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I travel, I learn, I observe, I challenge myself, I grow.

I photograph, I eat, I write, I play, I travel, I dream


and then I travel some more.



There’s no other way to put it, I suffer from “chronic travel disorder”. I’m an addict. Always thinking about my next fix and how to get it. I tried detox for a while and was clean for three years, but then I relapsed and I’m loving every moment of it!


It all started in 1985, I was born in a small hospital on top of a mountain on the equator line in the Congo -I’m not making this stuff up.

I believe I was bitten by a dangerous tropical bug right then and there. The travel bug got under my skin and till this day I have had to learn to live with it.


I’m an international Belgian who has resided in several countries around the world such as Rwanda, Saudi-Arabia, Tanzania, USA, Belgium, Ecuador and Indonesia.


After traveling through more than 60 countries I realised maybe I had gathered quite some insight and knowledge to help out or entertain anyone interested. So I started this blog to record my travels but also to spread the travel love and share my adventures.


I invite you to take this journey with me! 

Bon voyage!



CANDACE August 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

You’ve traveled a tremendous amount and I love it especially because you are so young. I am curious as to how you make it happen for instance, what is your occupation and means of traveling. I’m currently getting my masters and haven’t travel internationally for a year and change and for me that is too long I always feel like I’m missing something if I don’t travel…

Great job with the blog I’ll be sure to keep reading and I’m definitely interested to see what your next destinations will take you!

frecklesoup August 16, 2013 at 5:30 am

Thank you for your support Candace. I know what you mean, i feel the same way when I don’t travel for a while! Check your e-mail, I’ve sent you a reply on the “how to” question 🙂 Glad to have you reading the blog! Take care!

Ben October 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Why dont you just reply on the blog for everyone to see instead of making things so secretive and replying to people using their emails when they actually ASK A QUESTION ON THE BLOG???? These are the behaviors that make me avoid certain”blogs””


Ursula Boitshepo Schulz June 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

wow wow wow….
i have always wanted to travel but was either afraid of the unknown or didnt have the means. now i have a daughter and want to show her the world…that she shouldn’t be afraid to dream BIG!

so i am planning on starting in Africa…i have so many questions, so expect an email.
great job you have…

frecklesoup June 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hi Ursula! How wonderful you want to show your daughter the world! Feel free to e-mail me, I will answer as best as I can! 🙂

Angelica B. February 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to publish a rad and colorful blog. Just last month I finished my three year trip, got an apartment, and now have to live vicariously through bloggers like you. Happy trails and keep up the good work!

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Tera Kaur February 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Great blog 🙂

Vally March 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

Your blog always puts a smile on my face, but makes me miss you even more!
Keep up the good work mamita!

Menrihei April 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

How did you handle food in Myanmar? Many tourists get sick after eating Myanmar food because they prepare very fresh vegetables but meats are dangerously kept in the open market with flies everywhere. I hope you were not sick with food-poison.

frecklesoup April 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Well Menrihei, I must say, during the three weeks I was there, I didn’t get sick at all and I ate at local/street food places every day. The key is to go to popular places, because then you know the food is fresh; having many customers these places have to replace the food often, then you know it hasn’t been there for long! Wishing you a happy and healthy trip!

Ethica Traveler May 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Great Blog! You are one of the people who inspired me to start my own blog! Miss you! Keep in touch!

frecklesoup June 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

Thanks Nicole! That’s really touching! I checked out your blog as well, good job! 🙂

Diana June 5, 2014 at 6:59 am

Your are inspiring me life always give us an oportunity to see things different , congrats for your journey and go go go as far as you can 🙂

frecklesoup June 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

Thanks for the kind words, Diana! I hope to keep you entertained/inspired.

Lucy Blaze July 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hey! just stumbled upon this whilst researching backpacking in Africa. I have one question… how do you afford to do all this travel? how did you start? and are you now funded by your writing? its amazing to see people doing what they love! keep it up

frecklesoup July 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

HI Lucy! Thanks! I will write you an e-mail.

