Hi, welcome to our travel blog. We are Belinda and Didier from Belgium. We have been traveling for a long time, so far visiting 95 countries on six continents, we were addicted to travel. We’re flying up to ten times a year, and two of these are a destination outside Europe where we spent three weeks to one month.
I left my heart in South America. I could keep on going back to that continent, and I think it has something to do with my culture. Call me crazy if I have to choose a destination, my answer would return immediately to the Spanish country. I’m not talking about Spain, and I certainly don’t spend three weeks traveling around Europe. European countries are accessible for a long weekend gateway.
I (Belinda) started to blog about our trips in 2008 after returning an adventure from South America. The idea was I have something to read later on what we have done during our trip. So I sign up on a different website where I wrote my blog. But the interest in blogging grows.
The purpose of the blog is to share with friends and family. Also, nice to have recollections of places where we have been. Nowadays it isn’t easy to remember what we all done the last decade from our trips. And having this blog will always be here.
It didn’t come to mind to start a website, but after my experience on a free platform, that suddenly stopped where I lost my blogs. The desire to own a website is more significant than I thought. But I don’t know where to start. I have zero experience in designing a website. And the only thing to achieve that enrolls in ICT school.
It was indeed a great help; I didn’t know that there was lots of coding at the beginning of the lesson. Fortunately, I don’t need to use coding when I created this site. I’m a fast learning person but took me weeks to accomplish how I want my website to look.
The title of the site is a combination name from my daughter and son. When searching the title for my website, it was no doubt finding the right name as I always wanted my children to be part of my blog. My children grew up traveling. However, they now have their own life. My daughter lives in Australia; she has the character from me, an adventurous girl. She has exploring Southeast Asia for six months.
Moreover, my son is a late bloomer who has just started his first adventure in Southeast Asia. We all love traveling!
Maintaining a website is not simple; unless one works full time on it. I have a life, working five days a week. I can only retain a small part every night.
How we managed to travel a lot?
The tickets are the most expensive on the trip. Did you know that you can book the flight for up to one year in advance? Booking far in advance is a significant saving on airfare. We mostly booked the plane ticket months in advance. Planning a trip is easy. Admittedly, we do have difficulty choosing a place to go, although we have a long list of the destination we don’t like going back to the same countries unless if we’d like it too.
No organized trips!
We did it at the beginning of our trips. That time there isn’t much information to find on the internet, in an equation of these days. Organize trips not only expensive, and you strictly had to follow the programs and rarely have freedom. Countries we went on an organized trip; Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. We realize after coming back from Nicaragua, asking why not do it ourselves? Since then, we went our way. Planning your trip saves you a significant amount. Airline tickets are easy to book through their websites — cruises or day tours, easy to book on the spot.
I’m an avid person who loves to learn new things!
I didn’t go to school to learn Dutch, I’ve done self-study. Uh, don’t underestimate me as some people do. They look at me like I don’t understand the Dutch language. I speak and write Dutch, basically, West Flemish (Westvlaamse) as we were living in the Dutch area.
I’m subsequently following different courses from the past years as I love going to school, learning new things, and meeting new people. I study a web designer, after that, following various courses.
The bucket list
We have a long list of places and slowly going in that direction. Our biggest dream and on the highest list at the moment is ANTARCTICA. The only thing that keeps me from not going is the temperature and seasick.
During the cruise in Galapagos Island, I’m a mess! I didn’t enjoy the trip entirely; I haven’t prepared; even that I didn’t know, I got seasick. We were on the cruise in Egypt a long time ago; I didn’t get sick, just recently have seasickness. There is always something to hold you back from not going! Health, time, and money? When it comes to money, my slogan: You can’t do anything with the fortune when you’re gone! Spend it while still alive! Explore the world, join to SHAYVSWORLD!
Argentina, Didier’s fave country!
Argentina was a real adventure trip we ever had and the first destination in Latin America. We were considering going on an organized tour. However, we decided to do it ourselves. We haven’t precisely an itinerary on this trip, as well as no accommodation booked except for the first two nights in Buenos Aires. We booked a car as our plan to drive around. Argentina is a vast country, so the easiest way for us to start is to Buenos Aires, as well as the most natural way of flying from Europe.
As we own the car for two weeks, we drove a long distance every day — the most natural way of exploring the country with a vehicle, no traffic except in big cities.
The most disaster we ever had when arrived in a small town at night and no accommodations available. There were only a few houses; the people told us to drive further, and we thought just a short drive, but it is more than one hour drive.
Driving in the dark, in a deserted road, was so scary. Since then, we’d try to arrive early in a bigger town. Uh well, despite some mishaps, we had a great time in Argentina. We were able to combine the trip with three other countries in the neighborhood, such as Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay, and our dream come true to see the massive waterfalls (Iguazu).
New Zealand is my favorite!
We visited New Zealand in 2009 before the first earthquake happened. From the 95 countries, this is by far my number one favorite! What I’d like in NZ, the people are so kind, and the impressive landscape! I would say, Iceland has the similarity, but still, none beats NZ. However, we did it again, flying over there without booking accommodation in advance. We do have an itinerary this time as we need an arrangement with the car. We started the trip in the south and ended up in the north. We visited in November which was offseason, finding a roof for our head wasn’t a problem.
We got fines!
The landscape is too impressive; we didn’t keep an eye on the speed; we suddenly saw the blue flashing light behind us. What the cops said, a typical tourist thing “enjoying the view but didn’t notice how fast they drive.” The police were laughing at us. We didn’t have to pay on the spot, but one month later, after the trip, we receive the fines. Next time we’ll be careful. The stipulation we had for our non-European destination we only visit once, but we’ll make exemptions of going back to our favorite country, the one we loved.