maartjevansandwijk

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What I’ve learned in my life so far…

It’s been almost six months since I posted a list of 18 things I learned in 2018. Last week, I turned twenty-four. And my life is completely different from what I thought it would be when I was younger. To…

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Summer plans & Bucket list 2019

Summer is definitely my favourite season. I love the warm weather, driving with the windows open and music blaring, sitting in the sun and reading a book, pretending that all the work I have to do doesn’t exist… My summer…

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Figuring things out

When I decided to be an au pair for another year (with a different family), people started to tell me that I had to be careful to not get “stuck” in this job. Because it’s an easy one to get…

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Tips for sustainable travel

We’re getting closer and closer to summer and everyone’s planning what they’re going to be doing this summer. I’m no exception. But while I love travelling, it has a huge impact on the environment. So today I wanted to talk…

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A Local’s Guide to Helsinki

A few weeks ago, I got on a plane and flew to Helsinki, Finland for the weekend to see one of the friends I made in my first few months as an au pair. Knowing someone in a different country…

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How to get through hard change

At certain points in our lives, we come to a crossroads and we have to make a decision that is going to change our lives. And sometimes, we don’t have any control over the things that change in our lives.…

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How to plan a weekend trip

I love to travel. But, as an adult with responsibilities, it is impossible to do it all the time. So I settle for holidays during school breaks and short weekend trips. Since the start of 2019, I’ve been going on…

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Backpacks vs suitcases

A few weeks ago, I went on my first trip using a large backpack instead of a suitcase. When I travel, I generally use a small suitcase for trips that last for more than a few days. If it’s only…

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The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren // Travel with me

After spending a few days in Northern Ireland, I took a coach down to Dublin, where I spent a couple of days last year. This time, I didn’t go there to explore the city some more (even though I definitely…

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Northern Ireland // Travel with me

Last year, during the Easter holidays, I went to Wales and the Lake District. This time, I decided to go to Northern Ireland. I got on a plane to Belfast, spent a day there and then went on a tour…

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How to adapt to a new country

Moving to a new country and learning to adapt to life in a new culture can be a massive step out of your comfort zone and one that comes with both highs and lows. The culture in England is not…

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