ٍShadan June 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

Can I also get this email? Thanks

Great Blog, and thank you for all the tips on an Africa trip!

Allister Kefilwe July 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Hey, wow thts very nice to read…over 60 countries, thts amazing. I just love your travelling life.
Actually im an African from Botswana and i want to start my packpacking trip around Africa starting with Southern Africa but i need tips frm you on what to expect around as well as the most efficient way to save up for this trip

frecklesoup July 23, 2014 at 6:46 am

Hi Allister, thanks for leaving a comment! I will definitely write some post about the practical side of Africa travel in September. I’ll try to cover your questions. Stay tuned

Stacey Allen August 16, 2014 at 12:40 am

Hi, like many others I am interested how you can support yourself. Although I am heading back to my beloved Ubud with a stack on non paying activities in mind; like painting, marketing my art tours by learning about marketing online (a new area for me as I am an art teacher), doing some volunteer teaching and writeing some art education kits, it would be great to have an online job at least a few days a week. As usual we are all interested in how others get going. I love your photos and comments on your blog. Terima kasih Stacey

Philip August 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi Sarah,

Your blog is fascinating. I’ll be travelling to Bali soon and cannot wait to complete your quirky list.

I have dreams of packing in the day job and travelling for a few years. Could I ask what is your occupation and means to sustain travel?

Many thanks.


Melski August 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Hi : )
i so enjoyed being inspired reading your blog.. im looking into some volunteering in s.e. asia & am figuring out for the life of me how to sustain an income for a longer adventure, i – like so many- would love some advice on how to do so & what job you do to generate your own income whilst on the move.
kind regards, Mel : )

afshan September 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

Interesting read !
am not much of a traveler but am sure I would love this posts . Gettin readyy to read it 🙂

frecklesoup September 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Thanks Afshan. I hope you enjoy it!

afshan September 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

Read the blog I mean *

Dammi September 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

Hi Sarah,

Love love the blog! i have also been bitten by the travel bug and after a lot of yes i will, no i won’t, i’m finally in the process of planning my own trip for 2015 starting out in Africa and taking it up to Asia before finally Europe. I am a solo female so it scary.. Would you be able to share how you are able to fund your travels, and what the cost is really like, advice on keeping cost low to travel further, getting from one place to another etc, i have money saved up all year, but i still don’t know how far that will get me. look forward to a response 🙂 thanks!!!

Cecilia January 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Hi Sarah, I just found your blog and I really really love it! I’m the type that spends hours a day, every day, researching my next adventure. I have traveled solo to a decent amount of the cities you’ve written about, and my feelings towards certain places are spot on with how you described them- both good and bad. That almost NEVER happens when I read these travel blogs!

I’m putting a lot of weight into your opinions on places I haven’t been but want to go– especially Africa. I have no idea where to start, but I feel like if you liked it, I probably will too.

Thank you thank you! Already started following your instagram.

-Cecilia (Philadelphia, US)

frecklesoup January 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Thanks Cecilia, such a beautiful compliment! Comments like these gives me the strength to keep on writing. I hope you do make it to Africa one day, it’s very hard not to like 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog!

Intan January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Wow, I am totally in love with your blog. I feel super inspired to travel more! And yes, I am suffering from chronic travel disorder too. An addiction I am too deep in to kick. Placing your blog in my daily reads *stalking in progress*. Have a great year travelling ahead!

P.S. I love your picture because my hometown is in the background! 🙂

frecklesoup January 21, 2015 at 3:39 am

Thanks for your encouraging words Intan! Cheers to our healthy addiction! Your blog is on my list too btw 😀

Wangechi Githaiga April 8, 2015 at 6:17 am

Love your blog! But I have to ask, how do you earn money to do all this traveling? Do you have a job?

frecklesoup April 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Thank you! I’ll be sure to write a post on that, as it seems to be the big question on a lot of people’s mind! Thanks for leaving a comment!!

frecklesoup April 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Hi Wangechi! Thanks! Yes, I do have a job. I guess it’s really time for me to write about how I combine working and travelling! 🙂 Stay tuned!

