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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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 idyllic Vaeshartelt castle is located near Maastricht. The history of this Maastricht castle goes back centuries. From farmstead to luxurious country retreat to lavish gift to King Willem II, but nowadays we can all visit the castle and enjoy this castle hotel. We were invited to

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Combining Mexico, Belize and Guatemala to create the ultimate Central America itinerary was the best idea we had last winter. We traveled all three countries, visiting Mayan temples, Caribean beaches, colorful cities and exotic jungle. We would make a few changes if we’d ever do this trip

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Chiang Rai is much overlooked compared to popular Chiang Mai with all its temples. If you’re traveling around Thailand, a day trip to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai should definitely be on your itinerary. If only because of the beautiful White Temple of Chiang Rai, or by

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Namibia is one of the most beautiful travel destinations we ever visited. It’s perfect for a self-drive safari at of the best wildlife parks in Africa, but you will also encounter the most special natural phenomenon. From the largest seal colony in Africa and the endless sand

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Backpacking Namibia isn’t something we would recommend. Yes, we brought our backpacks, as we rarely travel with suitcases. But we did dump them in the truck of our rental during our first day in Namibia. We didn’t travel Namibia with our backpacks strapped to our backs on

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Namibia is one of the most diverse countries in Africa. The Namibia tourist attractions are all so different: from mysterious plains between enormous sand dunes in the famous Sossusvlei to game watching on a self-drive safari. You might easily come across the most well-known places to visit

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