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My name is Victor Eekhof and I'm a young world explorer from Amsterdam. I have traveled to more than 50 countries in 6 continents, always traveling on a budget.

I'm here to help you find alternative and affordable destinations, activities and transport. Are you looking for a short city trip, planning a gap year or want to head up a mountain trail? You will find how-to guides and tips here.

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The 15 steps of becoming a tourist

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As I’ve traveled to different places, I have noticed a pattern in a certain type of people I saw in the more well-known places. Think Paris, London, Barcelona and yes, also Amsterdam. These fascinating individuals were mostly spotted in groups, seeming to be completely unaware of their surroundings and mostly crammed together in a small fraction of the city center.

I’m talking of course about the stereotype referred to as “tourists“. I always wonder why people choose to behave in a certain way: is it insecurity to travel alone, or do they simply love traveling in like-minded groups? Sometimes I do wonder however if that’s the case, when I look at the mostly sad faces staring out of a 60-person coach. But, as I said before, I spotted a few patterns that shine a satirical light on the behavior and actions of the tourists we’ve all encountered more than once. I’m not here to judge, but simply to observe.

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The last North Korean Mass Games in pictures and video

100.000 performers create an astounding spectacle

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“We might have witnessed the last Mass Games in history”, my buddy Joe tells me. We’re in a cafe in rainy Amsterdam catching up. I met Joe on a tour to Pyongyang (North Korea’s capital) and we both left the tour more puzzled that we already were. Although the whole tour was only a day and a half, we felt like we got an inside look into a city unlike any other in the world.

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Travel games: the ultimate list

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If you have ever spent a night in a hostel you have inevitably been invited for a game of asshole. Or president. Or bullshit. What am I talking about? Travel games of course! You can find them in all different names and shapes: some are played with cards, some with dice and some just by exchanging words. I’ve decided to bundle these games into one article.

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The joys of language immersion while traveling

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Many of us love to travel and explore new places right? Well, how many of us actually take it up a notch and learn the local language at the same time? Sure, you may have a phrase book to hand for those “thank yous” and “excuse mes” but what about actively participating and learning more about the new culture you’re in as well as talking with the locals?

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Puerto Plata – Not just a paradise for pensioners

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When it comes to Puerto Plata, there’s no secret; it’s a full-on vacation must-see, complete with glittering resorts, seaside villas, boating excursions, scuba-diving and more. Between the delicate native cuisine to the locales particular take on Spanish, the beachfront cantinas and the high top treks through the densely forested and spectacularly beautiful mountaintops, there’s no reason not to escape from your day job and wake up in this dream world.

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