As a child my parents always took us on adventurous holidays, from hiking in Austria and Norway, to a self-guided canoeing trip through the rural, remote and wilderness areas of Sweden. During my childhood years I got to see a fair bit of Europe.

My mum is a Kiwi, so I grew up with stories about her homeland New Zealand. Ever since I was young, I have always been intrigued about the Land of the Long White Cloud. So when I was given the opportunity to do my graduation assignment in Christchurch, New Zealand, I grabbed that chance with both hands and made it my first overseas travel experience in 2010. I lived and worked in New Zealand for 6 months and got to see quite a bit of that beautiful country.

During these 6 months I caught the ‘travel bug’. I felt the urge to travel the world and explore new places, but not alone this time, but with my boyfriend Remy. We got to see some beautiful places in the years that followed, and made more and more travels each year.

It was the Summer of 2012 when we were planning our five week New Zealand and Australia trip for early 2013, when we got the crazy idea to get married in New Zealand during that trip. That crazy idea turned into plans, and while travelling through New Zealand, in between sightseeing the North Island, we got married at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Coromandel.

From seeing the Northern Lights in Tromsø to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai and Berlin, from snorkeling both the Great Barrier Reef and the Ningaloo Reef to doing the Cage of Death in Darwin, from the Big Buddha in Hong Kong to the Table Mountain in Cape Town, and from the most beautiful nature and spotting orca’s in Western Canada to the city that never sleeps New York, we have been very lucky these past few years, but still have a never ending bucketlist to go through.

I joined team Traveltomtom in July 2018. The international focus of Traveltomtom is what got me excited. By joining Traveltomtom my articles with our experiences and tips would reach a large and international audience. I get really enthusiastic about travelling and with over 8 years of travel experience I think I can help other travelers by answering questions they may have and create their dream trip.

Curious to what destinations and travels we have lined up for the year ahead? Keep following our travels through this website or via my own Instagram Travelashie.

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Find below Ashley's latest articles for Traveltomtom

Review of the Insta360 X3

Wherever we go, we always want to capture those special moments as good as we can. We want to create memories and take plenty of photos and videos to make sure we will never forget special moments. Digital and technical innovations are moving so fast that several new products are launched every year that are of interest to travelers.

Cameras, phones, drones, action cam’s, it’s all there. But those who want to travel light want to think smart on what camera gear they bring on their travels.

This all-rounder seems to go beyond where all other cameras and equipment are limited. We are super curious to check its endless possibilities.

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Hotel Nassau Breda | Where Luxury and History Meet

Hotels located in historic buildings always immediately have an interesting story. This certainly also applies to Hotel Nassau in Breda, as it is located in a beautiful monumental monastery. We recently checked it out on our trip to Breda. Hotel Nassau was our base while checking out the best things to do in Breda. In this hotel review blog post I tell you everything you need to know before booking the Hotel Nassau for your trip to Breda. But trust me it is totally worth it...

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12 Things To Do in Breda, Netherlands

Breda, The Pearl of the South, is one of the best place to visit in the North Brabant province in the south of The Netherlands.

The city has held the title of best city center in the Netherlands from 2017 to 2020. And that is quite rightly too. Breda has a lively center with cozy terraces, characteristic canals and a beautiful green park. In short, Breda has it all!

In this travel blog you will find out everything you need to know about the Breda tourist attractions and what to do in Breda. Let me show you the best places to visit in this underrated city in the South of The Netherlands.

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Revolution Race Summer Gear for Outdoor Adventures

Earlier this year we tested some of the Revolution Race outdoor clothing. Their Winter essentials were a must during our trip to Rovaniemi in Lapland.

We love the outdoors and are always in search for the best outdoor brands and clothing. It must above all be comfortable. With the introduction to Revolution Race we found our new favorite outdoor brand.

Let us tell you about the new Revolution Race outdoor gear we tested the last couple of weeks and why we think they’re the best out there.

