aquapac Waterproof your clothes, phone, camera, laptop, everything! I travel with this 70L waterproof Duffelbag. Very durable. I use the 25l waterproof daypack for the sailing, kitesurf and watersport adventures.
LifeProof To waterproof and beach proof my phone! Dropped it in the water twice now and still alive
Always have a hammock with you. Treklight is the lightest one I’ve found.
Browse the zero waste travel shop for more
What do I use to capture the adventures?
Compact travel camera with potential I use the Sony A 5100 (US) (UK) (NL). Basic version. Lens can be changed. If you like to travel and take your photography and video to the next level, this is your camera. Because it’s mirrorless it’s compact and it allows for high quality HD video. With interchangeable lenses the potential is huge. What I especially like about Sony is that it captures really good in low light scenes. It has wifi so you can instantly back up your photos, transfer them to you phone or ipad and update your fans. The price is extremely good for what you get. It’s durable. I’m a ‘rough’ traveller and this cam has survived the high seas, beach time and lots of explorations in nature.
Go Pro (US) (UK) For my underwater and action I use the GoPro. I’ve tried alternatives. With the screen, hd quality and instant photo and video selection on your phone. It can’t be better. It’s quite an investment. But one you won’t regret. I
I sometimes use a red Underwater filter to balance the colours.
Budget tip: Intova is a high quality underwater camera alternative, wayyyy cheaper than GoPro
Tripod (UK) For good photography and video a tripod is a must. This budget AND travel friendly Manfrotto tripod caters for both. It’s light, compact and allows for super smooth video shooting because of it’s ‘joystick’ handlebar.
Location Independent digital nomad sources
Flaks Co-working and kitesurf holidays for entrepreneurs. Together with Elmar I set up Flaks Tarifa.
Nomadbase Find digital nomads near you to meet up for real.
Digital nomad groups Join digital nomad communities on facebook and in real life. I love the Female Digital Nomad Girls group set up by Milou (Explorista), small and supportive. Sorry guys… There’s more helpful groups like ‘Digital Nomad around the World’ and WebWorkTravel by Johannes, the WebWorkTravel guy.
Go Fucking Work. The tool to stay focused! You know once you hit facebook or pinterest the clock can suddenly be 3 hours further… This free app prevents you from that.
Udemy Courses in travel writing, blogging, wordpress, SEO, Social Media and other skills to master.
Lynda Learn digital nomad job skills in photography, creativity, business, design, web development
Vagabonding Very creatvie and well written guide on how to start the adventure lifestyle
Sailing the Farm A survival guide to homesteading on the ocean Best book I’ve read 2017! Written in the 80s and oh so relevant today! The author got injured only a few months after publishing this book. I’m happy he followed his dreams!
Blue Mind The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.
Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder to learn more about how and why to eat as a healthy vegan
As a man Thinketh – James Allen A book written more than a 100 years ago. We are what we think. Mandatory reading for everyone, every year.
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Looptail (NL) Looptail:%20How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business(UK/Europe) (USA), book written by Bruce (Gadventures’ founder).
Digital Nomads: How to live, work and play around the world
Handboek voor wereldburgers – (Dutch only)
The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersom and Keegan Kuhn (Amazon US)
A good resource to find books & ebooks on sustainable living: Chelsea
Jung – The Key ideas of Carl Jung who gives multidisciplinary and not only scientific approach to what’s going on in our minds.
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Ambronite An organic wholefood superfood meal to take with you on your travel, expedition or afterwork-out nutrition boost. I love it! Bye crappy travelfood.
Coach.me To set your goals and get coached reaching them
BookYogaRetreats – Largest database of yoga & wellness related holidays
To find your affordable chemical free, ethical and environmental friendly sun creme and shampoos here. When ordering online, kindly request reused packaging without plastic tape to minimize impact.
Here’s a few webshops to source your reusables, organic food and vitamins:
Big Green Smile
Evolution Organics (UK)
ThriveMarket +4000 organic brands
Vitaminestore (NL) For supplements and superfoods on the road
Resources to start a website
My websites are based on wordpress (.org NOT -> .com). The learning curve is slightly higher than average but the possibilities are endless. If you like to keep it easy and simpel, check WIX or Jimdo or simply start a traveldiarie.
CMS WordPress.org Starting out with ambitions? Go with wordpress.org easy to use Content Management System with endless possibilities
99designs Launch a design contest for your website or logo and pick your favourite.
Register your Domain / url at Iwantmyname.com Great simple service and cheap.
Webhosting Lightningbase webhost Cheap & fast and responsible energized managed wordpress hosting. They have a server in Amsterdam which makes it fast for a European audience. They help you set up. Their customer service is outstanding. The use very limited resources which make it a responsible low energy solution.
WordPress theme Organic themes Minimalistic, responsible and stylish wordpress themes. My website is based on the adventure theme and I love it.
Find a theme on Themeforest Huge database of themes, plugins and handy tools for your website. Avada theme is the fastest wordpress theme these days.
Fiverr 5$ gig for free Outsource your logo, wordpress set up, SEO optimization, template customization, translations, name it and someone on Fiverr can do it! Last but not least you bring money into developing countries, where most Fiverr stars are based.
Coach.me Get coached by people improving your skills.
Hootsuite To manage different social media accounts, schedule posts and measure impact. Very effective way to deal with Social Media!
Rent our your own home or room on Tripadvisor
Patreon Create meaningful stuff and have Patreons support you.
Via Blogger outreach platforms like Webfluential you can find brands to collaborate with.
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