7 stages of solo traveling

Thinking about solo traveling this summer? It might be the best idea that you have ever gotten. But are you aware of the 7 stages of solotraveling? Probably not because I just came up with the idea to write about it. Haha.

I am writing this from my own experience – but after talking with a lot of solo travelers that I have met on the road, I can say that this is probably how you will feel too at some point of your travels.foto 21

Stage 1: Excitement
When you first have the idea of solotraveling everything is still new and exciting. You probably go online, buy heaps of travel books, Lonely Planets and you do your research. Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? – This stage is super exciting. You discover many many many things and you can not wait to go out there and to explore. At some point you book your tickets and you start counting the days. 100 days left. 50 days left. 30 days left- and well, what do you know- at some point you will wake up and it will be the day your solo journey starts- and than it kicks in.

Stage 2: Fear
FEAR! Fear for the unknown. Fear of leaving your comfortzone- out in to the big big world. Alone for the first time. Many things go through your head. Am I well prepared? Do I have my passport? Wait, is my passport still valid (you probably checked this a gazillion times already) Do I have enough money for my journey? Will I miss my family and friends? You can feel a bit panicky and somehow the thing you were so excited about feels so scary-

Stage 3: Super duper happy
Even though you are scared, you still take the leap and you go on your journey. And the first few weeks are amazing. Like seriously, freaking amazing. You meet so many cool people from all over the world, you make new friends for life. You see things that look like they come straight out of a Travel magazine and you realize that those pictures in the magazines actually are not photoshopped. It is really THAT beautiful. You are having the time of your life. You go partying with your new friends, you hang out at the beach with them, you go shopping, sporting, hiking- everything that your heart desires, you are doing it. You have never felt so free. You find yourself crying sometimes. For no reason. Just because you are so happy – you have a new appreciation for life. Everything is going so well. A bit too well perhaps?

Stage 4: Loneliness & homesick
And there it is. Those happy tears turn in to sad tears. You start crying again, but this time because you are sad. The people that you have met along the way, they all continue their journey and you find yourself to be alone again. You start missing your parents, your friends, your close ones back at home. You see pictures of them on Facebook, birthdays, weddings, graduationparties- all different things that you are missing. You start to wonder if you made the right choice – should I go back home? What am I doing here? At some point you might even drive yourself crazy a bit and you can feel a bit lost.

Stage 5: Stronger
Trust me, stage 4 is something every traveler will go trough at some point in their travels. Especially if they are on the road for a longer period of time. And it is good. That stage is so essential to you, my dear traveler. It will help you to become stronger. To realize what is important in life and what is less important in life. You might have a new found respect and love for your loved ones back at home but you also realize that traveling is something that just makes you so  happy that you would like to continue. You have this new found confidence because with the breakdowns at stage 4, you have learned so much about yourself. You have learned how to comfort yourself and how to be alone without feeling lonely. Congratulations my fellow solotraveler, you have become stronger (perhaps without even knowing it).

Stage 6: Balanced and happy
Yeah, you are back to being happy. You feel more balanced now that you have gone through stage 4+5 and it really helped you to gain a lot of new insights. You realize that while traveling people will come and go, you will learn how to love and to let to easily. While it will still be hard, you realize that goodbyes are not forever. You will enjoy other peoples company and you will make new friends. You will continue to explore and discover the globe piece by piece and you will make memories for life. At this point you will have grown so much that when you look back at the person who started this journey you can barely recognize this person. You are a better version of your self. You feel balanced and happy.

Stage 7: #bossasstraveller 
Congrationlations! You have become a #bossasstraveler. You will have graced all the stages of solotraveling by yourself in a beautiful way. You are strong, independent, a survivor. You have learned that nothing in life is easy but that you are able to cope with everything. You have learned so much about yourself, about your lovedones and what distance can do to your relationships. You will have learned so much from your ‘new’ friends too and you realize that when you are out traveling you can fall in all of the stages above in a random order and that that will be okay too. There will be days where you are lonely and you will miss your friends and family back home- but you also do realize that that feeling of loneliness won’t last forever. You will have ups and downs but you will know how to become the happy traveler you know you are!
Traveling is definitely the best gift you can give your self. Don’t let anything stop you. Don’t fear the unknown, just go for it!

