After two months in Indonesia my visa was unfortunately running out and I had to leave the country. As part of my Trip of Wonders with the Indonesian Tourism Board I could choose a flight out of Indonesia to any given destination in the world. I made me think to finally start exploring Africa or may be Southeast Europe. When I thought about Europe, I though about my friends and family in Holland and then it was an easy decision!

Coming back home from a big trip

Being surrounded by friends and family keeps you grounded. For them I am not Traveltomtom, a travel blogger or a social media guru, I am just Tom. It is super inspiring to see though how everyone is following my adventures and telling me how incredible my life is. It is summer time in Europe so a bunch of my friends were enjoying their holidays, but then again when they had to go back to the office it made me realize how blessed I am to write stories on my blog and social media and making a living out of it! Seeing my little brothers pride, my newborn cousin was definitely a highlight as well! It felt good to be home, but I honestly admit traveling feels just as good! :)

Ongoing projects

Being back in The Netherlands also gave me the opportunity to finally get some Dutch projects done, like going to festivals I was invited for and getting an interview done with Holland’s most reputed newspaper NRC. Big thanks to the hippest hotel in Amsterdam for hosting me: W Amsterdam. On top of that I was invited to meet a media production team that has plans putting me on the big screen! Imagine Traveltomtom on television! Oh and did I already mention that I received an email from NBC USA? #humblebrag. Let’s see where all this is going! I will keep you posted, sign up for my newsletter now and I will send you an update as soon as I have more news…

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Attending the ITE Ho Chi Minh City

It is not even that long ago but my first big travel blogger event was the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul: a conference about the development in Tourism with interesting speeches from inspiring people and a great event to network. Lately I got invited to attend another travel network meeting: the International Travel Expo in Ho Chi Minh City. Sunday September 3th I will be flying to Ho Chi Minh City and will be around for 9 days attending the conference and going on a fam trip to the Mekong Delta. I have already been to Vietnam twice but that was before I started blogging. I seriously love this country as for a little bit of money you get crazy cool adventures in return: the beer is dirt cheap, the food is delicious, the people are friendly and road trips are incredible. If you are looking for adventure then put Vietnam on your list. I have traveled around from North to South twice: my first time in 2009 and my second time in 2013. Excited to go back! Keep an eye out on my social media channels for daily updates: Traveltomtom Facebook and @traveltomtom Instagram.

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