Maartje

Maartje's enthusiasm and curiosity knows no bounds. She loves museums, nature, food, walking, architecture, history, animals. Writing and photography is a big passion and she has been writing about cooking, minimalism, food, hotspots and travel for many years. Above all, she has a special place in her heart for castles, royal jewels and ancient Egypt. Maartje gave up her job as a lawyer to bring more balance to her life: less work and more life. Besides to The Orange Backpack, she works as a legal entrepreneur.

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Europe might be the most diverse continent of all, filled with rich culture, unique nature, charming cities and famous highlights. As we live in the Netherlands ourselves, we’ve already seen a lot of Europe, though each country and city keeps surprising us with new hidden gems. If

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It’s a Sunday afternoon in March when we drive to Goirle in the south of the Netherlands for a few days of pampering ourselves in one of the most beautiful hotels in the Netherlands: Stella Suites Boutique Hotel. This small-scale hotel with only eight suites still exudes

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As spring is just around the corner, the Dutch are getting ready for their flower season: the Netherlands will be covered in the most colorful flower and tulip fields. Travelers might have heard of visiting the famous Keukenhof to enjoy the typical Dutch tulip fields in Lisse,

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Eastern Europe is perfect for a road trip. Destinations are close enough to drive, while enjoying the most beautiful areas in Europe along the way. This East Europe itinerary of two to three weeks brings you to the charming towns, impressive mountains, beautiful lakes and picturesque palaces

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The most unique places to stay in the Netherlands? We usually find them on Airbnb. If you’re looking for something different than the standard hotel room or average holiday home at the Dutch holiday parks, you need to be on Airbnb. It has treehouses, teepees, windmills, forest

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Are the summer months the best time to visit Iceland? Well, they might just be. Although you may associate the island with glaciers, the northern lights and winter temperatures, Iceland is a perfect holiday destination in the summer. We will tell you exactly why travelling to Iceland

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We love going out for breakfast on city trips. On a city break, we skip our bearing oatmeal or Dutch sandwich breakfasts for a moment, and order a breakfast party with pancakes, poached eggs, avocado toast or other treats. Maastricht has some great places for breakfast or

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The Northern Lights in Iceland are one of the many magical natural phenomena this European country has to offer. But not all year round, not every day and not everywhere. We’ll tell you exactly how to see the unique green lights of the aurora borealis on your

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