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Phantom Trail Low Hiking Shoes

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I walk a lot so I love a good pair of hiking shoes. Over the years I have experienced that hiking boots can vary enormously. And that it’s often worth the few extra dollars to go for a more expensive and better shoe. Revolution Race has its own hiking shoes, so I was curious. They decided to send me a pair in preparation for the 4 Day Marches in Nijmegen, I participated in.

The shoes are available in five colors. I went for the Black/Arona version. Simply because I like some colors to my shoes, it makes them less boring.

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These shoes are super lightweight, it’s absolutely the first thing I noticed when I took the shoes out of the box. These shoes are multifunctional as they are as flexible as a trail running shoe but they have a walking boot’s functions and stability. The cushioning of these shoes is absolutely next level, it feels like walking on the clouds, so smooth.

As mentioned, I used them during the 4 Day Marches in Nijmegen. I walked 50km per day for 4 days in a row. I started with a different brand of shoes, but after two days and blisters on both feet, I decided to switch to these Revolution Race Hiking shoes.

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For one main reason, I had blisters on both outer toes. My other boots are quite narrow at the front which made me feel these blisters really badly. The Phantom Trail Low Hiking Shoes have a generous toe part, mainly for swollen toes to provide more comfort during long hikes. This was exactly what I needed. It gave me more space and my toes were suddenly free, so I no longer felt the blisters. This really made the difference during this intense 4 Day hike and helped me make it to the finish line.

For hiking boots they are relatively reasonable priced at €159. Other high-end brand often start higher than that.

RVRC GP Pro Zip-off Pants

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I’m a big fan of zip-off pants as they are the ultimate trousers for all-year-round use. With the Dutch weather, you just never know if Summer will really kick in. So these zip-off pants are often just really necessary. We also use them for our trips a lot, as we don’t always visit sunny destinations. We love to visit outdoor destinations.

The RVRC GP Pro Zip-off Pants are part of the bestselling RVRC GP Collection and are their most durable outdoor trousers. I love the different color zippers at the detachable legs. Totally clear which part belongs where.

I wore these trousers in bad weather conditions with a lot of rain and wind. They’re made with PFC-free Hyper shell material which makes these trousers both wind and water repellent.

Another thing I really love about these trousers is that they have boot hooks at the ends of the legs, which helps to keep the trousers securely in place during any activity.

In general, the level of detail of these pants is so incredible high, just fantastic. Seven pockets for storage for example, multiple of them are with zipper, yes!

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These trousers are absolutely ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, climbing or just simply enjoying the great outdoors.
The RVRC GP Pro Zip-off Pants are my new number one outdoor pants.

Wander Pro Shorts

Just to get straight to the point, these shorts are by far the best I have ever had. They fit and feel so well. During the 4 Day Marches in Nijmegen I have used these shorts every day. We walked 50km per day, which equals about 10-12 hours of walking per day. And even with those kilometers and hours of walking I had no troubles, no friction, no abrasion! Simply perfect.

The shorts has 5 pockets in total, two of which have a zipper as well. The short is adjustable at the waist for a perfect fit and has pre-waxed reinforced parts for extra water repellency. These shorts are perfect for any outdoor activity and perfect to wear in casually on nice and warm Summer days.

I think I am just getting rid of all my current shorts and only want these Wander Pro Shorts from now on.

Revolution Race Tee

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A Summer outfit of course wouldn’t be complete without a nice and comfortable t-shirt to wear during these hot Summer days. We have both the Breeze Tee 2.0 for Women and the Fat Graphic Tee for Men.

Breeze Tee 2.0

These t-shirts are high-quality cotton mix t-shirts that feel exceptionally soft and comfortable against the skin. It has a super relaxed fit that gives you the moveability you need for everyday wear as well as outdoor activities. It’s an all-rounder t-shirt. It looks fancy, not at all like the standard outdoor shirts. You will want to wear it again and again, at any occasion.

Fat Graphic Tee

The same goes for the Fat Graphic Tee for men. It’s a super comfortable shirt with an athletic fit, made in a soft cotton mix. The large RVRC print at the back is just super cool. We love the fit of this shirt, it’s longer than most shirts which makes it fit much better.

