Hey guys, this is Hugo, a 26 year old Dutchie from Amsterdam where I attended law school and started an company with some friends. That was before I went traveling, which is when I figured out how much more creative I was than I initially thought. I’ve developed a passion for writing on travel, health and life in general and also got a lot more into photography and other creative forms of expression. Hence I had the idea of creating a travel platform that contained all the information I always searched for on different websites during my travel, and here we are at We Wander Asia.
Why did you decide to travel?
When I was younger, my mom was a flight attendant at KLM so when I was just a few weeks old, I was already on my way to family in Singapore. After that I went on countless trips to Asia, as my mom totally LOVED it. I’ve always been so grateful for growing up being able to see much of the world. Unfortunately my dad past away and then my mom got sick too. I was able to take my mom one last time to Asia when I was 18, but after that things got worse and she passed away. That’s when I re-evaluated my life and realized that I had missed traveling so much. So I decided to leave everything back home and get onto a trip back to Asia, where me and my mom had the greatest times. On that trip I had the most amazing experiences, I found the love of my life (who has sparkling resemblances with my mom) and most of all, I had some time for myself again. When I came back after my trip, and Noemie and I further developed our relationship, I told her that I had a passion to go back to Asia. I’ve got so many pictures of my mom left in different spots in Asia, and while she’s not here anymore, I feel that I want to go to these places. At the same time a great opportunity to see what changes in the last 20-30 years. So soon we’re on the road again with a new adventure for us both and a tribute to my mom.
Most memorable travel experience
Wow, where do I start? I’ve had so many crazy and great experiences. I could write about the amazing pieces of nature in New Zealand, the beautiful underwater world in Indonesia or how I met the Dalai Lama in India. The list is endless and hopefully it’ll become longer every year.
Nusa Lembongan. Why? Because this is where I met Noemie, most of you know the [story]. But honestly not just because of that. Nuse Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are linked together by a bridge. If you rent a scooter (and you can drive well) you’ll have to opportunity to see so many hidden spots. You can dive with big mantra rays, get on a boat through the mangroves, go cliffjumping or enjoy a drink at one of the many infinity pools, and that for a decent price.
What did travel teach you?
A lot more than school. When I first embarked on my trip, I still felt the routine of life pumping through my veins. However, the longer I was on the road, the more I felt freed. I realized how much I’d been living on such a small piece of the world, with so many standard rules that everyone lives by, which by the way is not right or wrong. However, traveling just broadened my view so much as in that the way I had been raised was not the only way to live. I stopped judging people, I started respecting everyone for what they did with their life, as it was their choice. Then I realized that you can actually travel the world and earn money if you really want to make it work. We can chase our dreams if we truly want to. And that life is about living and loving, that was my biggest lesson. Yet every day I still learn something new and that’s the joy of it.
What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on the road?
This was getting my first Delhi Belly while being far away from any hospital in the mountains of Rishikesh. I felt extremely sick and then realized I got locked from the outside in of my guesthouse. No where to go accept for a window to led to the back garden which who force me to climb over a roof full of monkeys. This is what happened to me and was for sure the most crazy and almost deadly adventure of all my travels. Read the full story here.