 

For more information about (solo) traveling follow my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dobeglobe/

xoxo

How traveling helped me to kick my depression’s ass

“Not all those who wander are lust, but some of us are, and that is okay’ –

Hey lovely people,

After I wrote a post about dealing with my depression back in October 2015 I was approached by so many people asking me questions about how I did this and it opened a big door of people sharing their story with my. I was honored and felt blessed that so many of you opened up to me and shared their story. If you have missed this post you can read it here: *Click!

Before I continue this post I do would like to say that depression is something that you should take seriously. You should never be ashamed to get and /or ask for help. Traveling has helped me to deal and to beat my depression- how ever, every story is different and everyone is different. This is something that has helped me and I hope it can do the same for you.

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So I hope you are ready for my store cause here it is.

I was living a fabulous expat life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had an amazing job, a hot boyfriend, a succesful freelance company. My weekends were filled with trips to tropical destinations, going to the most fancy restaurants, the most luxurious beachclubs in Bali, Langkawi, Thailand. And if I felt like shopping I would go to one of the many malls in KL or fly over to Singapore for a day- Why? Because I could. I had and have a great family and great friends but still- I felt very empty. I knew that I had some issues from my past that I never really got over but I kept running away from them.

I seeked out help and got my self a life coach in Kuala Lumpur. This coach helped me a lot and she made me realize that I really had to get my hands dirty and that I had to work on my issues in order to be able to move forward in life.

After a few sessions with her I realized that I really had to do something because after the sessions I felt great but than the next day I felt sad again. I was living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world and I noticed that I started to spend more time in my appartment. In bed. With the curtains closed. Eating. Drinking. And feeling completely and utterly shitty.13006725_516652785208347_4876792966861348160_n

You can not imagine how it feels to be completely alone in a dark room with your own thoughts. With your dark thoughts- Or perhaps you can relate to my story and you can imagine it. I started to feel shittier by the day and where I was a star at keeping up appearences at some point I even failed at that.

I knew that something had to change. But where did I start? I had no clue.
One thing I had learned when I was younger was that nomatter how shit I felt, that if I went to my ‘happy place’ I instantly would feel a bit better. So I decided to create new happy places. I left my familiar life in KL behind and I started to travel throughout Asia. For once in a very very very long time I did something I had not done in years. I chose me. 

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Where once I did not want to live anymore, now I started slowely but surely to love life again. I traveled to the most beautiful destinations and saw the most amazing things. I met people. Great people. People with their own story and people that inspired me so much. Every day was a battle. But I became a soldier. A soldier in my own war against my self and I was starting to beat myself in this war. How weird it may sound. I started to become stronger and stronger and I started to appreciate life again.

Things that I remember vividly that helped me was the freedom I felt when I was riding my scooter in Bali. With the wind through my hair, riding amongst the boulevard in Kuta or on a undiscovered path somewhere in Jimbaran- I felt happy. With nothing more with me than my bike and my sunglasses- I just felt so much joy. I remember watching all those beautiufl sunsets that are so magical in Asia. Pink skies. Blue Skies. Purple skies. Where these sunsets real? It all looked so photoshopped.
I remeber a boatride from one island to the other- Again with the wind in my hair, my face- something came over me. I started to cry for no reason, at least that is what I thought at that point. But I was such an emotional wreck- it had to come out at one point.

