Travelblog Overkill

Until now, I tried to avoid reading other peoples travel blogs. Why? Because I thought finding out about other blogs, would demotivate me to work on my own. I made a good job of avoiding, until I decided it would be nice to find some backpacker tips on travelling through Malaysia (planned februari 2015). My expactations got confirmed: writing about your travel experience isn’t anything special at all….. . There were even more blogs than I would expected it to be! Travelling over the world and visiting as many countries as possible, gets just as ordinary as persuing a great new years eve. Because there are so many blogs in the www-sea, I realise it would even be harder to distinguish myself from others.

How can I be different, if  funny writing and stunning pictures aren’t enough? It just will have to be the content that brings value than. Although everybody tries to capture unique corners of the world, on some places it’s still hard to find good information. For example on Malaysia. Also, everyone looks for different kind of infomation. One will like many pictures or advice on the highlights of a country, anotherone will be satisfied with hints on hidden paradises or some practical information. That’s something I can get my motivation out of; delivering content on places not everyone has been and using my organisational skills to make the info useful without giving everything away. Because if I hate something, it will be getting the idea that there’s nothing left for me to discover, after reading a travel blog.

Well, I will try continue filling my site. I will change some headlines to make more clear what you can find on this blog. If also start thinking about another way to share my ideas and discoveries about life and our surroundings. Although, in the end, I just like to figure out my habitat ánd I like helping others. Along with this, I don’t like pushing my info upon others. If my info is useful, people will find it and follow it. What I do realise, is making money out of a travelblog will be really hard. Not that I really hoped for it in the first place, it’s just another sign to me that there’s an overkill in creative based jobs. Nowadays, everyone ones to follow their passion, instead of just making money. Because the creative market is overfilled, I wonder what might happen with our generation.

And I wonder where I might end up. I find myself in the same dilemma between having to make money, but also want to do some job I like. Well, I keep exploring, writing, feeling and thinking. And I will keep you updated as well 🙂



What’s with Berlin

SisyphosYou should go to Berlin. You have to go there, you have to see it for yourself. If you haven’t been there , you can’t talk about it. You can’t go with the flow. You lose your value, your social state as a true cool person.

Berlin is hot? Although above is true (your ego probably denies, but it is), I wouldn’t say Berlin is hot. Berlin is fascinating.. it’s mysterious, an unknown world. It’s exciting and different. Even a bit scary… And maybe most important of all, you’re not sure if you are allowed to be part of it… that’s why we desperately want to drown ourselves into this world. The undersea area where everybody who has been, can’t stop talk about. And everybody who hasn’t been, lives with a kind of realistic feeling he might be part of it as well. That’s the difference between, for example, Berlin and Ibiza. Being part of the latter isn’t realistic for most of us. We want to, yes, but we can only wish for it. With Berlin it’s different. It seems like everyone has a chance. Everyone can be adapted and enjoy the scene. It even looks like the more random you are, the better your chances are.

According to me, everybody can adapt to Berlins party scene. The only thing you need is an open mind. And be who you are without judging others. The atmosphere is already set by the nice Berlin people. So anyone who goes there, will not find it too difficult to let go of there pre-assumptions. Deeply inside it’s what people want most anyway, not worrying about your appearance, what other people think and what you think of other people. That’s why it works. That’s why people love it. That’s why it will be hard to ruin the vibe by bringing more tourists. The real ‘open minded’ places look so different at first glance, they will scare of the folks who will never let go of there superficial habits. The curious ones , will give it a try and like it so much, they never come back.

It’s why it all works. It’s also why it doesn’t work trying to ‘bring’ Berlin parties to other parts of the world, for example the Netherlands. You can’t simple imprint an atmosphere. You need people for that first. The right intentions and feelings. Which other than joy, are not working.

I love the Berlin feeling. It inspires me, gives me energy to find out what I like most and helps me finding it around me. It’s like a therapie.. a very good, short and fun one.