Why Take Us Anywhere
When we really started traveling to far away destinations about 20 years ago, contact with home was by phone and later e-mail. When blogging platforms popped up on the internet we started using these to share our travel adventures to keep family and friends informed. Many other people found our stories there too. Now we’re taking it to the next level: our own travel blog.
With Take Us Anywhere we want to keep our memories alive, because these are the most important souvenirs we take home from our travels. But we also want to share our adventures, thoughts about travel and lessons learned along the way wit others. We hope this site will inspire you to travel like we do. You don’t have to be rich and have a lot of free time (though it helps tremendously) to explore everything the world has to offer. We’re living proof of that.
Who we are
We (Eugénie and Roel) met each other in 1988 while studying in Groningen, a small student city in the north of the Netherlands where we still work and live. We got married in 2004 in Sri Lanka. We’d just left the country a week before the devastating tsunami wreaked havoc in South East Asia the day after Christmas.
Eugénie works as a health care worker with deaf people with side handicaps (both mental and physical) and behavioral problems. Until she met Roel her bucket list was very limited: the pyramids of Gizeh in Egypt. Though their first long trip together was cut short because she got homesick, it had her infected with the travel bug forever.
Roel earns his money as a freelance writer and has two passions: sports and traveling. Leafing through atlases in elementary school he was already dreaming of broadening his horizons at the age of 10. Less than travel happy parents, lack of money, debilitating shyness and developing an addiction to training for and competing in triathlons in his twenties and cycling races later on limited his travels for a long time.
How we travel
Because money was short we started our traveling ‘career’ as hardcore backpackers. We love this style of traveling so much that we kept backpacking for a very long time even after we started earning some more money. The past few years we’ve started to allow ourselves a little more luxury in transportation and accommodation, but the backpacks are still with us (and probably forever will be, we don’t even own suitcases….).
We regret we didn’t travel more when we were younger, but we’ve been making up for lost (travel) time since visiting the pyramids of Gizeh in 1996. We developed a special love for Asia but have traveled to many countries on other continents as well, savoring every moment. On May 20th 2017 we left home for one year (+ 10 days) of travel, fulfilling some of our most wished travel dreams. Now we’re back home again. But this is not the end. We hope to keep traveling for another 20 years. And longer if possible. Our bucket list is long enough. And it seems to be growing longer every year (even after our year long travel). It can take us anywhere….
Countries and territories visited (92)
Albania, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Hongkong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein (Eugénie), Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan (Roel), Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal (Roel), Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Transnistria, Turkey, Ukraine, USA (19 states), Uzbekistan, Vatican (Holy See), Vietnam