I cried so many times when I was traveling but I also snapped out of my sad modes quickly as time passed. I realized that I started to love my life again and that life could be so beautiful. It helped me to organize my thoughts and to strengthen myself and to finally start loving myself again.
Traveling definitely was key for me to beat my depression. It did not ‘just heal’ me. But it did help me to realize that there was so much more at this world that was worth living for. It reminded me that I should not give up on myself and that I was worth fighting for. Being alone on the road forced me to confront myself with my thoughts and to process these. It took me months to get there but I felt ready- I went back to Europe and I started therapy. Where traveling gave me great insights on me and my life, I did acknowledge that I needed the guidance to beat this thing entirely. So I started with therapy and it was the best decision I made in my life. And while looking back now I realize that without traveling the world, being a solotraveler, being a wanderluster I might not have reached that point. Or maybe I would have, but not that quickly. I was running away from my past for so long and those months out on the road forced me to be with me. My thoughts. And to work on them.

I can only hope that you can and will have the same experience if you are battling depression. Invissible diseases should be taken incredibly serious. Never feel ashamed of who you are or the thoughts that you have. Never feel too proud to ask for help. You are worth it. You are worth living a life where you are happy. You are worth discovering this beautiful globe and all the wonders that it has to offer. And perhaps one day you will wander the world again, without feeling lost. I know that I do exactly that now.

For more of my adventures and stories feel free to follow: www.instagram.com/dobeglobe

Let’s connect!

Love, xoxo

The top 3 coffee bars in Delft [Netherlands]

Hey Loves!

Schermafbeelding 2016-05-04 om 12.38.20Last week I was able to spend some time in my beloved hometown Delft- in the Netherlands and I always love to wander through the city. This is the city where I was born and it will always keep a special place in my heart.

What I love about this city so much is that it has played a big part in the ‘Dutch’ history and that it has special connections with the Royal Family- it is often called ‘Small Amsterdam’ and I truly understand why. Delft has the same great canals, beautiful views and a very vibrant vibe, only in a smaller setting.

What I also love about Delft is that it is really developing and it gets more hip and trendy lounges and coffee bars. And since I love me some coffee I thought it would be a great idea to go out and find the current top 3 coffee bars in Delft and share these amazing hotspots with you.

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KEK is an awesome hotspot in the city center of Delft- open 7 days a week. What more can you ask for. What really draw me to Kek was the big red bench before the enterence. That including the big window really gave it that ‘NYC city vibe’. Inside it is a place where the city meets urban and you can definitely see that they have thought well about their brand and interior.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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They have created all little coffee and hang out corners that will make you feel like you are chilling with your friends at home. They serve yummy coffee’s and many other delisssssh drinks and juices and hey- if you want to go shopping? That is possible too- they sell cute little bracelets and necklaces as well!

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My friend went to visit KEK as well and wrote a full review about this place. It is in Dutch so if you are a Dutchie, check her article as well: CLICK HERE!


Location: Voldersgracht 27
2611 EV Delft
OPENINGSHOURS:
MON-FRI from 8.30 AM- 18 PM
SAT + SUN: 9 AM – 18 PM
For more information visit their website http://kekdelft.nl

2. Koffie & zo

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Koffie & zo is a cute little coffee place directly at one of the famous canals from Delft.

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Located on a corner of the street with also the big windows makes this the perfect place for a good hang out sesh- they serve delicious drinks and yummy cakes and this makes a great place for a friend get together or a first date.

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What I love about the interior is that they have many items in the store that are up for sale as well. That is cool because if you like something you can purchase it and it also allows the interior to change every once in a while. So every time you visit you will find something new. And hey, bikes hanging from the ceiling? Why not 🙂

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What I especially love about Koffie & zo is that the owners are super friendly and they really make sure that every guest feels at home!

Location: Peperstraat 17
2611 CH Delft
OPENINGSHOURS:
 
MON= Closed
TUE-FRI from 9.30 AM- 18 PM
SAT  9 AM – 17 PM
SUN 10 AM – 17 PM
For more information visit their website http://www.koffieenzodelft.nl

 

3. JANS

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JANS is a cool hotspot at the Brabantse Turfmarkt- the ‘rectangle ish square’ where every Saturday you can find the local market with fresh veggies, flowers, waffles etc.

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In all fairness, it is more than a coffee bar and it also has different openings hours because you can go there for dinner as well, but I think it is a cool place for a coffee get a way too.
The thing that separates them from the others is that besides having different/longer opening hours you can also enjoy many other you can also go here for a fun day out and have an high tea!

