Hola! I am Renate and I am a Dutch freelance travel writer, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, a tour guide in several countries such as Karpathos and the creator of this travel blog, That Wanderlust.

In 2007 I made my first trip all by myself and I have been traveling a lot and living abroad ever since. I write, photograph and create videos about adventure, culture and I mention some mindset during my travels. So far I’ve visited 40+ countries and lived in 4 of them. I meet people around the globe who inspire me and I see beautiful nature that amazes me by its purity. Being outdoors and getting to know the local people and their life stories is something truly amazing.

I crave for a new adventure every single day. Getting along with foreign cultures can already be very exiting to me, even while I am very easy going and speaking plenty of languages.

Since the Spanish language is my favorite I indulge myself mostly with Latin-American countries. However, Scandinavia makes my heart skip a beat too.

A lot of new worlds have opened up to me since I started travel writing and diving is one example of them. Isn’t it great to spend time in the ocean 30 meters below sea level between the coral with a sea turtle around you or in the waves on a surfboard? What about standing on a mountain in the snow, where the forest and the rocks become your compass? The euphoria of freedom.

Meet my boyfriend, also known as Mr. Viking

I enjoy experiencing a destination and its local ways on my own, but I feel even more wonderful sharing these great travel experiences with my Swedish boyfriend Thom. We work abroad together throughout the year and travel to other countries when the seasons have finished. Our lifestyle has made us loving nomads.
Follow Mr. Viking on Instagram.


Mission Statement

With this travel blog I want to inspire you to follow your dreams and take adventures exploring the world. Nothing is more amazing than being able to arrive at untouched beaches and meeting local inhabitants who help me discover the soul of a destination.

I want to share my adventure travel stories and captivating movies & photography for the independent adventure and outdoor traveler who is curious about local cultures and likes to actively explore.



Which languages do I speak?renate-2017-karpathos-love-that-wanderlustrenate-thom-2017-karpathos-dive-instructor-that-wanderlust

I am fluent in Spanish, English & Brazilian Portuguese, my mother tongue is Dutch, and I can make conversation in German, French & Italian.
Right now I’m busy like a bee to try and learn Swedish and Greek!


Why do I travel?

Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.


Where was I?

MexicoArgentinaBrazilCosta RicaNicaraguaGuatemalaHondurasPanamaBoliviaPeruChileUruguayFuerteventuraKenyaJamaicaAustraliaSpainUnited StatesSingaporeIndonesiaMalaysiaTanzaniaAustriaDominican RepublicArubaSri LankaScotlandFranceEnglandPolandBelgiumCanadaGermanyMaltaGozoHungaryTurkeyItalyGreeceSwedenNorwayDenmark – and the Netherlands: the place I like to call my home, but I might not be there at the moment 😉


Diving instructor photos of me by Marjolein van Hout – 2017.


26 Comments on “About
  1. Fascinating blog, Renate! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter!
    If you have any hitchhiking stories you’d like to share with a bigger audience, drop us a line and we will post it as a guest post.
    Keep up the great work and travel safe!

    • Thank you Nelson! I will update my website this week with many articles on Guatemala, such as Semuc Champey, Antigua’s Pacaya volcano and lake Atitlán, so keep an eye out for them if you’re going to plan that trip 😉

      See you on the road yes!
      Happy travels!!!

  2. Hi Renata. It a really good to have all of this great experiences and stories! more than a life in one life!
    I am Shadi, from Egypt. And My dream from along time to be a backpacker .. But my problems in Visas and money .. Give me some of your secret solutions, Please!

    • Hi Shadi! I’ve never been to Egypt (yet), but it’s high on my wishlist. I’m sure you have so many great things in your home country people would love to see. Anyway, we all want to leave and in your case – be a backpacker. Find out where you want to go to, meet locals who can help you out and go with their flow. I promise I’ll write an article on how to travel on a short budget. Visas, that’s another story and of course it depends on where you’re from. You do need a passport and here and there they ask for a visa, but many times you only have to pay a entrance fee to the country upon arrival and there you go. Keep an eye out for the article I’m about to write upon your request 😉 Good luck Shadi!

  3. Me gustaría leer un artículo tuyo del mágico Lago de Atitlán en Guatemala que tantos mágicos momentos me ha regalado, por ejemplo de San Pedro la Laguna, toda una capital para hippies! Espero no te lo hayas perdido! safe travel and please keep throwing the words!

  4. hi renate
    just discovered u.
    so sad uve not yet visited India
    when r u planning to come to India. wish to see u in reality

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