While I was browsing the web for other Dutch travel bloggers I encountered Jasper from thetravelingdutchman.com
Since he had this really cool map showing the blogposts of each destination I wanted to get in touch with him and ask him how I could get this awesome map on my website too. So there you go, now you know where I’ve got the destination page from 😉
I wanted to get to know Jasper a little bit better, since he has already been living the travelers-dream for the last three years. Let me inspire you with our interview!
Who are you and where are you now?
I’m a former finance trader who left his job three years ago to travel the world full-time. Although my home base is technically Amsterdam, I’m not around very often as I’m on the road about 10 out of 12 months. Currently I’m traveling in Brazil for three months.
When did you first get the feeling of Wanderlust?
It started after my first trip outside of Europe when I was still a student. I went to Asia for a few weeks and I was amazed and intrigued by the cultural differences. Since then, I’ve been exploring the planet as much as I can.
On average, how much do you spend a day while traveling?
About $100 – $150 a day, although it varies greatly as I like to alternate between luxury hotels, apartments, hostels and staying with friends.
How do you fund your journeys?
I rent out my apartment in Amsterdam on Airbnb and I run a trading firm (RXP Trading) with my business partner.
Have you ever had any major safety issues?
Not really, I’ve always felt very safe during my travels.
Did you change a lot since you started traveling?
Yes, I believe I did. I’ve taken a more pro-active stance towards life. I think more about what I want from life, what I want to achieve and actively pursue this. I’m more conscious about the things I do if that makes sense.
Who is the most interesting/inspiring person you have met during your journeys?
Tough question, there are many. One person that had a big impact on me was a tri-cycle driver from the Philippines.
I hung out with him for several days as I was the only guest in the resort where he tended to wait for clients. He had 10 children and lived in a small, self-constructed house on the beach. Although it wasn’t easy for him to support his family, he had an extremely positive attitude towards life and never complained. I visited his little house and went fishing with some of his kids. Afterwards, we grilled our catch on an improvised BBQ. This made me realize how valuable simple things in life can be and that you really don’t need expensive stuff to feel happy. Also, it suddenly seemed so silly to complain about minor things, like we tend to do in the western world. I promised myself not to let small stuff affect my mood anymore and to focus on making the best out of life.
Can you tell us about your best travel-love story?
I met an American girl once in Amsterdam. She ended up staying at my apartment for a few days after which she returned to the US. We kept in touch and after a while I realized I really wanted to see her again. As I planned to go to Fiji a few weeks later, I figured that would be a good place to invite her to. She came over and we spent two romantic weeks together.
I felt a connection that I hadn’t have felt for a long time and she felt the same way. Inevitably, we had to say our goodbye’s as I went to Hong Kong for business and she went back to the US. We planned to meet up again a few months later, but unfortunately our relationship went south very quickly after we separated. She couldn’t handle the transition very well and became extremely jealous. After a few weeks we decided to go our separate ways.
Not a happy-ending story, but it made me realize that if I were to pursue a serious relationship I should focus on women who aren’t tied to a certain location so that we can travel together. That’s when I first googled “sexiest female travel blogger” haha.
What is on top of your bucket list?
Colombia and the Dutch Antilles are on top right now and that’s where I’m heading in the next few months.
Do you have any tips for people who want to life their lives traveling?
The first step is to make your self location-independent, which for most people means quitting their jobs. My suggestion would be to think about what you’re most passionate about and then figure out ways to make money. There are tons of ways to make money online today, a few good sites to check out are smart passive income, navidmoazzez.com and Lifestyle Entrepreneur.
What are your plans for the future?
I definitely want to keep traveling for at least a few more years. What happens after that, I don’t know, but I will make the best of it.
What is your favorite and craziest travel story?
My favorite one is the one that I told earlier about the tri-cycle driver as that story inspired me to lead the life I live now. The craziest one is probably when I left all my luggage in the trunk of a taxi in Shanghai. I went through 24 hours of extreme stress trying to retrieve my belongings. With the help of some local friends, I miraculously managed to get it all back.