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I have not tried out the high tea but I will definitely go back soon and have the high tea so I can write a full review about this awesome place!

Location: Brabantse Turfmarkt 87
2611 CM Delft

OPENINGSHOURS: MON= 10 AM – 10 PM
TUE-FRI from 8.30 AM- 22 PM
SAT  8.30  AM – 22 PM
SUN 10 AM – 22 PM
For more information visit their website http://www.jansdelft.nl

Enjoy! xoxo

3 golden tips to save up money for your next trip

Hey lovelies,

Today I will discuss a subject I get asked so much about. Yes, let’s talk M-O-N-E-Y!
I often get asked how I can afford all my travels and today I will share my little secrets with you.
In all honesty, I do get a lot of sponsored trips, presstrips, free stays and free flights and I am aware that if you are not a travelblogger, a freelancer, a digital nomad that you don’t get these goodies. But besides that- I also use a lot of my own money to explore and discover our globe.Travel pic 1

And today I will share my 3 golden tips on how I am always able to afford my trips.

  1. A STRICT GOAL + PLANNING
    Having a goal and creating a planning is essential for almost everything that you will do in this life. If you have a goal you have something you can work towards to without feeling like a lost sheep. When you have a goal (hence- the destination, duration etc) you can start planning. How long will it take you to being able to afford your travel and trip. It might take you up to a year to save up, or even longer, but do not get discouraged. If you really want it, you can make it happen. I believe in you.
    Look at your income and see how much you have to put aside to get the amount that you need for your trip. Than look at the amount you need. Divide that amount by the money you can put aside every month- and tada- the outcome is your answer.For example; if your trip costs 1500 USD and you can put aside 150 euro a month – it will only take you 10 months to save up and get to that amount.

2.    OUT WITH THE OLD + NOT IN WITH THE NEW
In order to make some extra cash money go through your apartment and look at (valuable) items that you can sell. Have you heard of the 1 year rule for your clothing? If you have not worn it in the past year SELL IT! Get rid of it. You can sell it online or at a local vintage / second hand market. Every dollar you get by selling your old things you can put in your ‘Travel Jar’- (more about this tomorrow :))
While saving, try to limit your amount of time that you spend shopping (online)- Do you really need that new top? Probably YAAAS- haha…but just try not to buy it and keep focussed on your goal!

3. LIMIT YOUR MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS
People often feel surprised when I tell them that I don’t own a telly. But with the amount of traveling, I hardly have time to watch the telly. And everything that I do want to watch I can find on Netflix. Of course, Netflix costs money too, but you can share a subscription with your friend. The only subscriptions that I have are internet- (As a blogger you just can’t live without it) and well, my rent- of course this is not a subsription, haha. But it is something I have to pay every month.
Cancel your gym membership, your phone subscription – everything you don’t really need. And I promise you, that you will save up a lot of money- money you can put in your Travel Jar!

These tips always help me to save for my trips. Sometimes it is hard not to spend money on a cute new top, or an extra dinner in a fancy restaurant- but hey- if that means you can finally take that cool surf trip amongst the coast of Portugal, or that backpacking trip to Australia- isn’t it worth it in the end than?

I hope these tips helped you out a bit, let me know what your best tips are!

xoxo

Why your obsession with Travel means that you are NOT living a mediocre life.

Hey lovely friends!

I came across an article yesterday and I was actually surprised that someone could be so narrow-minded to actually write it. At first I thought that it was not legit and I was waiting for the clue in the end where the author would be like, just kidding- but than I thought- it is not April the first yet so, homeboy must be serious.

What I got from the article is that the author came across a bit frustrated- and do I there to say, perhaps a bit jelly? I know how to get homeboy relaxed- take a chill pill and go traveling! But- I probably can not suggest that since he would not like to step away from his extraordinary life to become a mediocre person with a travel and wanderlust lifestyle.

