This is me, strapping my rollerblades in the middle of winter. I was making a 450 km journey from the most eastern point to the most western point in the Netherlands. On rollerblades.
In 2008 I graduated as graphic designer, but felt a need to travel. So in the summer of this year I started traveling by bus, train and by hitchhiking all with a newly bought backpack. After this year I started studying pop culture to learn about filmmaking, writing and concepting. But my backpack was aching, and so after one year of study I decided to travel again, this time to Bulgaria. In the end of that gap year something special happened. I bought a bicycle and traveled 900 kilometers trough Sweden.
After the cycling trip ( sold the bike to a guy in a wheelchair) I went back to school again and came to the conclusion that it would be possible to combine my love for traveling with my education. I came up with a project to cycle from Budapest, HU to my hometown: Scheemda, NL. This is when I found my call. Making self supported journeys and making films about them.
Since then I’ve made a journeys, films and wrote articles about my experiences. Next to this I give talks on schools, festivals and gatherings about the art of adventurous travel, tips ‘n tricks on backpacking and more. I’m happy to share experiences with you and others, just send me an email or contact me trough facebook.
Last year I’ve started the Groninger Adventure Community and organized the Groninger Adventure Night; a evening of talks, films and inspiration by adventure minded people, for adventure minded people. More are surely to come.
I also do programming for film festivals, for example for the Rough Conditions Adventure Film Festival in Herne, Germany. In the beginning of 2016 I will co-host the International Cycling Film Festival in Groningen.