Hi! My name is Esther and together with my boyfriend Thieme I went on a round-the-world trip from May 2019 till November 2020. We said goodbye to our rental apartment, quit our jobs, and sold or gave away all of our stuff. All with the goal to start the journey of our lives: traveling overland with public transportation from the Netherlands to Indonesia. During this incredible journey, we only boarded an airplane once: to return to the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the corona pandemic made it impossible to continue to Indonesia and we had to return back home.

Not your everyday destinations

Let’s back up first, because where did this plan come from? Well, I love to travel. Together with my boyfriend, I have traveled to countries such as Russia, India, China, and Colombia. Traveling gives me energy, it stimulates and it opens my mind to new things. I love to explore other cultures, explore every church, mosque, or temple out there and learn about other ways of life. Destinations that are lesser-known to the greater public are my favorites. I like to travel where the masses don’t go. For example along the edges of the former Soviet Union to countries like Ukraine, Georgia, and Uzbekistan. This region truly has my heart.

Esther in Armenie
Cat Tien National Park boottocht

But every trip we took over the years, had an end. Back home, back to work. It made us think about traveling for a longer period of time. Seeing more and learning more about the world. On a cold December evening, we finally gave it a go: we are going to travel long-term! I  started my travel blog in 2014 and named it ‘Go Live Go Travel’. Traveling gives me the feeling of being alive and living life to the fullest. Therefore my motto is Go Live, Go Travel!

Responsible and positive travel

This travel blog is a collection of my travel stories and photos. My goal is to inspire future travelers and share useful tips about prices or transportation. I try to travel in a sustainable and responsible way. This means that I often take public transportation, I eat vegan or vegetarian, I filter my own drinking water and I do not participate in any animal entertainment whatsoever. Every little thing helps in creating a better world. I truly believe that traveling has a positive impact, on me as a traveler and on the local community. I learn new things, the local community learns as well and they earn a little bit of money.