I will go through his article that you can find *here and I will explain to you why he is oh so very wrong.

ASSUMPTIONS
I have a lot of friends in the travel industry- I am a travel blogger and I have travelblogger friends, photographers, backpackers, flash packers- and I can vow for all of them. Everyone has their own story but I can say that easily 98% of the travelers out there are paying for their own trips or they have worked their traveling buts of to get to a point where they get a lot of sponsored trips. But trust me when I say, those don’t come overnight. You can not just register a website and claim to be a travelblogger. We all work really hard for it, fight for the assignments and we do everything ourselves. Writing articles, taking the pictures, our marketing and own PR- there goes so much more in to being a travelblogger than you might think. And than your assumption that we travelers „ Travel Europe on daddy’s dime’ – well- it just rubs me the wrong way. We work hard for everything that we have, and perhaps the 2% out there that get a sponsored trip from their parents (yes MOM and dad, I mean, why just mention the dad, this is 2016 you know) – why would you not be happy for that person. It means that the parents budget allows them to give this great gift to their kid- a gift that will enrich their lives- a gift that is very generous. Why hate?

IMPACT TRAVELERS MAKE
The author claims that travelers don’t make any impact on the world. This is far from the truth- Travelers do make a lot of impact in so many ways. While traveling you have the chance to explore and discover and through social media you have the opportunity to share what you see.

There have been periods where I was really sad and down and missing a place I once called home, Bali. When I went on Instagram and I searched on the #bali I came across so many beautiful pictures of my island that I instantly felt better- It had a huge impact on me- to see these beautiful visuals as I know for sure that other people do this too. When you miss your hometown, or you want to get inspired- searching for travel pictures will do the trick.

And what about those travelers that are doing charity work along the way? Helping in refugee camps or orphanage homes? Travelers that bring awareness to these kind of things? You don’t think they make an impact? They certainly do!

You have travelbloggers who are allowing us to live vicariously through their pictures- it is amazing for those that perhaps don’t have the funds to go travel now to see what is out their- to get inspired to safe up for a nice trip of their own. I know that before I became a travel blogger I always looked up travel pictures for inspiration and now that I am a travelblogger myself I know that I am doing this for someone else out there too.

What I don’t understand is why you don’t think that traveling is significant. You are talking about the Great Albert Einstein- but what about Christoffel Columbus– He went out there against all the odds determined to find something, to discover something. And so there are many more explorers around the world that made a huge impact in this world. Or what about Vasco de Gama  or Marco Polo? You can not call them not significant to our world.

CALLING TRAVELERS AFRAID
Travelers are afraid to try anything. Really? Travelers who put themselves out there are the bravest people I know. They put themselves out their and they go and conquer their fears. Pretty damn impressive to me. And what if you have a bit of that #YOLO mentality- nothing wrong with that.

Being a travelblogger or a freelancer is such an insecure way of living. Until you hit it big you really have to proof your self. There is so much competition – you have to work your sweet ass of to show why you are the best at what you do. and the work that you create- it matters. And someone that is taking chances to make something of himself in a world where the competition is so big, well homeboys and homegirls, you got some BIG BALLS 🙂

WHAT TRAVEL WILL GIVE YOU
I can tell everyone that travel is the best give you can give yourself. I don’t say that you have to be a full-time traveler for life (but even if you were, nothing wrong with that)- but go out and see the world. Experience life. A desk job won’t give you all those things that traveling does. And also, no, nothing wrong with a desk job. If it fits your lifestyle and your personality and where you are in life and what you want from it, do your thang honey!

Traveling has broaden my horizon in so many ways. It has made me more open to the world. I have learned how to speak several languages, came across so many different cultures, backgrounds, religions and I see beauty in all those different things.

Travel will allow you to learn so much about your self. About others. And if you need to go out there to ‚find your self’ DO IT!

If you are traveling because you are running away from something: DO IT! I did it too- cause you know what- if that is what you need at that point, you should give it to your self. There is nothing wrong with it. Sometimes you need that extra space to clear your mind and that is okay too. Traveling has helped me so many times when I felt stuck in my life. I went on the road, got so many new ideas and a great new perspective on life- it always really helped me to grow.