Sarah April 24, 2015 at 6:40 am

Hi Sarah,

You have been such an inspiration. I just started travelling solo 2 years ago and i agree it is an addiction. How do you plan your financial for travelling, i.e. do you put some money aside from your monthly income? Also, i adore those pictures you took, stunningly gorgeous! Did you always bring mono pod with you for solo shots?


frecklesoup August 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Owww Thanks Sarah, I really appreciate it! As for the financial aspect of things, I realise I urgently need to address the issue as a lot of reader want to know about that! I’m hoping to writing a post about that in the near future!

AYENACHEW July 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

HI Sarah,
woo ow!! you are really lucky since your on the way to succeed your ambition because you are already visited more than 70 countries and i am truly tell you that my ambition is to be an adventure traveler as you done it. additionally i like all your sharing experience and your inspiration to initiate other to travel.
thank u!

frecklesoup August 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! 🙂 I wish you luck on your travel ambitions! 🙂

Antje August 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Hello Sarah,

Great to find your blog. I lived in 4 countries and one island myself and traveled a couple countries throughout the years, but by far not as many like you. I was in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya beginning of the year and badly want to go back and continue further south of the continent, but this time on a much longer term to study more French, Swahili and dive deeper into the cultures. How did you manage it financially to travel that many countries? What do you do for a living if you don’t mind me asking.
Would be great to hear from you. Greetings.


frecklesoup September 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Hey Antje! I’m glad to hear you had such a good time in Africa! Learning Swahili there= waw! It’s quite an easy language to learn so that should go well… French however… Haha! Great plans! To answer your question about the finances, I get that question a lot and I’ve promised to write a blog post about it. But to give you a quick and short answer; many of my travels I did while I was a student. In other words, spending all my money on it 🙂 I have never regretted it!

Chris February 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Stumbled on your blog while learning about the Philippines. Enjoying reading of your travels very much. I’ve been lucky to have seen a small fraction of the places you’ve been. Keep on trekkin’ and keep on smilin’!

frecklesoup February 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Thanks Chris! 😀

Kat Larissa May 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Hi Sarah,
I just recently stumbled upon your website. You’ve traveled so much! I would love to know how you’ve supported being able to travel so consistently.

winny July 13, 2016 at 3:42 am

Hi Sarah
I really like your travel blog and stories especially how you manage your journey based on budget.

Travel Cake July 29, 2016 at 3:05 am

Thanks Winny

kaamilah December 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

I love you’re blog url and find your blog refreshingly charming and earnest.
Thank you. I’m excited to read more and I hope to see you out and about one of these years.

Travel Cake December 9, 2016 at 3:32 am

Thank you! This comment made my day! 😀

Travel Cake December 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

Thanks Kaamilah! Your comment made my day! 🙂

Alex H March 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

Hi Sarah,
I can’t believe I haven’t come across this blog before.
I have been reading on your blogs about travelling to Asian countries and it’s amazing to see other people’s experiences.

Travel Cake April 6, 2017 at 3:50 am

Thanks Alex! I hope you continue to enjoy the read!

Brooke March 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

Hi Sarah. Came across this blog as am staying (and doing the work away you guys started) in Puerto Cayo. Beautiful blog! We’re just getting started on ours :). Noticed you had a comment above on the “how to” above. Would love it if you could share. We want to continue living the dream! Thanks so much.

Travel Cake April 6, 2017 at 3:49 am

Wow! Enjoy Puerto Cayo, I’ve been craving some of that quiet beach time lately 🙂 The “how to” question seems to remain a big question despite all the info that’s already available online. I suppose I will have to prioritise sharing an article that offers an honest and realistic look in the “nomad life”. Thanks for the reminder!

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k2 base camp trek December 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

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thaotrieuan April 28, 2021 at 3:58 am

Would love it if you could share. We want to continue living the dream! Thanks so much.


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