Typhoon Jacket

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I chose this Typhoon Jacket with an obvious reason. It’s Revolution Race lightest rain jacket, so you can bring it anywhere, around your waist or in a backpack or daypack. It can even be packed into its own pocket, how convenient.

It's fully waterproof and breathable. Features such as zippered underarm vents, adjustable hood and zip-closure hand and chest pockets make this rain jacket the perfect companion in rainy weather.

The weather in the Netherlands can be very bad and rainy. Luckily I have only used this Typhoon Jacket once, with very bad weather and lots of rain.

Often rain jackets eventually stick to your clothes or skin at some point. This one didn’t. I was outdoors in the pouring rain for over two hours and got home with dry clothes underneath my rain jacket. In any case, I am equipped if the weather turns bad when we travel again next.

Revolution Race summer gear review

We were convinced about Revolution Race as a brand and the products they make after our first introduction earlier this year for our Lapland trip. But these Summer gear might have convinced me even more, if that is possible at all.

Mid-July I walked the 4 Day Marches in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. It’s the largest multiple day marching event in the world. I walked 50 kilometer per day, so a total of 200 kilometer.

Revolution Race helped me out and offered some of their Summer gear to get me through these Marches. During these Marches I used the Wander Pro Shorts and the Phantom Trail Hiking Shoes to great satisfaction. They literally helped me through the Marches to the finish line.

After we have tried and experienced both Summer and Winter clothing, I can only draw one conclusion. Nothing else than Revolution Race for us from now!

This blog was written by travel writer and Traveltomtom team member Ashley. She received a set of Revolution Race clothing and a pair of shoes to test extensively and to write this review. Check out her Instagram @travelashie for more travel content.

Ready for take off at Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Airport

There are two reasons why I really love airport hotels. The first one is that when you check in to an airport hotel, you know your holiday already started. You basically extend your holiday with an extra night. The second reason is that airport hotels make us start our journey and flight rested and relaxed. It’s so good to basically go from bed to breakfast to flight, instead of having to drive to the airport first, beat traffic and arrive stressed and with time pressure to get to your gate in time.

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nhow Amsterdam RAI | The Hotel To Be

We love traveling to Amsterdam, our capital city, it’s always fun. Earlier this year we visited Rotterdam and stayed at the amazing nhow Rotterdam. During that stay we fell in love with the nhow hotel brand. So, when we found out that there was another nhow hotel in Amsterdam, we couldn’t wait to check it out.

Luckily we had another trip to Amsterdam planned. And so it happened that, just a few months after staying in Rotterdam, we now explored and experienced the nhow Amsterdam RAI.

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Teufel Noise Cancelling Headphone | Review

Noise cancelling headphones are a must have essential when you travel. Not all noise cancelling headphones are equally good especially for traveling. The Traveltomtom team is always looking for the best ones to make traveling for us and for you more comfortable and more enjoyable.

Just recently we were introduced to a tech company that was unknown to us at the time: Teufel. Have you ever heard of Teufel?

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Hotel Haarhuis | 5 Star Luxury Hotel in Arnhem

The Netherlands is just a small country and it doesn’t have many 5 star hotels. So, when they open a brand new renovated 5 star hotel and you get invited to come and check it out, then that’s a straight yes!

Traveltomtom team member Ashley got to experience first hand this luxury hotel in Arnhem and wrote this review of Hotel Haarhuis.

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The North Face McMurdo 2 Parka | Review

The destination was set: Lapland. But that immediately led to the next question. What are we going to wear? When it comes to cold winter destinations, warm clothing is super important. Getting the right travel gear is an essential if you embark on an Arctic adventure.

A jacket is fundamental in staying warm in cold conditions. Picking the right one can be a challenge but is crucial at the same time.

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Trying out Revolution Race | Outdoor Travel Gear

Good and decent outdoor clothing is a standard part of our travels, wherever we go. Especially when it comes to extreme outdoor destinations, such as our trip to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, having the best possible travel clothing is really important.

Revolution Race stands for high quality outdoor clothing at affordable prices. They make a difference in the outdoor industry with their colorful, stylish and affordable outdoor clothing with the perfect fit. And we got to try it out.

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