TO ALL MY FELLOW TRAVELERS
Dear travelers, wanderlust’s, photojournalists, bloggers. Keep doing what you are doing. Your life is far from being mediocre. You inspire me and a million others every day with your beautiful pictures, your blogposts, your vision on life. There is nothing wrong with traveling. I applaud you for taking risks, taking chances, and living your life. I applaud you for exploring, for discovering, for sharing everything that you see. I am thankful of the impact so many of you made on my life and I am sure you have made on thousands of lives across the globe too. You are beautiful, significant, you matter. Your work matters. Your work is art. You are art. You are creative. You create magic. You create happiness. therefor. Let’s get back to work. Your work. Of creating art, sharing our globes wonders and being amazing. Cause you are. And I love that about you.

xoxo

9 things you will find in every travel addicts appartment

Hey lovelies!

Happy Sunday!
I hope everyone is having an amazing time. I am busy planning my trip to Bergen and Oslo where I will be this week. I will be in Bergen on the 28th and 29th of January and in Oslo on the 30th and 31st of January so if you are there too, send me a message and we will meet up!

As a travel addict, a wanderluster, a global nomad, I travel the entire world and am hardly at home, but when I am at home, I also like to come back to a place that really feels home, and that symbolizes who I am. And my passion is a big part of who I am so let me share some stuff you will find in my appartement. And if you are as big as a travelfreak as I am, you will have similar stuff in your place!

1: SOMETHING THAT SYMBOLIZES WHERE YOU ARE FROM

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I am a Dutchie. I was born in the beautiful city of Delft and I am really proud of that. Delft is a lovely city.  I don’t live in Holland anymore but I like to carry something with me that is ‘typical’ dutch. These wooden clogs are so ‘Dutch’- really, it can not get any more Dutch than this. And of course Holland is way more than wooden clogs, windmills and cheese, but for me, these wooden shoes mean a lot. They are small and portable. The key chain is attached to my keys normally so I carry those around where ever I go, and the red clogs are next to my computer in my work space at home.

2: A GLOBE

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Globes, oh how I love globes. I think every traveler has something with Globes. Haha. I am quite obsessed with them, so much that it is even in my brands name. I picked this little globe up in Singapore, actually at the airport.  I was shopping around for books and make up and I ended up buying this globe. I thought it was very cute and a perfect size to put in my work space as well.

3:  MAPS, MAPS, MAPS!

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To every city I go to I collect the official ‘tourist’ maps. I think these are quite fun. They show everything in a very clear way and you see how to go to all the attractions and city highlights. I love to write on my maps and circle the places where I have been and I take these maps back home as a memory of my trip- Is this weird? Am I the only one who does this? 🙂

4: HOTEL TOILETRIES

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Another thing I like to do, oh my god, I feel like a hoarder now, haha, is to collect the little shampoo’s and conditioners. These minitures are always so cute and I love to bring them back home after I have stayed in a hotel. In my bathroom I have a big vase with perhaps 100 mini’s. I think it looks cute and it is again another symbol of my traveling lifestyle.

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5: LONELY PLANETS

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Lonely planets are amazing travel guides for the passionate traveler. These books are great for planning your trip accordingly and getting all the right information. For almost every one of my trips I have bought a Lonely Planet to get great tips and advices.

6: TRAVEL MAGAZINES

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Travel magazines– oh how much I adore them. I buy them in every country I go too, even if it is in a language that I don’t speak. These above are all in English-or Dutch- languages that I both speak. I love them. I love to read them, get inspired- they are always so inspiring

7: TRAVEL BOOKS

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Travel books- I have so many of them. I have an entire wall decorated with books and most of them are travel books. I love to read about countries that I have been to, never been to, or planing to go to. I get so much inspiration out of them. I am sure that if you are walking in the apartment of a wanderluster, you will find at least 10 different travel books!

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9: A WORLDMAP

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The one thing that you must have in every apartment is a worldmap. What else can we use to plan our next trips, right travelers? OH- and the map on the left? I will explain more about that one tomorrow…

 

What kind of travel related subjects do you have at your place?

xoxo

Hotel Review: Qbic – London

Hey lovelies!

Last week I had the pleasure to visit London and when I was looking for a new hotspot to discover where I could stay,

my friend recommended me the Qbic Hotel. Until so far I have never heard of the Qbic hotel so I googled it and I came across their website.

After browsing it for a while I decided that that was the place where I wanted to stay. It seemed like a high end luxury hotspot where cool design, urban art and comfort came together and I was ready to explore and discover the hotel.

I have stayed with my lovely friends at the and I had a fantastic experience. If you are looking for a place to stay in London, this is it!

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The hotel is very easy to reach. With several bus stops nearby the hotel and a tube station just a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

The Tube station that is near the hotel is Aldgate East.  When you arrive at Aldgate East it is important to leave the tube station via White chappel gallery. [see picture above]
When you got out of the station turn left and walk about 50 meter straight forward. At some point at your right side you will see a park  and when you enter the park you kind of already will see the big Qbic sign.

THE HOTEL:
The hotel has 4 flours and several different rooms. I had the pleasure to stay in room 425 on the 4th floor.

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On the ground floor you can find the reception and the bar/restaurant area. When you enter the hotel you will see the reception in front of you, on the left side you will have the elevators that will take you to your room and on the right side of the reception you have the bar/restaurant en lounge area.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The lounge is amazing. I was really impressed with the design. The design chair and comfy couches that they had over there including all the (wall) art were just a treat to look at. From all the hotels that I have stayed in (and those are quite a lot by now) the Qbic in London definitely made it to my world wide top 3!

What is also really nice about the Qbic in London are the complimentary hot beverages!

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Free coffee for all the hotel guests 🙂

Each floor has a complimentary coffee and tea station where you can get your hot beverages 24/7. So if you want to snuggle up in your hotel room and watch a movie you can get your hot tea or coffee so your night will be even more pleasurable!

BREAKFAST:


You have 2 options for breakfast.

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The Breakfast Menu!

You can take food from the buffet, this varies from fresh fruit and yoghurt, bread and pastries, cheese and sandwich spreads, cereals with milk or you can order ala carte from the menu. This is not included in the breakfast price but still very worth of trying!

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THE ROOMS:

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Beautiful room, room 425!


I have stayed in room 425.
Unfortunately I was not able to explore the other beautiful rooms during my stay but I will definitely do that this time. Now I can not compare all the rooms but I can sure tell you a lot about mine. When I entered the room I immediately wished it was my own home. The cool and clean design really spoke to me, I directly felt at home. I also understand the name „Qbic’ a bit better. Schermafbeelding 2016-01-18 om 13.14.28Allt he rooms are build as ‚cubicles’/ Qbics! The room is very well organized and divided in a sleeping area, an workstation and storage area and the very bright and spacious bathroom. What I hate about hotel rooms are those with bad lighting and the Qbic was seriously a dream come true for every blogger when it comes down to light. With several different switches to adjust the bathroom light just to your comfort and ease it is perfect to take pictures all day everyday and you don’t have to wait until you have proper daylight in order to take your pics.

*I feel really sad because I also made a lot of pictures of myself in the room but unfortunately these got erased because my camera formatted my card. Thank God I already placed 90% of my pictures on my laptop but hey, definitely a good reason to go back soon!

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Lovely bed @ The Qbic London

Okay, back to the room. Besides the perfect lighting I must high light (haha, pun intended) the amazing green design lamp. This is the ‚moonlight’ lamp and you can put it on if you want to have more of a chill vibe in the room.

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The design Moodlight!

If you want to do your make up you can adjust this by just putting on one of the other lights. Again- Qbic, perfect lights for every mood!

What I also love that underneath each button you can see what the switch is for:

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Moodlight, main light, etc and this is fantastic. It is so annoying when you enter a hotel room and you want to put on the bed side light and you have to press 80 buttons before you hit the correct one. With the Qbic everything is easy and I absolutely love that!

Another big love of the Qbic is the art on the wall. I absolutely adore it. I have stayed in the room with this wall art:

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Love the wall art!

And the cool thing is that my painting was also projected in the lounge area!

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The bed is super duper comfy and the bed is stacked with a bunch of pillows so you will have something to hug if you are in the hotel by yourself 🙂

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The work station area and storage area was really cool. Everything was made of robust wooden material and that gave the room a cool vibe. It also was really handy because there was enough space to hang everything. What I also liked about it that it was so open. You often have those ‚closed closets’ that kind of take a lot of space and make the room look smaller. This way the room was still very spacious. There was also a safe available where you could enter your own 4 digit code so you could keep your important stuff extra save 🙂

The bathroom is very bright and spacious. I never would have chosen the color yellow for a bathroom but it kinda really worked and I got inspired to perhaps change the color in my own bathroom as well. It is very bright and it creates a sunny vibe and it perfectly goes with the clean cut vibe that the entire room has. What I also really liked was the quote next to the sink:

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Perfect for your morning inspiration! 🙂

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FUNFACT:
When I left the first day for breakfast I was a bit confused. I looked for over 15 minutes to find the ‚do not disturb sign’. I always put this up because I want my room to be cleaned when I leave the hotel to explore the city and not when I return from breakfast. After my search and when I could not find it I decided to just go for breakfast and hope that my room would not get cleaned in the meanwhile. When I was walking towards the elevator I saw these stuffed animals hanging on the door. First I thought it was a joke, that it was maybe a group of people that stayed together and that this way they could easily find each other. At some point when I saw more than 4 of those thingies I thought, let me just take a closer look and OH MY GOD, it was the cutest thing ever. THAT was the „DO NOT DISTURB sign” – how great is that? I laughed so hard. I went back to my room and got my own doggy!  and hung it on my door! Totally cute!

MY OPINION:

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No pets aloud, but stuffed animals are more than welcome 🙂

I loved my stay at the Qbic. I have stayed there from Friiday night to Sunday morning. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I got a bit sick on Saturday night. I think all the traveling got the best of me, or perhaps I ate something wrong. Feeling sick when you are away from home sucks but I can not be more grateful of the great care from my friends in the Qbic hotel. They were really kind and thoughtful and I got some light toasted bread to easy my stomach and drank some warm tea. It is great to see that the staff of an hotel are so involved with the wellbeing of their guests.

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I loved the location of the hotel. it is not in a hectic area at all but it was kind of great to discover this side of London. I have discovered plenty of new hotspots near the hotel that I will share in another article. You can reach many hotspots and touristy points by tube but I love that when it is time to sleep you can actually have a peaceful night because it is quite outside.

The complimentary tea and coffee station is fab. It is super duper nice to have a nice hot cup of tea while watching the telly (that is directly attached to the bed for your comfort).

WOULD I STAY HERE AGAIN?
Absolutely. The Qbic has still other rooms I want to explore and discover and it will definitely on top of my list when I will go back to London! The Qbic gets an A+ from me in every aspect. Art, design, spaciousness of the rooms, bathroom and inspo in general. I mean, there are even quotes placed in the elevator so you have something to read on your way up or down! Awesome? I do think so!

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FOR WHO:
This hotel is suitable for just about everyone. I really looked around when I was having my breakfast to what kind of people it attracted. I saw the young and in love couple in their late teens/ early twenties that were in London for the weekend, I saw a couple in their 40’s that were reading the London map and I also met a group of German girls my age that were in London for the weekend. Conclusion; the Qbic welcomes everyone!

I do think that it is a perfect hotel for those that appreciate comfort and luxury at the same time. People that like art and design. Business people, friends, couples and even the solo traveler, the Qbic is perfect for you!

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For more information please check out their website: https://qbichotels.com/nl/london-city/